Tried and true recipe for 80's metal band success:
Aqua Net? Check. Leather pants? Check. At least one power ballad? Check.
And, of course, an umlaut somewhere in the band's name.
For those of you unfamiliar with German diacritics, "umlaut" is the name for the two dots above a vowel. Now, 80's bands dispensed with that convention -- randomly peppering umlauts anywhere they could, but hey…that's rock 'n' roll.
Just the same, I can never look at a bottle of Gewürztraminer without wistful remembrance of my Queensrÿche fanboy days. But I don't need to go into great detail about my mulleted, body-waved boyhood, so let's focus on the present and the grape at hand.
The Gewürztraminer grape originated in the Italian Alps, but the
Only a few regions successfully grow this grape. In addition to the aforementioned, there are successful plantings in
Gewürztraminer produces a medium-to-full bodied, extremely fragrant wine. These wines are generally very fruity and at least somewhat peppery. Gewürztraminers may be some of the most food-friendly wines around -- perhaps even more so than Riesling. Gewürztraminer is one of the few whites you could pair with a steak somewhat decently. However, Gewürztraminer really comes to life when paired with fresh fruit, strong cheeses, or almost any spicy food. It's perfect with almost any Asian or Cajun cuisine.
Gewürztraminers, especially imported, tend to be a little difficult to find at Vine prices. Even so, there are a few bottles that Warrant a mention…
We start in
I wanted to try different plantings of American Gewürztraminer market, so I got two: one from
We can't leave the Gewürztraminers without a jaunt to
A final word about wine and umlauts. "The Umlaut Society" is the wine club of Göpfrich Winery in
(Thanks to Vine reader allenmurray for the column suggestion.)
Until next time…Rock!