Exquisite Dry Alsatian Riesling: Wildflowers and Granite

There’s something about drinking wine outside that makes it come alive. And between a tardy spring and current restraints on outdoor activity, we find ourselves savoring the hours en plein air even more. A glass of something tasty at just the right temperature is the perfect ideal to a spring afternoon.

And wherever it is you’re finding that splash of sun on your face these days, we’ve got a wine to suggest: dry Alsatian Riesling. There’s no more underappreciated grape, nor one quite as perfectly suited to the springtime.

Mersiol’s 2016 Riesling Grand Cru Frankstein somehow continues to get better. Grown organically and crafted by a centuries-old Alsatian family, this wine perfectly conveys the picturesque landscape of its origin. Crisp notes of lime zest and melon with a vibrant, precise minerality bolster an expressive nose of elderflower and peach.

This wine is a symphony of spring that calls to mind a landscape of wildflowers and vines sprouting from the granite slope. Whether it’s a patio, a porch, a roofdeck or just an open window, pour yourself a glass, close your eyes, and take a long breath from the glass. (If you get hungry: sushi.)


Mersiol Riesling Grand Cru “Frankstein” 2016
bottle price: $29

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