In a time, in a land not so far away, I decided I would have the summer of white wines. That summer was 2006. That was the summer of white wines, way too many nights trying to play pool at Brixie’s hoping to hear from the distraction that had returned to tip me upside down again, trying out different food places in Lagrange trying to expand my horizons(all it did was expand my drinking and my waistline), and the summer of watching way too much VH-1(Dani California reruns, bad reality TV shows, etc). All in all, not a time to be proud of. I came away with a lot of learned lessons, but I did come away with several bars of gold. The discovery of Fetzer Gewurtraminer was one of them.
I’m not sure if this was Dylan’s fault or the distraction previously referred to. I remember several long-distance phone calls discussing this particular wine and the fact that it messed you up, but was delicious. Oh yes, yes, it was. I haven’t had it since the Lost Summer, but it’s one that I see myself having very, very soon.
This is a sweeter, white wine that is said to go better with spicier foods. That certainly explains why I was enjoying it with those double jalapeno cheeseburgers I used to enjoy. It was also, if I remember correctly, good with spaghetti arrabbiata. i think you need a spicier dish to offset the sweetness of the wine. Is it as sweet as a Riesling? I would say no, but the White Wine Gods and Goddesses(D, Erin) may disagree.
This Gewurztraminer is primarily peach, apricot, and some mango taste, although the mango is vastly understated. It’s a medium bodied white wine, which means, if consumed in a great amount(say, a whole bottle), you may wake up incredibly disoriented, nauseated, or completely do not remember a fucking thing. I speak from experience, regrettably. I don’t regret the wonder of the discovery and enjoying of the varietal, mainly the amounts I consumed.
Again- if i didn’t like it, I wouldn’t have drank a whole damn bottle. I wouldn’t have passed out on my sister’s carpet in that first condo and not remembered some very unforgettable texts(or so I was told at the time). I also would have remembered the subsequent ride home, the snoring that could wake San Francisco, and other calamities of my first time hanging out with Mr. Fetzer G-miner(it saves me trying to keep remembering how to spell it, and it sounds like a bad rapper or an artist at some dance music festival). I do remember a headache of seismic proportions when I woke up the next day. I’m sure there were more instances, but D will have to remind me.
All in all, a good time can be had with Mr. Fetzer G-miner, just make sure if you’re going to overdo it, that you have plenty of hydration, sustenance in the way of food, and stay away from the Red Hot Chili Peppers Stadium Arcadium album. If you do that, you’ll do fine. And enjoy, because it truly is a good, reliable buzz wine.