Traminer may have originated near Tramin in northern Italy. It is usually associated with the Baden region of southern Germany from where it expanded along the Rhine and Moselle rivers and into the Alsace region of northeastern France in the late Eighteenth Century. Traminer is found in Central Europe, in Germany mostly in the Baden and the Rheinpfalz regions, in France mostly in Alsace, in Austria, Italy, Australia, New Zealand, and the United States, mostly California .Savignin rose image first published in Traité général de viticulture : ampélographie / publiée sous la direction de P. Viala ; secrétaire général V. Vermorel, avec la collaboration de A. Bacon.. [et al] Paris: Masson et Cie, 1901-1910.
Traminer wine flavors include grapefruit, litchi, vanilla, minerals, smoke, and spices. They tend to age well. The prefix Gewürz (German for perfumed), when added to Traminer often describes a clone producing a more aromatic, more delicate juice. Cool-climate Gewürztraminer wine has a deep-colored with a perfumed, spicy, floral and yet fruity bouquet. It is full bodied with a high acid content and should be consumed young. Gewürztraminer wine from Alsace is marked by its fruity, grapey but dry palate. In exceptional years this variety can produce outstanding late-harvest wines.
Traminer wines go well with spicy Chinese, Indian, or Mexican food, mild Sausages, Fruit and Fruit Salad. Gewürztraminer is a good Cheese wine accompanying Boursin, Chevre, and Swiss. It also goes well with Foie Gras, Patés, Smoked Fish, and Thai food. Late harvest Gewürztraminers should be consumed on their own.
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