WHAT: Pacific Rim Riesling 2006 (white) Rating: NNNN
WHERE: Columbia Valley, Washington
WHY: This appears to be an export-only blend from well-regarded California-based Riesling specialists. A whole late-summer fruit stand awaits, accompanied by Riesling's trademark minerality (the taste of rocks - mmm). Very balanced and food-friendly. Shame about the schlocky label art.
PRICE: 750 ml/$14.95
AVAILABILITY: At most Vintages outlets as of August 30 (product #70656)