What does it mean to say a wine has a "nice mesh"?
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Dear Dr. Vinny,
Can you please define what “nice mesh” means when talking about Riesling?
—Michael B., Connecticut
Even though I’m guessing you came across the term “nice mesh” in a Riesling review, it isn’t actually specific to the Riesling grape. Outside the world of wine, “mesh” refers to strands woven together, so using “nice mesh” as a metaphor to describe a wine suggests that its elements fit together well. Similar ways for wine writers to describe different elements interconnected in harmony might be “well woven” or “tightly knit.”