Every now and then, even with no guests in the house, I reach for something a little special to lift my spirits or just for the heck of it!

Tonight was a “just for the heck of it” kind of night. I grabbed a bottle of Daedalus Cellars Gruner Veltliner. I bought this bottle in the Dundee, Oregon, tasting room during an April visit earlier this year.

Gruner Veltliner is best known as an Austrian wine. Daedalus and others say the small family-owned Oregon winery is one of only two in the United States producing a “Gruner.”

You can go to the website link above and read the details about the wine. Here is what I liked. The wine is a great food wine. I prepared some thin pasta, olive oil, shrimp, frozen pees, in olive oil with some garlic and light Italian seasoning. The wine was a beautiful match with the heavy acidity disappearing against the garlic and pasta dish.

The wine is a complex wine. At first sip you might think, “that’s nice though a bit acidic.” But the more you drink the more you’ll come to appreciate such an unusual wine.

Daedalus does ship to Indiana. The winery made just 120 cases of the 2007 with grapes from a single vineyard. It really is something special. The price is reasonable at $21.

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