Anthony Gismondi on Wine
Thursday, June 8 2017

Top 10 : Gewürztraminer

By: Treve Ring & Anthony Gismondi
The spicy one

Unsure what to do with gewürztraminer?

Let's start with the pronounciation:  both {geh VAIRTZ trah mee ner} and {geh vertz STRAW min ner} are acceptable versions, though most often folks will just shorten it to Gew.

The name itself quite literally tells you what to expect. Gewürz translates as spice, and refers to the fact that the grape, originating from Alsace, is a spicy mutation of the traminer grape. The scion has eclipsed the parent; though traminer today is not well known, gewürztraminer has proven itself a popular white aromatic wine, grown successfully across numerous regions and climates. The pink skinned grape has high natural sugar and therefore alcohol, and lower acidity. Though most gew are off-dry, styles range from rich and sweet to bone dry and taut. All well-made gewürztraminer characteristically carry a spicy note, that can range from a tickle to a full on Moroccan market. Other notes to look for in the glass include rose petals, lychee, cold cream and perfume. Gew's spicy nature allows it to tackle spicy foods - think about Middle Eastern, Moroccan, Thai, Chinese dishes, as well as the traditional spiced sausage, duck and goose dishes of Alsace and Germany. 


Here are our top 10 recently tasted gews at GOW.



Written By:
Treve Ring & Anthony Gismondi
Treve Ring & Anthony Gismondi

Every week Treve Ring and Anthony Gismondi collaborate on our Top Ten list, released on Thursday morning, often with a timely theme. If you count carefully the list will more than likely exceed ten names but only because we believe if any wine is tied by a score that makes our list it should be included. We know many of you are wine savvy and can do your own sleuthing to locate our weekly picks but for those who asked: BCLS means it is sold in government retail stores; when we say private wine shops we mean it could be in any private wine shop or liquor retail store (LRS); winery direct means check with the winery online. If it’s not sold in BC we usually try and give you a suggested retail price. Prices change hourly in BC – the price we post is what we are given at publication.