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Developing a taste for wine and looking for recommendations...

Posted by jbw81, Aug 17, 2011.

Hey guys,
My first post so a big hello!
I've always loved food and enjoy cooking more than most but me and wine have never really played nicely with each other. Perhaps it's me getting older but my palette is definitely starting to enjoy red wine with a decent meal!
I've come across a few that I particularly like:
Rosemount Shiraz
Oxford Landing Merlot
Oxford Landing Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz

These have either been gifts or I've drunk them at dinner at friends houses. I've enjoyed a couple of chianti's recently too. I eat a variety of foods ranging from italian to british to french cusine and I'm looking to branch out and try some new red wines but I don't really know where to go next.
A friend recently bought me a bottle of Chateau Meaume but I really dislike it.

I don't know if this is enough for any of you wine buffs to go on but any recommendations would be most appreciated.




Reply by spikedc, Aug 17, 2011.

Hi Jack, welcome to Snooth, great bunch of helpful wine lovers here !

Like you i discovered the joys of wine late on, although i'm a relative beginner i'm now completely immersed in the world of wine. Shiraz has always been my favourite but there is so much more out there to try and lots of help here. I'm loving every minute.

My twopence worth from what i've enjoyed / discovered...... Aussie wines, Yalumba, Penfold's, Kangarilla Road.  Spanish Rioja's especially Muga,  the list goes on and on.

Lots of recommendations to come i'm sure from the guys more knowledgeable than me.


Reply by EMark, Aug 17, 2011.

Welcome aboard, Jack.  I think you've come to the right place. 

Wine is, of course, a very personal thing.  You've already found that you prefer red wines--a very good starting place.  The three wines that you mention that you like are all from Australia.  There are people on this board who are very much expert on Australian wines.  They will be able to point you to similar wines or wineries--Australian or otherwise. 

You might let us know where you live.  That will help people recommend things that are easily be available in your geography.  A wine that is easily availble in Australia might be hard to find in South Affrica. 

I'm from California.  I have no familiarity at all with the three specific red wines that you mentioned, but if you wanted to venture to another type of wine that has characteristics that I think are comparable to shiraz, I would suggest a zinfandel.  (Ignore my bias as a zinfandel bigot.)  Again, though, if you live in Australia, a California zinfandel may be a bit more difficult to find.  If you live where I live, you can probably find a dozen stores where you can buy a zinfandel in any square mile of any city.  You'll find prices from less than US$5.00 to about US$40.00.

Another idea is Spanish wines.  Very tasty, and very, very affordable, and, I think, widely available.  The Rioja region appears to be the most popular, but please check out others.

Also, though, I would suggest that you just roam through postings in these Snooth forums (or is it fora?).  Go back to postings from years ago.  I think you will get a lot of ideas.  It can be intimidating because there are so many participants, here, who have tremendous knowledge.  However, the good news is that you can pick and choose the ones you agree with.

On last thing.  Have fun.  There will be no test.

Reply by ScottLauraH, Aug 17, 2011.

Welcome to Snooth and the wonderful world of wine. 

On the Zinfandel front, there is a solid, inexpensive Zin called Campus Oak that I find very nice and that sells really well in the wine store I work in.  Another one is called Brazin. 

If you like reds, venture into Italian reds.  There are Super Tuscans, Chiantis and Brunellos at all price points. 

Reply by jbw81, Aug 19, 2011.

Hey guys,
thanks for the feedback!
spikedc - I've made a note of your recommendations on my phone... next time I'm out shopping I'll keep my eyes open.
EMark - My apologies, I'm from the UK. Again I've made a note and will take a look.
ScottLauraH - I'm good friends with an italian girl who has picked out a chianti or two and both have been wonderful with the dinners we've cooked!

My major issue with having no real clue about wine is spending £8 on a bottle only to find I dislike it! My parents quite like dry red wine which I'm not too keen on. Am I right in thinking the wines I'm liking are fruity?



Reply by EMark, Aug 21, 2011.


Here is another idea for you.  One of the best things about the Snooth site is Gregory Dal Piaz.  He clearly has a multidimensional interest and passion for wine and he has a very engaging writing style.

Gregory has started a series of articles entitled "What to Drink Now," and about a week ago he posted an installment on red wines.  You might want to take a look at it to get some ideas.

As always, have fun with your explorations.


Reply by Vine Master Fanucchi, Sep 11, 2011.

Taste a wide variety of things!

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