Pairing Gewürztraminer with Food

Gewürztraminer is unmistakable from other white wines in its personality and flavour.  It ranges from dry to sweet, depending on its style, however it tends to have a lot of tree fruit flavours, like apple, peach and pear, and a sweet spice taste.  Its texture is oily, and thus it’s not a crisp wine.  This full bodied nature makes it much more difficult to pair than most white wines.

Because of its spicy nature, people tend to think that this wine would complement other spicy foods.  This is a bad idea.  Gewürztraminers are often high in alcohol, and have that oily texture. Thus, mixing a high alcohol beverage with spicy hot food will only set your mouth further on fire.  Instead, pair a Dry Gewürztraminer with foods like rich fowl dishes, like Turkey, Duck, Foie Gras, or Goose.  You’ll also find that Gewurztraminer goes well with German dishes like pork chops, roasted ham, non-spicy sausages veal and sauerkraut.  If the spice is not hot, like cinnamon, allspice, cardamom, and ginger, you’ll find that Gewürztraminer is an excellent tablemate.

Finally, a dry Gewürztraminer are excellent with egg dishes like quiches.  Off dry Gewürztraminer (which are white wines that are slightly sweet) go great with strongly aged and pungent cheeses.

For sweet Gewürztraminer, like a late harvest Gewürztraminer, you’ll find it’s a lovely pair with fruity desserts, such as a peach, pear, or lychee dessert.Other than hot and spicy dishes, keep Gewürztraminer away from acidic foods, like tomatoes, green vegetables and salads with sharp ingredients like vinaigrette.  Remember too that Gewürztraminer is a bold wine, and will overpower simpleand delicate dishes, like light fish dishes.

Gewürztraminer is Excellent with

Notable Producers of Gewürztraminer

Canada: Strewn
US: Chateau Ste. Michelle, Hogue, Navarro
Alsace, France: Hugo, Pierre Sparr, Trimbach, Albert Boxler, Lucien Albrecht, Leon Beyer
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