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catsbasket
30-Sep-08, 22:44
just braved it and tried white wine for the first time. really enjoyed it, only had 1/4 a glass to try but it was nice. haven't tried any other white wines so any that you recommend?
i don't understand why so many people love red wine, i have tried many different ones several times over the years and have disliked them all. whats so nice? they all seem to taste the same to me...no offence inteneded:)
whats your favourite?

Kenn
30-Sep-08, 22:55
Try your wine with food especially reds as by and large appart from the lighter styles, they are not meant for sipping but as an accompaniament and enhancment of a meal.
I used to drink white but over the years the palate changes and these days it is almost always red.
If in doubt then find a specialist shop where the staff should be happy to advise you.

dirdyweeker
30-Sep-08, 23:00
I buy my wine from the Pieroth wine company.
A rep calls at your house for you to sample all kinds of wines and liquers. You then only need order the wine you have sampled and like. Yes, it is more expensive per bottle than many but it is chosen by taste by yourself. You can invite friends for a wine tasting session and split the wine order among you all to reduce individual costs and for more variation. I would never previously drink red wine either but have found a few nice ones among the 'tasters'. I personally prefer a 'rose'
Glad you enjoyed yours.

alanatkie
30-Sep-08, 23:12
I prefer rose but also like white wine - hock, liefraumilch, Black Tower are a few of my favourites. It all depends on the wine - if you like it sweet or dry etc.

Buttercup
01-Oct-08, 14:53
Try your wine with food especially reds as by and large appart from the lighter styles, they are not meant for sipping but as an accompaniament and enhancment of a meal.
I used to drink white but over the years the palate changes and these days it is almost always red.
If in doubt then find a specialist shop where the staff should be happy to advise you.

I'm with you there Lizz. Started off drinking white and thought that the reds were like vinegar! But now it has to be red, haven't tasted white in years. Totally agree about having it with food (well, any excuse really;)), I'm convinced it helps you digest your meat course in particular. Cheers! :lol:

philupmaboug
01-Oct-08, 15:14
Pieroth are a little more expencive as Dirtyweeker says but with less tannin it makes the head a lot lighter the next day! also Black Tower do a red now that is a nice one for the first time red drinkers to try, had it out of Tesco the other week and even the wife liked it!!!! wont be buying that again ;-(

nightspirit
01-Oct-08, 16:59
All taste the same to me - Battery acid..yuvck !!

Alice in Blunderland
01-Oct-08, 17:09
I buy my wine from the Pieroth wine company.


You couldnt do me a favour and let me have the contact number for the rep. :)

I used to get all my wine from them also as they are lovely and well worth the little bit more. I lost the number when I moved and have never got back into the swing of ordering again.

telfordstar
01-Oct-08, 20:23
I prefer rose but also like white wine - hock, liefraumilch, Black Tower are a few of my favourites. It all depends on the wine - if you like it sweet or dry etc.


Someone after my own heart black tower rose yum (its on offer in coop for £3.99 just now)

Julia
01-Oct-08, 20:54
I used to drink red only, my favourite being Hardy's, either Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon. I'm least keen on white and really dislike chardonnay.

Rose is the one of the moment for me, Tesco sell 'Gallo' Family, the white zinfandel is like drinking juice :eek:

I don't think you can go wrong with the likes of Blossom Hill, Galloway Crossing, Echo Falls etc.. they are all pretty safe bets.

northener
01-Oct-08, 22:14
I'm not a white fan either. But I'm fond of a nice Sancerre or Pouilly Fume. A far as red goes - decent Claret or a Rioja.

catsbasket
01-Oct-08, 23:05
found something i like
was having a meal over families house and we had a bottle of red and a bottle of white. don't know what the red was (cos i dont like red) but the white was chardonnay. with melon. quite nice but i tried it with red. a very small amount of red in glass topped up with white. toned down both wines and made it quite delicious.

Welcomefamily
01-Oct-08, 23:26
I love wine, a nice cold chardonnay or a (not oak) sauvignon blanc with the starter or one of the German whites.

A well aired Red Bordeaux such as Chateux Martin Graves served at room temperature with the main course.

A nice dessert wine to sip such as a Muscat (sauterner region if possible) or Leitz Kirchenpfad Anslese.

My favorite wine is Torres Vina Esmeralda, the first time I drank it (it was the only white out of a small choice in a small cottage B&B near the base of Snowdon) sat in front of a log fire after getting very wet while walking, I was joined by a beautiful young lady who had also got very wet and joined me for a glass. After another bottle I took away two loves from that place.

dirdyweeker
02-Oct-08, 11:19
I love wine, a nice cold chardonnay or a (not oak) sauvignon blanc with the starter or one of the German whites.

A well aired Red Bordeaux such as Chateux Martin Graves served at room temperature with the main course.

A nice dessert wine to sip such as a Muscat (sauterner region if possible) or Leitz Kirchenpfad Anslese.

My favorite wine is Torres Vina Esmeralda, the first time I drank it (it was the only white out of a small choice in a small cottage B&B near the base of Snowdon) sat in front of a log fire after getting very wet while walking, I was joined by a beautiful young lady who had also got very wet and joined me for a glass. After another bottle I took away two loves from that place.

what a lovely story! Can only guess what your favourite wine is now!

dirdyweeker
02-Oct-08, 11:20
You couldnt do me a favour and let me have the contact number for the rep. :)

I used to get all my wine from them also as they are lovely and well worth the little bit more. I lost the number when I moved and have never got back into the swing of ordering again.

have sent you a pm

attielattie
02-Oct-08, 16:33
My mum and my sister and brother in law used to order Pieroth wines - but no longer. They decided one day to do a blind tasting with a bottle of supermarket cheap plonk, a bottle of mid-price range wine, and a bottle of Pieroth - and guess which one they preferred - yep, the cheap supermarket one! This is either a comment on their lack of taste (and frazzled taste buds) or Pieroth aint what it's cracked up to be. Personally, prefer chilled rose these days. ;)

rich
02-Oct-08, 21:15
CLARET!!!!
There are two signs that you have acheived maturity.
One is you suddenly understand jazz.
Two is you enter your claret years, where you need lots of lovely vin rouge to keep you going.
There may be a third sign but I've forgotten it.

