WILD-ly practical wine recommendations & advice

WILD for a change!

We are all creatures of habit. This weekend, I’m suggesting you break away from what may be the wine you buy out of habit.

Some stats you may find interesting…  While there are over 3,000 known grape varieties in the world, in the United States, 4 grape varieties account for 60% of total wine sales (imported and domestic).  They are: Chardonnay (25%), Cabernet Sauvignon (14%), Merlot (13%) and White Zinfandel (8% – I think my parents and my friend, Laura are responsible for at least half of this volume.).

So, step away from your routine Chardonnay, Cab, Merlot or White Zin and drink something that is well worth the break in routine.

NOTE:  For those of you who not only enjoy wine but also have a penchant for a lychee martini… this wine is for you!

It is… Gewürztraminer (pronounced Ga-vertz-tra-meaner) or just Gewürz for short.  This is a white grape and therefore white wine who’s home is in Alsace, France but you can also find it from California and Washington State producers.  Classically, this grape variety produces wines that have pronounced aromas and flavors of rose, white flowers, citrus and melons.

POINT OF INTEREST>>> Gewürz in German means “spice”. So, the wine usually has a subtle spicy somethin’  on the palate.

One of my favorites is:

Willm Gewurztraminer, Alsace, France, 2009

This wine is big on aroma and flavors of lychee (rose pedals), pear, apple, pineapple, honeydew and spice.  All this packaged in a smooth texture and refreshing finish and just a hint of sweetness.

No barrels were sacrificed in making this wine… no oak used!  This wine is just the pure expression of the fruit – citrus and floral.

This is one versatile wine.  It’s great as a summer sipper or paired with your favorite Thai or Asian dishes.  It’s also a great partner to shellfish and chicken.  Priced at $13-$15 a bottle, it makes for a low risk break from your routine.  And, who knows, you may have found a new habit!

Enjoy and GO WILD

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