Binny's has a current sale going that all Thai diners should take advantage of.... they have the 2001 Albert Mann Gewurztraminer "Furstentum Vielles Vignes" on sale for $15.99. This is a GRAND CRU Gewurztraminer from the 30-hectare Furstentum hillside vineyard that has been producing grapes more or less since at least the 14th Century... classic Gewurz to say the least.
They normally price the wine at $26.95, online at some stores it's over $30 and would probably be at least $45 on the typical restaurant wine list.
We've had this wine at numerous Thai dinners including a recent food/wine tasting at Lotus of Siam in Las Vegas...
BTW, at a recent wine/cheese tasting in Chicago we sampled the following cheeses with both Gewurztraminer (the referenced), and two German Rieslings (one Kab, one Spatlese): Colby, Emmental (both young and "aged"), Edam, Monterey Jack, Cheddar, Leyden (w/Caraway), Gouda (young), young Gruyere, aged Gruyere, Appenzeller, Munster, and Parmesan...
The clear winners:
With Gewurztraminer: 1) "young" Gruyere and 2) "young" Emmental (note the "aged" versions of these cheeses had a "slimy" quality that detracted from the matchup)
With Spatlese: 1) "young" Emmental 2) Leyden w/ Caraway 3) Colby
With Kabinett: 1) "young" Emmental 2) Gouda
So, a very high recommendation to get over to Binny's and take advantage of this incredible sale on an incredible Gewurztraminer, and pick up a slab of Gruyere and Emmental to go along with it! One caution: don't pick up the Mann regular bottling which is only fair... it's the Furstentum selection that is outstanding.
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