Bob’s Pick: 2014 Hiedler Grüner Veltliner, Löss, $18.99

Here at the wine shop we sell an awful lot of Grüner Veltliner. This crisp, clean, Austrian white is perfect for sipping, drinking or glugging. Most of them even come in a full liter bottle, not the more typical 750. What could be easier? Curiosity started nagging at me though, curiosity about Grüners with more dignity, Grüners from estates or single vineyards, Grüners that, with food, make a meal. Found one! This wine is precise and clean with a generous richness that is detailed and fine. It offers subtly gorgeous floral and fruit aromas with hints of fennel and grass. Good rounded depth, typical of the vintage. I’ll still sip, drink, and gulp those easy Grüners, but (as usual) I’m really happy I went exploring.