Riesling conjures up images of desperate housewives and lingerie parties. Not the 2008 POET’S LEAP Riesling, which has philosophical depth. Voluminous opening notes of peach, honeydew and pear dive into a combustive swirl of chalk and mineral limestone. This is for when you’re sitting back on a patio chaise in summer—instead of reaching for the copy of Us magazine or your tablet to catch the latest on Perez Hilton, you decide you’re ready to tackle Joseph Campbell’s The Power of Myth or Alice Munro’s short stories. –J.M.
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