When we were in San Antonio yesterday, to watch Alfred Hitchcock‘s “Rear Window” at the Bijou Cinema [more about that in a further entry], we also took the opportunity for some shopping. As it’s ca. 55 miles just one way, it pays off to combine more than one errand, since our car, even with the cheap gas – compared to Germany, that is – still costs ca. 25ct/mile, everything – such as tires, check-ups, insurance etc. – included.
Among other things we went to Whole Foods again, and there I got myself a bottle of “Grüner Veltliner” and 6 bottles [355 ml each] of “Spatenbräu Dunkel“. Whole Foods is not exactly a cheap store – it’s jokingly als known as “whole checks” – but then that’s one of the few stores where I can get different German [and English] beers as well as European wines. As to the prices, I paid $11.99 for that bottle of “Grüner Veltliner” [Pratsch Winery, Lower Austria, 2011], and $4.44 for that sixpack of 355ml-bottles of “Spatenbräu Dunkel“. The latter was not even expensive, considering that I pay up to $7.99 f0r six 355ml-bottles of German beer [Warsteiner, e.g.] even at H-E-B.
Now I’m looking forward to tasting the stuff. The beer is in the fridge already, and I might try it tonight, but with the wine I might want to wait some still. What I’m interested in with the wine especially, is if it is as dry as I remember it from drinking it in Austria, as the local – American, that is - wines usually are a tad sweeter than their European counterparts, made from the same type of grape.