Aaldtimer
02-Oct-08, 21:23
..."There may be a third sign but I've forgotten it."... Sorry to say - that is the third sign Rich!:lol:

percy toboggan
02-Oct-08, 22:12
Shiraz....Syrah and any half decent red wine really. Gone off white although the odd bit is refreshing with the right dish. It's always my wife. She's even keenr on Shiraz than I am.

I usually spend about four to five quid on a bottle. We drink a bottle between us two or three nights a week and have our own on a Friday. Shocking I know. The rest of our disposable income is just wasted.

kirsty2
03-Oct-08, 18:26
I had a great pink champagne from a small supplier, had its own label but can`t remember the name of the company, got it on the internet & they delivered it up here at no extra cost

Ricco
03-Oct-08, 20:54
I am afraid that when it comes to wine I am a bit of a bohemian. Don't get me wrong - I do like the odd bottle of red but they all taste of various shades of vinegar to me. I lost my ability to taste wine properly some years ago and haven't been able to find it since. :~(

_Ju_
03-Oct-08, 21:01
As a comparison, white (and to a point, rose) are like the sweeties in the wine world. Generally everyone likes them. Red wine is the liquorice of the wine world. You understand why it is so special after you learn to appreciate it.;)
For me: all my wine has to be as dry as a bone. I know what I don't like: most spanish and Italian wines. Chilean can just as quickly be spectacular or a disaster. Portuguese and South African are the best, followed by australian (and, grudgingly, californian).
If you ever get your hands on a dry moscatel (moscatel is a type of grape)- it's the best white wine in the world!

WeeBurd
03-Oct-08, 21:26
I have never understood why so many people get pleasure from wine, I just don't "get" the stuff, it all tastes bitter and unpleasant to me...

That said, I have been known to buy the odd bottle of White Grenache (Rose) for consumption when socialising with friends - simply because it's nice and light and fruity, in fact not at all like my idea of wine, lol! :)

Valerie Campbell
04-Oct-08, 14:06
It's all trial and error with wine. The first red was a cheap Italian and ended up down the sink after a few sips so that put me off for many years, then I discovered the wines of Australia. To me these are some of the best wines in the world. For a complete novice I would suggest trying a straight Aussie chardonnay. As for red, I would go for a merlot, again Australian as it's not as bitter as the Europeans. Something to do with the 'terroir' I believe. I think there's a wine out there for everyone somewhere...Have fun trying them anyway!!

scrumpysteve
04-Oct-08, 14:21
Started off as some of the others here liking white, not red. Now I drink mainly red.

Best advice about wine that I was given was to do with what to buy when we were in France years ago - watch what the locals buy and get the same. You'd be amazed at how many people snubbed the so called 'good' wines for the local plonk... and it was lovely! Brought back loads.

rockchick
05-Oct-08, 13:47
When I was in my teens, the only wine I could stomach was Martini & Rossi Asti Spumante. It's so sweet it'll give you cavities, but I didn't have much of a palate then. It tastes like grape juice now.

Nowadays I like to pair my wine with food. The food you serve with a wine makes a huge difference in the taste of the wine.

wonbat
10-Oct-08, 10:28
Where is the best place to get good wine from, is it best to buy local or online?

Rheghead
10-Oct-08, 13:18
I like white zinfandel, it is actually coloured like a rosť but I believe is classed as a red because it is made with red grapes but is fermented without the skins present in the must. It can be quite sweet though. Any novice to wine will be totally confused by that sorry.

router
10-Oct-08, 13:27
when the notion takes(few and far between)a nice bottle of Retsina(sweet white)or a bottle of australian chardonnay also sweet,tesco have both

unicornleather
10-Oct-08, 13:29
I am not a wine fan really but enjoy making it. I have just started off another batch of 30 bottles - nearly 5 gallons-of Pinot Grigio, I have after that another batch of Rose (30 bottles) I also make various reds and other whites & country wines such as Elderflower, Hawthorn (May Blossom),both the last two are sweet and heady, like a liquer with the fragrance of the blossom coming through, Dandelion(dry white table wine), Blackberry (like port) and Orange wine. Most come out at around 14% Abv or higher, only natural ingredients are in them and it costs between £50p and £1.50 per bottle to make!
They are as good as commercial wines you can buy in the shops.
I make beers and ciders too coming out between 7% and 14% Abv as you can imagine, I have a lot of friends who turn up just after I have bottled up another batch!
I make my own labels so you can use all sorts of pictures/photos on them and they make great xmas presents if you personlise them for friends etc.
I can often be seen hunting round for bottles and I am sure people think I am an alcoholic when I ask for their old bottles to "recycle"
it is a fun hobby especially when you can try them out on people but as with everything else, in moderation!
Oz

router
10-Oct-08, 13:35
I like white zinfandel, it is actually coloured like a rosť but I believe is classed as a red because it is made with red grapes but is fermented without the skins present in the must. It can be quite sweet though. Any novice to wine will be totally confused by that sorry.
classed as a rose if the skins are removed after the first pressing.out of the reds some of the chilean wines are nice ,strong too.no fun though if you are prone to migraine:(