Maker: Imported by E. & J. Gallo from Pfalz, Germana
Packaging: 750 ml bottle, screw cap
Our Rating: 8 out of 10
With its fun, informal label, Polka Dot Riesling 2006 is clearly aimed at a casual, unpretentious crowd. The wine itself reflects that attitude. This Riesling has a flowery nose with some peach in it. The flavor is sweet for this varietal, with pear, peach, and a hint of sweet pink grapefruit. It's a pleasant, sweet wine that would go well with spicy ethnic cuisine. The other day I had a dish called simply "spicy catfish" in a Thai restaurant, and this would have paired nicely with it.
Although it's not indicated anywhere on the label, according to Wine Business Monthly, Polka Dot Riesling is an import of E & J Gallo Winery. This wine has received a fair amount of attention in the blogosphere. For starters, we found the great illustration you see here that was created by photographer Elisa Henry. Back to the wine itself, Wineography found it "tasty" and "in keeping with its label aesthetic; it seems frivolous and fun, perfect for swilling at girly get-togethers and never to be taken too seriously. It almost tastes like California Pinot Grigio to me..." SeeGinaBlog.com tried it at the St. Louis Wine Festival and liked it. 1700 Miles of Cooking tried Polka Dot Riesling as part of a bigger group of wines, but it didn't make the favorites list. Greedy Gretchen thinks it's a "very good choice" when her favorite Bloom Riesling isn't available.