A bottle of Franz Etz Gruner Veltliner.
A bottle of Franz Etz Gruner Veltliner.

Your Perfect Summer Party Wine: Franz Etz Grüner Veltliner

Franz Etz Grüner Veltliner -- good luck saying that ten times fast, especially after you've had a couple glasses of this Austrian wine.

This is a dry, crisp white wine that we first tasted at Domaine LA but have spotted at a handful of local wine shops including Bar Covell and K&L Wine Merchants. In the summer, it's our go-to white wine for low-key parties and potlucks. Apparently, we're not the only ones. Domaine LA's owner, Jill Bernheimer, tells us she sells cases of the stuff like its water. No wonder.

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The Etz Grüner Veltliner has a mellow flavor, a hint of ripe fruit and a light finish that pairs well with a broad range of foods: grilled meats, salads, fruit. It's also a great value, generally selling for $11-14.

The bottle has a screw-off top, so no fiddling with messy corkscrews at hot summer picnics. Plus, it comes in a full 1-liter bottle, as opposed to most wines, which come in a 750-millileter bottles. (Most Grüner Veltliners are sold in 1L bottles.) If you're a savvy host or bar owner trying to stretch every penny, you get an extra pour from a bottle of Franz Etz. It's a marriage of practicality and quality rarely achieved.


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