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2011 Pratsch Gruner Veltliner 

Weinviertel, Austria

$13 Retail

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Organically grown grapes from the Pratsch estate were sourced to produce this zesty, food-friendly wine. After harvesting the carefully tended vines, the grapes were gently pressed and fermented at low temperatures in stainless steel. A layer of inert gas inside the tanks ensures the wine's maximum aromatics are retained. In the glass, the wine exudes crisp aromas of green apple, citrus, subtle hints of apricot and peach and spice notes. On the palate, the dry wine offers flavors of grapefruit and lime, hints of cantaloupe, pear and white pepper, lively acidity and pleasant stony minerality. Drink it with smoked salmon with cream cheese and capers, green salads, smoked soft-shell crabs, fish, Parmesan cheese, artichoke hearts, prosciutto-wrapped asparagus, pasta, curries or crispy duck. Buy it at: Whole Foods Markets.

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