If you’re not a fearless wine connoisseur, it’s time you become one. Why not begin your quest to be bold and audacious by learning about some wines you can’t pronounce? Here’s a trio of wines that are tricky to say but your palate won’t mind one bit because they are exceptional.

Trockenbeerenauslesen (tro-ken-be-ren-ous-ley-zuh) is one of Germany’s most popular dessert wines. It’s sweet like Sauternes, but it’s lighter with less alcohol. This wine is incredibly sweet but coupled with crisp acid so it has pitch perfect balance.

Gruner Veltliner (grew-ner velt-LEE-ner ) is one of Austria’s most prized wines. This dry white is bold, ultra-crisp and spicy. It’s a wine that’s citrusy, with notes of lemon, lime and grapefruit. Gruner Veltliner marries well with Austria’s national dish – wienerschnitzel.

Tokay Aszu is the formal name of Tokay (toe-KAY), and it’s Hungary’s leading wine. Considered one of the great dessert wines of the world, Tokay Aszu has been called the Sauternes of Eastern Europe. Ripe and honeyed, it’s a decadent treat.

Wine writer Peg Melnik can be reached at 707-521-5310 or peg.melnik@pressdemocrat.com.


What: 13th annual Chowder Day
When: Saturday, Jan. 30, 10:30 a.m. to about 3 p.m., or whenever the chowder runs out
Tickets: On sale the day of the event, starting around 10 a.m. Follow the signs as you enter town to the drive-through ticket booth in the Harbor View neighborhood.
Cost: $10, includes a map, ballot and a 2-ounce taste from each competitor. Proceeds benefit the Bodega Bay Area Chamber of Commerce.
Participants: Bluewater Bistro, The Birds Cafe, The Boat House, Bodega Bay Firefighters Association, Chef Jodie Rubin, The Dog House, Estero Cafe, Fisherman’s Cove, Fishetarian, Ginochio’s Kitchen, Rocker Oysterfeller’s, Sandpiper Restaurant, Spud Point Crab Company. Check your map for each participant’s location in Bodega Bay.
Info: visitbodegabayca.com