Learn Your Wine: Gewurztraminer

By Betchy Crocker

Tis the season for sweet things because I say so. If you’ve never heard of the white wine Gewurztraminer (I call it “G” wine), you’re seriously disturbed. It’s like the grown up version of Moscato, so you can feel super sophisticated and fancy while you’re sipping on it.


Gewurztraminer is a pinkish aromatic grape used in white wines with a high natural sugar. The name Gewurztraminer translates to “spice traminer” or “perfumed traminer.” It’s real homeland is the foothills of the Alps but it originated in Germany. Today it’s grown pretty much throughout eastern Europe and parts of the Pacific Northwest – doing best in cooler climates. 

Types and tastes:

G wine tastes and smells like a bunch of spices thrown together. You’ll get hints of Chai tea, coriander, sandalwood, and lychee. Although, as I stated, it is kind of similar to Moscato, it has much higher alcohol (YAY), more aromatics, and lower acidity. Overall, it’s way harder to throw back glass after glass of G wine because it’s so rich, but we assume this will come with practice. Thus, it is a grown up and adult wine for the sophisticated betch – probs not a college party night wine.  

The first thing you’ll get when about to knock back a glass of G wine is lychee. If you don’t fucking know what that is (and it’s fine if you don’t), it’s a fruit that looks like brains but smells like sweet roses. You may also smell grapefruit, ginger, and smoke. Side note: if you want to actually enjoy your G wine, you need to serve it cold.

Drink with:

You need to think outside the fucking box for food pairings with G wine. Spicy Asian and Indian food goes great, but if you really want to impress people serve G wine with Middle Eastern or Moroccan cuisine. The combo of dried fruit, roast meat, and nuts will play off the sweetness plus highlight the ginger and floral notes actually in those dishes.

  • For meat, go with duck, chicken, pork, bacon, shrimp, or crab. Beef doesn’t pair quite as nicely with G wine.
  • Like we said about spiced foods, go with things containing cayenne, ginger, clove, cinnamon, allspice, turmeric, curry, soy, sesame, almond, rose, coriander, and/or cumin.
  • If you’re serving G wine for  a wine and cheese party, it pairs well with soft cow’s milk cheese (think mozzarella or provolone) or dried fruit. You want to go relatively mild here.

Congrats on drinking now TWO sweet wines that aren’t fucking Moscato.




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