Posted by: Hailey | March 11, 2010

Gewürztraminer- a German Super Star!

Gewürztraminer has long been a stand out varietal in Germany. With it’s cool climate, Germany provides the perfect place for this delicate and versatile grape to grow. Often mistaken as a wine that is only sweet, Gewürztraminer in Germany has a wide range of flavor profiles and aromas.

Gewürztraminer  is an aromatic wine grape variety that performs best in cooler climates. It is sometimes referred to colloquially as Gewürz, and in French it is written Gewurztraminer (without the umlaut). Gewürztraminer is a variety with a pink to red skin color, which makes it a “white wine grape” as opposed to the blue to black-skinned varieties commonly referred to as “red wine grapes”. The variety has high natural sugar and the wines are white and usually off-dry, with a flamboyant bouquet of lychees. Indeed, Gewürztraminer and lychees share the same aroma compounds. Dry Gewürztraminers may also have aromas of roses, passion fruit and floral notes. It is not uncommon to notice some spritz (fine bubbles on the inside of the glass).

Its aromatic flavors make Gewürztraminer one of the few wines that are suitable for drinking with Asian cuisine. It also goes well with Münster cheese, and fleshy, fatty (oily) wild game.Smoked salmon is a particularly good match.

Thought to have originated in northern Italy, gewürztraminer means spicy traminer and traminer refers to the place of origin- Tramin. Over the years there have been many grapes misidentified as gewürztraminer and many crossings of the grape. It has thrived in many parts of Germany and Alsace, France. This grape can be made into sweet wines to bone dry. There is not one flavor profile that can describe it perfectly.

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