I've never had wine – Recommend a good one…

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Hmmmm, I would suggest you start with a sweet wine.  Maybe something like a Moscato, or a reisling?  They are white wines, so usually they are more palatable to a wine newbie.  

Or you could even try a rose wine!

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I agree with adnama, start with sweet.  Try Moscato D’Asti.  Or try a sweet muscadine, tastes just like eating a grape – not sure if that kind is available in Canada.  NC is the biggest producer of the muscadine wine.

Post # 5
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Busy bee

@adnama:  +1, was definitely going to suggest moscato. I would also suggest going to some wine tastings, where I live, most liquor stores will host them from time to time. 

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I would also suggest Moscato or Riesling, if you don’t really like the taste of wine yet. They are very sweet, I started with them. I now love Pinot Grigio (white) and Cabernet Sauvignon (red- my favorite!), both have a slight sweetness to them but not overwhelming.  

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I would start with a rose, riesling (I LOVE minerally rieslings), moscato or a sparkling rose. They’re sweet, so they’re the “easiest” to like. Zinfindels would also be a good place to start. Then, start branching out into whites and reds – red blends tend to be easy on the pallete.

 

Just be warned – sweet wines are quick to give a hangover and easy to overindulge in.

 

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@Future_Mrs_Dr_I:  Yes wine tastings!!  Forgot about those.  I live near wineries and nearly all of them offer free tastings!  

Post # 9
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Busy bee

@adnama:  they’re alway fun, and I always leave with a list of wines to buy! (Or a case or two that I buy on the spot lol) 

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I was like you and started new to wines. The kind that I liked best was a riesling– Barefoot Riesling is nice and sweet and will ease you into the world of wine. Plus its pretty cheap too.

The higher the alcohol content the dryer the wine, which typically means they’ll be a bit more bitter or tart. Start low in the content range and work your way up, thats how we did it!

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

Truthfully, I think you might get a bad taste in your mouth (pun intended) if you start with a moscato or dessert wine.

Maybe start with a blush wine (white zin). They tend to be sweeter.

Just because you tried a wine and didn’t like it, doesn’t mean you don’t like all wines. Keep tasting. It’s fun! Figure out what tastes good to you. And don’t think that the higher the price tag means the better the flavor. There are some really good cheap grocery store wines out there.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

 Second the wine tasting idea! You’re technically supposed to spit the wine out afterwards (although most people don’t), so if you hate it, you can spit it out and not offend anyone. 

And I agree, sweet or dessert wines are the easiest to start with. I know you specifically are looking for wine ideas, but hard ciders are also a good place to start. They’re sweet, and get you used to the taste of alcohol.

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I think your best bet is to go to a wine shop or restaurant in your area that does tastings.  The staff can help you with your likes and dislikes and help you choose something you’ll like.  You’re never really going to know until you start tasting!  A class is also great for that – look for something like “Wine 101”.  If you just start with super sweet wines you’re never gonna know what you like – they’re just like drinking sugar syrup.  

Also a previous poster mentioned Zinfandel – it’s my absolute fave but as a newbie I would not start with that.  It’s a HUGE red.  Unless maybe she meant white Zin, in which case you’re back in sugar syrup territory.

Post # 16
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Busy Beekeeper

@Ryansgirl:  I’d definitely find a wine bar or some place you can sample little sips of lots of different wines so you can start getting an idea of what you like or don’t like.  I think light white wines are easiest to drink (a white zinfandel, viogner, sauvignon blanc, or even a buttery chardonay).  The nice thing about going the tasting route vs. buyinig a bottle at the store is you don’t have to invest in the whole bottle and will likely be served some decent wines.  Although, don’t be discouraged if you don’t like what is poured.  I’ve been to wine bars where I haven’t really liked anything served… just keep tasting!  Over time, you’ll come to discover what you enjoy!

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