Fetzer 2006 California Gewurztraminer ($10.99)
Clear, pale gold. Particularly attractive on the nose, peach and pink grapefruit forward, a hint of honeydew melon behind. An edge of sweetness on the palate, presents as just off-dry and not at all cloying, peach and citrus and sufficient acidity for balance. A touch of peach-pit bitterness joins in to add a bit of complexity in the long finish. Quite a good Gewurz in a balanced style, a fine aperitif but with the structure needed to fare well with appropriate food. US Importer: (Dec 11, 2007)

FOOD MATCH: Spaghetti with butter and sage proved to be a surprisingly effective match that went beyond "wash down the food" to create positive synergies. The wine's light but present acidity cut through the creamy butter; its floral fruit joined in a particularly attractive dance with the heady herbal aromatics of the sage. Try it also with richer "white meat" dishes from pork and onions to turkey with the trimmings.

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