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Old 05-04-2011, 06:48 PM
 
Location: 60630
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Anything red and dry. I do not normally like Sweet wines or desert wines. I am no wine snob ( like in the movie sideways ). I can drink wine from a box.
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Old 05-04-2011, 06:50 PM
 
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Am I the only one who likes whites? You guys need to stop being racist.

Back on topic, I like nice dry rieslings and sauvignon blancs. Not a fan of the super sweet rieslings (or Moscato).



I have been a total racist to white wines lately. That needs to end!'
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Old 05-04-2011, 06:52 PM
 
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White: Pinot Grigio. Several brands are good and cheap, like Cavit and even Barefoot.

Red: Pinot Noir. My favorite is Rex Goliath, and around here you can find it on sale for $5.00.

Did you mean THAT cheap?

Oh, and champagne, but I don't have it very often.
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Old 05-04-2011, 07:43 PM
 
Location: Newport, Rhode Island
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I've been loving Murphy Goode Cabernet lately. Under 20 bucks and nice and dry.
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Old 05-04-2011, 08:18 PM
 
Location: Middle America
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Once in a while, I like a nice, buttery chardonnay, and my BF's dad usually has decent pinot gris on hand (he and his GF drink nothing but); really, though, I overwhelmingly prefer reds.

I'm not opposed to a sweeter dessert wine now and then (no snob, here), but I do enjoy more spicy, complex reds.
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Old 05-05-2011, 07:59 PM
 
Location: University City, Philadelphia
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I am no wine expert and I am still learning and trying to educate myself about them.

This I know: I do not like wines that are too 'tannic' ... the astringent taste causes my lips to pucker and I do not enjoy that. I also do not like wines that taste too much like earth, soil, dirt, or whatever. If I want to sip something with a 'peat' or 'smoke' flavor I'll stick to Single Malt Scotches.

I am not opposed to sweet wines. Certain dessert wines can be sweet yet complex and do not taste like Koolaid. They can be fruity and luscious; but don't have the sugary taste of Boone's Farms or the syrupy cloying taste of some of the Concord Grape wines like Mogen David.

The very crisp white wines are usually not my favorites - I avoid Chablis and Chardonnay - but they do go well with Spicy Oriental seafood dishes like some Thai dishes. Champagne - 'brut' - can be lovely like white toast! A great wine, chilled, for picnics!

Steak and beef is definitely enhanced by a fine red wine such as a Burgundy ... I really like St. Emilion, Chateau Neuf-du-Pape, a Pinot Noir, etc.

I've had a couple of great Italian Chiantis ... I know the 'wine-snobs' would not approve!
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Old 05-05-2011, 08:36 PM
 
Location: Cleveland, OH
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I second the Chateu Neuf-du-Pape for sure. Those are great.
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Old 05-07-2011, 04:21 PM
 
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A very good Riesling wine, and one that actually cost under $6.00 (at COSTCO), is Chateau Ste Michelle.

Wenever I serve it many ask me what kind of wine, and who makes it.

Everyone likes it very much

Try it, and you will see for yourself. You never know it cost un $6.00 LOL!
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Old 05-07-2011, 05:17 PM
 
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A decent everyday red I've recently discovered is Costco's $7 2009 Kirkland Cote du Rhone-Villages, blended for them in the south of France. It's tangy & sappy in a fruit-forward style but not cloying or artificially woody like cheap Yellowtail bottles or even more expensive Aussie Rhone blends.

For those who've got a sweet tooth and prefer soda or Martinelli over wine, I whole-heartedly recommend any vintage of Tintero's Moscato d'Asti. It's light, effervescent & affordable ($9~12). Perfect party wine.

and one last wine which is my go-to for parties/bbq's is an italian red called Lacrima d'Alba. It's very floral & fruity but doesn't have that hot alcoholic cocktail kick that you find from Cali pinots. Great balance & totally slurpable for $10~$14. I've had bottles from both Velenosi & Luchetti and wouldn't hesitate to pick up a Lacrima from any other winery that makes its way to our shelves.

btw if you're searching for cheap drinkable wines for parties/events, take a peek at the goodcheapvino wine blog. They taste through wines on sale to see which ones are palatable and worthy of your $.
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Old 05-07-2011, 05:33 PM
 
Location: El Dorado Hills, CA
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I started out with white zinfandel, it was "my first wine"...funny story...I was 19 and went out trying to buy some white zinfandel for the first time. I asked the clerk for a bottle of pink zinfandel. He said "white"? I said "no, pink". That should have been his first clue that I was underage...LOL.

When I was 20something (well into legal age) my friends took me to dinner at a nice restaurant. We didn't like the first wine brought out, so I asked for something else. The manager came out and asked if I liked Zinfandel. All I could think of was the pink stuff so I told him that. The next thing you know, he's wheeling out a table with 5 bottles of wine and 15 wine glasses so he could educate us on nice red wines. It was a great birthday! The girl at the next table asked if we planned that in advance and we said no. It's the first time someone on a date was jealous of me out with the girls!!!

I love red wine. Strong, deep, but not too much tannin. My current favorite is Promiscuous. $9 in CA, $16 everywhere else I've seen it. Sterling Merlot is always a winner and Gnarly Head Old Vine Zin is usually great.

Summertime often calls for a nice, light Pinot Grigio. Santa Margharita of course!
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