The term gewürztraminer isn't as tricky as you might think-it's just a German term for a particular white grape used in winemaking. But take it out of context, and it's a one-word hit parade. Almost instinctively, it finds a place for itself in any topic you can think of, from the musical ("Man! Mahler's Gewürztraminer symphony totally kicks ass!") to the medicolegal ("Your Honor, the plaintiff is suffering from an acutely trabeculated gewürztraminer; his prognosis has led to his wife's court action for loss of consortium").
After a half-hour of that, it's tough to redirect your head into the original meaning. But if you're smart (and you are), you will. There's a 2005 Gewürztraminer out of Washington state's Chateau Ste. Michelle worthy of equal attention-and there's nothing funny about it. While it may strike some as a little dry, there's no mistaking the citrus aroma and flavor, both of which declare themselves well before the beverage lodges squarely in the middle of the tongue. The aftertaste is the same way. It's brisk and persistent, and it stimulates your appetite for the seafood you'll want with it. All this fun is available for just $7.99 at Beverages & More and a bunch of other places.
I lived in Seattle for 17 years, and I remember the Columbia Valley's wine country as a major destination among the residential and touring public. That part of America is a serious growing region, with all that pure water and rich soil; the veteran staff simply takes it from there. Chateau Ste. Michelle totally gets it right with just about everything it does, and the proof is only $7.99 away. Surely you can spare a few gewürztraminer in the interest of such vital private research.