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CHEESE PAIRING:
Chevre
Tallegio
Lancashire
Dubliner
Pecorino Romano
Gorgonzola Dolce
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A wine known for it's heady aromatics and big mouthfeel, this white grape packs more of a flavor punch than many red wines. It's origins are in Eastern Europe and the best versions come from Alsace in France. It's nose is hard to describe (a complex mixture of floral, spice and fruit notes), but once you smell it, it's impossible to forget. Because of it's ripe fruit flavors many people would probably consider this too "sweet", but it's generally made into a dry wine that's a dream when paired with spicy foods. It's dessert varieties are liquid gold. Oregon and New Zealand are on the forefront of this grape's development in the New World. Be careful of Aussie or California versions as they tend to be overripe and flabby, if not tended properly. The best versions are quite expensive ($30+) but beautiful wines.

WHAT TO EXPECT: A full-bodied, viscous, gold-colored wine with an aroma that practically leaps out of the glass. The nose is an untamed mixture of floral (honeysuckle) and fruity (peach, mango, lychee) that definitely delivers on the palate. Ususally unoaked. When paired with spicy foods, the heat strips the wine of it's overt ripeness and leaves the lovely, distinct fruit flavors behind.



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spacer.gif2006 Alder Fels Gewurztraminer, Sonoma, CARATING: **
spacer.gif2006 Laugel Cuveé Michel Leon, Alsace, FranceRATING: **
spacer.gif2006 Palmina Traminer Alisos Vineyard, Santa Barbara, CARATING: **
spacer.gif2005 Hugel et Fils Gewurztraminer, Alsace, FranceRATING: ***
spacer.gif2005 Zind-Humbrecht Heimbourg Gewurztraminer, Alsace, FranceRATING: ***


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**** Outstanding | *** Delicious | ** Enjoyable | * Drinkable
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