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R&GHomer
09-05-2009, 07:59 PM
I have never been a big Wine fan, but my fiance asked me to pick up a bottle of Red. Any suggestions on a good "moderately" priced vintage. She likes it a little sweeter and not to dry. Thanks!

RedandGold
09-05-2009, 08:19 PM
A good value in red that would fit that description would be a Malbec from Argentina. You can usually find them in the $12-$20 range.

Hog Rider
09-05-2009, 08:33 PM
Sweet - Australian, like a Rosemount Cabernet/shiraz blend. Not sweet but fairly fruity without being crap. It may help her learn to start liking better reds. Try having fine steak/ filet one night and having a good cab to go with it - she will realize how well it can go with food. It often works with sweet wine drinkers.

Good luck

Hog

Saccopoo
09-05-2009, 08:39 PM
Ripple. I'd go with the 2007 vintage. Slightly sweet on the pallet, yet holding a full and robust bouquet. Tannins are held in check, but still present a playful burst mid-point. Notes of pepper and rasberry dominate, but classic undertones of tobacco and chocolate make this a wine that will carry itself with class and distinction. Ready to drink now, but could be cellared for another couple of years. 91/100

RedandGold
09-05-2009, 08:45 PM
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Fried Meat Ball!
09-05-2009, 09:05 PM
Hill of Gold Shiraz is very tasty. And I'm a huge fan of the Black Diamond label Coppola Vineyards Claret.

The best thing you can do for a red wine is to let it breathe. I can't stress this enough. Get a decanter, or just a pitcher, and pour the bottle in it and let it sit for an hour. BELIEVE ME it will make a HUGE difference as the tannins mellow.

For god's sake, do not drink red wine that has just been opened.

R&GHomer
09-05-2009, 09:29 PM
Hill of Gold Shiraz is very tasty. And I'm a huge fan of the Black Diamond label Coppola Vineyards Claret.

The best thing you can do for a red wine is to let it breathe. I can't stress this enough. Get a decanter, or just a pitcher, and pour the bottle in it and let it sit for an hour. BELIEVE ME it will make a HUGE difference as the tannins mellow.

For god's sake, do not drink red wine that has just been opened.

That's a damn good suggestion right there. I did not know that, well I guess i had heard it before, just didn't commit it to memory. Thanks everyone

Dayze
09-05-2009, 10:02 PM
Estanica
Robert Mondavi
Luna de Luna (cool solid color painted bottles)
Toasted head

....all are pretty good.

rambleonthruthefog
09-05-2009, 10:15 PM
ruffino chianti. the $20 dollar bottle, not the $40(reserve). very very good. smooth, great finish.

googlegoogle
09-05-2009, 10:21 PM
i heard Coppola likes to give appearances during tourist trips in the Napa Valley.

philfree
09-06-2009, 01:12 AM
a bottle of red
a bottle of white
it all depends upon your appetite

PhilFree:arrow:

Third Eye
09-06-2009, 01:43 AM
Ok, cabs and shiraz are not sweet, nor are malbecs. All of the above would be considered dry reds. A truly sweet red would be something like a port, or maybe a beaujolais or lambrusco. Those are really quite sweet, you might prefer something like a light pinot noir.

Fried Meat Ball!
09-06-2009, 06:24 AM
Ok, cabs and shiraz are not sweet, nor are malbecs. All of the above would be considered dry reds. A truly sweet red would be something like a port, or maybe a beaujolais or lambrusco. Those are really quite sweet, you might prefer something like a light pinot noir.

I suggested the shiraz because it's probably the best "moderatly priced" at $14 I've ever had. And yeah, it's dry but I've found the people that don't like reds, don't like them because they've never had one that's been served properly. Too cold or too warm and not properly aerated. A freshly opened bottle of red just isn't very good.

Bwana
09-06-2009, 06:40 AM
Do they still make Annie Green Springs and or Boones Farm? :)

milkman
09-06-2009, 06:42 AM
I bet you could find a good box at your nearest local liquer store.

NewChief
09-06-2009, 07:09 AM
Ok, cabs and shiraz are not sweet, nor are malbecs. All of the above would be considered dry reds. A truly sweet red would be something like a port, or maybe a beaujolais or lambrusco. Those are really quite sweet, you might prefer something like a light pinot noir.

