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• Pleasant aromas of pineapple, lime, grapefruit and minerals. Lots of bright, tart citrus fruit flavors with a touch of honey highlighted by the slightest of effervescence. It suggests a refreshingly acidic key lime pie with a toasted macadamia nut crust.
Here’s another one from the What Were They Thinking Department:
I recently got my hands on a bottle of riesling that has a splash of aromatic muscat in the blend. In addition to having a touch of sweetness to it, the wine also had the slightest effervescence. Ultimately, I found it to be incredibly refreshing and just the ticket for our never-ending train of sweltering days. It also posts a mere 8.7 percent alcohol, which is a plus for any hot-weather beverage. Despite its redeeming qualities, one would have to admit a wine like this (a riesling-muscat blend with bubbles) is a hard sell.
So what did the marketing geniuses come up with for a name to overcome this wine’s retail challenges? They called it Frisk Prickly.
Frisk Prickly?! Sounds more like a character from the skit comedy show Second City Television of the 1970s and ’80s. They also conceived this cockamamie story on how the name came to pass: A cellar worker was fondling his glass while tasting the wine and commented on the “prickle” of the bubbles in his mouth. And for some inconceivable reason there is a silhouette of a dove in flight on the label.
Folks who like unique white blends like Evolution No. 9 and Conundrum will appreciate this wine. Also those who are partial to slightly sweet white zinfandels will find Frisk Prickly as a pleasant alternative.
They say beauty is only skin deep, but ugliness goes clear to the bone. In the case of Frisk Prickly, the beauty of the wine is inside, if you can get past its ridiculous veneer.