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Tuesday, 06 March 2018 13:53

Wine Pick of the Week

CSM Gewurz bottle Picmonkey

2015 Gewürztraminer


Chateau Ste Michelle

Columbia Valley

Alcohol: 12.5%

Suggested Retail: $10

Sunday, 10 April 2016 16:21

April 8, 2016 Wine Pick of the Week

CSM CV Gewurztraminer Picmonkey



2014 Gewürztraminer


Chateau Ste Michelle

Columbia Valley (Washington)

Alcohol: 12.5%

Suggested Retail: $10

Sunday, 23 August 2015 17:33

August 21, 2015 Wine Pick of the Week

Hogue Cellars Gewurz bottle

2013 Gewürztraminer


Hogue Cellars

Columbia Valley (WA)

Alcohol: 13%

Suggested Retail: $10


“Wines for our reviews are sometimes selected with familiar quests in mind. Among these are affordable Pinot Noir, Zinfandel with more character than alcohol and white wine alternatives to the ubiquitous Chardonnay. Today’s Pick may be triggered by that last category.

"Gewürztraminer is at home in Alsace, that slice of northeastern France on the German border, where it accounts for the second most planted acreage after Riesling. It is also grown successfully in many other parts of the world, among them Washington and California. Gewürztraminer is made in many styles, from completely dry to perhaps medium-sweet ('off-dry') for table wines. This grape can also produce delightfully sweet dessert wines.”

“The Hogue Cellars Gewürz has some sweetness, but that isn’t necessarily bad. We found the sweetness balanced by its acidity and think the wine nice on its own and also a good choice to pair with certain main courses. One of the virtues of this grape variety is that it is quite floral. A standard description of its aroma is that it’s like lychee. We don’t dispute this comment, but think that very few Americans even know what a lychee is, much less what it smells like. Perhaps tropical fruits like papaya, mango or guava would be more familiar comparisons, as would rose petals and orange blossoms. Flavors include those tropical fruits and can include peaches or nectarines, too. In the mouth there is a creaminess, in spite of its good acidity.

“While the 2013 Hogue Cellars Gewürztraminer isn’t the best example of this variety we’ve ever had, we enjoyed it and found it a bargain. It’s the sort of wine that likely will please infrequent wine drinkers, as well as satisfy wine buffs who’ve had some experience with quality Riesling and Gewürztraminer.

Some wines tend to sell for less than their suggested retail and this is one of them. We bought it on sale in a grocery store for $5.99 and have seen it frequently for $7 or less. This wine and the basic Gewürztraminer from Ch. Ste Michelle, another Washington producer, are widely distributed and tend to be priced about the same. Both are good introductions to this grape and well worth trying. If you find qualities in either of them that you like and want to spend more like $20 a bottle, you could experiment with some of the drier examples from Alsace or Germany. Or, for a similar price you could try other Washington and California bottlings of this variety. Superb in that latter category are those made by Mendocino County’s Navarro ($16) and Napa’s Stony Hill ($27).”

Food Affinity: “A frequent suggestion is to pair Rieslings and Gewürztraminers with Chinese food. Even though there are many different cuisines in China and in other countries in that part of the world, this broad recommendation has been a surprisingly effective rule of thumb. However, instead of Asian, how about thinking Alsatian ? People in Alsace have been honing wine and food combinations for centuries. You could serve Gewürztraminer with charcuterie, many pork dishes, sauerkraut—even with the richness of foie gras.”

Monday, 24 February 2014 13:05

February 21, 2014 Wine Pick of the Week


Lazy Creek Gewurz Picmonkey

2012 Gewürztraminer


Producer: Lazy Creek Vineyards

Appellation: Alexander Valley

Alcohol: 14.5%

Suggested Retail: $22


“It has been a while since we tasted a Gewürztraminer and longer still since we tasted a really good one. This Lazy Creek example reminds us how delightful top-quality Caliornia Gewürz can be. This white grape variety can produce wine in styles varying from dry to quite sweet. Grown in many parts of the world, its primary homes are Germany and the Alsace region of France. When applied to Gewürztraminers from other places such as California, the phrase Alsatian style is usually code meaning the drier version. Lazy Creek is located in the Anderson Valley of Mendocino County on California's northern coast. It's an idyllic area known for fine Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs, but it also produces equally fine Gewürztraminers.

“Floral and spicy are descriptors often applied to this grape variety. In the 2012 vintage of this wine we found aromas of peach blossom, honeysuckle and roses—perhaps dried roses. In the mouth we sense white peaches or nectarines and maybe just a bit of pineapple or mango. The 'spicy' component is here, but even at the relatively high alcohol level (14.5%), spicy doesn't mean 'hot.' It manifests itself in the seeming presence of clove and cinnamon or nutmeg. Though not an Alsace-grown Gewürztraminer, the Lazy Creek displays in abundance the traditional virtues of the variety.”

Food Affinity: “Chinese and Indian cuisine are frequent suggestions for this variety, but we chose to pair the Lazy Creek Gewürztraminer with our own attempt at Alsatian cooking—a slowly-roasted, herbed pork shoulder. Nutty and smokey-flavored cheeses would be natural, as would many sausage dishes.” 

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