Winnica Turnau Hibernal 2015—shockingly good, with racy acidity, floral nuances, clear blackcurrant notes and satisfying minerality all belying the “semi-sweet” designation on the label; akin to a Sauvignon Blanc in aroma, but closer to Riesling in finish, with stunning capacity to match all kinds of food, including fresh summer fruit (and the entire meal that followed); PLN 75—and worth it

Winnica Turnau Hibernal 2015—shockingly good, with racy acidity, floral nuances, clear blackcurrant notes and satisfying minerality all belying the “semi-sweet” designation on the label; akin to a Sauvignon Blanc in aroma, but closer to Riesling in finish, with stunning capacity to match all kinds of food, including fresh summer fruit (and the entire meal that followed); PLN 75—and worth it

Tesch Riesling Unplugged 2012—a superb, especially dry exemplar of the varietal, exhibiting the vibrance of crisp tart apples, stony minerality, racy citrus acids and a surprising, tantalizing hint of the smoky intensity of a prune; grown and processed in Germany’s Nahe region in keeping with an “unplugged” low-intervention philosophy; the single complaint concerns the opaque black bottle, which makes it difficult to pace pouring and drinking; a steal at PLN 49 from Mielżyński

Tesch Riesling Unplugged 2012—a superb, especially dry exemplar of the varietal, exhibiting the vibrance of crisp tart apples, stony minerality, racy citrus acids and a surprising, tantalizing hint of the smoky intensity of a prune; grown and processed in Germany’s Nahe region in keeping with an “unplugged” low-intervention philosophy; the single complaint concerns the opaque black bottle, which makes it difficult to pace pouring and drinking; a steal at PLN 49 from Mielżyński

Dr. Bürklin-Wolf Wachenheimer Riesling 2012—redolent of honey, dry flowering herbs and zesty citrus, this Pfaltz Riesling presents a perfect harmony of sweetness, acidity and chalky minerality; pairs perfectly with sushi, mirroring the flavor and aroma of seasoned sushi rice; PLN 68 from Mielżyński

Dr. Bürklin-Wolf Wachenheimer Riesling 2012—redolent of honey, dry flowering herbs and zesty citrus, this Pfaltz Riesling presents a perfect harmony of sweetness, acidity and chalky minerality; pairs perfectly with sushi, mirroring the flavor and aroma of seasoned sushi rice; PLN 68 from Mielżyński

Egly-Ouriet Brut Les Vignes de Vrigny Premier Cru (with disgorgement date of September 2013 following 36 months on lees)—a unique Champagne produced exclusively from the Pinot Meunier grape, with rich complexity and evocative nutty notes over racy citrus tartness; a glorious next bottle to follow the much louder but less interesting Dom Pérignon Vintage 2004; around €45 from various sellers

Egly-Ouriet Brut Les Vignes de Vrigny Premier Cru (with disgorgement date of September 2013 following 36 months on lees)—a unique Champagne produced exclusively from the Pinot Meunier grape, with rich complexity and evocative nutty notes over racy citrus tartness; a glorious next bottle to follow the much louder but less interesting Dom Pérignon Vintage 2004; around €45 from various sellers

Dom Pérignon Vintage 2004—with its yeasty presence nearly overbearing and little of the austere sophistication that I was expecting, a puzzling, decadent surprise; unthinkably expensive from any seller

Dom Pérignon Vintage 2004—with its yeasty presence nearly overbearing and little of the austere sophistication that I was expecting, a puzzling, decadent surprise; unthinkably expensive from any seller

Buchegger Riesling von den Rieden 2013 (co-branded Løgismose)—to my palate, the perfect Riesling, mouthwateringly tart, tantalizingly sweet, subtly vegetal and just flinty, chalky and salty enough to be both interesting and refreshing, without ever descending into overbearing minerality; a minor splurge at DKK 115 from Copenhagen’s premier wine sellers

Buchegger Riesling von den Rieden 2013 (co-branded Løgismose)—to my palate, the perfect Riesling, mouthwateringly tart, tantalizingly sweet, subtly vegetal and just flinty, chalky and salty enough to be both interesting and refreshing, without ever descending into overbearing minerality; a minor splurge at DKK 115 from Copenhagen’s premier wine sellers

Los Navales Verdejo 2013—as sweet, floral and tropical as this varietal tends to be, with some redeeming austerity; a serviceable summer white at PLN 36 from El Catador, though not the right wine for a Riesling lover like me

Los Navales Verdejo 2013—as sweet, floral and tropical as this varietal tends to be, with some redeeming austerity; a serviceable summer white at PLN 36 from El Catador, though not the right wine for a Riesling lover like me

Abad Dom Bueno Godello Bierzo 2012—with old-vine elegance and the freshness and minerality characteristic of this varietal, this pale unoaked white is flinty and floral, neither acidic nor sweet, with notes of citrus, pear, tea and honey; PLN 49 from winestory.pl

Abad Dom Bueno Godello Bierzo 2012—with old-vine elegance and the freshness and minerality characteristic of this varietal, this pale unoaked white is flinty and floral, neither acidic nor sweet, with notes of citrus, pear, tea and honey; PLN 49 from winestory.pl

Bodegas Basagoiti Rioja Nabari 2012—fresh, juicy and violet-red, this unoaked blend of 75% Tempranillo and 25% Garnacha evokes vibrant cherries and sweet blueberry aromas along with subtle licorice and woodsy notes; beautifully versatile and highly recommended at PLN 33,50 from El Catador

Bodegas Basagoiti Rioja Nabari 2012—fresh, juicy and violet-red, this unoaked blend of 75% Tempranillo and 25% Garnacha evokes vibrant cherries and sweet blueberry aromas along with subtle licorice and woodsy notes; beautifully versatile and highly recommended at PLN 33,50 from El Catador

Castillo de Monjardin Pinot Noir 2011—with its too-good-to-be-true price, too oaky and way too harsh, lacking the grace and subtlety that should define this varietal; enjoyable only after a long time to breathe, and only with a side of blue cheese; PLN 35 from El Catador

Castillo de Monjardin Pinot Noir 2011—with its too-good-to-be-true price, too oaky and way too harsh, lacking the grace and subtlety that should define this varietal; enjoyable only after a long time to breathe, and only with a side of blue cheese; PLN 35 from El Catador

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