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Three gewurtztraminers for your Thanksgiving feast


The English translation of gewurztraminer is "spicy traminer," a northern Italian grape from which this pink-skinned variety most likely evolved. Pronounced "guh-verts-truh-meen-er," this grape produces an aromatic wine with a touch of sweetness. It's a great white wine choice for the Thanksgiving feast, pairing well with just about everything.

2012 Fetzer Gewurztraminer, $8.99

This California wine is a bit closed in at first but opens up to reveal floral clover, tart fruit and spice. On the palate, it's the sweetest of the trio but definitely not too sweet. Ripe peach and melon flavors turn spicy on the round finish, which lingers nicely. This bargain-priced wine should hold up to pumpkin or sweet potato pie.

2012 Gunderloch Dry Gewurztraminer, $20

Subtle spice takes a back seat to this wine's equally subdued aromas of stone fruit, mineral and an intriguing touch of butter-laced popcorn. The flavors are a light but pleasant mix of nectarine and sweet melon. This German entry has a plush finish with a light hit of acidity. This is a great choice for a holiday meal opener.

2012 Villa Wolf Gewurztraminer, $12.99

This wine opens with heady aromas of ripe peach, creamy citrus and soft spice. This is a well-balanced wine with rich stone fruit flavors playing against bright lemon and lime. A nice spice component comes through on the crisp, clean finish. This one begs to be paired with food--another winner from Germany.

David Kirkpatrick