Seasonal Rhode Island Food & Wine Pairings: Asparagus & Grüner Veltliner

Trying to match food and wine can sometimes grow into a complicated, out-of-control beast. Let’s pare it down. An easy way to start is to choose an ingredient that is in season, and then pick a complementary wine. As a wine store located in Providence, we tend to share Rhode Island farm (and ocean!) fresh foods as they come into season, and then give you our vote for the best wine pairing. Farm Fresh Rhode Island is a handy online resource for fresh, local foods.

In Season Now
April – June

Asparagus is one of the earliest native vegetables to look forward to in Rhode Island. A type of young green shoot, asparagus is a versatile early spring to summer side-dish and ingredient. Roast it in a pan, throw it on the grill with olive oil and salt and pepper, or use it in soups, omelets, or chopped up fresh in a salad!

Wine Pairing

Grüner Veltliner is crisp, dry, and Austria’s #1 white wine. Where most white wines fail when matched with green vegetables, Grüner always wins. There is most likely an in-depth scientific reason for why Grüner Veltliner tastes so good with bitter vegetables like asparagus, but all we know is that it’s a fantastic combination of mineral flavors mingled with the taste of pure springtime.

Recommended Wine:
Gobelsburger Grüner Veltliner

  • The Gobelsburger vineyards and winemaking have been tended to by monks since 1171.
  • A high quality Grüner Veltliner at an affordable price!
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