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
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.
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