About This Wine
When it comes to food-friendly wines, Gruner Veltliner is red-hot.
It’s a rare variety that seems to pair well with… well… almost anything. So when a sommelier is asked by a diner to suggest a white wine to accompany a meal, the go-to choice, more and more, is Gruner Veltliner.
You’ve probably seen pictures of the gorgeous terraced vineyards in Austria’s Wachau Valley. A vast majority of those grapevines are devoted to Gruner Veltliner, and Austria closely regulates the variety’s production with a classification system that involves three levels of alcohol.
Now, Gruner Veltliner is being embraced by growing numbers of American vintners as well, including California’s West Ridge. “We select our Gruner Veltliner fruit from Monterey vineyards near Rio San Lucas, where the Pacific breeze creates the perfect environment for growing outstanding grapes,” a West Ridge spokesperson tells us. The 2014 vintage is fresh, fruitful and, yes, extremely food-friendly.
About Grüner Veltliner
Matches Riesling's ability to capture the essential character of a particular vineyard through its crystalline clarity and purity of flavor (i.e. lack of oak treatment). Thus, it is very interesting to taste examples from different vineyards side by side, especially wines that have some age because, with time, they become more and more expressive of their origins. In Austria, however, it is still very much the tradition to drink the wine as young as possible, which is somewhat regrettable; and to drink them with food, which is absolutely correct. Grüner Veltliner is perhaps the single most versatile food wine in the world, often surpassing even Riesling because of its ability to pair with "difficult" foods such as artichokes and asparagus. Except for an occasional dessert wine made from botrytis-affected grapes, Grüner Veltliner is usually a full-bodied dry wine (up to 14% alcohol) with a firm mineral backbone, giving it the strength of character to work well with many cuisines. It is especially well suited to modern cooking that focuses on the fresh flavor of local ingredients and the variety is eagerly being embraced by creative chefs and innovative sommeliers around the world.
- Grape Composition:100% Gruner Veltliner
- Grape Source:Rio San Lucas Area of Monterey County, Calif.
- Aromas & Flavors:Green Apple, Lime, Sweet Pea and Limoncello
- Aging Vessels:Stainless Steel Tanks
- When to Drink:Now Through Mid-2016
- Food Pairing Suggestion:fish, chicken, veal, or brunch fare.