What wines are good for a beginner who's never drank wine before?!

Question: What wines are good for a beginner who's never drank wine before!?
Of all the people in the world to say this, my DOCTOR suggested that I should drink at least a glass of wine a day to help with heart and circulation!.

If I do try to drink wine what should I drink!?

I don't like bitter drinks and I've tasted "hot" liquors before like rum at parties and I don't like the "burn" that it gives going down (or coming back up for that matter)!.

I always avoided alcoholic beverages because I considered them bitter bad tasting, burning drinks!. I don't even drink beer!.

Any suggestions for a decent tasting wine that a beginner may take a liking to!?Www@FoodAQ@Com

Wow, your doctor recommended wine for health reasons!!? Must have been reading one of St!. Paul’s letters!. But your doctor should have been a touch more specific!. Or maybe he was, did he recommend red wine!. With a couple of exceptions, most of the contributors seem to be answering your questions as though they missed the health connection here!. I can’t see any other reason for most of them to consistently recommend a white!. And the contribution about alcohol being the source for wine’s reputed health benefits; I’d take that with a pillar of salt if I were you!. To say that, that’s debatable is an understatement!.

The short course, the French, living off a diet drenched in butter and cream, has some of the lowest rates of cardiac deaths in the world!. They should be leading the known universe in cardiac deaths!. From this basic observation, came the study called the French Paradox, where researchers looked at the apparent contradiction!. Red wine seems to play a part in this!. The French drink lots of red wine (duh, I know), so some researchers concluded red wines might help in combating cardiac deaths!.

The Mayo Clinic has some interesting articles on red wine!. I recommend you look it up!. In short, there is an antioxidant found in the skin of red/purple/black grapes called resveratrol!. Some suggest that resveratrol can prevent damage to blood vessels, reduce bad cholesterol and prevent blood clots!. Some suggest its alcohol, any source be it beer or spirits or wine that is heart healthy!. Of course, some say red wine is better because of the combination of two!. It’s all debatable, because after all, it is alcohol involved and there are risks involved!.

This is important, resveratrol and polyphenols can be found in grape juice, red or purple that is!. Some, of course, claim you can get the same benefits without the alcohol!. It’s all circumstantial to my untrained eye!. But I love wine; I would drink with or without regards to its health benefits!. It makes all our meals taste better!.

So, if you do want to start drinking red wine, think along these lines – soft tannins, good acidity, a touch of sugar and moderate alcohol levels!. Wine taste is the balance of those 4 parts – tannins, acidity, sugar and alcohol!. Too much tannin is like sucking on tea bag!. Too much acidity is like sucking on a lemon!. Too much sugar or alcohol is self explanatory!. It’s the balance that will help you enjoy wines as a beginner!.

Try a Beaujolais Villages (from Jadot is okay)!. It’s nice dark, red wine with soft tannins, good acidity, dark berry aromas and moderate alcohol!. It’s made in an interesting manner that eliminates a lot of tannins during the fermentation process!. It produces a crisp, enjoyable red without the “bitter” or “suck all the moisture from your mouth” feeling that some of the California reds have!. That lack of tannins plus its nice acidity actually makes this one of very few red wines that can be chilled!. Good Stuff!.

Or, believe it or not, a Gallo Hearty Burgundy for 4 bucks is a very nice, drinkable red!. It’s a decent blend has, again, soft tannins, a touch dark berry fruit and a little bit of smoky oak!. Very easy drinking!. Fact is, I think for most beginners, blends are better than straight Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot or whatever!. Blends tend to even out shortcomings and produce more consistent products!. Hearty Burgundy, not a bad way to go!.

If you only want to drink a glass or two a night, I wrote a step by step method for keeping wine after its been opened here!.


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Good Luck

Most people go with whites to start, Chardonnays etc!. then move onto reds!. If you don't care for the wine taste you can try cutting the white wines with either 7 up or club soda!. I'm not s doctor but I think the benefits usually associated with wine have to do with red wine!. Cabernet's would prob not be a good place to start so i'd try something like a Syrah, or a Shiraz!. Www@FoodAQ@Com

well, if you're drinking for your health you need to drink RED wine!. i'm not the biggest fan of the reds so i can't recomend a good one!. also the reds have a tendency to be very strong!. good luck! Www@FoodAQ@Com

I love sweet wines and my favorite one is Sangria!. It is a red wine, too, which is good for the heart!. Www@FoodAQ@Com

I agree with you!.!.!.!.!.alcoholic beverages are very bitter!.!.!.!.!.I don't like them either!.!.!.!.but I have drank at parties and found that asti spumonte is very tasty!.!.!.!.good luck and enjoy !!Www@FoodAQ@Com

I don't drink wine- but I love most Moscato's - they are dessert wines- one Risque from Toad Hollow and another is Bartenura Moscato d'asti- YUMWww@FoodAQ@Com

Riunite Lambrusco

it tastes like a carbonated fruit punch!.!.!.it goes down smooth and pairs with most foods!. It was my first ever wine!. Very good!!Www@FoodAQ@Com

champagne, Sekt, spumante
keeps the circulation running
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Luckily for you that burning sensation is really the worst in hard liquors!. It's virtually undetectable in beer!. Wine has it to a much more muted degree, it is more of a warming feeling than a burning one!.

For a beginner's wine, I would try a Rieseling!. It is a german sweet table wine, and usually around 8-10% ABV!. This means it will be less bitter and also have a much weaker warming feeling than more common wines!.

From there, you would want to stay with white wines but move on to say pinot grigio, and chardonnay!. These are dryer (ie, less residual sugars), and also higher in alcohol so you'll start to have that wine warming feeling!.

You may stay in white wine land for several weeks, months or even a year before you are ready to move on to red wines!. I made the mistake of starting with reds, if I could redo this I would start with whites and progress up the wine ladder!.

In red wines, I would start with pinot noir, then go on to merlot, red zinfandel, cabernet sauvignon!. Somewhere along the way I would try a Shiraz (also spelled Syrah)!.

Do realize that most of the health benefits from red wine are actually due to the alcohol!. So don't feel that white wine isn't good for you, it is!. Just do realize that red wine has more antioxidants that are also beneficial!. But, to be honest, you could have a glass of white wine and a glass of grape juice and it would be just as good for you as a glass of red wine (okay, the sugar in grape juice isn't exactly good, but you get my point)!.Www@FoodAQ@Com

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