Gerwuztraminer Wineries in Kelowna BC
First, how do you even pronounce this word? If you typically choose a pub over a wine bar, this word may not have ever entered your vocabulary. Let’s first give you some insight into this varietal and why it is so important to the Kelowna region of British Columbia.
Gewürzt in German means “spice” or “herb” and traminer is a type of grape grown in the Alsace region of France. A Gewürztraminer has light and fresh flavors, similar to the taste of a Sauvignon Blanc wine, since it is a mutation of this grape. It grows best in colder climates and is most popular in Germany, Austria, and Northern France. In recent years, it has also found its home in Canada.
One of the 60 plus grape varietals for Wineries in Kelowna, Gewürztraminer is also budget friendly, grower-friendly (i.e., requires less attention during the winemaking process), and food-friendly. There are very few rich Canadian dishes that won’t pair up beautifully with a crisp, spicy glass of Gewurztraminer. The wine is quickly growing to be a local’s favorite and from a wine maker’s perspective, finesse the grassy, acidic characteristics as in a Sauvignon Blanc while enhancing the unique personality of the grape.
In almost all the wineries in this region you will find Gewürztraminer, ranging from spicy to fruity to more acidic nuances. For lovers of Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio, this may be the best wine for you. Take some time to explore wineries like The View Winery and enjoy sampling a taste of Canada’s hidden treasure.
A sip of wine is wonderful, but when paired with the right food, a sip of wine is extraordinary. Food can completely alter the wine tasting experience, often transforming the flavors into a power experience.
The concept existed since the naissance of wine making. Why is this important to the wine industry now?
Is it because we are starting to see more and more wineries building restaurants to compliment and showcase their delicious wines? This is absolutely a growing trend across wineries worldwide. By providing an avenue for guests to experience the evolution of flavors with the perfect food pairing, this mélange is attractive.
Is it because tasting small bites of food can clear a pallet so that the taster can experience something completely new with each sip? Possibly and very likely, especially in areas like Kelowna where you may try 8 different types of wine at one winery. Cleaning your pallet is critical for the true tasting experience.
What makes modern wine and food pairing remarkably unique are the events that are pointed at illuminating the flavors of wine. Kelowna wineries are the perfect example. As we know, wineries in this region have exceptionally diverse portfolios resulting in complexities and challenges with wine and food pairing. Without this structure, the pairings become too diverse and too challenging to organize. For a guest, a wine and food pairing should be focused and organized – this is where wine and food events come in.
Let’s look at The View Winery. This winery has over 10 types of wine ranging from white, red, and rose. They host events like Cuvée and Cupcakes, where they expertly pair some of their award-winning wines to cupcakes that will bring out the rich flavors of the wine. Or Pizza and Pino, with a pairing of the winery’s Pinot Grigio and Pinotage wines and delicious Italian pizza.
With an ever-growing wine industry in Kelowna, don’t hesitate to try out one of these fun and enlightening wine and food pairing events found in this region.