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Gewürztraminer Wine Details
Price: $21.90 per bottle

Description: Brilliant, very pale straw color; candy, ripe, fruity, peach, pear, banana, floral, violets, rose petal, spice, pine, juniper and mineral aromas; barely sweet, ripe, fresh fruit, "fruit bomb", white peach, pear, apple, citrus and slightly mineral flavors; rich body; very nice balance; faintly bitter. This wine has a gloriously floral nose, more like a bouquet than a glass of wine, although the flavors are packed with fruit; the clear winner of the flight. Drinks well on its own. Matches with our Antipasto salad and Chicken and Mushroom Tagliatelle, it also matches with mild to medium spiced Asian cooking, grilled and baked vegetables, shellfish and lighter pastas.

Varietal Definition
Cultivated for over a thousand years, this white-wine grape (sometimes referred to simply as Traminer) is thought to have originated in the village of Tramin (or Temeno) in Italy’s Alto Adige region. Gewürztraminer grapes are planted in Alsace, a French region between Germany and France that specializes in excellent dry Gerwürztraminer wines. They’re also cultivated in Germany, Austria, Hungary, Rumania, Czechoslovakia, and Ukraine. Because they perform better in cooler climates, Gewürztraminer grapes have not done well in many of California’s warmer growing regions. However, they thrive in cooler California areas such as Carneros, Anderson Valley, and Monterey County, as well as in parts of Oregon and Washington. The German word ‘gewürz’ means ‘spiced,’ and these wines are known for their crisp, spicy attributes. They’re highly fragrant, with flavor characteristics of litchis, roses, and spices such as cloves and nutmeg. Gewürztraminer wines are available in varying degrees of sweetness -- dry, medium-sweet, and late harvest. Because of the grape’s pinkish (sometimes yellow) pigment, Gewürztraminer wines are some of the more deeply colored of the whites, many have gold or peach tones. The distinctive color and aroma of these wines make them easily recognizable by those familiar with this varietal wine.


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