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Snooth User: taterhutch21

anniversary wine

Posted by taterhutch21, Jul 16.

Hello to everyone and anyone that can help me. My name is Taylor and my anniversary is coming up in a couple weeks. I want to suprise my wife with some wine and candles and all that jazz. We are not wine drinkers but do like to have it on special occasions. Can someone give a suggestion on a smooth sweet red wine no more than $100. PLEASE HELP thanks. (Wine Virgins)

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Reply by duncan 906, Jul 16.

I can think of lots of nice red wines but few are sweet unless you want a fortified wine like a port,maderia,maury or banyuls etc

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Reply by JonDerry, Jul 16.

2012 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon would seem to be the ticket. 

Dry but also sweet...guessing that's what you're after

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Reply by dvogler, Jul 16.

I really hate to differ with JD, but that Caymus might not be the sipper they're after.  It'd be great with dinner, like a steak!  Instead, try a 2004 (or 2006) Amarone.  Now that can be sipped and if decanted for at least an hour, would be like velvet.  Don't get the cheapest.  A 2004 Zenato, Tedeschi or Bertani should be running about $75-80.  To clarify, when you go to your wine shop, ask for an Amarone from one of the aforementioned wineries. (aka Amarone della Valpolicella)

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Reply by JonDerry, Jul 16.

I'd of course prefer an Amarone...with some pasta and meat sauce or the like. Tomasso Bussola is the gold standard...But newbies tend to go nuts for Caymus.

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Reply by taterhutch21, Jul 16.

Thanks for all the help. You all sound very knowledgeable. I will def let you know which I decide on and what I think about it. Once again thanks for the replies. And wish me luck.

 

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Reply by dvogler, Jul 17.

Tater, you won't need luck.  That Amarone will do the trick! ;)

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Reply by gregt, Jul 17.

But I'm curious. If you don't really drink much wine, why would you spend as much as $100 on a bottle? Why not get something that you both love?

If you really like sweet wine, look for something from Rivesaltes - you can get that stuff for a few bucks and some of it is really good. Or look for Brachetto d'Aqui. Chill it and serve. Smells like strawberries. MUCH cheaper than most wines and maybe more delicious too!

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Reply by dvogler, Jul 17.

Greg, he has to IMPRESS her!  At least he can show her the bill :)

On the Anniversary, nothing says, "I love you" more than a three buck wine.

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Reply by gregt, Jul 17.

True but if it's the third anniversary, I'd say she's already impressed.

For $25, I'll make him a $100 receipt for any wine he buys!

 

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Reply by JonDerry, Jul 17.

I hear you Greg, that's a point. Most would have a hard time telling the difference between a well selected $25-35 wine versus $80-100.

However, folks like to splurge and get something beyond their everyday on Anniversary's. Makes sense to me anyway.

 

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Reply by taterhutch21, Jul 17.

I def agree with that I could go cheep but Im not gunna show on our 6 yr anniversary with a bottle of boones farm lol Thanks for the suggestions everyone y'all are great

 

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Reply by napagirl68, Jul 18.

Taylor, do you know what types of wines you and your sweetie have enjoyed in the past?  Zinfandel?  Cabernet?  That would help with guidance, as newbies sometimes use the term "sweet", when they mean "fruity" or something else.  The first thing that came to mind when I read your description was a Zin.  But it would also be nice to know what type of food you were planning to have.


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