Polka Dots

*Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample from Gallo Family Wines.

Cute packaging is usually not my thing.  I often feel if you need to dress something up so much you are trying to hide whats really inside. This is not the case with the 2008 Polka Dot Riesling. With a screw cap closure, a $10 price tag, and a 10.5% alcohol level, what you have here is a cheap and cheerful wine to help stretch your wine budget. Sure, it’s not the most complex of Rieslings, but for $10 it’s a solid buy, would go over well at any holiday party, and is very approachable for folks who might not have all the German words for the various Riesling levels committed to memory.

On the nose I got lemon, yellow apples, pears, honey, and white flowers. In the mouth I found lots of apple, pear, honey, and flowers. The mouth reflected the nose.  I served the wine with baked tilapia and it went very well. The wine had nice acidity and is one I would seriously consider as a contender for white wines at my next big party.

2 Responses

  1. Would you really pick up a bottle of this wine for yourself? Just curious… I try a lot of stuff that is “ok” but that doesn’t mean I would actually buy it at the store.

  2. Hey Randy- Like I said, I’d buy it for a big party. Generally when I have a larger gathering where we are going to go through upwards of 20-25 bottles of wine (say at a holiday open house, or the housewarming we had last year) I’m not looking to serve the $20-$30 or even more bottles of wine. I’m looking for something in the $10 range that’s going to please lots of folks. Am I going to pull this out and serve it as a fine age-worthy wine to a group of serious wine connoisseurs? No. That’s not what it’s meant to be. Would I serve it when I need to provide wine to a large group and need to stay on a budget to do so? Absolutely. It’s supposed to be an affordable approachable wine, and that’s what I found it to be.

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