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Gewurztraminer Facts


  • Food Pairings:
    Munster cheese, pork, goose, spicy Asian food
  • Recommended Growing Regions:
    Alsace (France)
  • Flavor Profile:
    Ranges from dry to sweet, but deeply aromatic in all styles

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Gewurztraminer

One of the wine world's love-it-or-hate-it grapes, Gewürztraminer is for many wine lovers the signature variety of Alsace. Its highly perfumed aromas of rose petal, smoked meat, lychee, grapefruit, and spices are immediate and captivating, although some examples lack refinement and seem a bit blowzy owing to low acidity and high alcohol. Gewürztraminer is as unlike the steelier, more aristocratic Riesling as a white grape can be. No other region of the world has been able to produce significant quantities of Gewürztraminer that even approach the decadent richness and exotic fruit qualities that the best producers in Alsace achieve. Still, other than late-harvest versions, Gewürztraminer is normally a dry wine in Alsace, despite smelling like a sweet one. Gewürztraminer marries beautifully with rich, fatty dishes like pork and goose or ripe cheeses, as well as with the exotic spices of Moroccan, Indian, and Far Eastern cuisines.

Featured Wine:
2011 Domaine Barmès-Buecher Gewürztraminer Rosenberg

François Barmès, one of the most brilliant and revered winegrowers in France, passed away tragically, shortly after the call to harvest in 2011. Just a week before the mountain bike accident that took his life, the spicy aromas of ultra-ripe Gewürztraminer wafted over the famed Rosenberg vineyard.

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