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"Just for fun" Wines

Posted by WineGeekJen, Mar 10, 2010.

Everyone has a favorite "just for fun wine"--one that you drink because it just tastes good. These fun wines are great to fall back on for parties or just enjoying at the end of the day. I had a great "fun" wine this weekend from Debonne Vineyards (Madison, OH) , Razzberry Riesling. The Raspberry brought out the flavors of the Riesling nicely and it turned out to be interesting as well as just plain yummy and refreshing. What's your favorite just for fun wine?

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Reply by Styxdvr, Mar 11, 2010.

Conundrum is a fun wine. It's great to sip outside on a warm summer day and pairs well with dungenous crab stuffed lobster. 

Reply by Girl Drink Drunk, Mar 11, 2010.

Gruet Rose is my just for fun wine.  Bubbles make any day special.

Reply by napagirl68, Mar 12, 2010.

Hmmm aren't they all for fun?? lOL!!   My just for fun is probably a Coppola Sofia Sparkler...  fragrant nose, not anything serious or monumental.. just fun at times!

Reply by jeanoh, Mar 12, 2010.

My recent"just for fun" wine is Lemberger Terrior from Hogue Cellars in Washington State.  Wonderful Red that goes with everything! 

Reply by Chris Carpita, Mar 12, 2010.

Seven Deadly Zins, mostly because it tastes like bacon.  I like bacon very much.

Reply by napagirl68, Mar 12, 2010.

I like that bacon taste in wine as well.. and also bacon itself, although sinful..

In the words of Homer Simpson.. "pork? Bacon? Ham?” 

Lisa: "Dad all those meats come from the same animal”

Homer: “Right Lisa, some wonderful, magical animal!”"

For me tho, the pig SCREAMS for cali pinot noir.... 

Reply by judgelog, Mar 13, 2010.

Try the Martellozzo Prosecco. At $7 a bottle you won't expect much, but you get nice fruit without being syrupy sweet and some nice little bubbles. Great for hot summer BBQ's. You can find this at Trader Joe's.

Reply by zufrieden, Mar 13, 2010.

In the trivial sense, I agree that all wines are just for fun. But in the spirit of the question, I think a lot of the soft, light suggestions appeal most to me.  I think of sunny early summer afternoons on some patio or cold winter nights before the fire - wood, electric or otherwise.  That evokes simplicity to me so I would suggest a nice quaffable German Riesling like Dr. L. or perhaps a slightly upscale Soave (Ca' Rugate, perhaps) in summer.  For the winter nights (and we have winter where I live - especially inland), I would suggest one of the many good value Shiraz wines from South Australia.  My personal favorite at the moment is Heartland Shiraz (Ben Glaetzer) which brings high quality at about 15-20 dollars US.

Well, those are my votes of the moment... Bottoms up!

Reply by GregT, Mar 13, 2010.

That bacon flavor comes with a lot of N. Rhone syrah and with some wines from Ribera del Duero, where they eat lamb all the time - little baby lamb.  Yum.

Also comes in the syrah from the same producer as 7 Deadly Zins.  Nice wine IMO.

But they are all for fun so like Zu, for me it depends on the time and season.

Reply by dmcker, Mar 13, 2010.

So Zuf, you'r thinking Dr. Loosen's products, whether from the Mosel or the Columbia Valley JV, are 'simple'?

Reply by zufrieden, Mar 13, 2010.

Well, actually no... but I do think the junior Dr. L. label is about as "simple" as this magnificent producer gets.  Using sourced grapes instead of those from his own properties, the good Herr Professor Doktor still manages to produce an inexpensive wine consistently rated as hitting well above its station.  Of course, the Wehlen, Uerzig and other vineyard offerings by Loosen are much more complex - a bit closer to the true nectar of the (Nordic) gods.  

But no need for those everyday - unless your are a true sybarite (as opposed to a part-time hedonist).



Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Mar 16, 2010.

Schiava, Gropello, Barbera, Valpolicella, Bardolino.


All are light reds that fulfill my fun to drink quotient. These are generally moderate in alcohol, bright, low tannins wines. And being Italian doesn't hurt either.


One other, not Italian but much n the same vein, Dashe's L'enfant terrible. If you haven't tried it, seek one out!

Reply by msc1956, Mar 17, 2010.

Napagirl is right - they are all fun.  I'll take the Rex Goliath 47 lb Rooster Cab - at under $7 it frees up a lot  cash to search for some really good wines.

Reply by amour, Mar 17, 2010.

WELL SAID  msc1956 !!!

Goats Do Roam........just  to  have  the  label  around at a fun bash....!

By the way, it originates in SOUTH AFRICA.

And tastes good too!

Reply by zufrieden, Mar 17, 2010.

Isn't that a great moniker for a wine?  I'm sure many of you know that the producers of the Cotes du Rhone were not amused by this obvious tongue-in-cheek reference to their esteemed appellation and actually tried to initiate legal action against Fairview Wines (Charles Back).

For 10 to 15 dollars, this is a very decent wine, and for a couple of bucks more aim for "Goats do Roam in Villages"...


Reply by dmcker, Mar 18, 2010.

Check it out:

Reply by amour, Mar 21, 2010.

How about ...TWO LEFT FEET (Molly Dooker) !!

Reply by WineGeekJen, Mar 24, 2010.

There's a winery near where I live--Bovine Wines and they have such wine names as "Cuddonay", "Moolot" and "Don Cowleone"(its Fredonia)...I think that is about as not serious as you get!

Reply by amour, Mar 25, 2010.

Do you adore labels as I do ?????

COVEY RUN  FUME BLANC........SO SWEET!!!!....the label, that is!!!!!!

Columbia valley 2006....tasted good as well....

Reply by amour, Mar 25, 2010.

Who would have thought that I would have much to contribute to this????!!

There we go again......PINK TRUCK......actually a wine with a bit of SOPHISTICATION...YES YES!


And there is also RED TRUCK...a red wine   $10.


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