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Beginner looking to branch from what I love and need suggestions...

Posted by angiembfl, Jul 22, 2010.

I am looking to branch out from what I already know and love.  I know that I prefer sweet wines and my favorites are Reisling and Moscato.  I'm not sure of what region but they are both off the shelf brands...I'm pretty sure one was a Kendall Jackson if that helps at all.  I kind of like the sweeter White Zinfandels and sometimes Rose or Blush Wines.  I would like to get into red wines as well but I can't seem to find any that are sweet at all.  I'm sure I'm just trying to wrong thing??  Can you give me any suggestions on where to go from here??

Oh, and someone else recommended me try Sherry since I like sweet and I didn't like it much.  I'm not sure if it was just the wrong brand or region but it was a very sharp taste for me. 


Reply by outthere, Jul 22, 2010.

Maybe a fruit bomb zinfandel. Something jammy to appeal to your sweet tooth but also some different structure to get your palate a-changin?

Novy Family Vineyards Zinfandel


Orin Swift "The Prisoner"

Not for the faint of heart, but real interesting wines.


Reply by StevenBabb, Jul 22, 2010.

i love prisoner!  : )

but in a little lower price range, i would maybe try jacob's creek shiraz... very plumy fruit flavors....

i would stay away from fortified wines, ie. sherry/port....

Reply by StevenBabb, Jul 22, 2010.

maybe try a proscecco... a sparkling from italy... also a moscato d'asti.... they can be quite tastey...

Reply by Carly Wray, Jul 22, 2010.

You might give Beaujolais a shot while you're testing out reds.

There are some good, easy-drinking bottles listed here that you might dig --

Reply by dmcker, Jul 22, 2010.

Not sure why to avoid fortified wines. Probably you tried a drier sherry. Look for an oloroso, or a pedro ximenez. Give port a try, too. Though these are not, for me, anyway, something to drink through an entire meal--more something for dessert or on their own.

Lambrusco from italy is another idea, as is an amarone, which could be a bit more expensive.

Outthere's idea of looking for something with big fruit is a good idea, I think. If you find that, and I assume you want something rounder, rather than with big tannins, you should be able to wean yourself a bit away from the requirement for residual sugar. Too much sweetness makes it hard to drink with a meal, as I mentioned above....

Reply by StevenBabb, Jul 22, 2010.

@dm..... i personally love px and fortifieds..... but listening to what she likes- white zins, blush.... they may be overly sweet for her tastes.... also the price points to think about....

i'd echo the lambrusco suggestion....

Reply by Kimberly H, Jul 31, 2010.

I'd taste through some Rosés to start, since you say you like Rosé.  They can be faintly sweet or bone dry, and it would be a nice test to see if you might like some of the drier versions.

I always suggest to my friends who drink mostly whites and want to branch into reds, that they try a few Rosés first - it provides an easy-going and flavorful bridge to some of the lighter reds.

Then you might try a Beaujolais, as someone above suggested, or a lighter, fruitier Pinot Noir.  I LOVE the 2009 Alfredo Roca Pinot Noir from Argentina, and it's around $12 retail in my neck of the woods.  Very nice, easy-driking Pinot for the price.  : )

I know it's difficult when you think you only like a certain category of wines  -- I've been a red wine lover for over 15 years, and never drank whites, except for bubbly. But this summer I made a pact with myself to try a bunch of whites so I could find some I could like, and I have!  A good half dozen of them anyway. . . and it happened because I finally decided to broaden my horizons.  : )

Now I'm actually loving white wine, go figure.  I bet if you start experimenting with some wines just outside your comfort zone to start, you'll find lots of other wines to like.  Happy Discovering!

Reply by jcjrogers, Jul 31, 2010.

Beaujolais is a good idea.  One thing you might also like is that Beaujolais is typically served cold, which you would be more accustomed to with your white zins and such. 

That being said, I also agree that you might want to try something different than what you are used to.  A great way to do that is to get some friends and create your own little wine tastings.  By focusing on identifying aroma, taste, mouthfeel, etc., you'll likely develop an appreciation for those wines-- expanding your wine repertoire. 


Reply by GregT, Jul 31, 2010.

I'm not sure if it was just the wrong brand or region but it was a very sharp taste for me.

Well, since sherry comes only from one region, I guess it can't come from the wrong region.

Sherry is a fortified wine, which means they add higher alc spirits to the wine.  But it comes in many styles and you can't really generalize from one or two tastings. However, it's not a fruity wine and it sounds like you like fruity wines with a little residual sugar, so that's what I'd look for.  Most reds, or at least most decent reds, will not be sweet.  But you can find some rose or whites or reds from places like Georgia.

Reply by Girl Drink Drunk, Aug 1, 2010.

OP, the reason you can't find sweet reds is that they pretty much don't exist, with few and far-between exceptions.  And, the vast majority that do exist completely and totally suck.

The rec's given here aren't sweet, mostly, except for the fortified stuff and the Lambrusco.  You don't care for the fortified, so maybe give Lambrusco a whirl?  I'm pretty sure you'll hate everything else recommended if you drink stuff like white zin, especially powerful juice like The Prisoner or an Amarone.

Reply by dmcker, Aug 1, 2010.

Well if you do find you're not liking the reds you encounter, from these reccomendations or otherwise, there's nothing wrong with drinking a lot of riesling. Try not only domestic versions, but those from Germany (which I think on the whole are quite a bit better than those made in the New World). Try a lot of different ones from the Mosel (green bottles), the Rhein (brown bottles) and the Nahe. They also make good riesling in Alsace, the part of France next to Germany (and that the two countries swapped back and forth during a couple of wars in the past century and a half), but those are drier. Good ones from Austria, too.

Do try to graduate from white zin, though. When you do, you'll look back and wonder why you ever drank so much of it. And you'll have opened yourself to a wide, wide range of tastes and experiences from all over the world.

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