With aromas of grapefruit, lychee and a touch of cinnamon and flowers on the nose, this light straw-colored wine is an inexpensive and uncomplicated version of the Gewurztraminer varietal. Bright flavors of pineapple, peach, grapefruit and spice maintain the wine’s balance between sweetness and mild acidity. This off-dry wine from Washington’s Columbia Valley is ideal for spicy foods like Greg’s Cajun-style shrimp.
In my opinion, Gewurztraminer is the most aromatically distinct white wine. Literally translated, the name means “spicy grape,” referring to “baking spices” such as cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and ginger. This is my Thanksgiving wine, because it works so well so with the flavor profiles found in roasted turkey, sweet potatoes and other traditional Thanksgiving dishes. Perhaps the best examples of this wine come from the Alsace region of France, where the wines are usually fuller and richer than German and American styles. For a truly amazing wine experience, look for an Alsatian Vendange Tardive (late harvest) Gewurztraminer.
Pairs With Road Trip Reminiscence: Creole BBQ Shrimp
Also pairs well with Asian food, soft cheeses, curries, glazed ham, and sausage.
- Category White Wine
- Varietal Gewurztraminer
- Region Columbia Valley WA