Weingut Dürnberg “Falkensteiner Rieden” Grüner Veltliner from Austria

by on November 26, 2010

This is a cheap wine I picked up in Astor when it was on sale for $8.96 (although its original price was only $10.99 actually). For a cheap white, it wasn’t too bad. It had a slightly citrusy smell to it. I’d maybe describe it as a faint aroma of grapefruit tinged with apple. The first thought that came to mind when I tasted the wine was that it was acidic (and if you’ve read some of my earlier posts, you’ll know that I really dislike sour tasting wines). But this was a good acidic. It was very refreshing in a sparkling juice kinda way. But, don’t worry, it’s not a sweet wine! In fact, I’d call it decidedly dry! After a sip, the taste dies off very quickly – definitely no lingering sour taste in your mouth, which I also liked.

Grüner Veltliner is a grape varietal grown mostly in Austria and the Czech Republic. It’s known to be a very light refreshing wine, fairly close in taste to an off-dry riesling (although I definitely still prefer the more fruity riesling), and it’s supposed to pair well with food. I had this wine at a byob restaurant and thought that it went reasonably well with some of the lighter sushi rolls, as long as you don’t put any soy sauce on it! Overall, it was a very easy to drink wine that could go well perhaps with fish or just by itself.

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