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Gewurztraminer. As you can probably guess by the name, this grape originates from Germany. Over the years the white varietal has travelled to the Alps and is now grown in Italy, Hungary, Croatia and more notably France. On the border of France in the region of Alsace, Gewurztraminer is thriving as one of the top 4 Grand cru grapes. Alsace actually lays on the border of Germany and France and over the years Alsace has adopted many grapes from Germany including Riesling and Gewurztraminer.
Gewurztraminer has a distinctive lychee aroma which contributes to the sweetness of the wine. This is a very aromatic wine which is why it considered as a sweeter wine. Gewurztraminer wines are generally higher in alcohol and lower in acidity which can give the illusion of a sweet wine.
High end Gewurztraminer will also have aromas of grapefruit and other stone fruit as well as lychee. Perfect pairings include a chicken thai style salad, duck pate and roasted red pepper stuffed with jasmine rice.
Sweet Gewurztraminer wines are sometimes seen as dated in this day and age. However when you have the supreme quality of Turckheim, Gewurztraminer is surely a grape that is successfully bringing itself back to popularity.