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Old 05-17-2011, 04:47 PM   #11
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Wine preferences are somewhat an acquired taste. We like Lemberger or Blaufraenkisch.
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Old 05-17-2011, 05:44 PM   #12
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I usually recommend Liebfraumilch to novice wine drinkers, but it's white.
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Old 05-17-2011, 10:47 PM   #13
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What are you serving this wine with, spaghetti and meatballs, steak, roast beef, veal, pork, rotisserie chicken, fish, or some other type of seafood?

For spaghetti and meatballs you can't beat a real Italian Chianti, or Sangiovese. For beef, Argentine Malbec is the way to go. Argentina is famous for beef, and Malbec was designed to go with it. Pork or veal would be good with Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon.

For seafood I prefer an Italian pinot grigio or an Argentine Torrontés, and I prefer the Torrontés Salta to the Torrontés Mendoza (it's an elevation thing). If you're serving finger foods, like a Spanish Tapas party, a Tempranillo is good, or for summer parties, go with a Sangria. You can serve it straight from the bottle, or decant and embellish it with sliced fruits of choice.

In the summer I drink a lot of different Rosés, both foreign and domestic, because it's a bit lighter and just seems to sip better in the summer months. Rosé can go with red meat, chicken, or seafood, which makes it the go-to wine if you're party is having both at a restaurant or you're serving both at a dinner party.

I don't know if you have one where you live, but for the best selection of moderately priced wine, Cost Plus World Market has everyone else beat by a mile. If you want cheap wine, go to Trader Joe's and buy 2 buck chuck. If you do, let me know because I have this recipe for a red wine-chocolate bundt cake that I just know you'll love.

If you find you really enjoy wines and want to experiment, let me know and I can direct you to a couple of wine clubs you might like to join.
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Old 05-18-2011, 01:32 AM   #14
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If you want to go deluxe on a budget this tip might be helpful. If you have a Sam's Club or a Costco (or a similar bulk everything store) near you I've noticed that sometimes they have Bordeaux red wine (from Bordeaux France) and perhaps as low as $18-20 which is good because often they are 2-3 times that or more. I've yet to taste a bad Bordeaux.

I once had Bordeaux wine IN Bordeaux and that I think was the best wine I have ever had. Mind you I am by no means a wine expert. But I know what i like. Worth trying. Some people consider red wines from France to be among the best in the world.
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Old 05-18-2011, 01:39 AM   #15
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Beefy mate I know a bit about "old world wines" that's what I was brought up with.New world wines don't appeal much as they are too perfect, as I only drink Reds because the older I get fizzy whites give me indigestion, so when I travel away from Europe I look for reds that are made from the Temparanillo grape. Argentine and Chile have some great product made from this grape.
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Old 05-18-2011, 11:28 AM   #16
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Well the idea is you guys could give me your names and i could go out in the market and try those. Anything under $20 is a reasonable price for me. I would prefer red and i am not a big fan of sweet wines either.
Since this is a food forum, are you asking to match wine with a menu item or special occasion with food? You say red, but red for what? Casual drinking, canopes, or roast lamb perhaps?

Do you see how this could change things?
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I usually recommend Liebfraumilch to novice wine drinkers, but it's white.
and also sweet! Actually, I started out with that many moons ago, but rarely see any in the wine stores these days.

Kinda nice in the Spring with a strawberry in the bottom of the glass as an aperitif.
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and also sweet! Actually, I started out with that many moons ago, but rarely see any in the wine stores these days.

Kinda nice in the Spring with a strawberry in the bottom of the glass as an aperitif.
Yeah, it's a bit sweet for my taste. It is kinda fun once in a blue moon. But, it's great for convincing some folks that wine doesn't have to taste "sour", "tannic", or whatever it is that makes wine an acquired taste.
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I prefer reds because many of them generally have a longer shelf life than whites.
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I prefer reds because many of them generally have a longer shelf life than whites.
not sure what you mean by that, bill...
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