Hi, my name is Katie, 'new' to wine, and very new to snooth. I am only 21 but my appreciation for wine is growing every day. I can't go a day with out it, in a good way. I really want to learn all I can and maybe break into the business at some point. As of now, I'm saying CHEERS to my fellow winos and the community we all share!
- Reply by amour, Dec 31, 2009.
I only now saw you!
It is said that before the age of 21 years, a person's palate is not sufficiently developed to taste wine fully !!
So, you are starting as early as you could !!!
PLEASE MAKE NOTES, EVEN IF YOU THINK THAT YOU DO NOT YET KNOW WHAT TO WRITE !!!
JUST THINK , YOU HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE A COMPLETE SET OF NOTES!
Remember to be on the look-out for free tastings....well, good tastings........let us face it ... some tastings have nothing to write home about !!!!!
Perhaps, as a beginner, you may wish to go to every and anything that comes your way!
PLEASE FOLLOW BURGUNDY (FRANCE), and save money for an early trip to FRANCE! Kind regards! CHEERS......CRISTAL 2002 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
- Reply by Kimberly H, Jan 1, 2010.
Since you work in the Capitol Hill area, I know of a great restaurant in the area with a wonderful wine list -- Sonoma. I live in NC now, but lived in DC for a while, and I worked at Sonoma. What I love about Sonoma is, they have a large selection of wines by the glass, and even by the half-glass, which, if you're on a budget, is a great way to try a lot of different wines, without having to spend alot of money!
Good luck with your wine discovery path; it's a great one to be on!
- Reply by brianburnett, Jan 28, 2010.
A couple of my favorite wines on a budget are riojas, Cali zin, and Argentine malbecs. Bodegas LAN Rioja Reserva (04 or 05) is a nice smooth tempranillo w/ mild oak. Rosenblum and Mauritson make some decent Zinfandel from $12-20. My favorite for the buck is Seghesio's Sonoma County (the old vines isn't too impressive or different to me for the extra markup). I'm really enjoying Telteca Anta Reserva 04 for $15. It's got nice fruit w/ smooth tannins and drinks great to me for the price. Pascual Toso and Concha y Toro make some more heavily oaked versions. Marques de Grinon is a surprisingly bold wine for $20 w/ dark fruits, some spice, and chewy tannins. Let it open up for 20-30 minutes or the alcohol really shows.
And Italy will be a wonderful place to go for some wine experiences. I first found wine when I was 19 in Tuscany. I'm actually looking forward to getting back into their reds now that I've really begun to appreciate wine more.
- Reply by katieellen, Feb 21, 2010.
I am no longer in the DC area :( currently in OHIO until the end of May then moving to North Carolina! anyone from these areas??!!
- Reply by Cathy Shore, Feb 22, 2010.
Welcome to Snooth. I live in the Loire valley so if you're interested in learning about our wines, just ask away. Red, white, sweet, dry and sparkling, there's something for eveyone here and I can help you understand the mysteries of appellation!
- Reply by amour, Feb 22, 2010.
I am not far from NC...MIAMI at this moment !
You may well get the opportunity to taste a wide range
of South American offerings in NC !
Take advantage of the great prices too!
Both Chile and Argentina go for a song in these parts!
- Reply by queendom, Feb 22, 2010.
I'm in the foothills of NC. There is a winery near my town called Owl's Eye. They carry varietals of malbec, cab, merlot, as well as chardonnay, and pinot gris. There are vineyards all over NC.
- Reply by dirkwdeyoung, Feb 22, 2010.
Hello katieellen (what does it feel like to be 21, I forgot!) I think the great invention, which didn't exist in the US, when I was 21, is the wine bars that offer wine flights with nice snacks like Tapas. In one evening you can try for example 3 reds and 3 whites (dont' worry, these are not completely full glasses, just reasonably filled for a good taste). These are usually interesting varieties of reasonable value wines. So for a fun experience, reasonable cost and a nice time with a group of other 20 somethings, I think this would be a great kind of place to jump start your wine knowledge. cheers, welcome!