Tasting Gewurztraminer

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Tasting Gewurztraminer Speaking of spicy white wines, as I was just yesterday, there's no wine more associated with spice than Gewurztraminer, which literally means the spicy one from Tramin.

While the origin of the grape is shrouded in the mystery of time, there is no denying that the name of Gewurz comes from the Alto Adige region of Italy where the grape continues to thrive producing wines that actually are rather modestly spicy in the paradigm of Gewurz.

One of the beautiful things about Gewurz is that wide range of styles the grape produces the world over. The classic traits of this spicy wine are wonderfully floral tones on the nose with notes of honeysuckle, honeycomb and lychee. On the palate, the wines can range from rather citrus to decidedly peachy, all in a lower acid, rather rich style that makes these wines a wonderful match for spicy and aromatic food.

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  • Snooth User: girlbiker
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    I had a great Gewurz the other night... Columbia Crest Two Vines 2009... I gave it a 9.5 of 10 on my blog... It was really nice. First Gewurz I have purchased, and it was perfect with my meal.

    Sep 08, 2011 at 3:30 PM

  • I can certainly appreciate that one does not think of Niagara (Canada) wines when dreaming of reds (although there are some fine reds being made in Niagara, with a distinct terroir) ... but to not feature even one Gewurz from Niagara, where they excel at making wines from this grape ... disappointing.

    Sep 09, 2011 at 3:39 PM

  • Snooth User: T Watt
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    Had an out of this world Gewurz Alsace Grand Cru Willy Gisselbrecht Frankstein 2005 still have his Reisling to go, if it is as good thinking about moving to France.

    Sep 13, 2011 at 2:11 AM

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