Our #GrapeOfTheWeek is: #Gew ürztraminer! If ol' Gewürz isn't the most distinctive grape in the world, it's certainly on the short list. ' #Gew ürz' means 'spiced' in German, which alludes to its unique heady aroma, the primary signature of the grape. As for ' #Traminer ', it's a bit more of a controversy. It refers to the family of grapes allegedly originating from the city of Tramin in South Tyrol. However, the Traminer family is genetically indistinguishable from the #Savagnin family, which seems to have the stronger case for an origin on the other side of the Alps from Tramin in Franche-Comté, Jura, Alsace-Lorraine, and the Rhineland. But to confuse things even more, to refer to Traminer or Savagnin as a family may be a misrepresentation unto itself! Though Savagnin Blanc, Savagnin Rose, and Gewürtztraminer itself may present differently to the human eye and palate, at the genetic level they are so similar it may be more accurate to speak of them as clones with a particularly interesting variability. In any case, they certainly make interesting wines -- with some of the highest alcohol percentage found in white varieties, fascinating flavors of lychee, and of course that signature bouquet. As an early-budding, cold-sensitive, heat-sensitive, mold-sensitive, virus-sensitive, oxidation-sensitive, everything imaginable-sensitive varietal, Gewürztraminer is certainly not a grape for greenhorn vintners. But in the hands of a deft veteran, there is no denying it's fascinating, unique qualities. 🍇 This Saturday from 2-7pm, our Free Tasting Series will be "California Whites"! But don't think you'll be showing up to a lineup of Buttery Chards from Napa - we'll be examining quite a range, from the #SauvignonBlanc of the #SierraFoothills to the freewheeling mishmash of #Shebang ! #NorthCoast to the beautiful Gewürtztraminer of @gunbunwine , the second oldest winery in California. And, okay, yeah, a couple Chardonnays too -- hold the butter. 🥂

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