Marc de GewürztraminerMADE BY CLEAR CREEK DISTILLERY IN PORTLAND, OREGON
This crystal clear spirit is smooth and earthy with a nice kick followed by a clean finish. It's perfect to sip at the end a big meal, or to class up a round of shots. Clear Creek distills the stems, skins and seeds from the leftover grapes of Gewürztraminer wine, which come from nearby Tyee Winery.
In the Alsace wine region of France, the locals have reached for a glass of Marc for centuries. But this style of spirit is more widely known by its Italian name, grappa. Most people have only been exposed to the cheaper and rougher versions, but whatever name it goes by, Clear Creek's take is an amazing American revival of an iconic spirit.
tip of the tongue
Bring this the next time you're invited to a party where gooey cheeses and crusty baguettes are involved. Ooh la la!
did you know?
Marc and grappa are very similar in flavor to an un-aged brandy, but brandy is distilled from wine, while marc and grappa are distilled from grape seeds, skin and stems.