Any body know what is some good wine to drink?

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  1. galaxus

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    I bought me and my girlfriend some Merlot last night and that shit was nasty?

    I'm looking for something that's tasty.
     
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    I guess that depends on how much you are willing to spend. If you are looking for something that is not terribly expensive I would go for any of the Fetzer line of wines. It is a California wine and very popular.

    If you are looking for wines that tend to be more expensive I would recommend that you go for the vintages and go to a store that specializes in wines so they can direct you accordingly.
     
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    Ah, but a good merlot is very good - it just happens that a bad merlot is, as you say, nasty.

    Merlot is a grape variety. There are 100's of producers in most of the grape growing countries who produce merlot wines. Some are great, some are so-so, some are awful.

    Part of it is about what you like. I like the Cabernet Sauvignon grape variety. It grows best in so-called 'new world' countries. There are some great Australian and American cab sauv producers but my favourite is Chilean. But that's just me. Pinot Noir and Gamay are also very popular but I find I have to go for a more expensive wine based on those grapes to find one I really like.

    So all you are going to get on this thread is people's opinions of what they like.

    What you might try is get a few different bottles around the $6 to $12 price range and just see what you like. Get a cab sauv, a zinfandel, a cab carmenere, a gamay, a pinot noir, a shiraz. Being in the US you could go with American producers as you may well get a better wine for your bux - though the Australian and South American wines are good value there too.

    My personal recommendations are:
    Chilean Cab Sauv
    Argentinian Malbec (though really you have to go to 20 bux - worth it though)
    Aussie Shiraz
    Californian Zinfandel

    But, as I said, that's what I like - you may hate them.
     
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    I used to enjoy merlot, but for cheaper wines I've changed to preferring shiraz (syrah) nowadays. I think you have to pay more for a good merlot, to get the tannins (the woody notes) balanced with the fruit tastes. Whereas shiraz seems easier to make, being more about the fruit.

    Spanish rioja is reliable and affordable (in the UK).

    For a special treat, you could try a St Emilion or Chateauneuf du Pap from France. These are complex but well-balanced wines selling in the UK for about three times the price of a simple varietal. Serve them at the correct temperature and let them breathe in a decanter or jug for an hour first. You'll be amazed at how many taste sensations you can get from one mouthful of these.
     
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    I work in a supermarket and can tell you that PINOT GRIGIO flies off the shelf.

    I can't stand wine personally so no own recommendation i'm afraid.
     
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    Agreed...I'm a fan of the Rioja wines.

    I also like Pinot Noir quite a lot, and the French Beaujolais wines are made from a very similar grape.

    Italian Chianti Classico is also quite good, but the gold standard for Sangiovese wines is a Brunello di Montalcino...or if you don't care to drop that much on a bottle, you could opt for its poorer cousin, the Rosso di Montalcino, which is from the same grape, but not aged as long.

    From down under, I'm partial to some of their GSM (grenache, syrah/shiraz, mourvèdre) blends, which rival French reds.
     
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    Brunello di Montalcino!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    You're the only person that I know, that knows Montalicino.

    I had a bottle of 98 when I graduated, H.

    I loathe you, damn you.


     
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    Trockenbeerenausleser and port are my favorites because they are sweet.

    My favorite red berry is merlot and my favorite white berry is chardonnay.
     
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    For cheap red, try a Malbec.
     
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    Mind you, when I was the OP's age, you'd find me with a dry white spritzer!

    An appreciation of red wines came to me in later life. I started with whites - French Muscadet de Sevres et Main, columbard and semillon blends, Italian pinot grigio and just before I moved to reds, Australian chardonnay.
     
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    I'm useless at choosing wine, I've had a few guys who were fair wine connoisseurs so they always chose. If I have to choose I go for a rioja, I've never had one that's been nasty. Oh, if you're no good with wines it's pronounced riocka.
     
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    New World wines (Aussie, South Africa, etc.) are nice, as are German (dry white). Don't really like French wine. :(

    I tend to get cheapy ones from supermarkets, but Stowells, Lindemans and Gallo wines are ok.
     
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    If you like sweeter, less dry wines try White Zinfandel.
     
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    Gallo's "Turning Leaf" zinfandel is delicious.
     
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    Tasty is entirely subjective.

    Try some wines. Tell us whether you like sweet or "dry" ones. Red or white? Ones with a hint of sweet fruit, ones that have a more citrus taste? Blackberry, plum, tobacco undertones?

    Otherwise you'll get a hundred different responses from people volunteering what they like. I would say that's of little to no help.
     
  16. galaxus

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    I would like something sweet and fruity.
     
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    Red or white?

    If red - I'd suggest a red zinfandel, although I don't often drink sweet reds so I wouldn't call myself an expert on them.

    If white - Mosel Rieslings are generally sweet without being too cloying.

    Talk to the staff at the liquor store and let them know what you're looking for. Also, the shelf tags will often have a number in brackets after the name - as in (0), (1), (2), etc. (0) is dry. (1) is semi-dry. (2) and (3) are pretty sweet to my palate. Dessert wines range upward from there to numbers in the 20s - they are too sweet to drink with a meal.
     
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    Rose', Blush, White Zinfandel.

    Very sweet, Grape Manischewitz.

    Most Red and white wines are dry and not sweet, according to my taste.
     
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    Loathe me, gorgeous...douse yourself in a sexy red and loathe me long time! :wink:
     
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