Starting with red wine?!

Question: Starting with red wine!?
i have now and again tasted red wine and either loved it or hated it!.i drink vodka and coke and would like to get into red wines or wine in general!.i havent a clue!.what would be a good red that isnt too dry to get us started!.we bought a bottle blind tonight and added lemonade because it felt furry!.lol!.it was really dry!.it was only cheap!.it was a merlot from australiaWww@FoodAQ@Com

Wow, lemonade!. And your description of it being furry was great!. Been drinking wine a long time and furry is good one!. If you don't mind, I'd like to use it!.

I'm not a big fan of recommending varietal wines (wines that have grape names on the label) for those starting out!. And its due to how wine is made!. I think there are probably 3 or 4 grades to wine juice prior to fermentation (could be wrong, just my 2 cents)!.

Please bear with me!. The 1st grade is free run juice!. This is highest quality juice, its juice that flows "naturally" without pressing!. It typically goes into the most expensive bottles!. Most (ie California) tend to high alcohol, high tannin, high everything!. Not a good place to start (plus its expensive),

2nd grade is pressed juice!. So, after free run, you squeeze the grapes to get more!. Well, you also get a lot of other stuff too, like from stems, skins, etc!. Not a bad thing, but the problem is in the winemaker's notes, I think!. Here you have your smoky, toasted oak with chocolate nuances overlayed with dark berry aromas that fill your palate with a finish that!.!.!.what are they talking about!. For most starting out, drinking these mid range wines end up either lost or questioning one's sense of taste!.

The last grade is the squeeze every last drop of juice that could possibly be in there out!. Guess where this goes!? I'm guessing is the 5 - 6 bucks bottles out there!. These can't be good!. Most that describe these wines as yummy or delectable, with all due respects, can't be drinking good stuff!. My bias here, many would disagree I know!.

So, what do I recommend, blends!. Why, blends - whether inexpensive or expensive- tend to compensate for shortcomings!. For years, I've recommended Gallo Hearty Burgundy because of its soft tannins and easy glide across the palate!. Its about balance!. Wine is the synergy of tannins, alcohol, acids, and sugars as it flows across your palate, not mine!. How you perceive it determines whether its good or not, not my recommendation!. So, take any recommendation with a huge pillar of salt!.

That said, look for wines that have soft tannins, moderate alcohol, good acidity and dark berry profile!. A good fit would a Beaujolais Villages from France (Louis Jadot) and a Dolcetto d'Alba from Italy (Giacosa) or a Coppola Rosso (Napa Valley)!. All 3 probably runs around 14 to 15 bucks!.

Or Gallo Hearty Burgundy for 3 or 4 bucks!.

But think blends!. Much pretty for starting out, in my humble opinion!.

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I love red wine!. Try these:
Merlot from Hungary, any Mavrodaphne from Greece, Ino from greece, Tabernero Borgona from Peru, Dornfelders from Germany!. Are always going to be sweet
Merlot from Hungary, any Mavrodaphne from Greece, Ino from greece, Tabernero Borgona from Peru, Dornfelders from Germany!. Are always going to be sweet
Italy has way too many to mention, but here goes: any Cagnina di Romagna, or Lambrusco,
Any wine that is made from Marzemino and has Dolce in the title, just search for Dolce Marzemino, and the makers name, La Sera Malvasia di Casorzo sometimes labeled La Sera Red Malvasia, and any Recioto!.
also go to your local liquor store and ask them!.Www@FoodAQ@Com

is it the yellow tail>!?!?

i love those with some spirit!. Www@FoodAQ@Com

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