What’s in My Glass? Gewurztraminer
It’s Wednesday, the unofficial (but pretty official) “Hump” day that marks the middle of the week. In an effort to mitigate the effects of “Hump” day, which for those of us with non-traditional schedules can mean Monday, I always try to drink something awesome.
Today, awesomeness was definitely reached in the form of Teutonic Wine Company 2011 Gewurztraminer. Super ripe and floral on the nose, this is a rich springtime wine that brightens up any day. Tons of ripe citrus fruit like Mandarin oranges, Meyer lemon, and lychee plus honeysuckle, cinnamon, and white pepper. Whoa.
“Gewurztraminer” literally means “spicy traminer,” in Austro-Hungarian lingo and you can certainly taste the spice in this Oregon version of the wine. Teutonic is a tiny producer in Oregon that focuses on cool-climate grape varieties like Gewurz and Riesling. From the first sip, it wasn’t hard to tell that this wine was inspired by its ancient European cousins.
Though Gewurztraminer is grown across the globe, it’s thought to have originated in the Alsace region of France or Germany. Great examples of the grape, which thrives in cool climates like Italy’s Alto Adige region, can be found across Europe and are known for having an intense, floral bouquet and tons of spice on the palate. Often times, these wines are big and bold whites with lots of sexy spice and a hint of sugar. (I’ve been known to compare them to Ryan Gosling)
The beauty of the spicy traminer, is that its inherent unctuousness and wealth of aromatics make it a great wine for spicy foods, which are often hard to pair. Wasabi, for example, loves a little sweet gewurz.
It’s hump day, drink up.
Laura Loves: Gewurztraminer from the Alsace region of France, where I explored quaint towns a few years ago.
This video of Alton Brown sabering Champagne. (The uncorked version will debut soon).
This Gewurz writeup on from Wine Folly. (“Gewurztraminer is the Grown Up Version of Moscato)
Fun Facts: Despite producing white wines, Gewurztraminer grapes are actually red.
Only about 20,000 acres of this Noble grape are planted worldwide.
Gewurztraminer is one of only 4 grapes in Alsace that is permitted in Grand Cru wines.
Perfect Pairings: Spicy Thai curry, where the floral and tropical aspects of Gewurz counteract the curry’s heat.
Stinky, salty cheeses like Roquefort or Munster where the wine’s aromatics are opposite to those of the cheese.
Heavily spiced sausage like Merguez.