Pronounced geh-vertz-tra-mihner. A grape varietal used in the production of white wine. It is believed that the Gewürztraminer grape varietal originated in the Alto Adige region of Italy, though it is not widely planted there in modern day. It is now grown in Germany, France, the United States (specifically California), Australia, Austria, and Rumania. The varietal grows best in cooler climates and is believed to be a relative of the Muscat varietal. The grape is best known for Alsace, France wines and is a permitted varietal of Grand Crus.
Also known as: Traminer, Traminer Musqué, Traminer Parfumé, Traminer Aromatico, Rotor Traminer, Edel Traube, Rousselet, Savagnin Rosé, Tramini, and Traminac.
Characteristics: German and domestic Gewürztraminer tend to be Sweet while those of Alsace, France tend to be dry. Typically deep in color, full bodied, rich, with moderate acidity. Fragrant with rose and lychee, and flavors of spice, fruit, cinnamon, and honey.
Ageing: Consume young, though some may benefit from 2-4 years of ageing. Rarely age well past 5 years.
Serving temperature: Serve dry Gewürztraminer at a temperature of 50º-55º F, sweeter Gewürztraminer at 45º-50º F.
Food pairings: Curry, spicey Asian foods, and oriental cuisine. At it's best when served with desert.