As we gear up for the holiday weekend, I have been exploring some new refreshing white wines for beaching and barbecuing, in particular, Grüner Veltliner.
One would think the name alone is enough to intrigue one to taste this interesting varietal. In German, Gruner means green. This name was chosen for this varietal, not because it is green, but because it is used to create fresh, drink when young, wines. While mostly grown in Austria, there is some growing along hillsides here in Santa Barbara County.
I have yet to meet a Grüner that I did not appreciate, with citrus and tropical fruit flavors, bright acidity, lovely dry minerality, and hints of white pepper, not to mention, these wines are extremely food friendly.
While I continue to explore - here are a few I have discovered that are worth sipping: