Domane Wachau - "Terrassen Smaragd Grüner Veltliner" 2013

Dürnstein, Austria $24.95

In these last few weeks of winter, red wines still tend to steal the show but that doesn't mean you have to shelve the whites. If you're having a hard time picturing a white wine being warm and cozy, think of it fireside with a steaming bowl of soup. Let me suggest a Grüner Veltliner with that. It is the mostly widely planted grape in Austria and what I consider as an exotic substitute to Sauvignon Blanc. This is a lively, medium bodied, sightly peppery wine. If you don't have it with an earthy mushroom bisque, it's a great way to fancy up some frozen Cheemo Perogies.