Red wine for someone who doesn't like wine

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  1. CoryB

    CoryB Member

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    I don't like wine. In fact, I'm not much of a drinker at all.

    But I feel like I should be able to order a decent red wine at dinner and not look completely stupid doing it. Something to make the heart doctor happy (flavinoids, free-radicals and all...) that isn't too imposing.

    I make no pretense of being a connoisseur of anything and I'm not trying to impress anyone. What I am is cheap and don't want to waste a lot of money trying out wines that I probably won't like.

    So... thanks in advance and any suggestions are welcome.
     
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  2. Redub

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    What do you dislike about wine? For example, is it usually too sweet for you or too dry/not sweet enough? That would help to point you in the right direction.
    Perhaps try a shiraz or syrah, or a Spanish rioja. Those are easy drinking or good introductory red wines IMO.
     
  3. edgewound

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    Try Kendall-Jackson Pinot Noir. Very palatable and smooth. About $12-14 a bottle at Sprout's or Stater Bros.
     
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    In general, Zinfandels and red blends will be cheaper and an "easy button" choice for the uninitiated (there are many that climb in price, though). Merlots are worth a try as well. Most often, if you are new to reds, budget Cabernets and Pino Noirs will often disappoint.

    Edit: as above (Redub's entry) syrah/Shiraz can be good. They are my go to when I know the label, but I've found many to be lacking. Malbecs can be great.

    I see the Kendsll-Jackson P.N. recommended. I don't know it, may be fine - but I don't oft see it on a menu/list.

    I had to go to Edna Valley (near SLO) before I knew what a real Pino Noir was supposed to be like.
     
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    With no additional info (Redub asks good questions), I would say that Pinot Noir is popular with some because it’s typically less tannic than many other reds. Dolcetto is an easy to drink Italian wine varietal, and Beaujolais is a lower tannin French that’s pleasant and easy to drink.
     
  6. CharAznable

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    Why? If you don't like wine, don't drink wine. You're an adult, you should be immune to the social pressure of having wine with dinner.

    By the time the anthocyanins in wine start making a difference in your health, you're already dead from alcohol poisoning. It's a bogus reason to drink.
     
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    edgewound Gold Supporting Member

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    Red blends are way too sweet in my experience. Zinfandel is a good starter, but Pinot Noir from a respected label is probably the best way to get into red wines. YMMV, of course.
     
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    pour in some 7-Up, instant wine cooler!
     
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    My suggestion is asking your server the next time you are out at a restaurant for a glass something to pair with whatever you order. If you still don't like what you get after a few times, don't buy wine! If you do, however, find something that tickles your palate than start exploring those vineyards or grape varieties. I'm fond of wine, but just as fond of a good beer.
     
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    I was surprised to find out in Paris, that the french Pinot Noir is a blush wine. They don't use the grape skin. California has some of the finest wines in the world...not that I've had them all...and Australia does well, too.
     
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    beaujolais
     
  13. Omega

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    If you don't like it, why are you ordering? Are you hosting something and feel the need to have some for the table?
    If you don't like it, don't get it.

    That said, if you must get some to maybe have others enjoy, I'd suggest a Chianti Classico. Ruffino, specifically.
     
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    An Aussie Shiraz is a good shout and seems to please most people.
     
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    Thanks for all of the suggestions.

    I can't honestly say that I even know what a "dry" wine is. My alcohol intake is normally 1/2 of a beer daily - my wife drinks the other half. I rarely have mixed drinks. Alcohol burns my throat in an unpleasant way, hence my lack of experience with it.

    I'll try some of these ideas and see where they take me.

    I believe CharAznable may have the best answer though - I've heard for years that red wine is good for a person but I probably won't start drinking all that much as I just don't like it.
     
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    If you’re at a store, ask for recommendations within a price range.

    Ask for flavor/pairing descriptions at a restaurant.

    -bEn r.
     
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    I agree. It's not your responsibility to play wine expert for others at the table if you don't even drink the stuff. Let those who like it make the choice.
     
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    Yeah....have a nice beer.
     
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  19. eclecticsynergy

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    In wine, "dry" is the opposite of sweet.

    +1 on beaujolais - lively and fruity, not too tannic.

    Prefer something sweet? Lambrusco Dolce is a type of bubbly sweet red.

    Depending on the restaurant, you might also consider sangria. Great in hot weather, and almost more like punch than wine.
     
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    i dont like red wine either, but Lambrusco is not too bad. and its cheap

    if you dont like it, you can always switch to beer... cheers !
     
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