Bonny Doon "Pacific Rim" Dry Riesling ($11.99)
This wine bears no formal vintage or appellation because it's made from an offbeat blend of grapes (harvested in 2004) from Washington State and Germany's Middle Mosel. It's a very light straw-color wine with a greenish glint of brass. Typical Riesling aromas mingle apple and piney notes with just a whiff oof minerally "petrol." Mouth-filling, dry and acidic, flavors follow the nose in a rather full-bodied expression of the grape. US Importer: (Feb 26, 2006)

FOOD MATCH: The offbeat back label(s) - cut out to resemble individual pieces of sushi, have the pictures on the inside so you see them swimming through the wine as you look at the bottle from the front (see photo in our Graphics Edition or in the online archive) - suggest its natural companion, seafood or fish. We put it to a more challenging test as one in a group of wines paired with a fiery Sichuanese dish, shredded beef with carrots and celery, where it fared surprisingly well. Riesling, in short, is one of the most versatile of wines for pairing with a variety of foods.



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