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Might also like a nice rose like Sophia or Turkey Flats, though they're not truly "red." I'm not going to do much good, though, because your fiance appears to have the exact opposite taste in reds from me. ;)

Boon
09-06-2009, 08:24 AM
Ripple. I'd go with the 2007 vintage. Slightly sweet on the pallet, yet holding a full and robust bouquet. Tannins are held in check, but still present a playful burst mid-point. Notes of pepper and rasberry dominate, but classic undertones of tobacco and chocolate make this a wine that will carry itself with class and distinction. Ready to drink now, but could be cellared for another couple of years. 91/100

You could substitute any wine name/type in there and have a review. That's a good example of how they are written.

Bwana
09-06-2009, 08:26 AM
Ripple. I'd go with the 2007 vintage. Slightly sweet on the pallet, yet holding a full and robust bouquet. Tannins are held in check, but still present a playful burst mid-point. Notes of pepper and rasberry dominate, but classic undertones of tobacco and chocolate make this a wine that will carry itself with class and distinction. Ready to drink now, but could be cellared for another couple of years. 91/100

Funny stuff!

LMAO

Braincase
09-06-2009, 09:22 AM
Were you looking at a small box or a big box?

Simply Red
09-06-2009, 09:32 AM
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low 40.00 per bottle. The best w/o just going crazy on $, IMO. Good luck...

Simply Red
09-06-2009, 09:39 AM
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New York Matinee called it "a playful but mysterious little number"

Simply Red
09-06-2009, 09:54 AM
Hill of Gold Shiraz is very tasty. And I'm a huge fan of the Black Diamond label Coppola Vineyards Claret.

The best thing you can do for a red wine is to let it breathe. I can't stress this enough. Get a decanter, or just a pitcher, and pour the bottle in it and let it sit for an hour. BELIEVE ME it will make a HUGE difference as the tannins mellow.

For god's sake, do not drink red wine that has just been opened.

Also, IIRC, the sexperts say to keep Red in the fifties (degrees) or maybe even the 40's, which I found shocking and ironic, but, one of the proper serving guidelines is to let the wine come close to a seeming room temperature, prior to drinking. ... and yeah, still sober here.

Contrarian
09-06-2009, 10:32 AM
Shiraz, Merlots, Cabs are not sweet. Geez! They have very distinct flavors and body but none are sweet. You won't find a red that is sweet not unless you get a box of Franzia Chillable red something under $5. Now that is sweet!!
If you want a nice sweet wine choose a red zinfandel, or a Rose'.
If you want something really sweet choose a dessert wine like a Mascato, Vignoles, or some version of an ice wine.

Dallas Chief
09-06-2009, 10:33 AM
Dominus Napanook is a nice red table wine/Meritage. About $40 per bottle if you can find it. Must let it breathe though at least 30 minutes. If you need a decanter I would suggest going to Target. You can get a nice Riedel one for about $20. Good luck!
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Bwana
09-06-2009, 11:06 AM
Three other "bum wines" that come to mind, are Wild Irish Rose, Night Train and Thunderbird. :doh!: http://www.bumwine.com/bumwine/wildirishrose.jpg














http://open.salon.com/blog/caveat_canem_croceum/2008/10/31/files/thunderbird1225430984.jpg

Simply Red
09-06-2009, 12:26 PM
Shiraz, Merlots, Cabs are not sweet. Geez! They have very distinct flavors and body but none are sweet. You won't find a red that is sweet not unless you get a box of Franzia Chillable red something under $5. Now that is sweet!!
If you want a nice sweet wine choose a red zinfandel, or a Rose'.
If you want something really sweet choose a dessert wine like a Mascato, Vignoles, or some version of an ice wine.

ORLY? No shit? I never knew that. Yeah no shit, but uhh, IMO i'd recommend someone maturing their pallet or suggesting her to do so, before I'd ever recommend a 'sweet' wine, yuk! I mean, nobody really wants Arbor Mist, right? Oh, and **** a port, terrible. :spock:

Simply Red
09-06-2009, 12:28 PM
Three other "bum wines" that come to mind, are Wild Irish Rose, Night Train and Thunderbird. :doh!: http://www.bumwine.com/bumwine/wildirishrose.jpg












http://open.salon.com/blog/caveat_canem_croceum/2008/10/31/files/thunderbird1225430984.jpg



ROFL jesus.

