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Old 03-05-2011, 05:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I never drink wine, but my gf loves the stuff. But the shit she gets is rough to get down. I'm trying to find an alternative that we can both enjoy. So what are some of your favorite wines?
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I sell wine, so maybe I can help.

there are a lot of factors to consider: varietal, region, price, style, if it's being paired with food, etc.

What does she normally drink? From that I might be able to steer you toward a wine you may both enjoy.
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Barefoot Merlot. Cheap and it is pretty darm good, although bold. Shiraz is pretty good too. Lighter flavor, pretty much every company makes a decent one.

Is your gf into reds or whites?
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My significant other isn't a fan of traditional wines either but she is a huge fan dessert wines -- get some Asti (Asti Spumante). They are sweet wines with a little bubble. Low alc% but they taste really good. A good start for someone who doesn't like wine.
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I sell wine, so maybe I can help.

there are a lot of factors to consider: varietal, region, price, style, if it's being paired with food, etc.

What does she normally drink? From that I might be able to steer you toward a wine you may both enjoy.
She likes redcat and another red wine...don't recall the name off the top of my head. You know of any places we could go wine testing?
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My favorite ~$10 bottle is Robert Mondavi Private Selection Cabernet. I also like the Meritage (blend) of the same brand.

If you are looking at less expensive wines, I find that the $5 wines at Trader Joes tend to be decent for the dollar.
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My favorite ~$10 bottle is Robert Mondavi Private Selection Cabernet. I also like the Meritage (blend) of the same brand.

If you are looking at less expensive wines, I find that the $5 wines at Trader Joes tend to be decent for the dollar.
Are you talking about Charles Shaw? It's affectionately called "Two Buck Chuck," but now it's a misnomer because of the price increases....
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She likes redcat and another red wine...don't recall the name off the top of my head. You know of any places we could go wine testing?
Red Cat is a sweet red wine from New York. Not sure what to compare it to, but what is it that you don't like about it?

Where in NH are you? There are a few wineries in NH that probably offer tastings: Candia Vineyards (Candia), Flag Hill Winery (Lee), Jewell Towne (South Hampton) and Zorvino (Sandown). Otherwise, you're looking at going to some of the stores in MA for their grand spring tastings, which will start in a few weeks and run through April.
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I never drink wine, but my gf loves the stuff. But the shit she gets is rough to get down. I'm trying to find an alternative that we can both enjoy. So what are some of your favorite wines?
I generally prefer dry reds just a step or two short of the boldest end of the spectrum (which is something like a Cabernet Sauvignon). My favorite is a smooth shiraz/syrah. Try Greg Norman Limestone Coast Shiraz from Australia. It's usually quite good, and is not expensive.

Zinfandels are nice too. (Note: This means genuine, red zinfandels, not the "pink" ones.) Try a Cline Cellars zinfandel from California. We visited that winery last year, and zins are the specialty.
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