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Wine of the week: 2015 Hermann Moser Gruner Veltliner Karmeliterberg 

Kremstal, Austria

Retail: $16-19

Austria has been home to some of the world's oldest wine grapes, dating back as far as 2000 B.C. Gruner Veltliner is not exclusive to Austria, but it stars as the country's signature grape and makes up more than 36 percent of planted vines. This Gruner was produced on the 300-year-old Hermann Moser estate in lower Austria, which has made wine since 1874. Hand harvested in mid-October last year, the juice was fermented in stainless steel tanks and bottled in early March. In the glass, the medium bodied, well-balanced wine offers complex aromas of citrus, melon, white pepper and spicy nuances. On the palate, flavors of pear, green apple, white peach, herbal notes, lime zest and quince mingle with a vibrant acidity leading to a satisfying finish. Very food-friendly, enjoy as an aperitif or with smoked salmon, oysters, schnitzel, sushi, roasted chicken, salads and Asian dishes. Buy it at: Grande Krewe Fine Wines & Spirits, Sidney's Wine Cellar and Spirit Wine. Drink it at: Bayona, Pelican Club, Galatoire's and Bouligny Tavern.


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