Fried Meat Ball!
09-06-2009, 01:51 PM
Also, IIRC, the sexperts say to keep Red in the fifties (degrees) or maybe even the 40's, which I found shocking and ironic, but, one of the proper serving guidelines is to let the wine come close to a seeming room temperature, prior to drinking. ... and yeah, still sober here.

Yes, they should be stored at that temp. I'd also note, the conventional wisdom of "room temperature" is room temp in France, which is colder than it is here in the U.S. Temperature for serving a red should be between 60 and 65 degrees.

R&GHomer
09-06-2009, 02:42 PM
Thanks for all the advice, exept for the thunderchicken. Ended up getting a bottle of Gascon malbec. It was pretty good. We will keep trying different ones until we find one she really loves. She's pregnant and the doc said it was good to have a glass of red wine every once in a while.

Mr_Tomahawk
09-06-2009, 02:46 PM
http://ridgeviewliquor.com/menage%20a%20trois%20red%20table%20wine.jpg

petegz28
09-06-2009, 02:48 PM
I have never been a big Wine fan, but my fiance asked me to pick up a bottle of Red. Any suggestions on a good "moderately" priced vintage. She likes it a little sweeter and not to dry. Thanks!

2007 Castle Rock Pinot Noir or the 2006 or 07 Coppola Pinot Noir

Simply Red
09-06-2009, 08:11 PM
Yes, they should be stored at that temp. I'd also note, the conventional wisdom of "room temperature" is room temp in France, which is colder than it is here in the U.S. Temperature for serving a red should be between 60 and 65 degrees.

and the same applies to barley, apricot preserves, and liquid smoke. For the winner!

CosmicPal
09-06-2009, 08:54 PM
This is one of my favorite red wines. Highly recommended.

http://www.atozwineworks.com/pnoir.html

CosmicPal
09-06-2009, 09:01 PM
My favorite however is Barbera d'Alba. Excellent wine with pizza or any other Italian dish.

You may want to check out www.snooth.com (http://www.snooth.com/) It's a great site for discovering new wines.

Miles
09-06-2009, 09:32 PM
The best thing you can do for a red wine is to let it breathe. I can't stress this enough. Get a decanter, or just a pitcher, and pour the bottle in it and let it sit for an hour. BELIEVE ME it will make a HUGE difference as the tannins mellow.

For god's sake, do not drink red wine that has just been opened.

Just from my own experience (which could be crap), I think you can do more with a proper glass than you can with a decanter.

Fried Meat Ball!
09-07-2009, 05:59 AM
Just from my own experience (which could be crap), I think you can do more with a proper glass than you can with a decanter.

As long as you let it aerate you're fine, in my experience. Perhaps a glass would make it go faster? No idea... the point, though, is it NEEDS to aerate before you drink it. If you do it in a decanter or a glass or a sippy cup, whatever, just do it.

Pioli Zombie
09-07-2009, 06:12 AM
Reunite. Mmmmmmmmmm
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BigOlChiefsfan
09-08-2009, 10:12 PM
A few reds I like, that won't break the bank:
Hedges CSM Red (http://www.hedgescellars.com/ourwines/cms.php)
Laurel Glen 'Reds' (http://www.laurelglen.com/laurelglen/catalog/index.jsp?cat_id=1005)
beaujolais villages (http://www.klwines.com/content.asp?searchphrase=beaujolais&s_kwcid=beaujolais|849489972&gclid=CMKckaTU45wCFSENDQodtyLxFQ)

Miles
09-08-2009, 10:49 PM
As long as you let it aerate you're fine, in my experience. Perhaps a glass would make it go faster? No idea... the point, though, is it NEEDS to aerate before you drink it. If you do it in a decanter or a glass or a sippy cup, whatever, just do it.

Yeah a proper/better glass for reds will help get air to it while swirling and let you get a better smell of the wine while drinking.

R&GHomer
09-08-2009, 10:55 PM
All very good suggestions, thanks for the help, really.... this place never lets me down. Well all most never :)