Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Jacksonville, FL
Re: Any wine drinkers in the house?
We're pretty big into wine here.
I would suggest trying some various cabs, merlot, zins, malbec, pinots, shiraz, etc. and see what you lean towards, the lighter merlot/pinots, or the heavier cabs/malbecs.
For a good starter, I would suggest Rosenblum Paso Robles Zin. Pretty decent wine for about $20.
Also, to get a good idea as to how wines can be pretty complex, try a Duckhorn Merlot. It's pretty pricey, but worth it.
Also, Joseph Phelps Insignia is great, but now we're starting to get pretty pricey.
There are a lot of wines to find in the 10, 20, 30 dollar range that are excellent.
Dynamite Cab is also a pretty good in the $15-$20 dollar range.
Concha y Toro Casillero del Diablo Carmenere is an EXCELLENT wine for almost $10.
Carmenere is a great grape, and Pinotage is one I've been getting into lately.
Ridge vineyards make some excellent blends. Sonoma Station is a great zin. You can find a lot of there stuff for $20 and up.
The most important thing is to find a few grapes or blends you like, and then go from there. Check out a local wine store, and ask for some recommendations. They will usually be very helpful.
Didn't mean for this to be so long, I'm pretty big into reds.