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By: | Posted: 04/03/2012
I am already making my plans for the fresh vegetable abundance. My heart pitter patters thinking about farmer’s market. I believe you need to eat your veggies at all times, but it’s much easier to accomplish that when the weather is warm and the produce is out. But, what in the world do you pair with fresh vegetables?
Enter Grüner Veltliner. Grüner Veltliners are like my favorite pair of jeans, comfortable and they work for almost every occasion. Grüner Veltliner is one of Austria’s native white grapes, and makes light-bodied, fruity, easy-drinking wines to full-bodied, complex, and age-worthy wines. Of all the many things that Grüner Veltliner is, above all it is almost infinitely versatile. Grüner Veltliner "plays well with others" as few wines on earth do. It even gets along with such problem-children as artichokes, asparagus, shrimp, and all those fresh garden vegetables.
Often people need wine for a certain event or a certain dinner, but they aren’t sure what is being served. Look no further, this is your I-have-no-idea-what-to-bring wine for spring and summer functions. Its signature bright acidity will work with nibbles, Asian, to pork and poultry. A wine this versatile needs to be a staple in your wine rack.
Surdyk’s has several beautiful Grüner’s in our store, but for my money—I go straight for the Berger. Inside this friendly green bottle, with a (extremely) convenient pop top is a friendly white wine. Light in body and flavor, it is a loveable simple wine. But don’t let its simplicity fool you; it is wonderfully balanced and perfect for food. Berger Grüner Veltliner is light, refreshing, and a great introduction to the grape. Then there is the wine itself, bright, herbaceous, clean, and (as I mentioned) very versatile. It tastes good. It makes you want to drink more. After one glass, you're happy the bottle is large. Keep one in your fridge for last-minute dinner guests or to bring for a last-minute gathering. I recommend having one for yourself. Cheers! -Lindsey Coleman
Andrew Zimmern is a columnist for Mpls.St.Paul Magazine and the host of Travel Channel's Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern.See bio
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