Serving Gewurztraminer this Thanksgiving?
I adore the intense spicy aroma of Gewurztraminer, and use it in two of my wines.* I like it at Thanksgiving because its fruity, spicy and floral aromas go well with turkey and stuffing made with dried fruit.
Why use Gewurztraminer in a blend? What does it contribute?
It imparts a seductive first impression. When you put your nose into the glass, you smell something exotic and floral — roses, lychees, facial cream, perfume. It does not contribute much acidity, so I like to blend it with Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris, which are more zesty.
What language is this?
Gewürz means spice in German. Tramin is a town in the Alto Adige region of Italy, where the grape varietal is called Traminer Aromatico. In Germany, it is spelled Gewürztraminer, with an umlaut. In Alsace, France, it’s spelled Gewurztraminer, without the umlaut.
Where is it grown?
It is a signature wine of Alsace, but also grown in Germany, Austria, Spain, New Zealand, Chile, California, Oregon, Washington and New York.
What’s the difference in taste between Gewurztaminer and Gewürztraminer?
In general, it tastes like peaches, apricots, lychees and spice, with moderate acidity and medium body. In Alsace, its more more pungent. In Germany, it is more fruity and floral. Warm climate Gewurztraminers have lush fruit aromas; cool climate Gewurztarminers have tangy fruit aromas.
Is Gewurztraminer usually blended, or vinified as a single varietal?
Usually it is bottled as a single varietal. Because it is so pungent, I like to blend it with other varietals so that there is just the right touch of Gewurztraminer in the wine.
With what should you serve it?
Dry Gewurztraminer wine: turkey, ham, roast pork, bacon, smoked charcuterie, foie gras, Munster, Epoisses
Sweet Gewurztraminer wine: pumpkin pie, apple pie, berry tart, vanilla cookies
*Bouké White Wine is a blend of Gewurztraminer, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Sauvignon Blanc, and is a dry wine. Bouquet White Dessert Wine is a blend of Gewurztraminer and Chardonnay, and is a vin doux naturel.