The Ottolenghi grape

Ge-vurtz-tram-in-er (shorten to Gevurtz)

Despite its home in Alsace, Gewürztraminer has a decidedly Middle Eastern feel to it. The wine is highly aromatic, you can often smell and taste rose, turkish delight and lychees. Despite this sweet flavour it doesn’t always mean the wine will be sweet, you need to check the label as it can be dry and can be sweet. The perfumed flavour isn’t for everyone, and new plantings in Chile and New Zealand tend to be lighter and drier in style. It also goes very well with the aromatic spice mixes often used in Middle Eastern cooking as well as the texture.

Things you should know

Top Tip: If you are a fan be sure to try the whole spectrum of sweetness from dry to the late harvest (vendange tardive) sweet wine.
Specific Food Match: Middle eastern dishes with Ras el Hanout spices or mildly spiced curries with coconut milk.
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