Is Grüner Veltliner Your Next Pizza Wine? #WinePW

Wine Pairing Weekend Group Explores Grüner Veltliner
In September, our Wine Pairing Weekend group is diving into Grüner Veltliner, the “home grape” of Austria. Move down farther in this post to see all the great pairing ideas our group has developed, and join our Twitter chat!

Is Grüner Veltliner the next big "thing"? Maybe it should be...

Is Grüner Veltliner the next big “thing”? Maybe it should be…

The Next Big Thing
Grüner (Grooner, in case you’re wondering) is a light to medium bodied highly acidic wine, typically bone dry. These characteristics make it an excellent and highly adaptable partner to all sorts of foods. The grape is grown outside Austria, but if you’re exploring, Austrian Grüner Veltliner is a great place to start. A few years ago, it was proclaimed the “Next Big Thing” which, in my experience is the kiss of death! This was really unfair, as the wine deserves more attention.

Weingut Bernhard Ott 'Am Berg' Grüner Veltliner 2014

Grüner Veltliner offers high acidity with no oak, perfect for a wide variety of foods.

Weingut Bernhard Ott ‘Am Berg’ Grüner Veltliner 2014 ($25 at South Lyndale Liquour)
Eye: Clear, pale lemon
Nose: Clean, citrus with a vegetal edge. When I first opened the bottle, I immediately thought, “a perfect asparagus wine”. It’s not overpowering, but you’ll notice it.
Mouth: The combination of high acidity with a bit fuller body than a typical Sauvignon Blanc allows this wine to stand up to richer foods.  The alcohol is only 11.5%, but the body seems richer than the alcohol would indicate.

One of my faves: bacon, blue cheese and ripe pears.

One of my faves: bacon, blue cheese and ripe pears.

Pizza Wine?
I started this post thinking about an unusual pairing for Grüner, and pizza came to mind.  Not your basic Pizza Hut cheese, salt and fatty meat bomb, but a more modern interpretation, such as flatbreads and thin crust pizzas with artisan ingredients (yes, with fatty meats and cheese!). When we tested out the theory with a wide variety of pizzas at our party, we found that Grüner Veltliner was more than up to the task. It had enough body and the acidity just cut through all those highly flavored and rich toppings. In fact, the next time we order Pizza Hut, I’m going to open a Grüner!(click on any photo to enter slide show, ‘escape’ to return)

Wine Pairing Weekend and Grüner Veltliner
We hope you’ll join us for our exploration of Grüner Veltliner in the glass and at the table.   Our posts will all go live Saturday morning, September 10th.  Read up and join our chat on Twitter at #WinePW starting at 11am EDT/8amPDT.

Click here for a list of past and future Wine Pairing Weekend events!

We hope you’ll join us for our exploration of Grüner Veltliner in the glass and at the table. Don’t forget to join our chat on Twitter at #WinePW starting at 11am EDT/8amPDT.

Pizza Details

  • Artisan Pizza and Flatbread in 5 Minutes a Day – excellent cookbook full of easy to make pizza crust doughs (including gluten-free if you need), plus what seems like 100 great combination ideas. White sauce for your pizza? Recipe here. White sauce, pancetta, brussels sprouts and pecorino? Yep, got it.
  • Pizza Stone – Key to success with your pizza whether you are cooking in your oven, or on a grill.  If you’re going to use it on the grill, make sure you get one thick enough and advertised as grill worthy. Thinner stones will crack under the direct heat. The voice of experience….
  • Primo Grill – This is an investment for the cooking enthusiast. If you want to smoke a pork shoulder for 12 hours at 225°F one day, and cook pizza at 600°F the next day, this is a grill that can do it all.
Bacon, blue cheese and ripe pears, a perfect pizza for Grüner Veltliner

Bacon, blue cheese and ripe pears, a perfect pizza for Grüner Veltliner

 

Comments
18 Responses to “Is Grüner Veltliner Your Next Pizza Wine? #WinePW”
  1. The title definitely piqued my curiousity! Wouldn’t have thought Gruner would make for a good pizza wine, but now will have to try!

  2. My mouth is water. What a fun way to make pizza. The pairing sounds perfect!

  3. Wendy Klik says:

    I love make your own pizza parties and it seems that gv is perfect with these pies.

  4. Vino Travels says:

    That pizza looks amazing. We should have a wine pairing with pizza pairings on ItalianFWT.

  5. What a fun way to explore Gruner! And what a nice grill!

  6. Pizzas look delish! But what really captured my attention was that grill . . . .

  7. Wow, a pizza extravaganza! All look delicious. Pizza stone is a must. Cheers!

  8. Count me in as a member of Team Pizza and Gruner!! I’m salivating right now! Prost!

  9. Couldn’t agree with you more about the pizza stone it is a must if you are serious about making pizza at home

  10. I have been enjoying reading all of these articles. I actually had this particular wine in 2014. I just had another Gruner with some Asian food to be published in a couple of weeks (I think).

  11. Jill Barth says:

    This is so much fun, so hospitable & yummy. I love it; thanks for the inspiration.

  12. Yum! Pizza and Gruner. Now that’s a pairing you don’t see every day. Very creative indeed! Great post Jeff!

  13. tpwpcom says:

    You and Nancy are killing me with these pear pizzas. I must have one VERY soon. i comment on hers that i did one last year with Italian plums, blue cheese, and bacon with a balsamic drizzle. Can’t wait to try with pear.

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