Please educate me about wine!!

posted 4 years ago in Food
  • poll: Which wine would you prefer?
    Chardonnay : (4 votes)
    16 %
    Pinot Grigio : (10 votes)
    40 %
    Merlot : (5 votes)
    20 %
    Cabernet Sauvignon : (6 votes)
    24 %
  • Post # 3
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    Busy bee

    By ‘pinot’ do you mean pinot noir, or pinot grigio?  I first thought pinot noir, as you have another option for grigio, but then you’ve written ‘chardonnay or pinot’, so I got a bit confused!

    Post # 4
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    Busy bee

    Also, by sauvignon I assume you mean sauvignon blanc, not cabernet sauvignon, given that you have another option for cabernet?

    Post # 5
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    Oh wine is soooo personal, maybe go to a tasting class or something to try a wide range?

    I personally am not a red drinker AT ALL. I lived in France for a while and had really good red wine chucked at me at every social occasion but I cannot stand the stuff. Actually I don’t like French wine in general. The vines are old and very mature which in my opinion makes the wine (including the white) very heavy.

    New world wines (NZ, Aus, Cali, SA) are coming into their own. I travelled around NZ a couple of years ago and my godmother who lives in Wellington took me around the vineyards of Marlborough and Martinborough. Wow, the Sauvignon Blancs from that region are incredible! I’m yet to find one I don’t like. Literally, my local supermarket has a £5 bottle I’m very happy to drink. Theyre just so fruity and crisp. Love them! So my recommendation is Marlborough/Martinborough (NZ) region Sauvignon Blanc for your white 🙂

    Post # 6
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    Busy bee

    There are so many more types of wine! Your poll needs some more choices! Here is pretty much the best chart ever. Wine Chart Here! Click on it to make it bigger after you click the link.

    I tend to like sweeter wines, both red and white. Mostly white. For whites… Reisling is my all time favorite, occasionally Moscato. Moscato is REALLY sweet (like apple juice sweet. It’s good in small doses IMO.) I stay away from really dry whites.

    For reds, pinot noir is good. I’ll occasionally drink a blush wine (rose wine) also.

    Honestly the best way you can figure out what kind you like it to go to a wine tasting. 🙂

     

    Post # 7
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    Busy bee

    To asnwer your question “what would you drink?” – I would be equally happy with pinot noir, merlot or cabernet sauvignon at a wedding. If I happened to be in the mood for white wine (which I am occasionally), my favourite is definitely gewurztraminer, however if that wasn’t an option I would go with pinot grigio.

    Other options you may wish to consider which a lot of people like are syrah (a.k.a. shiraz) or riesling.

    Post # 8
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2015

    “Grigio” per se is not a type of wine, actually. It’s Pinot Grigio. And Pinot also comes in two other varieties, Pinot Bianco and Pinot Rosso (this one is red wine, as the name suggests). 

    I prefer Pinot Grigio.  They all have nice gentle tastes and go with majority of food beautifully, but I’d choose something different to go with your desserts. 

    Merlot is a red wine qith a strong taste that goes well with salted pork and other “strong” food (like red meat, hearty stews etc.). 

    I don’t know about Cabernet ever being on its own, it’s used to blend with Savignon thus creating Cabernet Sauvignon, one of the most easily drinkable red wines. The taste is not as strong as Merlot and it’s a little sweeter. 

    Sauvignon on its own is a white wine that I don’t know much about but it’s quite generic, a bit like Chardonnay, so it goes with pretty much anything except desserts. 

    For your desserts, you might want to look into sweeter wines, like Traminer or Sweet Muscat (but not Yellow Muscat, it’s a dry wine that’s better with sea food, etc.). 

    I hope that helps! 

     

    Post # 11
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2015

    @leecy87:  Oh no, don’t worry, you’re definitely not an idiot! I come from a wine country and really like a good glass of wine 🙂

    Post # 12
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    Busy bee

    @leecy87:  You’re not an idiot! You’re just less experienced with buying wine than some of us (which isn’t necessarily a bad thing!) 🙂

    I’ve just looked at your poll again, and that makes more sense – your caterer is offering two white wines, and two red wines. From just those four options, I would prefer the pinot grigio as a white, while my FI would prefer the chardonnay (although he would still happily drink the pinot grigio), and we would both drink either the merlot or the cabernet sauvignon.  They’re all fairly safe choices.

    Post # 13
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2014

    I like to drink dry wines, I like Pinot Grigio. It’s easy to drink and goes with most foods.

    Post # 14
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    Bee Keeper

    I am a Malbec drinker, myself. I prefer the “deeper” tasting reds. It would go well with a substantial dinner like beef or lamb.

    Shallower tasting reds go with lighter fair and white wines are best with light fair only.

    Some (usually the more affordable) white wines give me a headache due to the preservatives they use, so it would really come down to which exact white. Reds are better on a budget, I find.

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