Columbia Winery 2007 gewurztraminer

Another WAwineman classic, 1st posted on September 5, 2009:

Motown turns 50 this weekend…holy cow, my Gladys Knight and the Pips 45s are eligible for ‘Antiques Roadshow’. Some grub got shot outside a Skyway bar early this morning. First of all, why hangin’ out at a bar that late, and second, Skyway? Enough said. Looks like another deja vu Seattle sports weekend again as the Storm, Cougs, M’s, and Huskies all get tagged with losses. Good thing there’s Woodinville wine country. Wish I was enjoying Gipsy Kings at the Chateau Ste. Michelle Summer Concert Series…

Columbia Winery may be a “value priced” mega-producer but they have plenty of jewels in their arsenal that justify the respect as a premium winery and accordingly, one of the reasons there is a Woodinville wine country today. It’s also a reason, along with delicious past vintages, that I bought this bottle.

“Gewurz”…as I’m tired of typing its full name (and forgetting the umlaut), is a cool climate grape that is well represented in Alsace, sounds German, and is thought to have originated in Italy. It is a parent grape for the varietals: siegerrebe, Wurzer (think umlaut here), Septimer, Cserszegi Fuszeres, Flora, and Traminette. And, drink to this, the grape is actually pink-skinned! Just don’t get me started on “aka” names. Fuh-get about it. Gewurz is simple to decode in the glass as it smells like a bowl of lychees. With that fruit match, you can safely bet that Asian food will be a match. But, if you choose to eat dinuguan, well, that’s your problem, sucka!

I chose to go off the beaten path and paired this with spaghetti, buttah’d corn, toasted bread, and a dessert of Rocky Road ice cream. Folks, this isn’t for the weak of heart! As you guessed, the sum of the parts exceeded the whole. However, every moment was enjoyable as the wine provided a pleasant fruity component and stood well on its own. It actually paired well with the ice cream, no surprise coming from the residual sugar.

Color: sparkling light gold. Nose: sweet lychee. Mouthfeel: syrup from canned fruit. Tail trail: 1 second.

100% gewurz. Total acids: 0.75%. pH 3.10. Residual sugar: 2.8%. Alcohol: 12%. 16,500 cases. Released: Feb, 2008. Rated: 89. Value: $9. Paid: $8. This is WAwineman…uncorked, uneducated, but not uncouth.

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