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California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like , , , and in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. and continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.
Gewürztraminer is an aromatic variety known for its pungent nose and flavors of sweet spice, lychee, green melon, and rose. The grape has a light pink skin, which produces wines with a golden hue. These wines are typically semi-dry and full-bodied with a rich, oily texture, low to medium acidity, and high alcohol. is the classic region for this variety, but it is also found in the New-World regions of and as well as in . For the Alsatian version, look to . and produce high-quality examples from the New World.These intense flavors of Gewürztraminer make it a perfect pairing for spicy Asian food, blue cheese, duck, and bacon.
Collector Data For This Wine
- 30 bottles owned
- 4 collectors