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2018: The Perfect Vintage for Asparagus

Seldom have young wines gone so well with springtime’s most distinctive calling-card as do Austria's 2018s. Completely harmonious and beautifully blessed with refined acidity, they provide an ideal partner to the dazzling variety of asparagus dishes due to dominate Austria’s menus in the coming weeks.

A picture shows an asparagus dish with fish and a glass of white wine, © AWMB/Ulli Kohl.
© AWMB/Ulli Kohl

Asparagus & Wine from Austria: Delicious Essence of Springtime

Asparagus Season is once more in session! No other vegetable stands for culinary pleasure in springtime like the delicious white or green shoots, which are certainly best when locally grown. Whether with Hollandaise sauce or with bread crumbs, with fish or ham, in a risotto or as a cream soup – the wealth of variations knows no end so far as this finest vegetable of the season is concerned. But one rule consistently applies: asparagus will always be absolutely delightful when served with the right wine – and Austria has a real ace up its sleeve in the current vintage.

Nicely Balanced & Harmonious: Asparagus Loves the New Vintage

In addition to its nutty aromatics, asparagus has a slightly bitter character to it, and this helps to determine the wine selection. If the acidity is too prominent – often the case with young wines – the delicate bitterness of asparagus can clash with the flavour in the glass. For this reason, slightly mature wines with well-integrated acidity are often recommended. But Austria’s 2018s offer – right out of the starting gate – excellent company for the noble vegetable. Already in their youth, the ’18s present well-balanced and nicely integrated acidity: true of all grape varieties, whether white or red.

The Right Combination Does the Trick

White or red? In most cases, white wines are recommended as the companions of choice for various asparagus dishes. Wines of the Pinot family, with their subtle aromas and finely-grained luxuriant texture, are ideal for richly flavoured variations such as Asparagus Hollandaise, Asparagus Risotto or Asparagus Polonaise (with buttered bread crumbs). Wiener Gemischter Satz, with its distinctive blended character, is also a good choice here. Wines that are not too heavy should be fine for Cream of Asparagus Soup, like medium-weight Grüner Veltliner. Generally speaking, Grüner Veltliner is a very versatile food companion with its concentrated body and fine balance between fruit aromatics and minerality. It can be served successfully with almost any preparation of asparagus.

But should the wine perhaps be more aromatic, or maybe unusual? Then a fragrant Sauvignon Blanc, Roter Veltliner with its yellow fruit notes, Zierfandler or Rotgipfler with their exotic aromatics offer great enjoyment alongside a wide array of asparagus dishes.

Everything You Need to Know on Austrianwine.com

Anyone who would like to be comprehensively informed and inspired can find everything worth knowing about the ideal marriages of asparagus and wine on the website of the Austrian Wine Marketing Board.

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