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Drink wine, and you will sleep well. Sleep, and you will not sin. Avoid sin, and you will be saved. Ergo, drink wine and be saved.
                                                                         Old German Proverb

         My only regret in life is that I did not drink more Champagne.
                                                                            John Maynard Keynes 

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Wine Buy(s) of the Week 

With spring moving into summer (a little later than usual) warmer weather....eating lighter...drinking are a few good whites to look for:
Gruner Veltliner,
Austria's snappy white is both appetizing and thirst-quenching. Guglhupf restaurant in Durham recently held a tasting of Austrian whites. Already popular in the Triangle, these lively wines are widely found on wine lists and at wine shops and are excellent choices for seafood pastas, cold shrimp, or as summer sippers anytime..
Anton Bauer 2013**+, consistently bright and appealing, nice zest of lime, hint of lychee, $12-13 for the basic Gmork, $25-28 for the Spiegel, which is creamier, a little more complex.
Meinklang Gruner Veltliner 2014, $15, somewhat fizzy but attractively so.-- delightful with smoked salmon and other savories.
Steininger G.V. 2013, Kamptal   $16**.   Steininger makes several Gruners, including sparkling versions (sekt), but the basic one is quite winning, dry and vibrant, versatile and appealing.

Benton Lane Pinot Gris 2012  Willamette Valley OR  $18*** Lively, mostly dry, with nice richness of texture and appealing flavor notes of pear and green melon, aromas of sweet honeysuckle.  An excellent example of Oregon Pinot Gris.

A Few Good Reds.....
Hillinger Blaufrankisch 2013 Burgenland $17-20** 
This black grape is native to Austria, producing dark, rich-textured red wines. Round and drinkable now.
Meiomi Pinot Noir 2013, California**   $20+  Medum-bodied, juicy pinot flavors (cherries, ripe berries) with hints of spice and smoke. Widely available, nice for roast hams, Cornish game hens and other fowl.  Look also for: Schug Sonoma Coast, Au Bon Climat Santa Barbara, Edna Valley Paragon

Chateau Armandiere Cahors, France 2012  $12.99** Cahors, the deep red wine from the Cahors region just east of Bordeaux in France, has long been the prototype for the black grape malbec. Some Cahors are rustic and tannic, but this one, with its ripe blackberry-black cherry flavors, is definitely one to enjoy now--at a great price.

Anton Bauer Cuvée 2012, Wagram  Austria   $16-17**+  
A juicy blended red that is an excellent match for the lighter meats (veal, pork, chicken) but an appealing richness suits beef as well as savory cheese dishes.  Look also for Anton Bauer Zweigelt,$13, a soft appealing red with flavor hints of black raspberry.



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