I have a confession to make. I didn’t appreciate the Grüner Veltliner in the beginning. Maybe because I didn’t understand him. Maybe because the first encounter wasn’t the perfect one. The wrong bottle or not the right producer (for me). 

But now I can tell you full hearted. I love this grape, I like this wine. And man if you combine it with food you always run out of one of them. Last time for example with Salmon. Sniff Slurp Bite repeat and the glass really needed some refill. Sniff Slurp bite and I really needed some more Salmon.

“For me great wine and food pairings must be this way“

Grüner Veltliner is the most known white grape of Austria. Specially in the North in the so called Niederösterreich region.  The biggest quality wine region of Austria. (aka Qualitätsweinbaugebiet) Other grapes are planted like Riesling, Weissburgunder, and Chardonnay for the white. And blue grapes like the famous Zweigelt, Pinot Noir or St Laurent.

Grüner Veltliner, In general a fresh , alive and spicy white wine. You can recognize him often  by the flavour of white peper. Other flavours are stone fruits like yellow apple and green pear and often some chervil and green beans. The “best” Grüner Veltliner are wines from the so called DAC regions (Districtus Austriae Controllatus).  In short special region-typical quality wines. Whereby the fresh style are labelled “Classic” and the more rich and peppery style “Reserve” or “Smaragd”

The so called “smaragd” wines are in general from the Wachau region. Where they use “steinfelder” for low alcohol and fresh wines. “Federspiel” for average alcohol white wines and “smaragd” for the best quality wines. That can be kept for a long period. And is closed with a natural cork!

Any way I really hope you will try one (or all) of this great wines. Easy to recognize by the Austria Flag on the top. Taste it alone or with fish like I did or maybe with some Japanese cuisine. Ginger,Yuzu and Wasabi pairs in general  very well with the great “Grüner Veltliner” 

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