Thursday, July 16, 2015

A New Jules Taylor White

by Jim Lannen

glass of white wine is a great companion to a hot summer day. The latest addition to our wine by the glass selection (yes, another one) will help you cool off and unwind.

Last week, we introduced a wine with a light, sweet style.This week, we're unveiling a white varietal that may be new to many of you: Grüner Veltliner.

Refreshing and medium-bodied, the Grüner Veltliner is a dry, white wine with flavors of green pepper and lime. An exotic alternative to sauvignon blanc or pinot blanc, this bright white offers hints of lime, lemon and grapefruit.

The Grüner Veltliner also features a green and herbaceous flavor that is often described as white pepper. What makes this wine most unique, though, is its signature acidity that explodes in your mouth... a sensation that's reminiscent of Pop Rocks candy!

A popular varietal in Austria, the Grüner Veltliner grows almost exclusively there. However, the Jules Taylor vineyards in Marlborough, New Zealand produce one that may be tops on my list. And we've brought it in for you to enjoy this summer!

Jules Taylor winery has become one of the big names in the world of wine. Jules has worked with the likes of Kim Crawford and Simon Waghorn who became her mentors as she learned the art of wine-making. After much encouragement, she launched her own label and made her first batch of Jules Taylor wines in 2001.

As years and experience followed, so did many phenomenal wines. Grüner Veltliner is one of them. From their website:
"Its delicately perfumed nose shows white peach, greengage plum and apple blossom notes with hints of spice. The stone fruit theme is carried through to the palate, where white peach and spicy notes are found. With its soft acidity, it’s a real pleasure to drink!"

So what's a great dish to complement this wonderful white?

One of the most popular food pairings for a Grüner is something you will find on our menu every Wednesday evening... a traditional Austrian fare, weiner schnitzel. The acidity and spice of Grüner Veltliner matches perfectly with every bite of this rich dish.

Come down this week and try it for yourself!

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