A WHITE WINE WITH AN OUTSTANDING SCORE
For a winter, we forgo lightness and crispness and take a detour to white wines with more body, richness, and depth of flavour such as Gewürztraminer. It is one of those grapes that consumers find difficult to pronounce but easy to enjoy. Don’t be scared, it’s easy. Geh-werts-trah-meen-er – let it roll off your tongue three times slowly and you will have mastered it. It takes its name from the village of Tramin located in the German speaking, northern Italian wine region of Alto Adige, also known as South Tyrol. Translated, it means ”the spice of the village of Tramin.” The grape struts its stuff brilliantly in France’s Alsace region and right across the Rhine River in Germany’s Baden region. The producer, Badischer Winzerkeller, is one of Germany’s key wineries. 2019 was a stellar vintage in Germany. Scoring it 92 points, Carolyn Evans Hammond of The Toronto Star wrote: “The scent of lychees and elderflower cordial draw you in. Then saturated flavours of the same follow through, laced with orange zest, mango, and a pleasant little hint of rosewater somewhere. The effect is vivid and lit with a bracing acidity that leaved the palate scraped clean. This wine works especially well with honey-garlic ribs or hot-sour-salty-sweet Thai noodles.“ And at a retail price of $12, need we say more.