Our Wine Of The Week is a wonderful pair for light foods in any season – Dancing Coyote Grüner Veltliner Clarksburg 2017. Grüner Veltliner is a grape grown mostly in Austria and southeast Europe, accounting for over 30% of all wine grapes grown in Austria. It’s also grown in various regions in the United States, including northern and Central California, Ohio, New York and Oregon.
Dancing Coyote Wines farms their Grüner Veltliner in the Clarksburg AVA south of Sacramento (map below). This area is known for successfully growing a wide range of white grapes used to produce European-style wines. Grüner Veltliner is considered similar to Sauvingon Blanc, Pinot Blanc, Grenache Blanc, Vermentino and Dry Riesling.
Pairing with complementary foods is recommended to bring out the better characteristics of this wine. Due to its acidity and nuances of citrus, flower, honey and a touch of pepper, this wine is a great companion for spicier light foods, such as fish, chicken and pork. If not sipping with a meal, consider partnering with a mid-to-hard cheese, such as Double Glouchester or Wensleydale. Never tried Wensleydale? See photo below and availability on Amazon.com. Wine alcohol is 13.5% by volume.
Dancing Coyote Wines are available in many retail locations, the 2017 Grüner Veltliner may be in short supply, but the 2018 is a current release for $12 – $15 retail and this wine should be enjoyed young.
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