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Dear Dr. Vinny,

I have recently acquired an assorted case of Grüner Veltliner. My wife and I have previously drank this varietal perhaps only once or twice. Can you suggest the top five or six food pairings?

—J.H.N., Minnesota

Dear J.H.N.,

Oh, that’s easy. Grüner Veltliner’s bright acidity and appealing spicy quality pair it very well with all types of food. The most eye-popping match is how well it goes with Asian food—anything from Vietnamese to Thai to spicy Chinese flavors. Next, try it with seafood. Grüners also go very well with bitter greens and salads. Then have your favorite pork tenderloin dish. And finally, enjoy how that acidity can cut through salt and fat, like in a smoked ham.

—Dr. Vinny

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