Hello lovelies and Happy Wine Wednesday!  OMG – do i have a FUN bottle of crisp, white wine for you this week!

I hope you have been well – busy, active, steering clear away from this nasty cold virus that seems to be sweeping the city!  Good grief!  I, for one, can say that I am DONE with being sick and want to kick off my 41st year in a healthy way.  And what better way to close a year and start a new one than with a super fun and fresh bottle of wine!

My review this week is for Smart Grasshopper’s Grüner Veltliner 2011 wine.  Two things hit me first off when I saw this bottle.  First – Holy GREEN label that looked more like a page out of an insect encyclopedia and second – what the heck does Grüner Veltliner taste like???  I chose this wine because I am studying wines from Hungary tonight and this is where this little fresh lovely comes from…


Grüner Veltliner is a native white grape variety to Austria where it boasts 30% of all plantings.  Hungary has taken this variety and put their own spin on it with a pleasing effect and an incredibly low price point!  Can I get a ‘Hell Yes!’

Ok – down to business.  Smart Grasshopper’s Grüner Veltliner is clear and pale lemon-green in the glass.  It had a pretty low aroma intensity and I caught gentle whiffs of stone fruit, lettuce and minerality.

On the palate is where this little wine really shines…It is very dry with high acidity and has a pleasing mouth-watering effect.  It is medium alcohol at only 11.5% so two glasses isn’t going to floor you!  It is light in body with medium + flavour intensity and notes of white peach, lemon rind, mineral, lettuce and a hint of perky white pepper spice.  The finish was quite short but that didn’t bother me.

Are you ready for the price???  Yes, well – my suggestion to you is to stock up on this fun, funky springtime bottle for the incredibly affordable price of $11.99 at your local B.C. Liquor Store.  Yes – you read that correctly…$11.99.  I am thrilled with this little find and am thrilled to have tried a new grape variety I hadn’t tried before!

  • This is a GGG ‘Hell Yes” wine at an amazing value!
  • Perfect and FUN for spring and summer gatherings, picnics, or any idea you can come up with!
  • Give this grape variety a try – it gives both Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Grigio a run for the money!
  • Pair with shellfish, oysters, light and crisp salads or a sunny afternoon.

As always – thank you for reading!  You comments are always welcome and please let me know if you have any new favourites that you would like me to review.