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All about Grüner Veltliner
Grüner Veltliner is an Austrian dry wine famous for its nutty and spicy taste. The wine dates back to the Roman times, and the name "veltliner" comes from Valtellina, a region in northern Italy. The primary fruit flavors in the wine are grapevine, lime and lemon besides other green vegetable aromas, such as grilled zucchini and a white paper aroma. What makes the wine unique is its vein of acidity that leaves a tingly and satisfying taste on the tongue.
Styles of Grüner Veltliner white wine
Light and zesty wines are under two years of age and have an alcohol by volume percentage of less than 12.5%. The style is common in the United States. It includes flavors of lime zest and green bean, along with a hair-raising acidity that is a feature of wines of this style. Serve it ice cold on a hot day for a refreshing feeling!
Richer and nuttier wines maintain the trademark of acidity. They are three to six years old, with more than 12.5% alcohol by volume. The wines combine layers of honey, nuts and lemon to produce a sweet-sour taste. The fruity white wine has a deep golden-green hue.
What food do you pair with Grüner Veltliner?
The crisp white wine combines well with smoked red meat and salty seafood like smoked salmon. The citrus tang of the wine cuts through the smoke and saltiness of the meal to produce a unique taste. Pair the wine with sausages, particularly those loaded with sauerkraut, onion and mustard. Its acidity holds up to the vinegar in the mustard to avoid crushing the smells of the toppings.