One of the best aspects of attending Sommelier school is trying so many different wines.
Not only different wines, but wines from all over the world.
My new favorite white wine to pair with food: Gruner Veltliner.
Known to Sommelier’s as “Gru Vee”.
From the country of Austria.
Gruner Veltliner is Austria’s most widely planted grape and is a local favorite. The wine can either be lean and on the lighter side or can be richer with a little spice, depending on which vineyard the grapes come from.
I love the fresh acidity of Gruner Veltliner. It is crisp and similar in weight to Sauvignon Blanc. However, instead of having the pronounced citrus and herbal components of say a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, Gruner Veltliner has excellent minerality, white-pepper notes, with a spicy kick.
The awesome acidity of Gruner Veltliner makes it a new favorite of mine to pair with food. I love it with spicy Asian dishes, such as Thai and Vietnamese food. Gru Vee also pairs nicely with sushi, seafood and poultry dishes.
I had the opportunity to try Domane Wachau’s Gruner Veltliner wine and let me tell you, it is delicious. It is a dry, medium bodied Gru Vee that carries notes of yellow apple, white pepper and some under-ripe peach. I love the crisp acidity and spicy, peppery finish. This wine is balanced, delicious and for just around $15, a perfect accompaniment to a variety of food dishes.
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