Shana Speaks Wine

Wine Marketing Consultant and Journalist

Drinking out loud. 

Going Back, Back to Cali, Cali

And I'm not talking Napa.  Tonight at The Dutch was a wine from Santa Barbara, southern counterpoint to the famed Northern wine country.  Wanna get fun n' funky? It was a Gruner Veltliner, most often found in Austria.  The Habit, Gruner Veltliner, Santa Ynez Valley, 2012, had some of the classic Gruner qualities - lime, lemon peel, slate, rocky - but there was a slight roundness of green apple and pear that spoke to the New World's love of fruit. High acid but not attacking on the finish, this was a great wine for both sipping and light fish dishes (lobster salad with mustard oil and Old Bay as the app and tilefish with a Thai herb broth for the main course, in case you were wondering. Oh yeah, and blueberry pie).  According to the sommelier, the vineyard is a side project for the winemaker who's main career is a voiceover artist.  I think he should give up his day job, this stuff was friggin' good. 

 

Crappy picture, good wine.  Habit Gruner Veltliner.  Photo by Shana Sokol, Shana Speaks Wine

Crappy picture, good wine.  Habit Gruner Veltliner.  Photo by Shana Sokol, Shana Speaks Wine