Sunday, March 16, 2008

A Tragic Varietal

I was in love with the bouquet as soon as it touched my memory. Lychees, rose petals, saffron - some of my childhood memories of the flavors and scents of India. However when I first tasted the wine, I nearly cried. Cloying sweetness rode on top of an ugly bitterness that I could not stomach. I've tasted several Gewurztraminers since, including one from Canada, but always with similar misfortune. As it turns out, not everyone can taste the bitterness in Gewurz- the ability is most likely genetic. If you know of another wine that smells like India, please let me know.


aka skippy said...

make a trip up here to Niagara region sometime in the summer - come to think of it, you should check with the major winemakers up here to see if they need some help over the summer - and check out some of the gewurtz, maybe you'll get it!!

Canadian Chris

Rajiv said...

Wow, I just read this post again, and I feel slightly differently about Gewurz now. Actually, my palate w/r/t white wines in general has changed. I still get the bitterness, but it doesn't bother me so much.

I do hope I can make it up to Niagara some time. Especially since working for Paul in Santa Clara was so much fun!