Our Wine Thursday! selection, Poet’s Leap 2017 Riesling, smells like peach, citrus and…petrol?

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For Wine Thursday!

our weekly good-wine-at-a-good-price

that-you-can-find recommendation,

we’ve got a delightful white for your late-summer enjoyment…

as long as you like wine that smells like gasoline. 



Visual from VinePair

Hold on! 

Before you think I’ve completely lost it,

a little Wine 101. 


There’s nothing wrong when a riesling smells like gas or petrol.


(Again, you might think I’m nuts,

but along with many other riesling drinkers,

I actually like the petrol aroma.)


At the risk of getting a little geeky, here’s the explanation.

The petrol aroma is a by-product

of a natural chemical reaction

that comes about as most rieslings age. 


Not all rieslings have “the smell” but for those that do,

it’s not necessarily a bad thing.

The petrol smell usually indicates

the riesling is at least good and potentially great. 


That brings us to our Wine Thursday! selection,

2017 Poet’s Leap Riesling.




When we first opened the Poet’s Leap,

the petrol “hit” was strong…but it didn’t last long. 

After about 15 minutes of exposure to air,

the aroma all but went away. 

What was left was a refined off-dry riesling 

(off-dry meaning slightly sweet) 

with refreshing acidity. 

This would be ideal for a patio party now

or you could revisit it in a year

when I’ll bet it will drink even better. 


We found Poet’s Leap 2017 Riesling

at Costco for $16.99, 

at Fred Meyer for $20.99

and Whole Foods and Market of Choice for $21.99. 

You can order it online from Wine.com for $21.99

or go straight to the source,

the Long Shadows Winery website,

where it’s just $20.