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

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Post # 32
1086 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Yeah try pinot grigio and chardonnay first if you’re not used to wine. Have some cheese and salami and crackers and fruits with it. Or chocolate. Chocolate’s always good lol. I love a good pinot noir (try mirrassou it’s cheap and good…they’re chardonnay is good too). Good luck. Go wine tasting. That’s the best.

Post # 33
1074 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

MMMmm… I have to agree with the recommendations above for Gewurtztraminer (esp. Chateau St Michelle and Covey Run). I usually drink really dry Cab. Savs., but this post reminded me how much I love a good gewurtz in the summer!! 

Post # 34
5147 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

For “starter wines”, I’d recommended white zinfindale and riesling.

Good brand recommendations above. Mots of the wine I regularly drink has already been mentioned (Ravenswood, Little Penguin, Yellowtail, etc).

I’m currently reading this book, and so far, I’d recommend it: http://www.amazon.com/Great-Wine-Made-Simple-Sommelier/dp/0767904788/

She goes over all the basics of wine, teaches you how to taste and compare wine, and even has her own recommendations broken down into various price points (so you can get “good” wine whether your budget be $10 or $100+). I haven’t finished the book yet, but I’m really enjoying it!

Post # 35
513 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

To start with a sweet wine like Moscoto…which I don’t like. It is too sweet. Then a white zinfindal and then chardonnay. Almost all reds are pretty stong compared to whites and pinks. BUT I love cabernet sauvignon and merlot. My favorites!

Post # 36
38 posts
  • Wedding: July 2010

One thing that really helped Fiance and myself was to do a tasting at a local restaurant where we were served small portions of food paired with about six different wines.  The lady who was hosting the event gave us a lot of background on each wine and started teaching us how to identify the different flavors in the wines, like berries, red fruit, citrus, chocolate, even things like tobacco!  She taught us how to correctly smell and taste the wines, and also showed us how things like letting some wines breathe makes a big difference.  Learning how to appreciate the wine, and having it paired with delicious treats made it much easier to enjoy. 

Maybe check around and see if there are any wine bars or restaurants that specialize in wines near you that do those sorts of events.  I’m assuming from your name that you are in Chicago, so I bet you can find something!

Post # 37
431 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

definitely start with a white wine.  Riesling was my first wine and is still my favorite.  I like Willamette Valley Vineyards, but I’m not sure if they distribute outside of Pacific Northwest.

Post # 38
96 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I started with Riesling many years ago and I’m now a red wine person. I’m very picky with my wine, 90% of those I buy are French. They don’t have to be expensive at all.

Post # 39
1465 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I don’t care for wine at all. But on very rare occasions, I like Shiraz (I have only drank Jacob’s Creek so can’t comment on other brands) and Beringer’s White Zinfandel, both of which you can find at any grocery. Most people who are not regular wine drinkers tend to like one or both of those and are not huge fans of other types. But everyone is different obviously.

The first wines I ever drank ages ago were Chardonnay and Champagne and I don’t like either one at all. I also don’t like Merlot which I have tasted at a winery in the past. Burgundy is commonly used in cooking and tastes great that way but I have never drank it straight.

That said, not everyone likes wine, contrary to popular belief. It is something that you have work into and gradually develop a taste for, and even after wanting to like it not everyone cares for it.

Post # 40
3761 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

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@littlemissbluebird: Chateau Ste Michelle is what we served at our wedding!  Everyone loved it. We had to pay the venue a “premium charge” so that they could get it in, but it was totally worth it!

I know this sounds lame but a good few options are:

  1. Buy mini’s that you can sometimes find at the grocery store.  Usually a few bucks but if you don’t like it you didn’t waste money
  2. Free tastings at wine shops/liquor stores – Usually within a sip or two you know if you like it or not.
  3. Winery or Wine Bar – These people really know their wine.  Don’t be afraid to tell them what you think of the wine.  If it is too bitter for you, say that and they can find something else sweeter. 
  4. Restaurants – Again, sometimes they will let you taste the wine first and then you can buy it by the glass.  Not the most economical way but its better than dumping a bottle down the drain if you don’t like it. 

Post # 41
1079 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Gewurztraminer, Viognier, or Pinot Grigio. But really I recommend going to a winery or wine bar on tasting night. Or have a party and ask everyone to bring their favorite wines. My local farmers market even has a local winemaker that offers samples at a stand. Most of my favorite brands are local and you will probably get much better wine if you do that – it’s unlikely Target to going to offer a great wine experience.

Post # 41
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dns567:  Willamatte Valley Vineyards is the best, I recently picked some up in Montana and brought it back to New York with me. Mission Mountain Winery in Montana also makes a huckleberry wine that is fruity and light for a beginner, and Sea Breeze Winery based on the southern Oregon coast incorperates the local cranberries in their wines and was the first wine I ever tried and liked.

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