All the watering holes at the M Resort in Las Vegas go a little heavy on the house brand wines. There are, however, some good selections available on the wine lists throughout the bars and restaurants of the hotel and casino.
I took a break from the action on the casino floor to visit the M's Lobby Bar for a glass of Dillman Delight Riesling. Despite the name - which I think sounds like a moonshine from The Dukes Of Hazzard - it's a German Riesling from Bernkastel in the Mosel-saar-ruwer region. The steeply-sloped vineyards of the region produce some mighty fine Riesling grapes.
The waitress on duty at the nearly empty bar said she likes Dillman Delight because it reminds her of Pinot Grigio. How ringing that endorsement is depends on your view of Pinot Grigio, I suppose. After she assured me it was German, I decided to give it a try. It's $9 per glass.
The Dillman Delight is very pale in color. I'm told the nose carries tropical and mineral aromas, but the M perfumes their air conditioning, so getting past the Febreze scent was a challenge. Pear juice comes through nicely on the palate with some citrus and mineral notes and a decent acidity. There is a trace of petrol that lingers into the short finish, for which I an always grateful in a Riesling. The waitress didn't seem to share my delight with that petrol emotion.
I tried a few other wines in a few other places while at the M Resort. I'll be telling you about them in the coming days on this blog.