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New to Snooth, need recommendations

Posted by new2wine1987, Aug 14, 2008.

Hello everyone... I'm new to Snooth, and actually new to wine as well. My 21st birthday is coming up in December and I want to have a very quiet get-together at my house and sip on some really good wine with a few friends. The only problem is, I don't really know what type of wine to try. If it helps, I love chocolate, caramel, and fruits of any kind. I'm open to ideas!



Reply by oceank8, Aug 15, 2008.

Welcome! There are definitely things that pair well with chocolate and caramel but they are often stronger, heavier wines which might not be the best way to start on wine. The bigger question would be if you plan to eat with the wine and what it is you plan to eat. Aside from that I would think a nice Syrah could be enjoyed by many new to wine. You might want to start with a wine from California since they are often more fruit forward and easier to drink.

Reply by Mark Angelillo, Aug 15, 2008.

Aha! A Snooth for any occasion.

Reply by Mark Angelillo, Aug 15, 2008.

(Oh, and welcome to Snooth!)

Reply by Philip James, Aug 15, 2008.

Yea, thats a catch 22 - you cant exactly try the wine before your 21st to determine what you might like! If you flew to england, the drinking age is 18, so you could sample a few, then come back to the US and then be ready with your favorites on your birthday!

Generally a sweet dessert wine would pair with chocolate, fruits and caramel. The other option (beaten to the punch by ocean again) is to get a wine that tastes like chocolate/fruit etc, and yeah, thats syrah! Get it from Australia or California for the tastes you would like...

Reply by CSO, Aug 15, 2008.

I have found that most people new to wine tend to like them on the sweeter side. So my suggestion would be to try a German white like a Peisporter Goldtropfinchen splatlase this will be fruity and slightly sweet flavors are usually melon, apple or pear, and citrus.

Reply by new2wine1987, Aug 17, 2008.

Okay, everyone! Thanks for the recommendations. All of your input has really helped. Lol, I won't be able to fly to England or anything like that, but, I'm sure I will find something that suits my tastes. I'll probably end up buying a few kinds and have a little tasting at my "get-together," after dinner and with dessert.
Thanks again!!

Reply by ethralls, Aug 18, 2008.

When I started getting interested in wine around 1994, I really enjoyed Reislings for the same reasons mentioned by CSO above. One wine I recently tried, though, that would go well with practically any type of citrus fruit is the Casal Garcia from Portugal... and it's easy on the wallet at $8... here's more about it:

Reply by Philip James, Aug 18, 2008.

Ethralls - i see this is your first post, so welcome to the site!

I just checked out the link, good review - do you know what grape it is? Vinho Verde is just a style or wine, right?

Reply by sixinchheels, Aug 19, 2008.

Hi there - I'm fairly new to wine in general as well - though I'm 30, I never had more than a glass once in a while until about six months ago. I'm starting with white wines, usually - the chilling makes them easier drinking, in my experience, and the tannins in red wines take longer to acquire a taste for. I'm trying to work my way there with roses. Currently living in Australia I have access to some really great New Zealand white wines - I'm loving several Pinot Gris at the moment, and have also ventured into some Chardonnays and Rieslings.

Reply by Philip James, Aug 19, 2008.

Sixinchheels - great user name! I'm 30 too by the way. I think that mid 20's to mid 30's is when a lot of people 'discover' wine, but of course it varies. If you live near a wine growing region, then you'll probably encounter it much earlier as its more a part of the fabric of the region.

If you dont like tannins and are looking to try some reds you could start with a rose, or even a light red like a beaujolais or something else made with gamay. They have basically no tannins. However, New Zealand is world famous for its sauvignon blancs, so thats a nice choice as well.

Oh, and welcome to snooth!

Reply by CSO, Aug 19, 2008.

Ethralls, Welcome to Snooth, for your info Vinho Verde translates as green wine or wine uncured. This is most likely the first wine of the harvest or the first grapes of the harvest resulting in lower sugar levels in the grapes and lower alcohol level in the wine. European wineries are not allowed to add sugar to the juice or the wine it must be produced from the natural sugars. makes for great variations in sugar and alcohol content from year to year because of weather conditions during the growing period.

Reply by WineGent, Aug 24, 2008.

Reisling, Reisling, Reisling! I would say a nice Spatlase.....if you want to treat yourself, find one that has some boytretis.....maybe a Kabinett if you don't want it quite as sweet.....Enjoy...and Happy Birthday...

Reply by ethralls, Aug 27, 2008.

Philip.. the Casal Garcia is made from the Albarino grape...

Reply by Philip James, Aug 27, 2008.

Cool - well, great review.

Reply by irishgirl, Sep 7, 2008.

I agree with WineGent ~ a Kabinett will be "hoptroken" (spelling) meaning down the middle. Not too dry and not too sweet, such as Robert Muller Kabinet. Great place to start! Enjoy & have a great birthday!!!!

Reply by Philip James, Sep 8, 2008.

Irishgirl - its Halbtrocken, literally meaning half dry (halb + trocken). I have a German mother...

they do some great off dry wines

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