ot a common grape in America, surprisingly, Grüner Veltliner is actually the most widely planted grape in Austria. Many other neighboring countries had adopted this varietal, including Hungary, where this wine was grown. Pronounced grew-ner velt-leener, wines made from this grape are dry, heavy on the lemon and always light and refreshing. This Grüner is definitely not the exception to this general rule.
A really pretty label and sexy green bottle, this wine is easy to spot on the shelves of Trader Joe’s. In the glass, it was the color of straw and had aromas of granny smith green apples, lemon zest, green grapes and honeydew melon. On the palate, it was slightly spritzy and pleasantly tart. The smells carried over into the same flavors, along with freshly grated ginger (much like a Gewürztraminer.)
Because it’s lemony and tart, we think this wine would pair well with a creamy artichoke dip, grilled tilapia, spicy asian dishes and mac and cheese.
This Grüner is available at Trader Joe’s and would be a refreshing wine on a hot summer day. Sealed with a screw cap, take this wine to the beach or park and leave your corkscrew at home.