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Gewürztraminer


The name Gewurztraminer literally means "Spice Traminer" or "Perfumed Traminer", and originally comes from the Alsace region in France. This grape variety is a mutation of the Traminer from South Tyrol, in northern Italy. Gewürztraminer is an aromatic wine grape variety, used in white wines, and performs best in cooler climates. It is a variety with a pink to red skin color, which makes it a "white wine grape" as opposed to the blue to black-skinned varieties commonly referred to as "red wine grapes". The variety has high natural sugar and the wines are white and usually off-dry, with a flamboyant bouquet of lychees. Indeed, Gewürztraminer and lychees share the same aroma compounds. Dry Gewürztraminers may also have aromas of roses, passion fruit and floral notes. It is not uncommon to notice some spritz (fine bubbles on the inside of the glass).