Undoubtedly the most difficult wine name to pronounce, Gewurztraminer (pronounced Guh-VURTZ-trah-mean-er) is a refreshing, light-medium bodied slightly sweet white wine. With a name like Gewurztraminer, you would automatically think Germany was where this grape originated from. But you would be wrong. It originates in the Alto Adige area of Northern Italy. It is extensively grown in that area, as well as the French Alsace and Germany.
Gewurztraminer does well in cooler climates and therefore wonderful wine is produced in the Okanagan region of BC and Washington state.
The German word gewurtz means spiced, and the resulting wine stays true to definition. These wines are crisp, and spicy, highly fragrant with flavour characteristics of lychee, flowery, cloves and nutmeg. Most Gewurztraminer wines are medium sweet. The wine is typically golden in colour but can be peachy. Gewurztraminer is best consumed as a young wine and not recommended for extended ageing. This wine is well paired with any spicy food.
In June you will find a great opportunity to make a Gewurztraminer and save money. The Selection Gewurztraminer is on sale all month.