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Hello and welcome to my second wine review!!!!
Today, we’ll be discussing Pratsch 2015 Gruner Veltiner, and all I can say is I am so glad this portion of my blog is written and NOT a video! I would have totally butchered that! LOL!
So, this wine was one of the many bottles I picked up during the sale at Twin Liquors out here in Austin. I felt like it was a safe purchase since it was a white wine, and the label stated “Made with Organic Grapes” made me feel like it was going to be a sweet wine!
Of course, I did my research before trying it and came across some very interesting information!
For starters, I found this wine is best paired with seafood and poultry that are on the spicy side! (Ya’ll know I love my spice!!) I also discovered it goes well with asparagus and Brussels sprouts. Now, I’m the only person in my house that eats asparagus, so unfortunately, I didn’t pair the wine with this. Instead, I made garlic and herb breaded salmon, seasoned with cayenne pepper, and wild rice.
Wine has been chilled for 24 hours; food is hot off the oven! I am ready to enjoy. . .
I eat my food first, and then go in for my very first sip.
The best way to describe my reaction is to tell you to Google, “baby tastes lemon for the first time,” and seeing what pops up.
Though I may be a tad bit dramatic, the wine was definitely on the sour side, which was slightly disappointing since it’s classified as a social wine and is supposed to be “easy to drink.”
More like easy to sip!
My wife did remind me that people usually do sip their wines, so for those who are sippers, this may be something for you to try!
Now, of course, I had to figure out why this wine tasted the way it did and here’s what I discovered:
Gruner Veltiner comes from Austria which is cool and dry wine growing area. This wine, in particular, is a dry wine with citrus flavors, which would explain the sour lemon-like taste. Another interesting thing I learned was that wines apparently have 4 fundamental traits:
1. Tannins (See previous entry if you have any questions about tannins)
4. And acidity
Why is this important?
Well, just like tannins determined how “dry” a red wine would taste, the acidity of a wine is what gives it that sour taste. Now, all wines have some kind of acidity within them, and can be found on what’s considered a pH spectrum. Most wines will range from 2.5 to a 4.5 on the pH spectrum, with 7 being neutral.
See pH level chart below, retrieved from https://winefolly.com/review/understanding-acidity-in-wine/
The sweeter the wine, the lower the acidity; the higher the tannin level, the lower the acidity level as well. So, to be clear, if you’re looking for a sweet wine, knowing the acidity and tannin levels of your wine is very important!
Now, this wine wasn’t ALL bad, as a matter of fact, it was very strong and I couldn’t finish just one glass. (Let me be clear, if you haven’t figured it out yet, I’m not your typical 8 oz of wine drinking chick! LOL, when I have a glass of wine, I have a GLASS!)
But I couldn’t finish mine! I literally had a swallow left and tapped out. This wine contained 12% alcohol. And for those who are calling me a light weight right now, seriously, we should be friends, LOL.
So, my overall rating of this wine will be a 3.5.
I cannot say I’ll never try it again, but if I do, I’ll make sure to have some asparagus on hand!
Have you tried this wine before? If so, please, leave your comment below! I am curious to see what you thought!
Thank you again for joining me tonight, I hope this entry was slightly insightful! To everyone who has made a wine suggestion for me, thank you so much! I cannot wait to try your favorite wines! Don’t forget to subscribe if you haven’t yet!
See you guys on April 29th when I post my book review!!