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Two days ago, the UPS guy dropped off a large box. Inside were six bottles of wine -- three red and three white. The wines were a gift from Aunt Penny, Dad's sister.

Now, anyone who knows me knows that I hardly ever drink alcohol. Mainly, I don't like the taste of it. I do like Strawberry Daiquiris (sp), but that's about it. I'd be just as happy with a Shirley Temple.

Still, I'm curious about this wine. The packing list says that the three reds are an '04 Merlot, an '03 Pinot Noir, and an '02 Cabernet Saugivnon. The three whites are an '04 Riesling, an '04 Chardonnay, and one from '04 that I don't recognize. When Mom and Dad start opening these bottles, I definitely want to try them. Maybe then I'll find a wine I actually like.

Thanks, Aunt 1¢!

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abermel
Dec. 15th, 2006 02:38 pm (UTC)
I used to hate red wine. Then I learned to love it. Then I preferred white. Now I like both. But not mixed together! I prefer Pinot Grigios because they are light, not too sweet, not too dry or tart. Maybe you can dip your toe into the water with a Pinot! There's alot to be said for appreciating a nice glass of wine with dinner! I want to take a class to learn more about it!
firelion
Dec. 15th, 2006 06:08 pm (UTC)
With any wine, the maker is key. Not because you're going to taste a whole lot of variation in anything other than a Chardonnay, especially if you're new to wine, but because you can enhance your experience by knowing what flavors you're tasting for. There's all kinds of features to wine, little flavors you can taste and smell inside it. That's my favorite part of wine tastings.

Leek is totally on to something there. But bear in mind, Pinot Grigio is different from a Pinot Noir (I don't know if you know that already, and if you do, just ignore all this). Pinot Noir is the red wine, closer to a Merlot but without as much tannin, which is what makes wines taste 'dry'. Pino Grigio is a sweeter version in white. But out of all your reds there, the Noir is the sweetest, then the Merlot, and then the Cabernet Sauvingon, which is very dark and dry. It's sometimes mixed with a Merlot to tone it down. You probably won't be into it, but after years of tongue-tuning at Mom's elbow, my favorite red is the Liberty School Cabernet Sauvingon. Even now, though, some of her reds are just too tart and dry for me.

For the whites, my mom (from whence this knowledge comes) always recommends anyone new to wine start with a Riesling, which is sweet and probably the least dry out of all the ones you've got there. Chardonnay is also pretty light and easy, but it has a lot of variety, so the brand will help you narrow down what you're going to get as far as the taste, how dry it is, how sweet it is.
abermel
Dec. 15th, 2006 06:30 pm (UTC)
Who knew you were so knowledgeable!?! Personally, Riesling is way too sweet for me. I feel like i'm drinking syrup. But maybe thats because I started with reds and then learned to appreciate whites. I went backwards. :-) What else is new?!?
firelion
Dec. 15th, 2006 06:38 pm (UTC)
I would make a crack about my mom's alcoholism, but the truth is I learned a lot more about wine and liquor before it had its hooks in her. She loved wine tastings and can still rattle off a ton of information at the drop of a hat. I called her to check my facts before I posted. :)
abermel
Dec. 15th, 2006 06:34 pm (UTC)
Oh, and some of my faves, since now i'm at work thinking about wines (and how much i'd like to drink a glass right now):

Luna di Luna Pinot Grigio - its in a blue bottle and I've spotted it on a few tv shows so you know other people like it too.

Voga Pinot Grigio - I think thats the name. It comes in this tall, skinny, cylindrical bottle with a plastic top that screws off to reveal the cork. I totally bought it for the bottle and wound up liking it alot.

Cavit Pinot Grig - Will likes this one..it has a little more bite than the others.

Robert Mondavi Costal Cabernet - one of my favorites from the old days. Smooth, not too tart.

Of course, wine preference is all about taste and you know, no two peoples taste buds are alike!
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