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CHEESE PAIRING:
St. André
Munster
Fontina
Mahon
Parmesan Dolce
Blue Brie
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They have been growing grapes and making wine in Austria, the home of Grüner, since Roman times, so it's amazing the wines from this country aren't more well-known and popular. This varietal is certainly leading the quality charge in the 21st century with a third of their vineyards planted with it and it's probably the one varietal you're most likely to find in your local wine shop. Gruner is generally made to be consumed young (2-3 years past the vintage date), the least-expensive, everyday versions seeing no oak and little aging before release. It can, however, age for 10-15 years – becoming more earthy and intense – especially if it comes from the Wachau or Kamptal regions and has the premium designation Reserve DAC. The great thing about these wines is that they are pretty affordable – bottle pricing begins around $10 and ends around $30 (even for most of the vineyard designated versions). Plus, they are amazing with food, especially those hard to pair with vegetables, like artichokes and asparagus. Being a relatively cold climate and having quality restrictions, the alcohol levels are kept pretty low, around 11-13%, so you can enjoy a glass or two without too much trouble.

WHAT TO EXPECT: A crisp, light-medium-bodied, straw-colored wine with a moderately aromatic nose and flavors of citrus, green fruit, minerals, pepper, peaches and sweet spice. They tend to have medium-high acidity and can be quite simple at the lower price point. The single vineyard wines have more depth and weight with a bit less acidity and have the ability to age, which deepens the flavors. While most won't knock your socks off they are generally elegant, pleasant and refreshing.

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spacer.gif2010 Huber Grüner Veltliner DAC, Traisental, AustriaRATING: **
spacer.gif2009 Bründlmayer Grüner Veltliner Käferberg Reserve, Kamptal, AustriaRATING: ****
spacer.gif2009 Huber Grüner Veltliner Obere Steingen, Traisental, AustriaRATING: **
spacer.gif2009 Nikolaihof Grüner Veltliner Hefeabzug, Wachau, AustriaRATING: ***
spacer.gif2009 Türk Grüner Veltliner Frechau, Kremstal, AustriaRATING: ***
spacer.gif2009 Türk Grüner Veltliner Kremser Sandgrube, Kremstal, AustriaRATING: **
spacer.gif2009 Veyder-Malberg Grüner Veltliner Kreutles, Wachau, AustriaRATING: ***



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**** Outstanding | *** Delicious | ** Enjoyable | * Drinkable
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