An Austrian White for Your Chinese Takeout

2012 Spaetrot Gebeshuber Klassic Photo © Johannes Gebeshuber
By Kristin Donnelly Posted May 21, 2014

Who cares if you can’t pronounce the grapes? This white is seriously gulpable.

Here, wine experts reveal their favorite bottles costing less than $17. Many of the selections are lesser known but absolutely worth the search.

Who: Jonathan Fenelon, assistant general manager and wine director at Clio, in Boston

What: 2012 Spaetrot Gebeshuber Klassic (made with Zierfandler and Rotgipfler grapes)

Why: "I love this wine! People go so Grüner [Veltliner] happy at this time of year and I don't blame them. I always like to find alternative, lesser-known grapes. Whoever has heard of Zierfandler or Rotgipfler? Cray. Hand-harvested and -sorted, it is fresh and lively with notes of various citrus, fresh grain clusters and acid for days. It is gulpable and accessible for anything green, fish and fowl. Heck, I would even pound some Chinese takeout with it."

Kristin Donnelly is a former Food & Wine editor and cofounder of Stewart & Claire, an all-natural line of lip balms made in Brooklyn.

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