Big One-Liter Austrian Wines: Ready for the Holidays

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1L Austrian Wine For Thanksgiving Though I recently gave a compendium of Thanksgiving picks, I overlooked a couple of my favorites. The theme for my Thanksgiving drinking enjoyment will be this: Austrian wines in one-liter bottles. For under $15 you can get 33% more wine than the standard, puny, insignificant 750ml bottle.* Both of the wines, the Hofer Gruner Veltliner and the Brundlmayer Zweigelt, are notable for their lightness and moderate alcohol. I would venture to say that anyone who likes crisp, dry, unoaked wines would enjoy the Hofer. And with Beaujolais and Pinot Noir being such popular Thanksgiving reds, I think the Zwiegelt would play nicely with those wines; it's a lighter-style red that will help you wash down the overflowing bounty of the holiday table. I don't know what the origin is of the 1L bottle versus the 750ml or why Austria seems to have cornered the market on them (though I have seen German wines in this size). All I know is that I love drinking them and they will please a large, thirsty crowd. And the icing on the cake (the stuffing in the turkey?) is the Hofer is sealed with a bottle cap. How fun is that? The Hofer Gruner: Bottle Cap Top I guarantee this will facilitate conversation around the table. (Like the time a customer at a previous job said to me about the Hofer: "This beer is flat.") Happy Thanksgiving everybody! (*If these bottles were 750mls I'd still feel they were a good deal at the same price. Therefore, I am getting an extra third for free. At least that's how my math works.) Follow Esquin on Twitter

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