A lot of people won’t order a wine that they don’t know how to pronounce. Silly, right? Just ask. No one will berate you, or make you look stupid, I promise. Our cities are full of fun, knowledgeable, and passionate wine people, bartenders, and servers. You won’t be disappointed. This month’s wines from Surdyk’s. 303 Hennepin Ave. E., Mpls., 612-379-3232, surdyks.com
Am Berg Ott
Grüner Veltliner 2013 (Feuersbrunn, Austria)
Say it, “GREW-ner FELT-lee-ner.” It’s the most popular and important grape in Austria, and for good reason—it’s delicious. About 80 percent of the wines produced in Austria are white, and the vast majority grüners. This grape is full of tart apple and peach fruit with a little vanilla and spice on the finish. Austrians drink it with everything, including pork, poultry, and schnitzle. It works with American fried chicken as well.
Feudi Di San Gregorio
Falanghina 2013 (Sorbo Serpico, Italy)
Say it, “fah-lawn-GHEE-nah.” This hard-to-say grape is complex, rich, and full of character. It’s from a little-known village in Campania, but its origin is ancient Greece. It’s grown in deep volcanic soils that lend to its full body and back bone. This wine has a flowery nose with tropical fruits and a touch of lemon/lime acid, which balances beautifully with minerals and earthy undertones. I recently had it with spinach and gorgonzola gnocchi and it was awesome.