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Hello from Missouri

Posted by Nerdmom920, Oct 4, 2012.


My name is Leslie and I live in Missouri.  I am definitely a beginner with regards to wine.  I'm an avid beer drinker, but have been wanting to venture into the world of wine for some time now.  I find that I really like earthy, rich, jammy, dry wines.  Kind of like the beer I like.  Although I am not opposed to any particular varietal.  It's still a wide world for me.


Reply by JonDerry, Oct 4, 2012.

Welcome Leslie, hopefully you'll get some good ideas on here of what wines to start trying. Do you have a local wine store you can shop at?

Otherwise we have a thread going about Grocery Store wines found in the subject "Interesting list topic?"

Sounds like you could do well with some California Zinfandel and/or Cabernet from Napa/Sonoma or Washington, among other possibilities.

Reply by EMark, Oct 4, 2012.

Welcome aboard, Leslie.  The last sentence of your posting displays the absolutely correct philosophy of someone wanting to learn about wine.  Be open to everything.  Taste everything.  If you don't like something, that's OK.  If you do like something, ask people for recommendations for something similar.  As you can see from Jon's excellent recommendations, above, we are not shy about making suggestions.

In the meantime, maybe you can do something for me.  A few months ago we had a participant from Missouri who mentioned that she like wine made from the Norton grape.  I had never heard of the Norton grape but, with a little help from Wikipedia, I learned that it is the state grape of Missouri.  Personally, I would have never guessed that Missouri had a state grape.  I suppose that says something about my ignorance.  Anyway, I can't say that I have found any wine made from these grapes.  If you could find some, try it, and report back to us, I would really appreciate it.

Reply by jtryka, Oct 5, 2012.

Welcome to the neighborhood!

On my vacation back in May, when I left St. Louis and moved on towards Walla Walla (yes, I know that's a long trip), and I tried some Norton wine at Les Bourgeois Vineyards just off I-70 towards Kansas City if I recall correctly.  The pure Norton wine was very earthy, with a lot of mushroom notes, and since I am not a mushroom fan it sort of turned me off.  However, I did try one of their blends made with the Norton and a few other varietals called the Jeunette Rouge which I thought was very good, as the earthiness of the Norton was balanced with some more fruity, acidic varietals that make the blend much more pleasant.  I brought a bottle back and am planning on having it at my "taste my vacation" party tomorrow afternoon!

Here is a link to the winery that I visitied in Missouri:

Reply by EMark, Oct 5, 2012.

Thank you for the response, JTRyka.  That is pretty interesting about the Norton.  It actually sounds like something that I might go for.  I'll keep looking.

Reply by jtryka, Oct 14, 2012.

Here's a link to my review of the blend: hope you find some!

Reply by D9sus4, Oct 15, 2012.

Leslie, welcome to the world of wine. You didn't mention where in Missouri you live, but here in St.Louis there are quite a few good wine stores where you can go to learn about wines. Many of them have wine tastings on a regular basis, where you can educate your palate and find out which wines are which.

Emark, I don't want to hijack Leslie's posting, so here's a link to an earlier posting with more information about Norton wines:

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