by Fred McMillin
for March 19, 1997

This Gewurz Works

Honey, spice, and everything nice.. that's Gewurztraminer (gay-verts trah-meen-er). Many of my tasters enjoy it with Chinese and other Asian cuisine. However, a word of caution for those about to try it. Don't select a bottle with such intense flavors that it will overwhelm the food. Instead, choose a delicate one such as the 1995 Sonoma Creek. That winery is noted for its deft handling of the cool-climate, white wine grape, Chardonnay. Little wonder then that they do so well with another cool-climate, white wine grape, Gewurztraminer.

1995 Gewurztraminer, Appellation—Mendocino County
Sonoma Creek Winery
Sonoma County, California
Phone: (707)938-3031, FAX (707)938-3424
$9 (good value)

Category: Recommended

Postscript: The unique, strong honeysuckle aroma and flavor of Gewurztraminer prompted British wine authority Jancis Robinson to observe that the varietal has the dubious, dual distinction of being the easiest to recognize and the hardest to pronounce.

About the Writer

Fred McMillin, a veteran wine writer, has taught wine history for 30 years on three continents. He currently teaches wine courses at San Francisco State and San Francisco City College and is Northern California Editor for American Wine on the Web. In 1995, the Academy of Wine Communications honored Fred with one of only 22 Certificates of Commendation awarded to American wine writers.

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