A case for Thanksgiving wine

By on November 17, 2013

Pacific Rim Winemakers 2011 Gewürztraminer, Columbia Valley, $11

Washington wineBest Buy! Pacific Rim near Washington’s Red Mountain focuses on Riesling, but this is one of the rare non-Rielsing wines it produces. The connection to this German variety is obvious, and Pacific Rim consistently produces one of the tastier Gewürztraminers we review each year. This is a classic with aromas of lychee, grapefruit, clove and lemon custard, followed by flavors of Cameo and Golden Delicious apples, ambrosia salad and lychee. It has a bit of residual sweetness and solid acidity. We like this with picnic fare or as a sipper on a warm summer afternoon.

Rating: Excellent

Pairings: Dark turkey meat is the ticket with Gewürz. It’s also a pleasing sipper.

Production: 2,800 cases

Alcohol: 12%

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About Andy Perdue

Andy Perdue is the editor and publisher of Great Northwest Wine. He is a third-generation journalist who has worked at newspapers since the mid-1980s and has been writing about wine since 1998. He co-founded Wine Press Northwest magazine with Eric Degerman and served as its editor-in-chief for 15 years. He is a frequent judge at international wine competitions. He is the author of "The Northwest Wine Guide: A Buyer's Handbook" (Sasquatch, 2003) and has contributed to four other books. He writes about wine for The Seattle Times. You can find him on Twitter and .

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