Nobody will argue with you if you claim that Alsace makes the best gewürztraminers anywhere. While just about everything else in the world of wine is disputable, the supremacy of Alsace gewürztraminer is unassailable. Of course, you might not be a fan of this extravagantly scented love-it-or-hate-it variety, but that’s another matter.
No other region in the world can match Alsace for explosively spicy, fruity gewürzes. A good Alsace gewürztraminer combines aromas and flavors of citrus and tropical fruits, rose petal, lichee, sweet brown spices (the gewürz prefix in German means spicy) and grilled bacon or smoked meat. While some wines tend to be more floral and others more fruit-driven, most examples of both types are spicy, aromatic, flavorful, low in acidity and rather full-bodied. Floral gewürzes are usually lighter and more delicate while fruitier versions are more often thick, even oily in texture. Since each producer tends to make one or the other style, knowing a little bit about the maker—and your own preferences, of course—will go a long way toward ensuring that you select the right wines for you.