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post #1 of 18
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My fiance and I have just signed up for a class this summer called "From vine to wine" at the community college. You basically learn about all different types of wines, what foods they complement, and of course you get to drink wine as well.
I have really just begun to become interested in wine. Before I couldn't stand it, well except for the fruity stuff and even then I had to mix a bit of sprite in with it There are so many types and brands of wine out there it becomes so confusing
I was just wondering if there are any wine drinkers out there and if so what type of wine you enjoy. My favorite so far is Berringer white zinfadel. I have been trying to find a red wine that I would enjoy but so far I haven't had much luck. I like Sangria with red wine, but that's about it so far.

Disclaimer: Don't worry I am not becomming an alcoholic I only drink wine a couple nights a week and only a glass or 2 at most
post #2 of 18
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Originally Posted by squirtle
My fiance and I have just signed up for a class this summer called "From vine to wine" at the community college. You basically learn about all different types of wines, what foods they complement, and of course you get to drink wine as well.
I have really just begun to become interested in wine. Before I couldn't stand it, well except for the fruity stuff and even then I had to mix a bit of sprite in with it There are so many types and brands of wine out there it becomes so confusing
I was just wondering if there are any wine drinkers out there and if so what type of wine you enjoy. My favorite so far is Berringer white zinfadel. I have been trying to find a red wine that I would enjoy but so far I haven't had much luck. I like Sangria with red wine, but that's about it so far.

Disclaimer: Don't worry I am not becomming an alcoholic I only drink wine a couple nights a week and only a glass or 2 at most
I love wine, I got interested when I had a friend who lived in the wine country here and she taught me a lot.

I like the Italian varitals most, like Sangiovese and Pinto Blanc. But in the end it's a personal thing, I don't fall for snobs opinions. I like what I like and don't fall for price etc, there are some great ones for $5 and some disappointing ones for $20.

So enjoy your class! You will have a great time!
post #3 of 18
i'm very picky when it comes to wines but i drink a glass a day before bed, i was a server at a very fancy resteraunt for years so i learned all of what you'll be learning in your class, for whites my favorite is steinberger reisling...it's german and has a high alcohol content, for reds my favorite is shiraz...i'm not much into red wines i like the sweet stuff, but thats a really good one...
post #4 of 18
Tanya, I think you would like a rioja (they come in different colors, but I drink only the white, as red wine gives me migraine) or a portuguese wine called Vihno verde.. they're both crisp and clean and nice.. I like to compare them to eating an apple...
post #5 of 18
You might like some of the Rose wines, too. They're more flavorful than the whites, but not as heavy as red.
post #6 of 18
Oh yes Rose wine! I no longer drink white or red (unless thats all there is?!) because i find that no matter how high the percentage is in a Rose, it's very easy to drink
post #7 of 18
That's fantastic, Tanya! I'd definitely have to say you have excellent taste! My very favorite wine is Beringer White Zinfandel! Even of the more expensive wine I've tried, I prefer this. I really don't like red wine, unless it's maybe one glass of Chianti with an Italian meal. If I have white wine, I prefer a fruity wine that's not dry. This will be an excellent experience for you and Eric. You can use this to decide how to pair the wine at your wedding!
post #8 of 18
I like the occassional glass of wine to drink. My favorite is a riesling. But on occassion I will drink a Chardonay. I'm not into red wines yet, I think they taste to much like wood. I guess it's a personal preference. Someday maybe I'll like a red wine, but not now. I've never had a rose, I'll have to try one. Anyone have a good one to recommend?
(It helps too that Brad and his father own a Liquor store and Brad has a vast knowledge of different wines and brings the occassional one home for me to try!!!! )
post #9 of 18
I used to enjoy a Beaujolais Villages when I could drink a red, they're very.. berryish rather than woodsy, and I enjoyed the sweetness a great deal...
post #10 of 18
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Originally Posted by rosiemac
Oh yes Rose wine! I no longer drink white or red (unless thats all there is?!) because i find that no matter how high the percentage is in a Rose, it's very easy to drink
I love Rose too, I just got a nice Rose from a local winery and am saving it for something special. They are another wine the snobs don't like but I say phooey on them!
post #11 of 18
Really Marge?!. Whats wrong with Rose?
post #12 of 18
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Originally Posted by rosiemac
Really Marge?!. Whats wrong with Rose?
Oh the snobs think it's like Koolaide. They make fun of White Zinfandel. I have a friend whose husband is a wine snob and it drives me nuts.
post #13 of 18
I'm no wine expert but as long as it doesn't taste like vinegar it's ok with me!

I wouldn't know a good wine from a bad wine if that makes sense?!
post #14 of 18
Oh Tanya! congratulations to your new class!
Okay, Here´s my contribution to this matter

Here´s my favourite brand of wine! ... the Brand is "Gato Negro" is Chilean and they have this variety... Cabernet Saugvinon, Blanck, Merlot & Chardonay, ..... Unfortunately just only I´m not to prove this last one because have not to supply in my wine store...

have you ever tryed? ..

cheers!
post #15 of 18
Ok I'm a wine snob. Just shoot me right now!!!!!
My fav-New Zeeland Sauvignon blancs from the marlborough region. I just heard that New Zeeland Pinot Noir's are good to-haven't found one to try.
I favor certain "brands" also. Chateau St Michelle, Arygle to start.
When shopping for wine-say for instance there are 4 shelves of wine. The bottom shelf is going to be the least expensive working its way up to the "top shelf".
But I agree with the others that price is not an indicator of taste.
Try some South African wines too!! And Virginia/New York wines.
Ok I'll stop now.
post #16 of 18
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Originally Posted by CoolCat
Oh Tanya! congratulations to your new class!
Okay, Here´s my contribution to this matter

Here´s my favourite brand of wine! ... the Brand is "Gato Negro" is Chilean and they have this variety... Cabernet Saugvinon, Blanck, Merlot & Chardonay, ..... Unfortunately just only I´m not to prove this last one because have not to supply in my wine store...

have you ever tryed? ..

cheers!
Hey, that's my photo! You could at least give me credit! That wine is still on the top of my fridge and I didn't win the lottery either. I like Merlot and Cabernet , but I like to have Zinfandel sometimes too.
post #17 of 18
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Originally Posted by rosiemac
I'm no wine expert but as long as it doesn't taste like vinegar it's ok with me!

I wouldn't know a good wine from a bad wine if that makes sense?!
I have two criteria when choosing wine at the grocery store:
#1 - it has to have an interesting label
#2 - it cannot be over $8.00

My husband is the "wine guy" at the Olive Garden and knows all about it. He cringes at some of the stuff I bring home.
post #18 of 18
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Originally Posted by Hydroaxe
Hey, that's my photo! You could at least give me credit! That wine is still on the top of my fridge and I didn't win the lottery either. I like Merlot and Cabernet , but I like to have Zinfandel sometimes too.
In Honour the TRUTH Tanya I admit it!, is Wyan´s Hand that you see on the pic!....
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