Hey fellow lushes! I had a hot and sticky epiphany the other night while sweating over a plate of vindaloo. Yes, The Wino follows the gospel of eating wicked fiery foods to stay cool when the temp starts climbing.
Usually, I'll reach for a G&T when the thermometer hits 80, but there was a bottle of Kiona Dry Riesling in the fridge and, boy, oh man, did that hit the spot with that curry! Unlike so many Rieslings that are either too sweet or so bone dry that they don't taste like a Riesling at all, this was a fruit bomb that finished with a sharp smack. So delicious!
It's not a big shocker that this wine is so well made when you know a bit of Kiona's history. The founder was the first dude to plant vines on the now FAMOUS Red Mountain viticultural area. Way the hell back in the 1970s.
There are now three generations who've worked this estate property, which might make for a gnarly reality show if they fought like the characters on the new, improved "Dallas", which was on TV way back when there was a night-time soap on a feuding family who owned a faux-tastic winery called "Falcon Crest."
The Wino's got a hunch the Williams family at Kiona get along fine and dandy, but that's based on drinking the wine, which tastes as if it's made with LOVE. And you gotta love the price, at around $12.
Beyond the hot/hot/hot curries on my summer agenda, I look forward to sipping this sucker alongside more of my warm weather staples: grilled, spicy sausages, chilled Dunge crab, heaps of potato salad on the side.
But, what makes this THE wine for summer? It's plenty tasty on its own. Careful, though. It goes down real easy, and next thing you now, you're peeling off all your clothes to run in the sprinkler in the yard. Ahhh, summer.