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    Let me preface: I love beer. I love liquor. I love wine. I drink them all. (Except tequila, gross.)

    Having said that, I've seen a lot of beer threads, not very many liquor related threads... and I don't recall a wine thread. So here we go!

    I have bought wine before, always cheap bottles no more than $10-$15 without any real knowledge of them except for the general sense of what type it is. I usually go for table red wines and such. I don't like dry wine. Sometimes I eat cheese with it. My roommate is in the wine/spirits/beer class at ISU and they have been covering wine lately. So, of course he has been buying a few bottles and I started to again also.

    Also, our group visited the Stonehaus Farms Vineyard and Winery east of KC on our way back to Ames after the KSU game. It was my first ever visit to a winery. We didn't do a tour or anything, but we sampled all of their wines. It was a neat experience, something I will do more of in the future. Hopefully not after a night of getting totally bombed like I did Saturday night in the Power and Light district... but I digress.

    I ended up purchasing a bottle of their Traminette, a "white French hybrid" that tasted delicious. I haven't opened it yet, but it tempts me to every time I look at it.

    I will probably start keeping wine on hand to go with nice meals that I prepare (pork, chicken, etc). Haven't really paid too much attention to it until now.

    Anyways, what are your favorite wines?

    The bottles I usually buy/like:

    Livingston Red Rose' ($6 for a big bottle )
    White Zinfandel (don't have a brand for this, usually $5-$10)
    Table Red Wines (again, no specific brand)
    Boone's Farm, Grape! (LOL, is it really be classified as wine? $2-$3)
    Stonehaus Farms Traminette ($13)



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    Re: Wine Thread

    Wine sucks


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    I like Toasted Head wines. Good price, good wine. Plus the label has a bear with flames coming out of his mouth. thats badass.



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    Re: Wine Thread

    I used to HATE wine, but my wife brought home one bottle that I actually love. It is pretty sweet and does not have that usual bitter wine taste:



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    Re: Wine Thread

    Good starter wine for people is Moscatto. That's how I started liking wine and now that I have had better wine I don't care for it.



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    Re: Wine Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by brianhos View Post
    I used to HATE wine, but my wife brought home one bottle that I actually love. It is pretty sweet and does not have that usual bitter wine taste:

    Yaaah!! Stella Rosa is great! Favorite wine right now. It is a red wine that you can drink cold.



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    Re: Wine Thread

    mmmm...franzia


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    Re: Wine Thread

    Every Thanksgiving at my grandparents' house (dad's side) we always have 10 or so bottles that we partake in (we have a LARGE family) before our meal. It's a neat tradition that I always look forward to.

    (I got to drink alcohol before I was 21! )



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    as far as white's are concerned, as you drink more wine you will gravitate to red's. White wine is usually good on hot summer days but as far as going with food, red is bigger and bolder and relates to more food options. For new wine drinkers i always suggest a Pinot Noir FROM OREGAN. California Pinot Noir's try to hard and usually screw it up. Napa is going to be the "best" region, but it does produce some HUGE hard to drink wines. I suggest Sonoma or Alexander Valleys for new wine drinkers. These areas producer a little easier to drink wines and are cheeper. Rember the basics for food pairing, Red Meat=Red Wine. Poultry can go either way, depends on the preperation. Seafood usually goes really well with some sort of Italian white and remember NEVER DRINK WHITE ZIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (However Red Zins might be the best wines out there. Spicey and easy to drink, relatively cheap because it is an easy wine to drink. Really the only wine that goes well with BBQ bc of the spiceyness)



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    Re: Wine Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by thatguy View Post
    as far as white's are concerned, as you drink more wine you will gravitate to red's. White wine is usually good on hot summer days but as far as going with food, red is bigger and bolder and relates to more food options. For new wine drinkers i always suggest a Pinot Noir FROM OREGAN. California Pinot Noir's try to hard and usually screw it up. Napa is going to be the "best" region, but it does produce some HUGE hard to drink wines. I suggest Sonoma or Alexander Valleys for new wine drinkers. These areas producer a little easier to drink wines and are cheeper. Rember the basics for food pairing, Red Meat=Red Wine. Poultry can go either way, depends on the preperation. Seafood usually goes really well with some sort of Italian white and remember NEVER DRINK WHITE ZIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (However Red Zins might be the best wines out there. Spicey and easy to drink, relatively cheap because it is an easy wine to drink. Really the only wine that goes well with BBQ bc of the spiceyness)
    With seafood, or just never in general?



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    Re: Wine Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by cstrunk View Post
    With seafood, or just never in general?

    Never in General. There is a reason that stuff is like three bucks a bottle and only people's grandma's drink it. Plus if you order it at a restaurant you will get crappy service the rest of the time becuase people will think you have the culture of Ricky Bobby. Wether this is good or not, it is the truth.



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    Quote Originally Posted by cstrunk View Post
    With seafood, or just never in general?
    I think he meant in general. The thing is to drink what you like, but try new things. It's likely that your tastes will gravitate away from sweeter wines and white wines towards dry reds over time.



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    Re: Wine Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by cstrunk View Post
    Every Thanksgiving at my grandparents' house (dad's side) we always have 10 or so bottles that we partake in (we have a LARGE family) before our meal. It's a neat tradition that I always look forward to.

    (I got to drink alcohol before I was 21! )
    We do something similar with the wife's family. I bring the Beaujolais nouveau that was just released the previous week.



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    Quote Originally Posted by mfelske View Post
    I think he meant in general. The thing is to drink what you like, but try new things. It's likely that your tastes will gravitate away from sweeter wines and white wines towards dry reds over time.
    Possibly. I don't like dry wines and can only drink them with food as an immediate chaser.



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    Re: Wine Thread

    Whites are just not good. Red is king.

    Zinfandel, cabernet, tempranillo, malbec, bordeaux

    Can get some very nice bottles of all of the above for under $10. You don't need to spend a lot on wine to learn your tastes.



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