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AG Pick: Zocker Gruner Veltliner 2011

Grüner Veltliner is the kind of wine you crave on a hot day. It’s an ideal summer white, going well with a variety of foods including seafood, sandwiches and salads, hard to pair vegetables like artichokes and asparagus, or Asian or spicy cuisine. You can enjoy it with a backyard barbecue or simply on its own while relaxing on the patio.

One Grüner Veltliner to search out this summer is the Zocker Grüner Veltliner 2011.

It is rare to find Grüner Veltliner grown outside of Austria – a reason why the Zocker Grüner Veltliner is special. But what makes this California wine outstanding is its taste.

Zocker grows Grüner Veltliner and Riesling in the Edna Valley, located in California’s Central Coast AVA. The terroir of the Niven family’s Paragon Vineyard is similar to northern Austria and perfectly suited for the high acidity grapes.

With a name that means “gambler” in German, Zocker took a bit of a risk growing a variety that is uncommon in the United States. But it is clear that their gamble paid off.

Veteran French winemaker Christian Roguenant has produced a wine that is the ultimate expression of Grüner Veltliner. Fruit, mineral and spice blend together harmoniously for a crisp and elegant sip.

Enticing aromas of citrus and melon lure you in. Meyer lemon, honeydew and white peach flavors are enhanced with a touch of white pepper and crushed shell minerality.

The Zocker Grüner Veltliner has a lovely roundness to its taste and texture, with a pleasant, slightly oily feel that coats the mouth. Racy acidity tickles the tongue, and the finish is clean and satisfying.

A bottle of the Zocker Grüner Veltliner 2011 costs approximately $20.

13.5% alcohol by volume

In Georgia Zocker is distributed by Prime Wine & Spirits. Visit their website to find restaurants and retailers where Zocker is available.

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