What is Gewürztraminer Wine?
Gewürztraminer is made from a pink to red skinned grape that is an offshoot of the Traminer grape that is no longer prevalent. It is best grown in cooler climates, and tends to produce a higher sugar content. The wine is highly aromatic, and is rarely blended. It is a full bodied white wine with lower acidity. The largest producer of Gewürztraminer is Alsace, France; however, New Zealand, Germany, Austria, Italy, California, and Washington state also produce it as well.
Style of Gewürztraminer Wine
This is a wine that can be either dry or sweet, and should always be served cold. The sweet versions are usually late harvest wines.
Aromas & Flavors
As mentioned previously, Gewürztraminer is an aromatic wine. You might get aromas like rose, honey, gardenia, spice, and smoked meats. The flavors include lychee, peach, cinnamon, mango, and grapefruit.
Gewürztraminer goes very well with exotic spices like those used in Indian or Moroccan cuisine. Fish, chicken, pork, or veal dishes should be considered. Fatty or rich foods are also a good idea. When it comes to cheese, try to stick to soft cow cheeses like Münster.
ABV & Calorie Count
The typical alcohol by volume (ABV) content is a bit lower at 12%, but can get up to around 13.5%. The typical calorie count of is around 156 calories for a 6 ounce glass.