Gundlach Bundschu Celebrates 155 Years – Gewurztraminer for Your Easter Table

The Gundlach Bundschu family winery is celebrating 155 years of owing their piece of Sonoma vineyard lands known as Rhinefarm. Gundlach Bundschu (drop both ‘ds,’ gun-lock bun-shoo) is the oldest continuously-owned-family winery in California. Founder Jacob Gundlach purchased 400 acres in 1858 with plentiful southwest facing hillsides climbing up the Mayacamas Mountain range. Charles Bundschu became a partner ten years later and married the Gundlach’s daughter. The winery survived prohibition and the San Francisco earthquake, where they had a million gallons of wine stored at the time. Jeff Bundschu is the sixth generation to take the reins as president, following his father Jim.

Gundlach Bundschu Gewurztraminer 2011

Gundlach Bundschu Gewurztraminer 2011

I have loved the Gundlach Bundschu Gewurztraminer through numerous vintages over the years. I enjoyed the 2011 with Christmas dinner. If I can find it on my retailer’s shelf, it will be on my Easter table – a perfect brunch, lunch or aperitif wine – light, crisp, dry with the characteristic touch of white pepper – ripe pear, juicy clementines, pretty floral hints, nicely balanced acidity, medium-bodied with a silky mouth-feel and a fresh and vibrant finish. One-hundred percent Gewurztraminer in the bottle, all estate grown and zero residual sugar. Price ranges between $15 and $20.

Easter Brunch

Easter Brunch

You are invited to the 155th anniversary celebration of ‘Deed Day,’ so if you are in the area, stop by on March 9th from 11 a.m. – 4:30 pm for grilled sausages and beer brats, ‘library tastings’ and live music at 2000 Denmark Street, Sonoma, California. Visit the winery webpage here.

One more wine suggestion for your holiday table here.


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