We’re in the midst of quite a hot summer, and don’t we all occasionally feel the need to reach for a cool, refreshing glass of white wine?Â My question is, though, what do you usually reach for in these most dire and critical of circumstances?Â Chardonnay?Â Sauvignon Blanc?Â Perhaps even a Riesling?Â My, how adventurous of you!
Well, after this brief lesson I hope you’ll add one more delicious, though difficult to pronounce white wine varietal to your summer list.Â Behold: GewÃ¼rztraminer!Â It’s a mouthful, I know, but let’s break it down: gah-vurts-trah-mee-ner.Â Or, even easier, you can call it GewÃ¼rz for short (all the cool people do it).
Why is the GewÃ¼rz grape so interesting that I’m writing an entire lesson on it?Â Well, for starters, variety is the spice of life and limiting your wine spectrum is truly a gastronomic crime–there’s a whole world of new experiences just waiting for you!Â More to the point, though, GewÃ¼rz is an excellent summer wine because its primary aroma is lychee, that delicious Asian fruit that is becoming a de rigueur ingredient for hip New York mixologists.
GewÃ¼rz is German for “spicy”, and it truly doesn’t disappoint: be prepared for a rich, spicy white with a mouth-filling texture that is reminiscent of the buttery richness of a Chardonnay while remaining light on the tongue like a Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc.Â It also lends itself well to thirst-quenching summer libations because of its low acidity and high alcohol.
By now I’m sure you’re saying to yourself: well, yea Mark, that all soundsÂ good, but when I’m chugging 4-7 bottles of wine every couple days just to stay sane this summer, how can I afford such a wildly exotic grape?Â You’re right that GewÃ¼rz is exotic (it’s native to the Alsace region of France), but you’re wrong about the price.
The best part about GewÃ¼rz is that because it’s relatively undiscovered, or at least under-hyped, the prices are quite reasonable for the amazing quality you’re getting in each bottle.Â Expect to pay only between $10 and $20 for a quality bottle, but also expect to search a little longer for it than you would for your fallback butterball Chardonnay.Â Trust me, though, it’ll be worth it.