On Friday, August 17th it was official. I was in my office when my cell phone rang and it was the HR person from the association where I was interviewing. My background check was complete. My drug test was clean. And, the last of my references had been reached. They were ready to make a final offer and discuss my start date! Since it was almost 5pm on a Friday, I decided it was best to keep the exciting new to myself for the weekend rather than give my notice and ruin my boss’ weekend. The fact that Hubby and I were going to keep the celebration low key since it was still a secret didn’t stop me from going to a new local wine store and grabbing a bottle of wine, though!
The 2011 Martinshof Lobster Grüner Veltliner (winery) is from the Weinviertel region of Austria, which is part of Niederosterriech (Lower Austria). The wine had a light greenish-yellow color. On the nose, there were ripe peaches mixed with limes and grapefruit. In the mouth, there were limes, grapefruits, nectarines, and a hint of white pepper and wet stone. The wine had a light-to-medium body with good acidity.
Is this worth a glass after work? Definitely! If you see this wine in the store, grab it; you won’t be disappointed. At $16, this bottle had everything I look for in a Grüner. It was light with good acidity. It had the luscious stone fruits mixed with the tart citrus and the spicy white pepper. It offered a little something extra, while still being food-friendly enough to take a back seat to the dinner Hubby made.
If I’m being honest with you, though, it was the label that had me at hello. The moment I saw it, I knew it was the Grüner for me. Hubby was making lobster cakes and sautéed corn for dinner, so how could I pass up a bottle of one of my favorite white grapes when it had a lobster on the front label? And, the wine worked well with the dinner. It was the perfect way to quietly celebrate my job offer.
Question of the Day: Do labels sway your wine buying decisions?
Purchased at Grateful Red Wine Shop
Overall: 3.5 Corks