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Old 07-19-2008, 09:40 AM
 
Location: Central Texas
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Sometimes wine shops will have tastings, as well, where they'll invite the public and they'll have four wines, say, and teach you a bit about it.

If there's Meetup in your area, that's another good way - there are some Meetup groups that are specifically for the purpose of learning about various wines.
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Old 07-19-2008, 02:08 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Thank you everyone for the responses!!! I'm off to start celebrating and I'll keep all the wine advice I got in mind!
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Old 07-19-2008, 02:27 PM
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Location: By the sea, by the sea, by the beautiful sea
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One more bit of advice, have a designated driver lined up before the celebration starts.
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Old 07-19-2008, 02:28 PM
 
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only problem is if you are in latrobe all the wine shops are owned by the state, the selection and storage is mediocre and even though all on the staff have to train on wine they're still not the most knowledeable

I would probably recommend the Allegro Moscato - cheap and sweet

also most reislings tend to be fan favorites of newbies

enjoy your 21st and the world of wine - you're not that far from the finger lakes region in NY where there are tons of wineries to visit - would make a nice weekend trip

also just keep trying wines - find places that offer wines by the glass or tasting flights - great way to learn some labels and figure out what suits your tastes
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Old 07-19-2008, 02:35 PM
 
Location: So Cal
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Today is my 21st birthday and I have decided that I want my first purchase from the liquor store to be wine. I have always wanted to get into the different kinds of wines and what foods they go with so I thought it would be a good idea to make that my first purchase! My problem is that I don't know what to buy!!! Can anyone give me some good ideas for someone who has never really (other than maybe a sip) drank wine and is just starting out? Oh, and please keep in mind that expense is a concern.
White Zinfandel seems to be the "starter" wine. It's definitely on the sweet side.

The reds, I think that a decent Merlot for under 10 bucks is Pepperwood Grove.

Might be a little rough on the palate if you never really drink wines before.
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Old 07-19-2008, 06:58 PM
 
Location: Southport, NC
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Happy 21st! I would suggest something light - like a Pinot Grigio. One of my favorites is made by Kris.
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Old 07-21-2008, 07:07 AM
 
Location: Between Philadelphia and Allentown, PA
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To make your first wine experience truly memorable, I'd strongly suggest hitting up your local winery / vineyards.
I love wines but never buy wine from a liquor store, the quality just isn't what you get when you get it from the vineyard.
Good luck and enjoy!
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Old 07-22-2008, 08:42 PM
 
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Wine preferences vary so much by taste, so here's the cheaper-end table wine that I like:

Trader Joe's has a bunch of wine of different prices. Their "two buck chucks" (now $3) aren't bad at all.

Barefoot label wines can often be bought for $6, sometimes 2 for $10 and aren't bad for table wine. Available at most grocery stores. I like their merlot.

Penguin label is also reasonable and I stock up on their Winter Red every winter.

If it's your birthday, why not treat yourself and go to a wine bar and get a flight of wine? You get a sampling of wine and you can choose to get different wine types from the same label (cabernet, merlot, etc), or various labels of the same wine type from the same year, etc (there's a method to the madness). Some wine/liquor stores also have wine tasting events as well for free or a nominal fee. Also check out any local wineries in your area (some give free tours and tastings).

Back in college I would have "wine parties" with some of my close friends, once a month. We would pick a theme (wine type or region, etc), like "merlot" or "Australian wine" etc and everyone would bring one bottle of wine (we would limit the cost to <$15 or something) and some wine-friendly finger food. The host, which we rotated, would prepare something more hearty for food. It was a fun way to explore different wines.

After tasting a bunch of different wines, you'll begin to figure out what you like.
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Old 07-22-2008, 08:49 PM
 
Location: Middle Tennessee
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Thank you everyone for the responses!!! I'm off to start celebrating and I'll keep all the wine advice I got in mind!
OK. Ya left us hanging. How was the big 21? Wish I could remember mine 40 something ago. Seems like I was really cheap with a bottle blackberry by Manic.... Can't spell it
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