The New Year is upon us, but some things don’t change.  Gehringer Brothers Winery is still King of the Platinum; according to the judges at the Wine Press Northwest “Best of the Best” Platinum Wine Competition.  This years’ entries brought home a number of medals, including a Double Platinum for both the 2013 Auxerrois and the 2013 Gewürztraminer Schönburger.  In their history with the competition, Gehringer Brothers has produced the most Platinum Medal winning Rieslings, beating out many other renowned Riesling producers from north and south of the border.

2013 Auxerrois
This Double Platinum winner is a clear, lemony gold in the glass with a bright citrus nose filled with Meyer lemon, grapefruit zest and honey.  The palate is smooth and elegant, displaying ripe pineapple, honey, buttered pears, and notes of spice.  The finish is long and silky with more of those delicious Meyer lemon, pineapple, buttered pear and spice notes.  This friendly wine would be an excellent partner for the fresh, bright flavours of many Asian dishes.

2013 Gewürztraminer Schönburger
Crossing the finish line with the other Double Platinum Medal, this blend is roughly 50/50 and the Schönburger really blossoms on the nose, with the Gewürztraminer coming out in spades on the palate.  In the glass, this wine is clear, pale gold with a vibrantly floral nose balanced by that classic lychee twist.  The palate follows the nose, with more floral characteristics and lychee notes balanced with a crisp acidity. The finish is bright and crisp with a clean, lively finish. This is the perfect match for literally any spicy dish.
~ Courtney Fossett