Wine: California gewürtz
“Of all the world’s great wine grapes, gewürztraminer may be the least understood,” said Tom Hyland in Forbes.com. In Alsace, the wine is slightly sweet. In Italy’s Alto Adige region, it’s quite dry. And California’s versions can lean either way. All, though, are wonderfully aromatic and pair well with many comfort foods—including roast pork or turkey.
2017 Stony Hill ($39). This nicely balanced Napa Valley wine offers “delicate aromas of pear, orange rose, and quince,” along with a “cleansing acidity.”
2018 Cartograph Starscape Vineyard ($26). “Dry without being bitter,” this Russian River Valley gewürtz is made for food, with aromas more fruity than floral.
2018 Gundlach Bundschu ‘Estate Vineyard’ ($25). A “lightly sweet” finish makes this wine a good pairing for mild Thai cuisine. It’s “uncomplicated, but appealing.” ■