1997 Pacific Rim Gewurztraminer, Monterey County...

WINE OF THE WEEK

August 18, 1999|By Michael Dresser

1997 Pacific Rim Gewurztraminer, Monterey County ($12).

Pacific Rim is one of the seemingly endless supply of labels used by Randall Grahm, the mad genius of Bonny Doon winery. Here he uses it for a dry gewurztraminer that is one of the best to come out of California. Its structure and spicy flavors might not exactly replicate the flavors of an Alsace wine, but they come pretty close. This lively white wine with hints of tropical fruit, pears and cloves would be an excellent match with spicy Asian cuisine such as Sichuan-style kung pao chicken.

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