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Gewürztraminer is an expressive and aromatically distinctive white grape variety...
Gewürztraminer is an expressive and aromatically distinctive white grape variety. It is considered a noble variety in the Alsace region of France, and can produce beautiful wines in the mountainous Alto Adige region of north-eastern Italy. With the notable exception of the Anderson Valley, most regions of California are too warm for Gewürztraminer’s low potential acidity, but it has done particularly well in more northerly, cooler regions of North America such as British Columbia, Ontario’s Niagara Peninsula, and New York's Finger Lakes.
In the Glass
Gewürztraminer is bold and highly aromatic, with intense flavors of lychee, rose petal, ginger, musk, exotic spice, smoke, pineapple, apricot kernel, and peach. Wines range from bone dry to quite sweet, and its naturally low acidity is offset by high levels of skin-derived phenolics, which in addition to aromatics provide weight and a good structural grip.
Gewürztraminer’s natural spiciness makes it a great ally for flavorful cuisine, such as Indian, Middle Eastern, or Moroccan fare. It is also excellent with dense, oily fish like salmon, swordfish, and mahi-mahi, and works well with a wide range of meats and charcuterie. Gewürztraminer truly shines with classic Alsatian dishes like choucroute, Quiche Lorraine, and anything egg-based.
Because of its floral perfume and tendency towards slight sweetness, Gewürztraminer makes for an excellent gateway wine. For those who have been introduced to wine through Moscato or other sweet wines, Gewürztraminer can serve as the perfect bridge towards an appreciation for dry whites.
Lawson's Dry Hills Gewurztraminer 2014Gewurztraminer from Marlborough, New Zealand
Heinz Eifel Shine Gewurztraminer 2016Gewurztraminer from Rheinhessen, Germany
Handley Anderson Valley Gewurztraminer 2015Gewurztraminer from Anderson Valley, Mendocino, California
Bodkin The Bohemian Gewurztraminer 2015Gewurztraminer from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
Claiborne & Churchill Dry Gewurztraminer 2017Gewurztraminer from Central Coast, California
Pierre Sparr Gewurztraminer 2015Gewurztraminer from Alsace, France