An Unlikely Pair
As food and wine pairings evolve, Austrian wines are beginning to make their way into the spotlight. One varietal, Grüner Veltliner, is particularly versatile in its ability to pair with Asian cuisine. Gruner’s are generally fresh and cool wines that have a wonderfully diverse range of flavors. Imagine, a single wine that works well with everything from Peking Duck, Szechuan beef and shrimp tempura to sushi and curry. I recently tasted Meinhard Forstreiter’s “Grooner” from Niederosterreich, Austria. You might recognize the bottle by its bright green label and singing lady icon. The wine is bright and minerally with fresh citrus fruit, tangy acidity and a clean, lively finish. Look for Grüner Veltliner at restaurants and wine shops. It goes great will all kinds of food and it’s usually quite reasonably priced.