Trimbach Gewurztraminer Alsace 2009

This pale gold-tinted wine is highly fragrant, with exotic fruit and spice aromas.  Lychee, orange peel, grapefruit and floral aromas and flavors are prominent, but the spice elements such as candied ginger, coriander and a touch of nutmeg interest me more.   The wine’s spiciness marries perfectly with the coriander and other spices in Greg’s Duck Sliders, and Gewurztraminer in general pairs so beautifully with rich, fatty fowl such as duck. Although this is a dry wine with racy acidity and a clean finish, there is just a hint of a candied-fruit sweetness, and ties into the rich fruitiness of the dish’s fig ketchup.

Gewurztraminer can be a fairly tricky wine for food pairing. It’s great with aromatically spicy foods such as Indian, Middle Eastern, and some Thai and Vietnamese foods, but does not work with overtly spicy, peppery foods. In addition to aromatic foods, Gewurztraminer is a natural pairing with savory dishes containing fruits found in salsas and chutneys. The best Gewurztraminers, in my opinion, hale from the Alsace, because they tend to be fuller, richer and more complex. GRANT


Pairs With A Creative Take on Duck: Sliders with Fig Ketchup

Price $18

Also pairs well with Asian food, cheeses, curries, foie gras, fruit, ginger, ham, pork, sausage, turkey.

  • Category White Wine
  • Varietal Gewurztraminer
  • Region Alsace France