Rarely is a sequel good as the original. Even rarer? When it’s better. So I’m considering the 2011 vintage of the Floriana, a Hungarian Gruner Veltliner (!), to be the The Godfather: Part II or The Empire Strikes Back of inexpensive Hungarian Gruner Veltliner. If you got a chance to read my thoughts about the 2010 version, you’d know I was a fan. Though it sold out so quickly I was full of regret for not purchasing more of this great Trader Joe’s find for six bucks. Seriously, it’s only six dollars! (Disclaimer: That’s six dollars in Seattle. Direct all feedback about pricing variance to Trader Joe’s.) Sometimes Trader Joe’s really steps up to the plate with an out-there, unique wine offering and this is definitely one of them. (I’m still haunted by the specter of an Australian Semillon that was also six bucks.)
Original, unmodified photo of the Six Millon Dollar Man magazine courtesy tohoscope.