Dang, I wish I could have enjoyed some Slovenian white wine at Terroir‘s location on the High Line. But I had to settle for imagining white wine while strolling up and down this impressive park in New York City. (View the recap.) Fortuntely Terroir’s East Village location was open for business and I made it in time to enjoy happy hour.
Of course, this being Terroir, there’s not just one Slovenian white wine on the happy hour menu. Please! Drink the available duo.* First up was the 2011 Vipava Belo from Tilia Estate, a blend of Malvasia and Sauvignon Blanc, pictured (poorly). Second, the 2010 Kogl Belo, composed of 50% Riesling, 25% Sauvignon Blanc, and 25% Chardonnay. Both were a refreshing delight and I’d highly recommend them to anyone who likes the white wines of Northern Italy. Of course when you see that Slovenia is just east of Italy’s Friuli region (map), where many exciting white wines are produced, this wine kinship shouldn’t come as a surprise.
If you’re in a wine-drinking rut, New York City, and any of Terroir’s locations in particular, will snap you of your fermented grape juice doldrums. (I also sampled the Forlorn Hope Que Saudade Verdelho from California. Naturally, to try the new and exciting from California, like this take on a Portuguese white wine, I had to fly all the way to New York. Not bitter, I swear.)
As a bonus, your Slovenian white wine fix arrives packaged in a generous, friend-making, one liter-sized bottle. (Boo, puny 750ml vessels!) So when it comes to indoor or outdoor thirst-quenching, you’d be hard-pressed to find anything more intriguing and shareable.
Envy-generating photo courtesy Daquella manera.
*And don’t be mad at me (or Terroir) if the by-the-glass options have changed. I promise there’s something awesome to drink, and, for the commitment-phobic, you’ll get to try a small taste before you buy.