Martinshof Lobster Love

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!

2011 Martinshof Grüner Veltliner

2011 Martinshof Grüner Veltliner

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?  

Price: $16
Purchased at Grateful Red Wine Shop
Overall: 3.5 Corks


  1. Courtney says

    Thanks for the Gruner review! I will have to keep my eye out for that one.
    Do I buy wine based on label? I suppose there’s something that I look for in a winery/wine label. I tend to stray away from those that are too cartoonish and have kitschy names. I also don’t like too much text because it makes me feel intimidated.

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