I know at the end of my last blog I said I would have a crack at some Australian wines, but alas time has not allowed. I will do something about it over the next few months though.
I don’t think I can ever remember a time where I have been served a glass of gewurztraminer at someone’s home. It’s a wine that’s off the radar to most of us. Whether it’s the difficult nature of pronouncing it or because it comes in that bottle-shape that we tend to associate with sweet german reisling of the 80’s.
We have been visiting the Tarn Thai restaurant in Nottingham a fair bit over the last few months and this is a superb accompaniment to spicy, salty, sweet thai food. It can cope with anything that you throw at it. Unusually with a wine, I find that the more affordable, less sophisticated versions seem to taste better with spicy food than the more aged high-end ones
It is a very full bodied wine with a deep golden colour. The grape skins of the gerwurz grape are pink which gives it this richness of colour. The vines thrive in cooler climes so as well as its most famous host, Alsace great examples can be found in New Zealand and southern Chile
Fact of the day—-Gerwurz is German for spicy
For a good producer keep your eyes out for Gewurztraminer Cave de Turckheim. Available from Waitrose, Majestic and Sainsbury’s amongst others.