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Old 01-21-2012, 08:53 AM
 
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Physician has recommended some daily wine. I have never liked the taste of wine. Now beer and vodka martini's are a different taste. Love both.
Please recommend a type wine and brand for someone seriously just starting to try wine.
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Old 01-21-2012, 09:14 AM
 
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Depending on where you are: you might try going to different wineries and or find a wine tasting room and follow their tasting samples.
Are you looking for something dry, sweet, red, white, ports, sherry?
"Some daily wine"? Well that could be just about anything.
Me, I like a nice Merlot with some cheese/crackers or? White wines can be sweet or dry.

You don't have to spend a lot for a good wine. Some of the wines I have tried in the $5.00 to $8.00 range can be very good.

Also, go online and read about different wines etc.

Happy trails,

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Old 01-21-2012, 09:26 AM
 
Location: NW Indiana
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Physician has recommended some daily wine. I have never liked the taste of wine. Now beer and vodka martini's are a different taste. Love both.
Please recommend a type wine and brand for someone seriously just starting to try wine.
My favorites are cabernet and merlot. And Shiraz. And pinot noir. And . . . well, you get the picture. Seriously, everyone's tastes are different, and your taste is likely to evolve once you become accustomed to drinking wine. It seems beginners prefer the less-dry wines. Perhaps you could try a rose for starters. Read labels and see how the bottlers describe the wines. The label should say whether it's dry, semi dry, semi sweet or sweet, good with food, etc. If the label says it's a good, basic table wine, it's probably not too dry and you might like that. I suggest starting out with a semi-dry. The sweeter wines may taste better to you as a beginner, but they don't have as many health benefits as the drier wines.

Choose red over white. Red has more health benefits. White is just non-beneficial calories.

I'm assuming your doctor recommends red wine, which is better for you than white. Avoid stuff like Arbor Mist, which is a blend of wine and other stuff like fruit flavorings, as it contains lots of sugar and other additives that I doubt your doctor would want you to consume. It has a lower alcoholic content than straight wine and doesn't have as many of the antioxidant properties that a drier red wine would have.

If there are any wineries in or near your area, go and taste several varieties. Tell the server that you're a beginner, and s/he can make some suggestions.

You could also call your doctor's office and ask for recommendations.

Good luck to you!


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Old 01-21-2012, 01:05 PM
 
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I can't drink red wine. I think I might be a little allergic to it, plus it just tastes really strong to me.

I do like some of the sweeter wines - white zinfandel (Beringer or Turning Leaf are fine) and riesling. But I don't know that they would give you the same health benefits as the reds would.
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Old 01-21-2012, 04:59 PM
 
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If there are any wineries in or near your area, go and taste several varieties. Tell the server that you're a beginner, and s/he can make some suggestions.

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Great idea. We will do this! Thanks
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Old 01-21-2012, 05:06 PM
 
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White zinfandel would probably be a good starting point, perhaps followed by a merlot. Wines vary greatly in taste, even in the same family, so you might want to go to a tasting and try several before you make a decision. I know Wine World has regular tastings, and smaller wine shops around the triangle do as well.
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Old 01-21-2012, 05:16 PM
 
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Want a nice lighter red wine, also affordable, get either a bottle of bolla Valpolicella or bolla Bardolino. Both about $9-10 or so...nice flavor, and not strong. When you get serious, move up to Chianti Ruffino classico, and then a good Barolo, but the Barolo will run you at least $40-50 a bottle...

Friends dot let friends drink white Zinfandel lol
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Old 01-21-2012, 07:13 PM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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Well, wine is a mood sort of thing and I'm occasionally in the mood for a good white zinfandel.

Honest to heaven, a good red wine for someone just starting out is Franzia Chillable Red in a box. It's not too oak-y or tart, and is very mellow. Plus you get plenty in the small box to share with friends, and it keeps in the fridge for a couple of weeks.
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Old 01-21-2012, 07:32 PM
 
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A nice one to start with is Cline zinfandel, but of course anything by Cline is good.
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Old 01-21-2012, 09:42 PM
 
Location: Throop, PA
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A nice red
Try Ménage à Trois
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