Match of the week | Asparagus salad and Grüner Veltliner

Match of the week

Asparagus salad and Grüner Veltliner

I’ve been in Vienna for the past few days so couldn’t really avoid eating asparagus. Not that I wanted to. Austria’s white asparagus is one of the highlights of the spring and early summer so we grabbed any opportunity we could to wolf it.

This was a salad at a very cool café called Meierei which specialises in dairy foods so the asparagus was combined with fresh cheese, tomato and a milky dressing and some puffed up pork crackling a bit like posh Quavers. Really delicious. We drank the restaurant's own Grüner Veltliner with it. I can’t give you any more detail as they don’t put their winelist on their website and infuriatingly I didn’t note it down but it was a crisp, fresh youthful style - a 2013 I seem to recall.

We could have also drunk riesling with it - it’s a toss-up whether you should go for Grüner or Riesling with asparagus depending on your mood and the way it’s prepared. But if you go to Vienna don’t miss it.

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Comments: 2 (Add)

Fiona Beckett on June 16 2014 at 18:46

Never tried asparagus and strawberries together but can imagine it working. And that off-dry riesling would go with it

Derek Flack on June 16 2014 at 18:39

Enjoyed Rudesheimer Riesling with white asparagus and strawberry starter at Leitz winery in Rheingau on visit a couple of years ago - great match - slightly off-dry Riesling.

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