I suppose I'm a Philistine

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Steven_T
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I suppose I'm a Philistine

#1 Post by Steven_T » May 17th, 2019, 6:46 pm

Full disclosure: I enjoy good beer and a nip of booze now and then. Wine? Not so much. Oh, I like expensive Champagne, like Moet & Chandon. A nice Asti Spumante is also good.

And I like Manishewitz Concord Grape, and related, sweet and fruity wines. Just...nothing in between? And, please, anything brut is horrible to me. As are tannins (can't stand IPA's either).

But I'd like to develop a taste for some wines so that I can expand my drink choices at restaurants. So this is a cry for help, of sorts.

What varietals of wine can I try to see if I'll like them, given that I only like sweet, fruity wines but I'm willing to go down the road of less sweet and less fruity, but maybe not all at once?

Thanks for any and all suggestions!

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Re: I suppose I'm a Philistine

#2 Post by Paul Luckin » May 17th, 2019, 6:49 pm

Maybe a high-octane Zinfandel from the Central Coast?
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#3 Post by Corey N. » May 17th, 2019, 6:52 pm

Riesling, which is a white grape. It ranges from bone dry to extremely sweet. The best examples are from Germany. Delicious, especially with some age.
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#4 Post by Paul Luckin » May 17th, 2019, 6:58 pm

Corey N. wrote:
May 17th, 2019, 6:52 pm
Riesling, which is a white grape. It ranges from bone dry to extremely sweet. The best examples are from Germany. Delicious, especially with some age.
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Re: I suppose I'm a Philistine

#5 Post by Brian Gilp » May 18th, 2019, 5:58 am

The test that I used back when working the tasting room was
1. Do you drink coffee or tea? If so do you add sugar, cream, honey or drink it black?
2. Do you drink hoppy beer. You already answered that as no.

Generally, if the answer to both is no, then tannins are a real issue and no amount of trying will change it. Big tannic reds are probably off your list forever. Start with the Riesling already mentioned and then when wanting to try a red you need to find one with as little tannin as possible. I would consider starting with Beaujolais. Some of the cru Beaujolais has more tannin than others so I would start at the lower level first before working up to the crus if you wanted and then do a little more research on the crus before jumping in.

Lastly, age often subdues the tannin. But finding aged wines to try to figure out if this helps your appreciation can be difficult and more expensive.

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Re: I suppose I'm a Philistine

#6 Post by Steven_T » May 18th, 2019, 7:32 am

Thank you, everyone, for your suggestions. I'll go with Reisling for now. Brian, I do take cream and sugar with my coffee, as a preference, but I drink it black, occasionally.
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