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Hot Dogs

Very little says summer more than bare feet in the grass, sand in the crack of your, ummm, uhh… and hot dogs! Great hot dogs! Lightly smoky, lightly greasy hot dogs blinged out with your favorite condiments. In my case this means sauerkraut and ketchup. Yes I know, it’s freaky, but that’s what hot dogs are all about, getting your freak on. Have you seen what passes for a hot dog in Chicago?

So what should you serve with your hot dogs? It’s a tough call since there is so much going on with most hot dog preparations, so I’m suggesting a simple wine that easily adapts to almost anything you can throw at it. A simple, zesty white wine.

Time to reach for the liter bottles of Grüner Veltliner. Yup, the simple fruit, light spice and zesty acidity of quaff-able Grüner is an ideal and unpretentious match for your worst wurst!  

Two to try:  

Hofer Grüner Veltliner

Lenz Moser Grüner Veltliner

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  • Snooth User: Richard Foxall
    Hand of Snooth
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    It's not summer at my house unless there's a (1L) bottle of Gruner in the fridge, waiting for us to work our way to the bottom and open another. Pratsch is another good, inexpensive one (it and Hofer are my go-tos) and it's organic. But I'll take a chilled Cotes du Ventoux or CdR with that Sausage, and a value-priced Bordeaux blend (cab-ish, but not dramatic) with my burger. I'd go a rose, even from Pinot, with the tuna, and something like a N. Rhone syrah--but the inexpensive kind from Crozes-Hermitage, or a generic Collines Rhodaniennes, with my portobello.

    Just my choices, and yours are darn good, too! Maybe I'll put them to a choice at our Monday cookout.

    May 25, 2012 at 3:26 PM


  • Gregory, you depict a selection of wines "that real people can afford" as "slumming." The norm on this site is to recommend wines that never appear in a market outside of a few twee urban enclaves, and rarely priced less than $30 a bottle, as desirable choices. So, your excellancy, thanks for condescending to rubes like me. We are so indebted to you for your occasional ventures into the slums.

    May 25, 2012 at 5:00 PM


  • Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
    Hand of Snooth Voice of Snooth
    89065 196,129

    Sorry DJ, but that's a stretch so say the least. I've been a big proponent of affordable, findable wines though I sometimes veer off into the esoteric for balance. In the last few weeks I've reported on Chilean Carmenere, Grenache from around the world and New Zealand Pinot Noir; wines not exactly out of the mainstream.

    I also try and add some humor to what I write, occasionally using a vernacular that some people seem to take far too seriously. Much like wine.

    May 25, 2012 at 5:41 PM


  • I love the banter, but I really enjoy finding great deals even better. Francis Coppola's Pinot at 18.99 is a little pricey, but I find it on sale often around the 12.99 -14.99 range and get several bottles at a time when that happens. Sometimes you just have to be vigilant to find better quality wines on sale, look at the bottom shelf, check the top shelf, you would be surprised whats there. Regards.

    May 31, 2012 at 9:32 AM


  • Snooth User: yenmore
    495380 32

    a recipe for the chipotle and sun dried tomato spread, please?

    Jun 12, 2012 at 12:00 PM


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