• Leina Ussin

Save Water, Drink Wine!

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)

2. Alcohol

3. Sweetness

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

​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!!

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