Grüner Veltliner 2014MADE BY SYNCLINE WINERY IN LYLE, WASHINGTON
Grüner Veltliner is our go-to restaurant white wine order. It's super food-friendly, and it's just obscure enough (i.e. not Sauvignon Blanc or Chardonnay) that restaurants typically have it on their list because they're truly obsessed with that particular bottle. It's also a lot more affordable than trendier varieties.
This bottle is a great example of the Grüner Veltliner grape's incredible versatility, which is actually a bit surprising because very little of it is grown in Washington State. Syncline Winery is better known for its Rhone and Burgundy style wines, but they do a fantastic job with this Austrian import as well. It's got a ton of citrus-y acidity; flavors of pear and lemon balm; and a sort of spicy, almost peppery quality that makes an ideal match for seafood and green vegetables, as well as Thai and Vietnamese flavors.
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Grüner Veltliner's intense acidity is what makes it so perfect to drink with food, but it does also mean it's not ideal drunk solo. So be sure to break out the cheese and crackers if dinner is going to take a while.