What is Gruner Veltliner?
While the name resembles the sounds your Jewish grandfather makes when he gets out of bed, the Gruner Veltliner is actually a delicious bottle of wine.
It’s a white grape found mostly in Austria, where it is the most commonly planted grape in the entire country. Slovakia and the Czech Republic, as well as Hungary and Bulgaria, are the highest producers of this pleasantly flavored vino.
The citrus-focused flavor profile is true to a crisp white and contains a lovely peppery note, and delicious aromas of stone fruits. Gruner Veltliner is most known for the bright bursts of acid that accompany every sip, although the less expensive bottles will lose their acidity faster than the higher quality bottles.
It’s a dry wine even though it does contain a tiny bit of sweetness, although that tends to be lost because of the intense acidity. Similar to a Chardonnay, the Gruner can be oaked, which will come out a little creamier, and unoaked, which will highlight the bright, citrus flavors.
When it comes to food pairings, the Gruner Veltliner is quite adaptable. Of course, stay away from things like red meats and root vegetables, as those are most commonly accompanied by red wines, but as far as the realm of whites go, this bottle will serve you well. Try it with fish dishes, summer vegetables, and even with lovely fruits.