A crisp ‘green’ wine to enjoy with oysters

A crisp ‘green’ wine to enjoy with oysters


Food—Wine1Durnberg L&T Gruner Veltliner 2012
Falkenstein, Austria
Don’t be afraid of the long name of this grape. It is a fun varietal that packs a lot of flavor with little cost! “Grun” in German means green, and this wine has notes of green: green apples, pears, and crisp acidity. L&T is a perfect introduction to Gruner Veltliner as the more complex ones show fuller body, super-stony minerality, and spice. L&T stands for “light and dry,” which is exactly what this wine is focused on. Enjoy this wine served very cold on a (hopefully soon) hot day. L&T is the perfect alternative for the Pinot Grigio drinker who is looking for a new crisp white wine. Enjoy this wine with oysters on the half shell. $12.99

Food—Wine2Hugel “Gentil” White Blend 2010
Alsace, France
Just imagine a clove-studded tangerine, fresh cut melons, Washington apples, and jasmine, all freshly cut and jammed into a glass. This is Hugel Gentil.  It is a blend of Gewurztraminer, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Muscat and Sylvaner. With all of these grapes that are typically associated with sweet flavors, Gentil is dry. Alsace is an incredible region for growing very aromatic and age-worthy white wine due to its high elevation, its storm protection from a large mountain range to the east, and its cold-bordered neighbor, Germany. Enjoy this wine with spice-rubbed pork chops and a brandy apple reduction sauce. $13.99

Food—Wine3Chateau Teyssier 2009
Montagne Saint Emilion
This is a great wine as an entry into Bordeaux. If you are a Bordeaux drinker, you will get your favorite rustic, earthy flavors, but with more concentrated berries and plum on the palate. Chateau Teyssier was bought by its new owners in 1994, where it went from a meek 11 acres to a whopping 74 acres. All of the land acquired lies in Saint Emilion, “the right bank” of Bordeaux. Bordeaux is divided into two regions, based on which side of the Gironde River it lays; with Cabernet Sauvignon leading the blend on the right bank, and Merlot leading the blend on the left. Enjoy this wine with a great Bleu Cheese and Fig Jam on a toast point. $19.99

Davis Bynum Pinot Noir 2011
Russian River Valley, Sonoma, California
There are some wines that go down like water, they offer a pleasant taste, but then it’s gone. This isn’t a bad thing; those wines are perfectly suited for your in-laws. Then there are some I call, “thinking” wines; they are complex, long-lasting, and have you wondering sip after sip, “where do these new flavors keep coming from?” Davis Bynum Pinot Noir is a thinking wine. It is like drinking an ultra-velvety, fuzzy bing cherry. This wine is all about texture. It is so smooth and luscious, it is impossible to resist a second, third, or even fourth glass. We dare you to try and share it! Enjoy this wine by itself or with grilled salmon. $32.99

Peter Andrews CSS, CSW, MBA, is the General Manager of Grapes & Grains fine wine, craft beer, and small-batch spirits shop in Barrington. Any questions or comments on the Monthly Wine Review? Give Peter a call at G&G- 401/245-2100.