Welcome to Weekend Wine Picks! They might be simple, they might be fancy-pants, but they will always be appropriate to the weather, holiday, or maybe for the gigantic geeks like me, to current events. And I really don't need to tell you, they will of course, be delicious.
It's blazing hot this weekend of August 31, 2013. Literally. Yosemite National Park is up in flames. And Southern California is experiencing a blistering heat wave, much like the rest of the country has already withstood.
So there is no better wine for this scorching weather than this affordable Weekend Wine Pick:
Weingut Graf Hardegg Veltlinsky Grüner Veltliner , 12% ABV: Racy, crisp, & refreshing with bright citrus (particularly lime-skin, leaf, & juice), tart green apple (bring on the Granny Smith's), white flower and minerality.
Never heard of this varietal? Let's put it this way: If you like Sauvignon Blancs, you will like this. If you like Vinho Verdes, you will like this. Heck, if you like Margaritas, you will like this. Serve cold, quench that thirst, and face the heat with a smile. $11-14.
If I could give a bottle of this to every brave firefighter in Yosemite, I would.