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Posted by vino83, Mar 2, 2009.

Hello all. I am a young 26 year old banker that is really starting to get into wine.

I have been drinking for a few years, but with recent membership to a great social club in my hometown of Greenville, SC the amount and knowledge of drinking great wine is going to a new level.

I am fortunate for my membership to this club with a great educator, a family of wine lovers and even a few friends that enjoy a good bottled opposed to Bud Light all the time as well.

I am really into Red, as many of us are, but have recently discovered I'm not big on grapefruit (so most Sav Blancs are not my fav) or really oaky or butter Chards. This is narrowing my search for my favorite whites, but don't get me wrong I'm not afraid to try any wine at least once.

Reds are my love and right now I'm really into Cotes de Rhone and similar French reds. Last summer I got to vacation on Tuscany for a week, so I'm obviously partial to Chiantis as well. Even though I'm an American right now my preferences lean me towards the European reds (for now at least).

It never ceases to amaze me how many inexpensive or young wines can be so dynamic on the nose and tounge. I love drinking wine and really analyzing it for futher comparisons and memories.

I enjoy blogging like this almost as much as drinking, so you will see some more posts from me in the near future.

Thanks in advance for all your help and advice.


Reply by Philip James, Mar 2, 2009.

Vino - welcome to Snooth! For a different take on whites how about something from Alsace? Pinot Blanc, Riesling, Gewurztraminer etc - these are generally oily, maybe floral or off dry, yet have good acidity and can cut through many types of spicy foods.

Or Chenin Blanc, which makes some of the strangest, funkiest whites out there.


Reply by Uwe Kristen, Mar 2, 2009.

Hello vino83, really all you need to do is join the "Riesling" group on Snooth, sit back, relax and wait for reviews of some of the finest white wines come right to your desk. Or, since you like Rhone wines, it is worth checking out some of the whites based on Roussanne, Marsanne or Viognier.

Reply by vino83, Mar 2, 2009.

I have had some good and not so good Rieslings and really have enjoyed them especially with an Asian themed meal.

I have been reading a lot on Alsace in my Windows on World book, so that adventure is soon approaching.

I look forward to many more wines, comments and advice...thanks.

Reply by fibo86, Mar 2, 2009.

Welcome sunshine to a world of ever evolving change, I agree with Phillip the Gewruztramminer, Chenin blanc, Torrentes and I think perhaps you should consider a Sauvignon blanc (NZ) that has spent time on lees or even a blend of any of these. However I must say that these days you can't tar one variety with the same brush, you've got vintage, winemakers in put and terroir not to mention country and interpretation! So (so unfortunate) it means that you just have to do a lot of tasting!.

Reply by fibo86, Mar 2, 2009.

Ps enjoy the journey

Reply by vino83, Mar 3, 2009.

Well...I guess I'll just have to suck it up and keep drinking...thanks.

Reply by Mark Angelillo, Mar 3, 2009.

Ah, hope that doesn't get you down too much, vino. Hope you have a ton of fun -- can't wait to hear your recommendations.

Reply by Eric Guido, Mar 9, 2009.

Welcome, you are amongst friends. I have to second the Riesling suggestion. I'm a red wine lover who is starting to consider Riesling my favorite white. See you around Snooth.

Reply by dmcker, Mar 12, 2009.

As you quest for whites to love, I suggest you focus more on French sauvignon blancs and semillons and chardonnays, than those from the new world, at least initially. California and Oregon and Washington have many exceptions, but quite a few vintners still seem to go overboard, whether with oak or in other areas. Spend time discovering and honing an appreciation for the sauvignon blancs and semillons of Graves in the Bordeaux region (Domaine de Chevalier is one of my favorites, though there are many others), or the sauvignon blancs (for example Pouilly Fume, not at all like California 'fume blancs') , semillons and chenin blanc (especially those from Savennières) of the Loire valley. Then move over to the upper Rhone and try the chardonnays from Chablis (flinty and more austere), then down river into the Meursaults and Montrachets from the Cote de Beaune (richer and more complex). Some of these can be quite pricey, but you can find different versions at different price levels (for example chardonnays from the Macon region tend to be cheaper than those from the Cote de Beaune). While you're doing so you'll be developing entirely new perspectives, and having a hell of a good time doing it. I suppose you might also try various brut champagnes made with chardonnay along the way, too!

After such rigorously fatiguing 'training' in the 2000 year old winemaking regions of that part of the world, you might just find that you appreciate more some of the white being made in the new world, too... ;-)

Reply by alavaughn, Mar 12, 2009.

It might be a little chilly right now, but rose season is close! You might like to try some of dry roses from Italy or Spain, of course you can find great ones from just about anywhere, and they are fun and great on hot days! A pink happy medium between red and white.

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