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Gewürztraminer is Easier to Enjoy Than It Is to Say

Gewürztraminer has everything going for it: Gobs of aromatic fruit, a texture that makes it both excellent to sip on its own and perfect at the lunch or dinner table, and the ability to be produced in ways that don’t require charging a fortune for a great bottle. Let’s explore what makes it such a stellar option no matter what the occasion may be.

How do you pronounce Gewürztraminer?

Whether you’re talking about the Gewürztraminer grape, Gewürztraminer wine, Alsace Gewürztraminer (which is just Gewürztraminer from the Alsace region of France, sometimes also referred to as Gewürztraminer Alsace style), German Gewürztraminer, or Gewürztraminer from any other part of the world (you’d be surprised how widely it’s grown), Gewürztraminer white wine is pronounced the same: guh-VERTZ-tra-mee-ner.

What kind of wine is Gewürztraminer?

Gewürztraminer is a white wine produced from the grape variety of the same name. It is most widely associated with German wine and the wines of Alsace, but the truth is that the grape can and is grown around the world.

Is Gewürztraminer Dry?

As a general rule, Gewürztraminer tends to produce a wine that boasts enough fruity, spicy, and floral notes that even when it’s made in a dry style, it often smells like it’ll be a bit on the sweeter side. Whether it is or not depends on the producer and traditions of where it’s being grown and made. There are both dry and sweet wines made from Gewürztraminer, and they all have the possibility of being delicious.

Do you chill Gewürztraminer?

Yes, as with the vast majority of white wines, Gewürztraminer is best enjoyed chilled. How much you chill it is a matter of personal preference, however. In general, colder Gewürztraminer will allow the crisp, mouthwatering character to shine through, and less-chilled Gewürztraminer will let the more floral, spicy, and ripe-fruit notes to shine.

Does Gewürztraminer age well?

With a few exceptions, Gewürztraminer tends to be the best in its youth. Its generally lower levels of acidity and expressive, exuberant fruit make it particularly appealing as soon as you buy a bottle. But there are certainly some examples of Gewürztraminer that can age beautifully.

What is the difference between Riesling and Gewürztraminer?

Riesling and Gewürztraminer are two different grape varieties. Gewürztraminer tends to be more overtly floral than Riesling, with more lychee-type fruit, lower acidity, and a less pronounced potential to age for a long time. But because they are both often associated with Germany, many people tend to confuse them.

What food goes well with Gewürztraminer?

Because of its spicy, fruity, floral flavors—many people find notes of lychee when they taste it. Gewürztraminer does remarkably well with not just prepared fish and seafood, but also with more aromatically spiced dishes that might otherwise give less versatile white wines trouble from a pairing standpoint. Thai, Indian, and Malaysian dishes often shine alongside a good glass of Gewürztraminer. And sweeter styles of Gewürztraminer can be lovely with more pungent cheeses, honey-forward desserts, spicy foods, and fresh fruit.

What cheese goes with Gewürztraminer?

The stinkier the cheese, the better! Epoisses, Munster, all kinds of ripe blue cheese: They all work with Gewürztraminer. So, too, does a sweet and almost butterscotch-like mature Gouda. Brie also sings alongside Gewürztraminer.

How long does a Gewürztraminer last?

There are certainly some bottles of Gewürztraminer that can age brilliantly—they’re mainly from the best vineyard sites of Alsace and Germany—but in general, it’s best to enjoy a bottle of Gewürztraminer right away. With wine this delicious, there’s no sense in waiting too long.

What are popular brands of Gewürztraminer?

There are many popular brands of Gewürztraminer. Among the most widely adored are Fetzer Gewürztraminer, B Lovely Gewürztraminer, Chateau Ste. Michelle, Trimbach, Albrecht, Cottesbrook, Anne de K, Hugel, and Sutter Home, among many more.

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