How to Like Wine?

Is there a way to acquire a taste for wine? Are there some good starter wines you can try to build up your taste? What are your favorite wines?

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Feb 1, 2019

Beaujolais

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Feb 5, 2019
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Beaujolais

Ewww. Seriously?

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Feb 1, 2019

Go drink your franzia.

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Feb 5, 2019
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Go drink your franzia.

LOL. Better box wines and beaujolais nouveau are of similar quality, might as well drink the cheaper one.

Of course, I naturally assume you, being an American, mean beaujolais nouveau and not Cru or Rose (latter highly recommended). I've only seen Beaujolais Cru in the NYC once or twice and have never seen white or rose from that region at all.

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Feb 1, 2019

I like italian wines cus I was raised in a proud italian american house and was constantly around them.

They remind me of home.

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Feb 1, 2019

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Feb 1, 2019

I tried white whine and I didn't mind it too much. It was bad - but doable. Red wine, on the other hand, I absolutely hated. Is there a specific Cabernet you'd recommend?

Feb 1, 2019

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Feb 1, 2019

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Feb 6, 2019

I can't imagine anyone disliking this one... The Wagner family knows how to make wine.

Feb 11, 2019
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do not buy from the supermarket!

Agree, those are just bad

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Feb 1, 2019

Hmm maybe filet your cock into a vagina?

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Feb 1, 2019

Wow this is actually a really good idea

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Feb 6, 2019

This is amazing

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Feb 2, 2019

Boxed white

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Feb 2, 2019

IMO-- start with white wines & champagnes and then move to reds. Don't worry about becoming an expert-- but sample 2-3 wines at a time. I didn't drink much growing up, so I had to build my palate in college, and I did that by going to Trader Joe's and picking up a new bottle every week (plus a bottle that I sampled and liked, to increase my fluency).

Feb 2, 2019

Italian reds are almost all I drink anymore (along with a handful of spanish and french reds and the very rare white).

@Sunshine Funshine , try the following:

  • Barbera
  • Montepulciano
  • Sangiovese
  • Nebbiolo
  • Barolo

Just fantastic stuff

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Feb 5, 2019

If you don't currently like wine, you'll need to work your way up from mild and sweet to the more robust and tannic ones. Champagne is basically like soda; I like cava's, but there is a wide range of sweetness to fit your needs. White wines like Riesling can be sweet and approachable (not all are sweet), and sauvignon blanc is pretty mild. After a while, you can move on to chardonnay (these can be citrusy or more oaky) and white Bordeaux's.

Red is a whole other ball game. I'd start with mild red's like merlot or pinot. They aren't very tannic or robust. You can then move up to Bordeaux blends/rhone blends, which mix more robust grapes in. Once you like those, you can go with full varietals like cabernet or syrah, which can be pretty aggressive. After mastering those, you can move onto the really intense (and fantastic) barberas, nebbiolos, barolos, etc.

My personal favorites are rhone blends/Bordeaux blends, intense Italian varietals, syrah, creamy chardonnays, crisp sauvignon blancs, and the best Amarone della valpolicella

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Feb 6, 2019

Any drink you have to "master" to enjoy sounds easy to avoid.

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Feb 6, 2019

As a heir to vineyards in France (my family produces wine) - it is a heresy to drink white Bordeaux. Feel free to PM if you want some good references (won a worldwide gold medal for a Gewurtztraminer) - yes that's a shameless promotion.

From dry to very sweet: Chardonnay, Sauvignon blanc, Riesling , Pinot blanc, Muscat, Sylvaner, Gewurtztraminer
But again consider that some might be more fruity/mineral. To simplify I usually see wine as a 2D map - for whites the x axis is sweetness/dryness and the y axis being Fruitiness/mineral. As a previous use said try wines on a weekly basis and map them out. Once you have tried all of the above varieties, you may want to change the locations and start mapping further flavors.
You might as well consider what you may eat to match them. Sweet ones work for starters - ie fois gras, where as dryer ones will be great alongside poultry, cheese, fish.

There's also yellow wine but ewww I don't like it. Won't comment on reds as this is not my expertise.

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Feb 11, 2019

What is yellow wine made off?

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Feb 6, 2019

I think its fermented longer and in contact with the air, therefore oxidized.

cf: https://en DOT wikipedia.org/wiki/Vin_jaune

Feb 5, 2019

You should check out the documentary Sour Grapes on Netflix. It's about a guy in the early 2000's who corners the wine market and ends up doing some illegal dealings. The best line is (from some douche sitting in the back of a car referring to a certain champagne I believe) "Always go with the '96. If you can't afford the '96, go with the '02. If you can't afford the '02, drink fucking beer."

Feb 5, 2019

Also, if you want to learn more about the tastes and characteristics of various wines and regions, I would recommend the book (and blog) Wine Folly. It's simple to read but is full of good information for a beginner.

Once you start to learn what you like, you'll want to find a good wine shop you can go to. If they're good, they'll be able to recommend things for you to try based on other things you've had and liked/disliked.

