Shaking it up this evening with a light supper of cheese, crackers and veggie sticks, we decided to open an Omak based wine: Rockwall Cellars Pink Gewürztraminer from 2009 (available on their website or through our local wine shop for $22.00, Brix & Stone, and possibly elsewhere). Omak is in the Okanogan region shared with British Columbia, Canada’s wine region, which is an AVA pending within Washington State.
Typically a pale yellow wine, this fruit forward, pale pink wine resembles a rose’ in color, but remains true to its lychee and spice aromas and flavors. When first tasted, we were eating Thanksgiving fare and the wine paired beautifully. We finished our glasses with pumpkin and spice; that pairing was equally as delicious. The catch was that the wine seemed to morph, accommodating the change of food partner as smoothly as a professional dancer changes partners during a reel. The peach and floral notes during dinner were replaced by pink grapefruit with dessert.
The grapes are smaller, red skinned and are fickle producers. Their origins are Italian, from the Italian Alps, named by Germans and claimed by the Alcase region of France it is grown in New Zealand, Australia, Chile and Argentina, in most wine grape regions of the US and Canada for sure. I wouldn’t be surprised it South Africa entered the wine industry with a Gewürztraminer. Commonly fermented as a dessert wine since it is so naturally sweet, there are dry versions that are really very good.