75cl * 12.5% ABV * Washington State, USA
Few winemakers have a story quite like Charles Smith. Although raised in California, he didn't discover wine until he moved to Europe where he managed a number of rock bands. In 2001, he released his first vintage and in 2009 was named Winemaker of the Year. Beneath the playful labels is some seriously well-made juice, specifically designed to go with Chinese food. Smooth and aromatic, with flavours of white peach, mandarin orange and apricot; this is a black belt in powerful, refreshing Riesling.