After a Sunday morning walk through the lovely Hudson River Park, Sara and I wandered into Chelsea Market in search of lunch and stopped at the Green Table, which calls itself “a sustainable eatery & wine bar.”
We sat at the bar while our table was cleared, and I ordered a glass of Slovenian Friulano. The bartender poured it and I asked to look at the label, as I always do, so he put the bottle down on the bar. Then the manager came to take us to the table and picked up the bottle.
“Oh, I only ordered a glass,” I said.
An odd look crossed his face. “We don’t sell this wine by the glass,” he said.
Then an odd look crossed the bartender’s face. “Did I pour the wrong wine?” he asked.
“Well, in any case, I like it,” I said.
The manager smiled. “Then let’s not worry about it. We can always sell the rest of it by the glass and besides, now I can have a taste. It’s one of my favorite wines on the list.”
And that, I thought, is excellent wine service.
The wine—which turned out to be a Pinot Blanc, known as Weissburgunder in Austria—was delicious, light and clean with focused, alluring flavors of lime, elderflower and stone. It comes from a biodynamically farmed vineyard just outside Vienna (all the wines on the brief, eclectic list are sustainable, organic or biodynamic) and sells for $39. I rated it 89 points, non-blind. The food was good, too; I’ll go back any time.
WineSpectator.com members: Get our quick list of Top Values among Austrian whites, for $25 or less.