England played Austria Friday, but no-one really cared. It was a friendly and it looked like it was one of two pointless games England would play this week. That was before Israel did England an almighty favour and beat Russia to put England back in with a completely undeserved shot at qualifying for Euro 2008 on Wednesday.
We had a Grüner Veltliner 2006 from Tesco to celebrate. Pale and interesting it smelled fresh bright and fruity with a smidge of Gewurtztraminer style spiciness. Bordering on off dry with crisp acidity it had a medium body and alcohol. It tasted kind of like a friendly blend of German Riesling and an Alsacian pick and mix. Fruity, spicy and citric. It didn’t taste quite like anything else, but a bit like a lot of really nice wines carefully blended.
Euro 2008 will be played in Austria, I’m looking forward to trying a few more Grüner Veltliners during the tournament.
If anyone knows where I could pick up a bottle of Croatian wine for Wednesday, let me know.