In Praise of GEWÜRZTRAMINER

My main joy as a wine educator is seeing the surprise and delight when someone really ‘gets’ what wine is about.

Thanks to Gray Monk Estate Wineries and their 2011 Gewürztraminer, that’s what happened sitting round my dining room table yesterday evening for the #ONTastesBC Tweet-up.  One member of my tasting team had previously stated her dislike of Gewurztraminer so trepidation was in the air when the bottle was opened and the wine poured.  For me it was actually exciting because I knew something about the wine that my friend didn’t, namely that this was an off-dry Gewürz, not the sweet Gewürz of her memory.  One hesitant sip and she was hooked, an interesting and useful lesson on how the winemakers can so influence the style of wine.

The fruit was harvested from vineyards in both Kelowna and Kaleden and the juice was left in contact with the skins for an extended period of time before cool fermentation in stainless steel tanks.  The colour is a clear yellow green, with those wonderful distinctive Gewürz aromas of herbal spice, fresh melon and ripe peaches whilst the flavours have lichee, melon and tropical fruits notes.  It has a crisp, fresh, rich finish and served chilled, is good on it’s own, with salads or Asian cuisines.

Availability in Ontario

VINTAGES #321588

Alcohol 12.5%

Price $ 19.95

Note:  Vintages rates this DRY.

Winemaker: George Heiss Jr. & Roger Wong

At Gray Monk Estate Winery, the Heiss family has been a pioneer of the wine industry since 1972, from growing grapes to supporting the promotion of British Columbia’s world famous VQA wines. In 1998 the family was honoured with the Founder Award from the Okanagan Wine Festival Society for the winery’s outstanding contributions to this unique wine-growing region where optimum growing conditions allow cool climate Gewurztraminer varietel to flourish.

About Dawn Montgomery

Dawn Montgomery doesn't believe in boxes. In 2009 she gained access to the hidden job market by connecting with commuters on the GO train, receiving coverage from The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star and Hamilton Spectator, plus interviews with Canada AM, CHML 900 and That Channel; however, this was not the first example of her "box?...what box?" thinking. On arrival as an immigrant to Canada the anticipated job and accommodation were no longer available, so she sourced another opportunity and, seven days later, with suitcase of heels and coordinating bags, drove 1804k to the logging and mining community of Ear Falls (pop. 1500) Ontario; it was January, the journey took five days, she stayed two years...the path less travelled is a familiar one!
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