Grüner Veltliner is a medium bodied white wine that has notes of green vegetables, stone fruit, melon and spicy white pepper.  It is the perfect white wine for smoked salmon, grilled sausages loaded with sauerkraut & onions, BLT sandwiches smothered in mayo, pork schnitzel, steamed asparagus, potato leak soup and most vegetables served raw or cooked.

Typical flavours and aromas you’ll get from this wine are melon, grapefruit, and quite often green vegetable smells such as green beans, pureed peas, grilled zucchini and fresh green herbs. In many cases, you will also smell a spicy white pepper aroma, which is good and won’t cause you to sneeze. Grüner Veltliner is also famous for a wet rock minerality to it, much like the stony tang you’d get from a Chablis. When you combine all of these aromas, some claim the combination smells like fresh cat litter.

Grüner Veltliner & Smoked Salmon Pairing

Although Grüner Veltliner is a white wine, it is not very fish friendly. It is much too sweet to pair with lighter white fish, such as halibut. Nor is Grüner Veltliner a great wine to pair with more substantial fish, such as swordfish or salmon, as it’s just not a heavy enough to hold up to their strong flavours.

If anything, Grüner Veltliner is perfect for smoked fish, such as smoked salmon as this citrusy and refreshing wine will cut right through the saltiness, richness and smoke of this dish. For the same reasons, Grüner Veltliner also goes well with other smoked or cured meats, particularly bacon or ham. Grüner Veltliner is also an excellent match with seafood that have a bit of saltiness to it, such as Caviar.

Grüner Veltliner & Sausage Pairing

Grüner Veltliner is excellent with Sausage, particularly bratwurst, or sausages loaded up with mustard, onions, peppers and sauerkraut. Being an acidic white wine, it can hold up to the vinegar in mustard, and not be crushed by the pungent flavours of the toppings.

Grüner Veltliner & Chicken Pot Pie Pairing

I love how the aromas of melon and grapefruit lift up the subtle flavours of the poultry in a Chicken Pot Pie. You’ll also get green vegetable flavours in this wine, such as green beans, pureed peas, grilled zucchini and fresh green herbs that will compliment any green veggies tossed into your pot pie. My homemade chicken pot pies always contain peas, as I just love the sharp contrast of the pea flavour to the gravy’s savoury element.

On top of that, Grüner Veltliner has a unique white pepper flavour that further elevates this pairing to new heights. The herbal and mineral notes, for me, mingle perfectly with the savoury gravy and vegetable flavours. Meanwhile, that citrus tang electrifies those subtle poultry flavours, seducing this pairing to new heights.

Asparagus and Grüner Veltliner Wine Pairings

Due to its green nature, Grüner Veltliner is perfect with all vegetables. This white wine can easily befriend asparagus, a peppery arugula and mescaline based salad, sautéed mushrooms, cauliflower soup, anything tossed in Pesto Sauce, or a grilled vegetable sandwich.

The reason why Grüner Veltliner works so well with Asparagus is that its high acidity jives perfectly with the green and bitter flavours of Asparagus.  Meanwhile, the pepper notes, along with stone fruit and green apple flavours add further complexity to this favourite springtime vegetable.

BLT Sandwich & Grüner Veltliner Pairing

Our favourite pairing for happens to be a BLT sandwich. Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato and mayo, (lots of mayo).  The citrus notes and refreshing nature of this wine are the perfect foil against the salty bacon flavours, while the weight of the body won’t clash with the fresh tomato slices.  The pepper notes of the wine turns this simple lunchtime staple into a meal fit for royalty.


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