Gewürztraminer– Aaah, the misunderstood grape. If you can pronounce it…you’re probably already a fan. This is Wikipedia’s pronunciation guide [ɡəˈvʏɐtstʁaˈmiːnɐ] – Huh!
Let me help: (Guh vertz tra meener). OK, Yes, I’m a fan too. I like to say mangoes are the perfume of fruit…well Gewürztraminer is the perfume of wine. With heady floral notes, a bit of spice and exotic tropical fruit (like lychee), the varietal marries well with spicy and asian foods. The refreshing white wine has a natural effervescence and makes a good aperitif or drinking wine, as well.
Although many American vintners bottle a semi-sweet or demi-sec wine, the dry version most known from the Alsace region of France, I think, is better on the palette. Navarro Winery in Mendocino County makes a lovely dry Gewürztraminer. You can order it on-line but, do visit the Navarro Vineyards in person if you have the chance. Both the drive through the California Redwood Forest and the ambiance of Navarro’s Winery are soooo memorable!Share post