“Those who are easily shocked should be shocked more often.” ― Mae West
Maybe shocked is too strong a word, but surprised for sure. You expect rieslings from Germany or Austria or Alsace, but Chile? And for $13? The Meli Dry Riesling is surprising. And surprisingly delicious. It has notes of gasoline and peaches, and if you’re not familiar with riesilings, gasoline is a familiar smell, but poncey American wine writers use the word “petrol.” Quite frankly, if you don’t have passport from the United Kingdom (or a Commonwealth Country) you shouldn’t be using the word. Call it what it is – gasoline. And for those who are grossed-out, trust us on this, have the Wine Harlots steered you wrong yet? We would not suggesting ingesting the specter of petrol-chemicals if it wasn’t an awesome experience. Anyway, this is a tasty glass of wine with the aforementioned gas, peaches and gentle acidity. Try it, you’ll like it. For food, the perfect pairing is the slightly surprising twist on a classic BLT, a Bacon Lettuce Peach Sandwich with Sriracha Mayo. The music match is “Shellshock” from New Order, the Substance version cut.
Details: 12.8% alcohol. Screw-cap closure. Appellation: Maule Valley, Chile. Grape: riesling. Price: $13 USD. Importer: Global Vineyard. This was a media sample provided for editorial consideration.