Photo of Gewurztraminer grapes by Jean Trimbach licensed through Creative Commons and the GNU Free Documentation License.
The word “gewurtz” means “spiced” in German, and that’s what you should think of when you think of Gewurztraminer. Although the wine is sweeter, (and people often group them with Rieslings), Gewurztraminer holds its own because it offers a crispness and a spice alongside its floral attributes. Many Gewurztraminers have rose and floral notes, with clove and nutmeg qualities.
Like Riesling, Gewurztraminer wines can vary in levels of sweetness, from dry to medium-sweet to late harvest. It’s best when drunk young.