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Wiener Schnitzel, the Austrian classic, should never be served in or on a sauce. NEVER! Although cranberry compote is OK according to the definitive guide posted by The Passionate Cook.

What wine should you look to serving with this dish? Easy, Austrian food should have an Austrian wine; a white as Wiener Schnitzel is basically veal in breadcrumbs. Grüner Veltliner is Austria's own unique variety but a Sauvignon Blanc or an Italian white would work just as well.

You need to turn to the specialists for really decent choice of Austrian Wines - a great range was sampled at an Ultimate Wines Tasting earlier this year while Nick Dobson Wines also have a superb range.

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I would agree that a Pinot Grigio or its Alsatian counterpart Pinot Gris would work well, I also think that Austrian Rieslings (NEVER a German one, as they're very different from ours and only good for dessert or Thai food, in my humble opinion) are a great match. Careful with the Sauvignon Blanc, though, while I can see any European variety working, I would shy away from the very intense fruitiness of a Chilean or Aussi/NZ one, which would be overpowering and not rustic enough for a Schnitzel... or, as summer is the perfect season for a rose, try another Austrian speciality - the Schilcher!

I wasnt very clear but I did mean an Austrian Sauvignon Blanc; as you are right in that the New World versions, especially those from New Zealand, would be too powerful. An Alsace Pinot Blanc would also be good.

stop the discussion here. wiener schnitzel is best accompanied by austrian mrzen - our very own lager. *g* ...