I'm a total beginner. My parents just recently started getting into wine, and I since just turned 21, I'm interested in learning more!
So far, I really like Moscato. Can you tell I'm a beginner yet? I also like sweet and semi-sweet. So far, I haven't been able to enjoy a dry wine, but I would like to develop a taste for it. I just don't know what I'm looking for.
- Reply by outthere, Jun 26, 2014.
Welcome Stef! It takes time for your palate to develop and your tastes to evolve. Nobody can really push you down that road, it just happens. In the meantime try different things and see if anything pops for you. One word of advice is not to load up on any particular wine because your tastes will change and if you over spend now you will end up with a bunch of wine you no longer enjoy. Moderation is key to discovery in wine. Have a fun journey! You sure are starting out at a young age. Wish I did the same.
- Reply by Vinogger, Jun 26, 2014.
Stef congrats on starting your wine journey, just know that once you are bitten by the wine bug there's no way out LOL! I suggest you get some friends together pick a price point and have each person bring a bottle of wine in that range so you can try a bunch and see what you like. Realistically 8-10 bottle should be your max as after that you will likely no longer be able to taste well or differentiate. You can do your tasting by region or varietal, red or white or set no parameters and do a bit of everything. Overtime you will recognize what you like and it will likely change. Good luck and welcome to the world of wine lovers!
- Reply by JonDerry, Jun 26, 2014.
A long fulfilling journey awaits....I'd suggest Germany (Riesling) as your next stop.
- Reply by dmcker, Jun 26, 2014.
What JD said.
Rieslings are an excellent place to start. From Mosel, or the Rhine, or the Nahe regions of Germany. Starting at the bottom there are wines that just say 'Riesling' (or other varieties of grapes like 'Sylvaner' or 'Muller-Thuragau' which is a cross between the first two). They're Qba category. Then there's Kabinett above that in quality and price. Start with those two categories and shop around.
They're one of the places I started, at about your age. Decades later I'm still loving good German (and Austrian) rieslings. ;-)
- Reply by EMark, Jun 27, 2014.
Welcome to the Snooth Forum, Stefunny (and I love your handle). As you might imagine, we enjoy chatting about all aspects of wine, here. There are also a lot of knowledgeable people, here, who enjoy sharing. So, please feel free to come back and ask questions.
- Reply by jamessulis, Jul 2, 2014.
Sweet? hmmmmmm, I suggest you check out some of the Sauternes that are at your local wine store.
Sauterne to me is the ultimate sweet wine that not only is incredible when it comes to taste, it's buttery flavor lingers on and on.
The bottles are usually half bottles because Sauterne is on the pricy side. If you want a value Sauterne then check out some of the bigger retailers such as Bev-Mo and Wine & More.
I believe once you've tried it, you'll use it as a reward for any mellow occasion
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