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Posted by emprsmi, Nov 16, 2008.

Hi everyone,
I want to start drinking wine. The problem is is that all the wines everyone has ever given me have been too strong. I can't really remember the names as it has been many years since I have even tried any wine. Can anyone give me some recommendations for a mild wine to try to kind of get my toes wet in this whole wine thing? Thanks in advance.


Reply by oceank8, Nov 17, 2008.

What other things do you drink? Do you like sweet, sugary things or dry? White wine is usually where people start. Depending on your tastes maybe a Pinot Grigio or RIesling.

Reply by BCoyle, Nov 17, 2008.

emprsmi -

You really need to find out what type of wine you like, I would agree with oceank8, start off with white as it will be easier to understand the wine and taste. I would recommend going to your local store and asking for help, get about 6 different wines (nothing too expensive, under 15$). I would maybe get either Pinot Grigio, Riesling, Chardonnay, Orvieto (all whites), and I would recommend to get a few reds just to show the difference and to see what you like. Some styles of reds I would recommend would be either a Merlot, Beaujolais, or Cabernet.

This way you won't spend a lot of money and you will become more familiar with what type of wine and style you like, then you can become more adventurous from there!

Reply by Philip James, Nov 17, 2008.

I agree with what Ocean and BCoyle say, best to try a few and then let us know which you liked and didnt like.

When you say "strong" i think of alcohol level, but on second thoughts you might be talking about tannin (makes your mouth dry like you ate a tea bag for example). Trying a few wines and then giving us some feedback will help us pinpoint what it is you like.

Reply by emprsmi, Nov 17, 2008.

Thanks everyone for your help. I was thinking about the pinot grigio or the riesling myself after doing some reading online. I think I will go to my local wine store, as suggested and the the guys suggestions there. I will be back and let you know where I am at with it. Thanks again.

Reply by flygirl17072, Nov 17, 2008.

I am a sweet wine drinker and my favorite is Moscato di Asti if you like sweet this is very sweet desert wine

Reply by Mark Angelillo, Nov 18, 2008.

We recently tasted an off-dry Riesling at a Snooth dinner. It was exquisite.

I'm not sure if you can find the exact bottle but there are always amazing Rieslings coming out of regions like Mosel saar ruwer in Germany.

Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Nov 18, 2008.

Just to add to what mark said, not only are the entry level Germans gentle sweet and delicious, though beware the very dry Trockens!, they are both available and consistent. Over the past decade only 2003 and 1999 have been problematic, producing big, soft wines, and dilute if elegant wines respectively. That consistency makes these wines easy to buy. Look out for the entry level QBA wines. And the more complex Kabinetts for a gently sweet wine.

Reply by John Andrews, Nov 21, 2008.

@emprsmi ... did you find something you like?

@flygirl ... have you tried any ice wines?

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