2/22/08

…Gewürztraminer Five Times Fast!

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It’s not a tool you keep in the garage, and it’s not an engine part on that Alfa Romeo.

The Gewürztraminer is a white wine grape, grown primarily in Germany, France, New Zealand and America with it's origins in the Italian Alps. This vine performs best in cooler climates, and can also be a bit temperamental to grow.

As for the wine it produces, Gewürztraminers are generally very aromatic, with floral notes, lychee, passion fruit and some spice on the nose and palate. Naturally high in sugar content, the wine is generally off-dry, although much of the product from Germany leans a bit more toward a dry style.

Food pairing: The aromatic quality of “gevurtz” (insert your wacky spelling here) lets it pair nicely with spicier foods such as some Asian dishes or chicken wings, or give it a try with smoked salmon. It even pairs well with a Thanksgiving dinner.

As for the “five times fast” reference…

There is a nice family owned winery in Sonoma, California called Gundlach Bundschu. Of course, they happen to make a very fine Gewurztraminer. The folks there claim that the local sobriety test is having to say “Gundlach Bundschu Gewürztraminer” five times fast. I give up..!

Certainly the name looks daunting, but don’t let it prevent you from trying this wonderful white wine varietal.

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