Alsatian Gewurztraminer–a Little Bit of Heaven

I have long been a sucker for Gewurztraminer–hard to find one I don’t like–and when it comes to Alsatian Gewurztraminer, what’s not to like. These three beauties illustrate the diversity and complexity of the little grape with the big name.

2016 Beck-Hartweg Gewurztraminer comes from a small historic (back to 1590) winery. Expect delicate aromas, a fruity palate, and a clean finish.  20.00

2016 Meyer-Fonne Gewurztraminer is a relative newbie in the business (only three generations). Complex aromas evolve on the palate as ripe fruit and honey notes emerge.  24.00

Barmes Buecher Gewurztraminer Tradition 2012 carries on a long tradition indeed–going back to the 17th century.  Rich, sensuous and intense, Barmes Buecher, makes a big impression with its tangy finish.  31.00

Beck-Hartweg, Barmes Buecher & Meyer-Fonne Gewurztraminers


Charles Smith Wines Rock

Charles Smith might sound like a pretty common name, but in the wine industry, Charles Smith is one-of-a-kind. Smith was born near Napa and went on to manage some big name European rock bands–in the process he developed a taste for fine wines before getting into the business of wine-making for himself.

The fledgling wine maker released a few hundred cases of his first wine in 2001–and within a decade he was being named Wine Maker of the Year by the press. Bottom line: classy wines at great prices.

2016 Kung Fu Girl Riesling gets 90pt rating regularly–it’s wonderfully aromatic and off-dry. And dripping with juicy Riesling flavors. Goes great with all kinds of food–especially Asian/Indian/spicy. Knock yourself out for about thirteen dollars.  13.00

2016 The Velvet Devil Merlot indeed wraps velvet around its lush dark fruit. Rich and focused, The Devil will remind you just how good a Merlot can be.  13.00

2016 Boom Boom! Syrah: dark fruit, rich tannins and lodes of blackberry fruit, with some boysenberry. Oh, and there is just a touch of Viognier to gild the lilly.  18.00

Charles Smith Boom Boom! Syrah, Kung Fu Girl Riesling & The Velvet Devil Merlot