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  • A question...

    18 posts, 11 voices, 582 views, started Jan 13, 2009

    Posted on Tuesday, January 13, 2009 by Vikki Hall

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      I am fairly new to wine. Can you please share with me the types of wine I should keep on hand? I am also interested in the brands if possible.

      Also I will be hosting a poker party soon. What is your reccomendation to serve with fun finger food?



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          Vikki Hall wrote Jan 13, 2009
        • I forgot this question too. Does the type of glass you serve it in really matter?



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          L. Denise Jackson wrote Jan 13, 2009
        • Easy wines brands to use are Chateau Ste. Michelle, Beringer Stone Bridge, Cline, and Robert Mondavi Private Selection are all good lines to use and all of the varietals under that are great and not too heavy.  Perfect for what you need.  Keep Chardonnay, Reisling, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Prosecco (from winemaker) is always good and that can be from almost anyone.  

          Glasses do make the difference.  Now I am biased because I study wine but it does develop better in the right glass.

          L. Denise



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          Peejay64 wrote Jan 13, 2009
        • Hey Vikki,  

          I would agree w/ L.Denise as far as the labels go, but suggest the following types of wines:

          White:  Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris
          Red: Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, and (red) Zinfandel
          maybe even a nice Cab/Merlot blend.

          You can find reasonably priced wines at Costco and Trader Joes.  Trader Joe’s usually has an employee or two who really knows their stuff.  I would suggest that you shop in the $9 - $14 range.

          Cheers!



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          Cynthia Schmidt wrote Jan 13, 2009
        • My husband is a wine snob. He only uses glasses with a wide bottom for reds. He says it releases the bouquet better. He’s not as picky on glasses for whites.  

          He likes Pinot for just about everything even heavier meat dishes. It even goes really well with rich fish like salmon. We find that as we get older Cabernet and Zinfandel are just too heavy and it bothers our stomachs. Pinot is a lighter red but not as fruity as merlot. For whites he likes Chardonnay as a basic wine, I prever Sauvignon Blanc, it’s a bit dryer.

          I love prosecco! Cheaper than champagne, it’s a sparkling wine from Italy that’s less bubbly and really refreshing.

          If you have a Costco nearby, I recommend that for buying wine. They have some really nice ones. And, here’s a tip for you, they have a very basic inexpensive chardonnay I think is called, Root. It is delicious and buttery. We buy it by the case.

          If you want me to look in our cabinet and get names of some other’s let me know.



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          Peejay64 wrote Jan 13, 2009
        • Oh yeah, the glasses!

          I think if you are enjoying some really good red wine, you should have the proper “vessel” for it.  Something with a big bowl to let the wine get a good dose of oxygen in there.  It seems to increase the aroma, body, and flavor of the wine.  As for the white...a standard glass is okay.

          ALSO:  People tend to over-pour of over-fill their glass.  You should never pour a glass more than half way.  That, too, allows for the oxygen to get in there and boost the “bouquet” and the taste.



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          Denise Richardson wrote Jan 13, 2009
        • Hey Vikki, check out this site I joined and it has so much info on wine as well as the different types of glasses that should be used in serving different types of wines. You will need to search around the site but its an awesome place.
          www.thetravelingvineyard.com let me know what you think.



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          Cassandra wrote Jan 13, 2009
        • Thanks Neicy I’m going to check that out myself . I don’t drink wine often but the info is good for dinner parties and gifts .



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          Vikki Hall wrote Jan 13, 2009
        • Thank you Ladies for all the tips. I will look into that website as well.



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          Denise Richardson wrote Jan 13, 2009
        • Ladies, I hope you like the site I love it! I’m thinking of hosting a wine tasting party this summer.



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          Denise Richardson wrote Jan 13, 2009
        • Vikki, depending on the types of finger foods your going to serve determines your wine selcetions, that site I told you about should help you with that as well.



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          Encee wrote Jan 13, 2009
        • Would there be any interest in doing an online winetasting for fabulously40 ladies?  

          I saw that on another site and it is popular there.  But, I’d rather be with all of my friends here!  

          Should we ask Yani?   Wouldn’t she be the one to set it up?



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          L. Denise Jackson wrote Jan 13, 2009
        • Vikki, if you tell me where you are located, I can probably give you some specific wines that you can easily find in your area to help you begin your own personal “easy to drink” collection.

          You can email me directly [Link Removed]

          The Sipping Sommelier


          Ldenise, Your links have been removed, please consider upgrading to premium membership.



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          L. Denise Jackson wrote Jan 13, 2009
        • Encee, what type of online tasting are you thinking of.  I did a few here already.  We can all buy the same type or something similar.  When I do it, we are online and everyone buys what they like which is fun and less structured.  Let me know.

          L. Denise



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