Castoro Cellars Pinot Noir and Gewürztraminer

This is my second of three reviews of wines from the California Wine Club. I received two bottles again this month — a Pinot Noir and a Gewürztraminer, both from Castoro Cellars.

The pinot noir was good. I’m a huge fan of pinot noir, so it went down easy.

castoro blind faith pinot noir from California Wine Club

I put off the drinking of the white for a week or so because I wasn’t sure what a Gewürztraminer is. I thought it might be a blush, of which I’m not a fan.

Then when I finally opened it and it was white, I assumed it was probably some sort of Reisling. Once again, I’m not so much a fan.

Then I took a sip. INTERESTING . . .

I took another. I think I kind of like it. 

After the third, I was sold.

But to describe it? That’s a tough one. It is dry but not oaky. It has a fruity sweetness to it, but it’s not too strong. It’s not quite a dessert wine — more of an aperitif. But even so, there is a strength to it so that it stands up well to food. I clearly don’t have the wine lingo down, but in a nutshell, this is some good drinking wine!

When I went online to read the label, I discovered that it is 77% Gewürztraminer, 15% Viognier and 8% Muscat Canelli. It makes sense that it has a bit of Muscat in it. I actually can appreciate a Muscat when I’m in the mood for sweet.

I’m still not entirely sure what kind of grape a Gewürztraminer is, but I understand that Castoro’s Gewürz is made in such small quantities that the winery has never submitted it for review or competitions. It is that rare. And it is YUM.

I enjoyed it with a strong garlic-cheddar cheese and crackers, but I can imagine it would be good with smoked salmon or even some Asian cuisines as California Wine Club recommends.

I have to say, it is so nice to have someone knowledgable to take the guesswork out of buying wine. I pretty much know what I like, but I don’t often try new varieties, and I have definitely expanded my wine-drinking horizons by participating in this campaign.

If you recall from my last wine review, the The California Wine Club invited me to try out their Premier Club membership for three months, which means that every month I receive two different wines from wine regions not normally represented outside of California’s wine community, each one hand-selected by CWC owners Bruce and Pam.

The wine club membership would make a fabulous Christmas gift for the person on your list who has everything, or a great to-me, from-me gift if you’re a wine connoisseur and don’t want to wait for your Special Someone to get the hint! Even if you aren’t a wine connoisseur, this is a great way to learn about wine and discover what you do and don’t like.

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Have you ever tried a Gewürztraminer? What did you think?

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