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Posted by coffeebean24, May 28, 2009.

Hey =) I'm new to and also to wine tasting. though am no stranger to wine drinking... since I am from an Italian family and wine is pretty much served with breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

I'm still learning about tasting and wine vocab and all that great stuff and look forward to learning more about it. And also look forward to tasting some great, quality wines. Please recomend anything to me, I love trying new things.


Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, May 28, 2009.

Hey Coffeebean!

Welcome to Snooth.

Coming from an Italian family I know what you mean. So we are you? One of the easiest, and greatest, recommendations I can make is to go out and find some like minded folks and sit around a table somewhere swapping bottles. It's one of the best, and most cost effective, ways of trying different wines and learning what people like about wines and the vocabulary they use to describe them.

This journey of wine appreciation really is a journey, wines you love today might leave you feeling eh next year. Finding fellow travelers is the best way to move along, and fun to boot!

Reply by coffeebean24, May 28, 2009.

Thanks so much for the words of wine wisdom greg. I'll do want to try swapping wine with friends, thanks so much for the great (and fun) idea.

Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, May 28, 2009.

My pleasure. If you're in the NYC area we're always trying wines so feel free to reach out if you ever want to join us!

Reply by ChipDWood, May 29, 2009.

Hi Coffeebean24.


Baby ;).

Liquid honeycomb, and truly the most interesting dessert wne I think I've ever tried, including the honeysuckle stuff from Sauternes.

The Keswick Nektar.

...Just a thought :)

Reply by orders5, May 29, 2009.

Hi Coffebean,

have you ever tasted wines from Slovakia, Tokaj for example? Visit where you can wines you have not tasted yet.


Reply by dmcker, May 29, 2009.

So how does your family drink the wine with breakfast? Have to admit I have had wine in the morning in France quite a few times, and even Calvados with coffee at 'working class' bars in France and (shock to the Swiss system) Geneva. And beer at breakfast in Germany. This coming from someone who is very anti hair-of-the-dog, so I'm always curious about early morning libative customs... ;-)

Greg's suggestion of sharing wines with friends is a huge part of what I think wine is about. Find restaurants and liquor stores you like to frequent that will interact with you about your wine interests, desires, food combinations and more. Also keep participating in this forum and you're sure to get plenty of other ideas, too.


P.S. I assume from your moniker you like your caffeine, too?

Reply by coffeebean24, May 29, 2009.

@ChipDWood, thanks for the suggestion. I never would have thought to try that, though now I look forward to it.

@Orders5, I'll have to take a look at that, thanks.

@dmcker, how do we drink wine with breakfast? I'll admit that was more of an exaggeration, but you better believe that the wine drinking begins anytime after 10am. Then again, there is no wrong time to enjoy a nice glass of wine ;) and yes, I do love coffee.Espresso being my drink of choice when I'm not sipping wine. ;)

Reply by Degrandcru, May 29, 2009.

Table wine with breakfast is a little tough for my taste, but sparkling all the time, nothing better than starting the day with a nice champagne...

Reply by John Andrews, May 29, 2009.

Hi CoffeBean ... my recommendation ... BUBBLES!

The world of Champagne and Sparkling Wine is often destroyed by bad wedding reception bubbly. Good bubbly has so much to offer. I recently had a very nice bottle of Schramsburg Cremant that was great.

Welcome to Snooth!

Reply by Franz Schneider, Jun 1, 2009.

Hi Coffeebean, welcome,
I´ll go with HondaJohn ... Champagne is the perfect choice for breakfast and Cremants offer good value for money.
Cheers Franz

Reply by Eric Guido, Jun 1, 2009.

Amazing how many different perspectives we all have on this board. When you read this this post it is dizzying to think of all of the different suggestions that were made here. So I'll just say, Hello. I'm happy to help you in your journey in any way you need with info or suggestions. I'm a lover of Italian wines and have been on a journey to understand them all and the foods that pair best with them and so my knowledge may be of things you already know, or maybe not. Either way, I'm happy to help and suggest or just listen/read if you find a great bottle and end up writing some notes.

Welcome board, looking forward to seeing you around.

Reply by coffeebean24, Jun 1, 2009.

haha, thanks everyone so much for the warm welcoming!!! I look forward to seeing you guys all over this site, reading your reviews, and gaining some knowledge from you all. Thanks for the many suggestions, I'll be working through the list you have built up for me slowley but surely.

Reply by Philip James, Jun 1, 2009.

For breakfast? Last nights leftover perhaps? Or bucks fizz aka Mimosa (bubbles and OJ)

Reply by coffeebean24, Jun 1, 2009.

it's never too early to enjoy a glass... haha!

Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Jun 2, 2009.

It's too early when you've enjoyed wine til, oh say, 2 am and then are up at 6 the next day!

Just a little too early!

Reply by dmcker, Jun 2, 2009.

So Greg, you're not the party animal I thought you were, after all!

Reply by coffeebean24, Jun 2, 2009.

Haha. That or Greg is just much more sane than the rest of us. I guess since I am a light weight I can only drink about... a quarter of a cup at a time. So to get the maximum experience I have to drink all day! =D

Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Jun 3, 2009.


Maybe not saner, just slower to start. I need my coffee in the morning to get going before I shift gears and start in on the vino.

Coffeebean, you should join us at our next Snooth Soiree, they may not last all day but they certainly do last long enough, and it's a great way to try many wines in one sitting!

Reply by coffeebean24, Jun 3, 2009.

Next time in the NY area I definitely will join you guys. Although I used to live up that way (on Long Island), I'm now in the south, but do visit NY quite often. If you discover anything particularly awesome at these soirees please let me know about it so I can try it too!

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