New Year Veltliner

As 2008 races towards us faster than an over-indulgent party reveller to the big white telephone, it’s time to take stock of the year just gone.  My 2007 new year resolution was to lose a stone in 3 months.  For non-British readers that is 14 pounds, or 6.35029318 kilos.

I’ve always been a slow starter but I can be a determined sod, and I finally made my target on 23 December 2007 after watching a weight chart that was broadly directly proportional to the Dow Jones and FTSE indices.  I am still surprised I actually made it at all, but a bigger surprise this year was the discovery of a new wine.  Not because it was a discovery to anyone but me, simply that I was the last person on earth to encounter it.  The wine is known by many as Gru Vee and I thought I’d close this year on a decent, inexpensive example of the genre.

Bread and wine…for some reason

The trademark white pepper flavours from this 2006 Austrian Grüner Veltliner were possibly supplemented by a light sprinkling of salt and definitely by slices of pears.

For a wine that goes really well with spicy food and at £6.99, Sainsbury Taste the difference Grüner Veltliner, Traisental 2006 compares well to the one I found at Tesco at similar price.  Both are a very worthwhile introduction to the grape at lower than most prices.

Now, stop reading this and go and do some revelling.  It’s New Year’s Eve – go and party!

Talking of which I would like to offer you all my sincerest wishes for a happy and prosperous 2008.  I’ve enjoyed writing this weblog in 2007 and I aim to continue in 2008, whether you like it or not 😉

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