Happy Hour: Loimer Lois Grüner Veltliner


This weekend I found myself in the wine section of my local grocery store, staring at what appeared to be a green wine. Since St. Patrick's Day is right around the corner, I figured I might as well take it home and see what it was all about (besides thanks to global warming, it was really warm out that day and a cold white wine sounded great).

The bottle had a bright green screw on cap and a simple white label with the word "Lois" printed on it. It appeared green, but on futher inspection we discovered that the inside of the label was green, and the reflection gave the wine a nice emerald hue. Lois is an Austrian wine formally called Loimer Lois Grüner Veltliner and is naturally light in alcohol (11.8%). Grüner Veltliner (which is known as "Gru-vee" and happens to be Austria's national grape) is becoming one of the world's new trendy white wines.

Overall Lois was very pale (there was a slight greeny-yellow tint) and was rather tart and dry with hints of green apple, lemon-lime and a tiny bit of white pepper. It was definitely refreshing on such a warm night and was sipped down quite easily.

Is it really a St. Patty's Day drink? Not particularly, but it will look festive sitting on your table and is a great way to start the night. Available for under $15.

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