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Old 10-17-2005, 12:37 PM   #1
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Red wine for teetotallers?

I need a recommendation on a good red wine for someone who doesn't drink.

My HDL levels are low, so I'm considering taking a little red wine in the evening for health reasons. I've never been fond of alcoholic beverages, but I use cooking wine all the time, so something that would serve as cooking and beverage wine would be good.

Something inexpensive would also be a bonus.

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Old 10-17-2005, 07:11 PM   #2
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Start with Pinot Noirs which are lighter in body, oak, and tannins than pretty much any other red. From there you can branch out to more medium bodied wines.
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Old 10-17-2005, 08:01 PM   #3
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Hi billmac, you say you use cooking wines all the time.

You might wish to take a wee taste of one or two at the end of the day and find out what you like.

Agree with ironchef, pinot noirs are lovely. Merlots are also tasty.

The only way to learn about wine is to taste the stuff.

And I am certainly no expert.

But if you do not like wines, there are other ways to get down your HDL.

But at the end of the day, a nice glass of red wine is certainly comforting, in my humble opinion.
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Old 10-17-2005, 10:18 PM   #4
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Hmmm. I was thinking of port, then googled the phrase "those who don't like wine" and came up with an article you may be interested in, billmac. My phrase appears in the third paragraph.

That tawny port sounds so good that I'm going to get some for myself, for a before-bed winter nightcap!

http://www.wineintro.com/reviews/2001/port2.html

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Old 10-17-2005, 10:44 PM   #5
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For me billmac, merlot is a heavy red wine. I would suggest beaujolis (sp?),which is a light red wine, not heavy at all like some red wines. Barten and Ghouster(sp?) make a really nice beaujolis. It's light, not too sweet or heavy.
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Old 10-17-2005, 10:48 PM   #6
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I'd recommend a pinot noir or a chianti.
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Old 10-18-2005, 01:59 AM   #7
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Hmmm. I was thinking of port, then googled the phrase "those who don't like wine" and came up with an article you may be interested in, billmac. My phrase appears in the third paragraph.

That tawny port sounds so good that I'm going to get some for myself, for a before-bed winter nightcap!

http://www.wineintro.com/reviews/2001/port2.html

Lee
The thing though with port is that it's super sweet when compared to red wines. Also, they have a higher alcohol content than wine so it would not be the best choice for someone just starting off.
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Old 10-18-2005, 11:12 AM   #8
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I love Port, but I have to agree with IC. Also, Port is also more expensive and less versatile to cook with. So if billmac doesn't like it, then it'll have to sit on the shelf or be given away. Or whatever.

If you bollmac does not like the red wine, they can always cook with it (spaghetti sauce, beef bourgoinon (sp), etc). Wine can be frozen for future use.
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Old 10-25-2005, 11:24 PM   #9
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Oh ****.. another wine faceoff. But very well done. There will never be a final answer on the choice of wine... NEVER. It is one of lifes great mysteries. BUT.. you can find a happy partner here
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Old 10-29-2005, 11:45 PM   #10
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I am not a big expert in the field. But have you tried a Rosato?
I find it light, not too expensive, fresh as a white wine and still fruit flavoured.
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