Asparagus with duck egg en cocotte

RECIPE: Asparagus to impress your guests, with Lawrence Murphy 

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I’ve just got back from a week’s skiing in Austria and was reminded just how enjoyable a glass of Austria’s very own white grape variety, Grüner Veltliner, can be.

This is without doubt its signature white grape, which is hardly grown anywhere else and can produce some really interesting, mainly dry whites that make good food partners.

If it’s carefully grown and in the right spots it can make quite complex white wines, with notes of peach and apricot blossom and citrus as well as spicy black pepper.

It has become quite fashionable recently and is now quite widely available. I reckon it’s well worth tracking down.