2006 Laurenz V. Friendly Grüner Veltliner

01142008.jpgI had had this on my “I should try it” list for while and finally made it part of our lineup on New Year’s Eve. It turned out to be a fantastic surprise. I made a Thai feast – green papaya salad and a green curry with chicken. My usual match for Thai is either a Riesling or a juicy Gewürztraminer. After trying it, this may be my new go-to Thai food wine… and the way it pairs with food, it may just be my new go-to white wine period.

This and 2 other Grüners (the “Charming” and the “Singing”) come from the good folks at Laurenz V. As they say on their site, “Laurenz V focuses solely on the Austrian hallmark variety Grüner Veltliner.”… and they do it in a really approachable style.

I’ve had other Grüners that were tasty, but non-descript. This one leaps out of the glass with dry, yet juicy fruit. The nose is all citrus, honey and mineral-laced – like licking a stone that’s been dipped in honey and drenched with lemonade. A big sip gives up gorgeous honey, citrus, green apple and pineapple with a long, food-friendly and pleasantly tart finish.

This is a wine that makes a great sipper on its own or will be bloody tasty with any number of dishes you may whip up.

Give Grüner a go. You’ll be glad you did.

~$22 at Kitsilano Wine Cellars here in Vancouver.

4 stars

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