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Posted by jayne62, Oct 11, 2013.

My name is Irma I am just now discovering wine....I wonder where it has been all my life.


Reply by jayne62, Oct 11, 2013.

My Name is Irma and I have just discovered a taste for wine and I can't believe that I have been missing such a Great treat!

Reply by EMark, Oct 11, 2013.

Jayne/Irma--Welcome to the Snooth Forum.  Before going too much farther, let me tell you that I am an unrepentant tease.  In response to your first question, I have to say that wine has been there all along.  So the real question becomes where have you been all your life?

My sarcasm notwithstanding, we love newcomers here and we do want to learn more about you.  What kind of wines have you enjoyed?  Almost more importantly, what kind of wines have you disliked?

Reply by jayne62, Oct 11, 2013.

I am so excited to be able to learn so much more about the pleasurable sense that I so fondly call my pallet. 

I so enjoy the Reds mainly Cabernet and Merlots every now and then an occasional Pinot Noir; my pallet hasn't  gotten used to the Blancs way to dry

Reply by EMark, Oct 11, 2013.

I see that you are from Texas, Irma.  So, I will try to discuss options for you that you should be able to find in your local retail stores.  If you've already tried these, let us know, and we'll make more suggestions.

Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.  I suspect that you are used to drinking U.S. wines.  Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot are, of course, the primary (not the only) grapes used in making Bordeaux wines.  So, if you want to try "old world" versions, check out Bordeaux.  The top Bordeaux wines are, unfortunately priced beyond the reach of us mere mortals.  However, reasonably priced versions are available. 

I am of the opinion that you have an excellent chance of success if you look for U.S. Cabs come from the Napa Valley in California.  Thinking of widely distributed labels, it is easy to recommend the Napa bottlings from Robert Mondavi Winery or Beaulieu Vineyards (BV).  Both of these are going to come in at about $20.  If you want to spend a few bucks more, look for the Mondavi Oakville bottling or the BV Rutherford bottling.  Oakville and Rutherford are both subregions of the Napa Valley.  I am going to break my "Napa Valley" recommendation and also suggest the Beringer Cab from Knight's Valley  (in Sonoma County) for, usually, a tad less than $20.

Another good region for U.S. Cabs is Washington state.  I do not know what availability you might have to Washington wines, but I would suggest that you look for bottlings from the Walla Walla or the Horse Heaven Hills regions.  Now that I think about it, I believe that Columbia Crest winery is quite widely distributed, and quite reasonably priced.  They have very nice Cabernet offerings from Columbia Valley and Horse Heaven Hills.

For Merlot, I have to say that, again, I favor Napa Valley and Washingtion state.  My favorite from Napa Valley is Keenan.  That may be a tad difficult for you to find.  I see it in retail stores here, in California, but that is a spotty thing.  Again Columbia Crest has some very attractively priced Washington Merlot that I enjoy.

If you want to expand your red wine horizons, I would suggest you look at Spanish wines.  Generally, these are very reasonably priced, are very enjoyable and are fairly widely distributed.  One of the most popular red grapes used for Spanish wines is Tempranillo.  If you find red wine from the Rioja region, it, most assuredly contains Tempranillo.

I have another motive for mentioning the Tempranillo grape.  I read a while back that there has been some success in making wines from Tempranillo grapes grown in Texas.  You may not be surprised to hear that Texas wines are rarely distributed beyond the borders of the state.  I have never seen one on a store shelf, here.  So, I have never tried one.  I can't say that I seen a report from any of the Snooth participants who live in Texas about these wines.  So, if you try one, we would be very interested in your opinion.


Reply by jamessulis, Oct 11, 2013.

Your wine palate sounds much like mine. I do prefer Cabernets but I find the Merlots too tight lacking the flavors that I prefer such as Vanilla, Oak, spice. They seem a bit mellow for me although I have had some richer ones.

If you would consider Temperanillo's , Malbecs and Old Vine Zinfandels I believe you would be pleasantly surprised at the depth and flavors these varietals offer for your palate.

Welcome to Snooth, which has the friendliest most informative people I have ever interspersed with.


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