Pratsch 2014 Niederösterreich Grüner Veltliner ($14.99/1 liter)

PratschSold in a 1-liter bottle with a metal screw cap, this clear, straw color wine is made with organic grapes. Good, simple scents of white fruit and subtle wildflowers lead into a tart, briskly acidic flavor focused on a blend of citrus – lime, maybe, and a whiff of tangerine – with tart green apple and a subtle back note of that “rainwater over rocks” minerality that’s desirable in Austrian whites. Zippy acidity and balanced flavors combine with modest 12% alcohol to make it a very good food wine. U.S. importer: Winesellers Ltd., Niles, Ill. (Aug. 12, 2015)

FOOD MATCH: While its traditional partner is firm, freshwater fish, it’s also a joy to have on hand during summer, with fine local veggies abundant from the garden and farmers’ markets. It was a delight with a savory dish of curried okra with chickpeas and tomatoes, inspired by this recipe from

WHEN TO DRINK: It won’t kill it to keep in a cellar or on a wine rack in a cool place for a year or three, but it makes sense to drink up this clean, fresh wine young and move on each year to the current vintage.

VALUE: While it’s a decent value in the middle teens for a full liter bottle, it may be worth shopping around, as shows an $11 median at U.S. retailers.

WEB LINKS The winery website is published in German and English Here’s a link to Pratsch’s wines in English. It’s not yet updated for the 2014, but you can click through to read technical details of the 2013 Grüner Veltliner;

Importer WineSellers Ltd.’s web pages offer this basic info on the 2014 Grüner Veltliner. You can also click links from this page to download more detailed fact sheets.

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