Back to defend its Ten Buck Tuesday title is....Quinta da Aveleda Vinho Verde (NV, $8).
This week V.Verde takes on an up-and-coming challenger - Berger Grüner Veltliner (2004) from Austria's Kremstal region. At first glance, Berger appears to be ineligible to compete in T.B.T. The wine, at $12, is over the price limit. However our judges* have dertermined that Berger, in the unique 1000 ml (1 litre) size class, qualifies as a ten buck wine (were the wine in a regulation size 750 ml bottle, its price would be around nine dollars).
Berger, aside from a bottle-girth advantage, is a formidable foe to Aveleda's V.V. This wine is made in a similar fashion - using just-ripe, low sugar grapes. Berger G.V. weighs in at a svelte 11.5% alcohol, and packs a jaw-rattling acid punch. You might say this is Austria's version of Vinho Verde. It's simple, refreshing and extraordinarily finger food-friendly.
At the end of the tenth round the fight appears to be a draw. What's this? Aveleda's Vinho Verde has yet to come out of its corner. It appears to be empty, while Berger still has 250 ml-worth of picnic-ready wine in the tank. The referee has stepped in and stopped the fight. And the winner by TKO is....
Who's ready to step up and name a contender for the Ten Buck Tuesday Value Wine Grand Championship? Give us your best shot.
*Ten Buck Tuesday is like Calvinball - the rules may change at any time