This so-called "aromatic" varietal is making a minor comeback
with wine consumers who are looking for something different.
"Gewürz" translates as "spice" and it's immediately
detectable when poured into a glass. The flavors echo the
fragrant and flowery nose echoes, while providing an additional
punch from a piquant, spicy component. Made with some residual
sweetness, the wine seems to be a good counterpoint for
spicy Chinese and Thai dishes. The Alsatian region of France has about four centuries of experience in producing these
wines in the traditional style. In the U.S., cooler growing
regions, such as Sonoma, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, do
well with this grape.