(Closed) Never drank wine…any suggestions as to what to try first?

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Post # 3
593 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I think I good starter wine would be Barefoot Pinot Grigio (California). It’s nice and fruity and not expensive.

Post # 4
11325 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

i think that sweeter wines are easier to start with, and then you can work your way to drier. I really eased my way into liking wine and now i love it all. Here is a totally incomplete list of popular wines and my personal opinion of sweet to dry. 

white zinfindel and other blush wines (warning: these are considered “not classy” by most “real” wine drinkers… whatevs)

Moscato and Riesling (love love love love… get german rieslings)

pinot grigio (very popular sweeter white wine)

chardonnay (very popular drier white wine. i am not a fan)

red zinfindel (sweeter red wine. Love so much)

merlot (super popular mid-dry red wine)

pinot noir (drier/spicier red wine)

Post # 5
39 posts
  • Wedding: October 2010

I second the moscato!! I was never a fan of wine, but have recently started drinking moscato d’asti. It reminds me of Welch’s sparkling grape juice!

Post # 6
1752 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Yeah, I started with sweet whites.  Reisling was my favorite.

Now I’m on the other end of the spectrum.. love Cabs, Shiraz & Merlot!  Never drink white wine or champagne anymore!

Post # 7
2781 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Definitely start with something fruitier. Get the 1/4 bottles if you can as they’re just enough for 2 glasses and a little bit so you can test out different wines and see what you like best without having to get a huge bottle of wine you end up not liking. 

I tend to like dry wines like Chardonney or Pinot Grigio. If all else fails ask someone who works there what they would recommend.

Post # 9
132 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

I just started working for a wine importer and there is so much to learn!!

The fruitier wines are easier to start with if you never drink it, or don’t enjoy the other right off the bat. Riesling for sure is one of my fav’s, and the pp is right, go German for that type. Clean Slate is a German Riesling that is rated really well.

Reds are heavier, Pinot Nior is very popular, and the right brand is great

Rose is a nice light wine, and you can always get Sangria – chilled it is perfect for summer

This reminds me – our wine store at work is almost open, I have to get some for the weekend!



Post # 10
5494 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2011

Corgi has some great suggestions.  I just wanted to add that Gewurztraminer (pronounced guh-VOORTS-truh-MEE-nur) is a great starter wine and always a crowd pleaser.  I find that Fetzer Wineries produces the best one and it’s very inexpensive (most grocery stores carry it). 

Post # 11
2090 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Trying wine is fun! LOL, seriously though, don’t discount an entire type of wine by one (or two, or whatever) “bad” bottles. There are some great bottles of each type…and some not so great bottles of each type.

Since you don’t know much about wine, I would really recommend going to a larger liquor store, or a wine store, if you have any in your area. Our local liquor store (large, not like a corner liquor store) has a weekly wine tasting every Wednesday. That’s an easy and cheap way to sample a few different wines, and see what you like. At a good shop, they should also be able to recommend wines for you, and give you notes. It’s also helpful if you go to a shop that posts how many “points” a bottle has. There are some great 90+ point red wines for under $11/bottle – and lots of crap wines that are much pricier than that.

A word of dissent on the sweet-wines bandwagon: I know a lot of people say to start with fruity wines, but personally I HATE HATE HATE 99% of sweet, sparkling and dessert wines, always have. Its easier for some people to start on the sweeter end, but if you don’t like those, don’t give up on wine entirely. I sometimes like a real dry Reisling, but that’s sometimes hard to find, if you don’t know what to look for.

A great, easy to drink red wine is La Vieille Ferme, it’s a French Rhone red, and it retails for about $6.99-$9, depending on the shop. I know it’s not available everywhere, but if you can find it, I personally think it’s dollar for dollar the best under $10 bottle out there.
The Robert Mondavi Private Reserve/Selections are also good, and usually right about $10 a bottle.

Post # 12
2821 posts
Sugar bee

Do you have any local wineries around you.  I’d have a winery afternoon and just go down the list and try some from dry white, sweet white, dry red, sweet red, dessert, and fruity. 

The other thing if you don’t have a winery near you I’d make a wine and cheese night with friends.  Everyone brings a bottle of wine and a kind of cheese or dip.  Then you get to try a bunch of different kind of wines. 

Cause at least with all my friends we’ve had different tastes and the only way to figure it out is by trying a bunch.

My favorites are dry reds or sweeter whites so I’d recommend like a Riesling or Shiraz to start out with.  One of my favorite whites though is a Traminette. 

Post # 13
4123 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Start with trying Rieslings (DEF german!) for whites and merlot and Pinot Noir for red. 

Now, I have NEVER been a fan of white wines, I’ve always only loved reds, and now I like really strong reds 😉

Check for some local wine stores. Sometimes they have “tastings” where you can try tiny samples of wines. Of course, just like beers and other liquors, practice makes yumminess 😉

Post # 14
1032 posts
Bumble bee

OH Beringer White Zin is sweet, light, crisp (kind of like apples and strawberries) and very low in cost. It is great for wine newbies! Please give it a try and let me know what you think! 🙂 I LOVE wine! [attachment=1085959,135982]

Post # 15
860 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I agree that blush wine is a good starting point, followed by white wine.  But if you find you don’t like either, give red a try.  I never liked blush or white, but I do like red.

Post # 16
218 posts
Helper bee

Read the back of the wine bottle. It usually has some sort of description of what it is. Also, if you find something you like, take a cell phone picture of the label for future reference. There are so many different kinds out there, it can get a little confusing. Here are a few of my favorite wines at the moment. All of them are pretty affordable too, so you won’t be paying an arm and a leg for something you may or may not like.

Chateau Ste Michelle Riesling – Very sweet, pear & cantaloupe flavors

Chateau Ste Michelle Gewurztraminer – Sweet, and a little spicy too.

Erath Pinot Noir – One of the lightest reds I’ve ever had. Goes well with everything. Lots of berry flavors.

Ecco Domani Pino Grigio – Sweet, pineapple flavors, with a little bit of a chardonnay taste.

Red Truck Zinfandel – A very basic red. Heavier, but not too dry. Goes well with red meat.

Big House Red – A red blend, on the drier side.

Francis Coppola’s Rosso – Another red blend. Has some richer fruit flavors, like cherry and plum.

Alamos Malbec – A richer, more complex red wine.

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