Feb 5, 2019

I like CA reds, Cab and Pinot Noir

Josh Cellars - Cab - CA -$15
A to Z - Pinot Noir - Oregon -$20
Decoy by Duckhorn - CA - Cab - $20
Cloud Bay - Pinot Grigio - NZ - $30
Stags Leap - Cab - CA -$70
Caymus - Cab - CA -$100

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Feb 5, 2019

+1 on Stag's Leap cab reco. I'd SB you but I'm out, fwiw.

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Feb 6, 2019

Cloudy Bay, a man of taste I see... I'm partial to their Sauvignon Blanc.

Feb 6, 2019

Drink all types and get to know the best of all which suits you.

Feb 6, 2019
Sunshine Funshine:

Is there a way to acquire a taste for wine?

Drink lots of it. No joke.

Feb 6, 2019

Malbec

Feb 6, 2019

It really is an acquired taste. I used to be like you and like others said, just drink. Try all the different types and figure out what works for you, just like dating in a way.

I'd also recommend getting acquainted to wine by pairing it with food, ask waiters for recommendations. Now I can't have a steak without a decent glass of red.

Feb 6, 2019

Just try lots of different wines when you get the chance, take notes of brands/styles you like, and try more about that style and read up on it.

Feb 6, 2019

Start sweet, (and you'll eventually make your way back to sweet after you've exhausted every other type of wine out there).

White wines to start with:
German Riesling, specifically find ones that have "Spatlese" or at least "Kabinett" on the label. Dr. Loosen makes a pretty good cheap starter wine for this. These are sweet. American Riesling is most often in a dry style, don't go for dry right away.

Sauvignon Blanc is beginner friendly as well. New Zealand is known for their Sauv Blancs and you really can't go wrong - Cloudy Bay being one of the more famous and you don't have to spend more than $35 for this well known bottle. Dog Point is also a good one from NZ that's not as well known, therefore a bit cheaper ($20).

For a sweet/dessert red wine:
If you want to drink wine soda get a Brachetto. When people say champagne is like soda, this is what I think of, not actual champagne. I'm not saying drink Brachetto regularly, but if you want a wine soda, this is it. When you want to know if you've started to "get" wine, go back to this and see if it tastes too sweet to you. If it does - you've started to build your palate (doesn't mean you still can't enjoy it though).

For dry reds:
Any Malbec from Argentina is going to be pretty easy drinking for red and pairs easily with food.

If you want to try to get an 'aha' moment early in wine - try some okay reds - basically any red by the glass at a restaurant is going to be okay (not saying they're shitty, but they're usually mass produced wines) and then try a bottle of Caymus Cabernet. It's pricier - $75-$90 depending on where you get it. It's a fruit bomb wine that newer wine drinkers like. And it's usually their go to "fancy" wine. It's not my favorite, but I certainly understand the appeal of it. I've met many people who didn't "get" wine until exposing them to this wine or something similar (after drinking their fair share of okay wines for a benchmark).

Drink what you like. Check out Wine Folly, and the podcasts Wine for Normal People and I'll Drink to That if you're interested in learning more.

Feb 6, 2019

You need to try a sampling of sweet versus dry, light versus fully-body, citrus versus fruity, etc... and see what vibes with you. Also, IMO California wines are a poor value at the <$20 price point compared to offerings from regions like Chile, Argentina, Spain, France, New Zealand, etc... High-end Napa wines are phenomenal though...

Try the below. These are affordable easy drinking wines that perform far above their price point. Pair a chilled white win with spicier foods or fish/poultry and red wines with red meat/pork.

Nobilis - Portugal / Vinho Verde (White) - $9
Hugues Beauvignac - France / Picpoul (White) - $12
Catena - Argentina / Malbec (Red) - $15
Conundrum - USA / Blend (Red) - $20
Marques de Caceres Reserva, 2010 - Spain / Rioja (Red) - $15

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Feb 6, 2019

Pinot from Oregon as an alternative to cabs. Light, easy, delicious.

Feb 20, 2019

That or some Russian River/Central Coast stuff is good imo.

Feb 6, 2019

Keep drinking it.

Feb 6, 2019

Go to your local wine shop and ask the store owner what his favorites are within your price range. He'll probably light up and walk you all over the store explaining wine A vs. wine B and the different "flavor profiles" and this, that and the other. It will sound like a lot of gibberish but you'll probably come out of it with a good bottle at a good price.

Feb 20, 2019

seriously, this is the move. if I had no introduction to wine from my family, I would just go to a wine class at a wine shop or during a restaurant week. alternatively, get a group of friends together, go to a tapas bar, and bring your own wine (usually a small corkage fee). just tell whoever the connoisseur is to buy a few bottles and then sample. use an app or your phones notes to remember what you like, and go from there.

if you really want to be spoiled though, just go to italy, france, spain, order whatever red they recommend, and then look down on most everything when you come back stateside

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Feb 11, 2019

Stop being a pussy and just chug it like a real man

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Feb 20, 2019
Feb 20, 2019

just google it...you're welcome

Feb 20, 2019
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