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Gewurztraminer (White) (geh-VERTS-trh-mee-ner)
Regions: Meaning "spicy"-traminer, Gewurztraminer sounds like it would be a German grape, but while it is grown somewhat in Germany, the best examples come for Alsace in France, near the border with Germany. Other examples can be found from Italy, Germany and California.
Characteristics: Gewurz is an interesting grape which has a singular flavor which isn't quite like anything else. It tends to have a floral, rose petal aroma along with tropical fruits and lychee fruit. The mouth is big and round with rich and bold flavors that tend to be quite spicy, hence the name. Because of its distinct and powerful personality, tasters tend to either love or hate this wine varietal. It is capable of greatness, particularly in Alsace. Can be made dry or sweet.