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Old 10-17-03, 08:48 PM   #1
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Wine suggestions

With all the talk about the health benifits of wine, I wan't to try drinking a glass with dinner every day. But it tastes AWFUL !!! Why would anyone drink this crap?

Are there ANY wines that taste good?
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Old 10-17-03, 10:26 PM   #2
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Wine eh! I won’t recommend any particular wine, but I can offer you some good advice. First, do a bit of research on the web for information on wine like types, regions etc. Buy a bottle at the recommendation of your local retailer. Learn the basics of wine tasting and appreciation like proper glassware, how to look at the colour, smell. Next, taste it, chew it and swallow it down, inhale some air, and repeat until the bottle is empty. Next step would be to go back to your local retailer and start with a good variety and spend a little time sampling the different styles and make a few notes on what you taste, see, smell and what you like and don’t like. Buy an introductory wine book and learn the “language” of wine. This would be a good start and by January, you will either still hate wine or start to understand the differences in styles and the complexities of wine. Matching wine with food, chocolate, cheese, cigars, friends etc. can be difficult at first, so it may be a good idea to concentrate on the wine first and wine with food etc. latter.

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With all the talk about the health benifits of wine, I wan't to try drinking a glass with dinner every day. But it tastes AWFUL !!! Why would anyone drink this crap?

Are there ANY wines that taste good?
Not much for whites or blushes, but a glass of shiraz is a thing of beauty. Black Swan Vineyards in southeastern Australia produces one that is very nice.
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Old 10-18-03, 12:03 AM   #4
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Do some research about wine.. Define your tastes.. Also, your tastes evolve, once you start drinking wine. Most people start with semi-sweet white wines, like a German Moselblumchen, or Ziertztrammner ( Spelling?) . You will graduate to drier wines. Once I liked a good French Vouvray or German Mosel, but now they are much too sweet. At least normally.
Pretty much now we like a good Merlot or Pinot Noir. Wines should not be sweet if you are having a heavy meat dish.
Wines are beautiful.. Once you know them, you will covet them. We have actually designed our vacations to stop by our favorite vintners. With Thanksgiving dinner, I have my favorite Michigan Cherry wine with desert. that is why I visit Michigan in mid-Fall to bring back my Cherry wine for the holidays.
Suggestions.. Define your likes. Don't just pick one up off a shelf unknown. You probably had a strong dry red with a chalky aftertaste. Maybe find out where there are wine tastings. Try them all. Tell the server what you like. They will make suggestions.
Don't let your first impressions ruin you from finding great wines. It is one of life's many pleasures.
Favorite wines . White- A great French Fume Pouilly. Red. A French Margaux. And best U.S. wine from Santa Barbara- Rancho Sisquoac Merlot.(actually,found that while out on a bike tour-can't beat a good wine before a group campout) Go out and exeriment, you won't regret it.
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If it tastes awful, don't drink it! Find other ways to sustain your health. Talk to a health professional, or try WebMD for an alternative.
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Old 10-20-03, 08:00 AM   #6
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Last night at a friends house we had two bottles of Riunite. One was Rosato (a little tart but not bad) and the other was dark red and really sweet and I actually liked it (but forget the name).
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Everyone's taste is different - I like fairly full-bodied reds - a good Shiraz, Pinot Noir, Cabernet-Shiraz blend. I'm not a great white wine fan - I don't mind a dry citric white but I wouldn't buy it.

I've had good wines from Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Chile, France, Spain, Argentina and the US. On the US front I seem to recall Ravenswood did a fairly good Zinfandel a year or to back.
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My favorite is Oregon Pinot Noir. Everyone has different taste, though.
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Hi,
start with white wines, a Riesling perhaps. ANother wine you might like are the blush wines; they are pink. I feel the are the best buy on the shelf. Lastly, consider going to a wine tasting. See if you can't find one oriented towards beginners (not hard) or does just whites.
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1998 Amarone, available at Trader Joe's for about 8.99 a bottle. Let it air for 60 minutes. Very nice with hearty pasta. Pinoit noir is just smooth enough for Tofu.
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Talk to Siu...I think she knows wine pretty well.
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They only get better with age...
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Yellow Tail Shiraz...It's cheap and it's one of my favorite tasting wines. I'm no conasuer(however the hell you spell it) but I know what tastes good to me.
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And another one gone, and another one gone.....another one bites the dust.

Hey....I'm gonna get you too. Another one bites the dust.
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I want a new car, I want to go to mothers... Oh, not THAT kind of wine. Never mind.
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Boone's Farm.
FAMILY farm, that be.

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I can only think of one thing more ghetto fabulous.
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Rusack. Great Wine, great area for cycling.

http://www.rusack.com/wines.html
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Brunello di Montalcino.

But I'm a lover of any San Giovese.

I needs to get me a Black Roster cycling jersey!
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way to dredge up ancient history KT!

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Here's whatcha want to do. The next time you are invited to someone's house for dinner, stop at the liquor store and get a bottle of a red zinfandel from Ridge. They produce several that are really great. Be prepared to spend around $25.

You will impress your friends with your good taste and get to sample a really good wine.
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