Gewurtztraminer are somewhat sweet white wines which are excellent to be served with spiced or sweet-sour dishes.
The German word "Gewürtz" means spices and these wines combine spicy and floral flavours.
The Alsatian Gewurtztraminer "Grand Cru" wines are absolutely delicious. The description by the French of such wine is by itself a poem which I am unable to translate:
"D’un jaune or soutenu, le Gewurztraminer Grand Cru Pfersigberg délivre des arômes épicés, très poivrés. Le caractère floral, rose et fleurs d’acacia prédomine. En bouche, on retrouve nettement l’épice, avec un fruité subtil aux parfums de pêche."
You can buy such quality wines for about 10 -12 € at Wolfberger.
I drink them at home with Japanese Sushi or Sashimi raw fish. The Gewurtztraminer combines very well with the Wasabi sauce (maybe that Japanese will not agree with this but as they have no Gewurtztraminer wine …)
Alsatian Gewurtztraminer is also fine for deserts but here the choice will be a "Vendanges Tardives" late harvest which is sweeter.
My photo shows 3 Gewurztraminer Grand Cru from Wolfberger in Eguisheim. As Eguisheim was the birthplace of Pope Saint Leo IX the bottles show the papal coat of arms.
Among French sparkling wines the "Crémant d'Alsace" is a best buy.
Nearly as good as Champagne at one third of its price.
A good Crémant d'Alsace will cost 7 - 9 € in the shops while standard Champagne will cost about 25 €.
The Crémant d'Alsace is made using the traditional method (bottle fermentation) as for Champagne.
The "cépage" (grape type) is mostly Pinot Blanc but other grapes from Alsace such as Riesling and Pinot Gris may be used in combination.
You can of course drink this sparkling wine as "apéritif" but you can also drink it with all sort dishes certainly "choucroute garnie". Should be served "frappé" at 5 - 7° C.
In an Alsatian restaurant a bottle crémant turns around 20 -25 €. For a glass as aperitif 4 -5 €.
My preference goes to the "Brut" (only Pinot Blanc) or "Prestige" (Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir, and Riesling) or Brut Pinot Gris from Wolfberger located in the nice village of Eguisheim.
You can buy them at their cellar and shop in Eguisheim, 6 Grand Rue, where you will get a good advice for your choice. Prices 7 - 9 €/ 75 cl.
Open Monday - Friday 8-12h & 14 -18h
Satuarday & Sunday 10-12h & 14-18h
To my American friends who have a preference for Chardonnay type wines I would suggest the Wolfberger CHARDONNAY crémant, millésime 2006, which got a silver medal for sparkling wines.
What to buy: Crémant d'Alsace and Alsatian white wines.