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What do you think about wine?

Asked by Haleth (16214 points ) December 19th, 2013

Inspired by the beer question below. Is wine a part of your daily life, not on your radar, or somewhere in between? Do you believe it is interesting or worthwhile? Just a beverage, or something more?

If anyone is interested in going a little deeper, feel free to answer this second part. There are things I’m genuinely curious about. Like, if you’re interested/ learning about wine, what kind of information would you find useful? And how “friendly” should wine be? It’s hard to explain what I mean by this, but today I saw two different tasting notes that basically sum it up. Paraphrased:

1) Hey ladies, there’s a new girl on the block! Introducing our new “Pretty in Pink” sparkling pink moscato. She’s a bit sweet, a bit sassy, and a whole lot of fun! This easygoing, bubbly wine is bursting with flavors of peaches and strawberries, and pairs great with your favorite sundress and flip-flops… or no shoes at all! A must-have for your next girl’s night.

2) A dense, superstructured, serious wine. Aromas of cedar, tobacco, old saddle leather, pencil shavings, and cassis lead into tightly-woven black pepper, pyrazine, cigar box, and exotic brown spices around a core of ripe dark fruit, as a smoky note weaves in and out. Chewy and muscular; the fruit is cloaked in a wall of tannins; needs time.

Basically, wine language has been associated with snobbery like 2) for such a long time. Nowadays, in an effort to lure in new drinkers, marketers are resorting to language like 1). Is it possible to find some middle ground, where writing can be complete, accurate, and straightforward, without pandering or fanciful prose? What kind of language would you like to see?

Thanks in advance for your answers.

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55 Answers

rojo's avatar

It has alcohol. I like it.

WestRiverrat's avatar

I make it, but most of mine is hillbilly wine so there tain’t much snobbery involved.

anniereborn's avatar

I am not fond of wine at all.

jonsblond's avatar

I don’t like it. It makes me tipsy, then I puke.

Nimis's avatar

I like wine.
But I love beer.

muppetish's avatar

I use cheap cooking wine occasionally to give flavour to meat or a sauce. I have never drunk wine and do not intend to.

ragingloli's avatar

A lot better than beer.

downtide's avatar

I like red wine, and given those two descriptions I’d rather drink #2 than #1. That first one sounds like it’s marketed purely to get young women as drunk as possible.

DominicX's avatar

I like it with dinner on certain occasions; I’m not big fan or expert though. Wine and beer are probably not my alcohol choices. I prefer cocktails.

livelaughlove21's avatar

I’ve tried one wine I enjoyed, and it was what wine enthusiasts would consider junk. Red wine in particular has actually made me gag.

If I want alcohol, I get myself a girly fruity cocktail that actually tastes good.

ucme's avatar

Don’t like wine, most of it tastes like rat piss…I imagine.
Also, wine snobbery, you sound like a complete dick.

tom_g's avatar

I like dry red wines, and can’t tolerate sweet syrupy wines. But it is a world that I find difficult to enter. The wine I really like is often too expensive for me to enjoy drinking. My good friend is a sommelier, however, and will often have great wine for me to try. It is usually the only time that I drink it.

flutherother's avatar

I don’t like wine apart from the sparkly fizzy stuff. I prefer beer.

zenvelo's avatar

Since I no longer drink wine, I don’t think about it nearly as much as I used to obsess over it when I was actively alcoholic.

Back in my bachelor drinking days, I used to eat whatever was easy. I always knew what zinfandel went best with a turkey pot pie.

ragingloli's avatar

Here is James May drinking cooking wine

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

I like a good wine. It pairs really well with certain foods and enhances their flavors. Basically do a lot of tastings and get a feel for each wine.

marinelife's avatar

I love wine. I think it plays a unique role in our history.

As for the notes: I think the first one tries to hard to be “of the people” and the second one is a little too dense.

Leanne1986's avatar

I don’t enjoy wine. I haven’t tried a great deal of different wines but I have had enough red, white and rose to know that it’s probably not for me. I like cider and whiskey personally!

ibstubro's avatar

I’m quite the wine snob. It has to be:
a.) lightly colored
b.) slightly sweet
c.) served in glass.
It has the distinct advantage of being less gaseous than beer and allowing more prolonged coherency than hard licker.


Smitha's avatar

I enjoy making homemade wine. I usually make some for Christmas and enjoy some homemade cheer! I got this major obsession to try out wine after wine recipe from my granny’s old book. She had some unique recipes and even though she is no more, I still treasure her old handwritten recipe book.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@Smitha Cool, can you share a few of her ideas. Not the secrets if she had any, but just her pairings?

Smitha's avatar

@Adirondackwannabe The best was Pineapple peel wine and ginger wine.

JLeslie's avatar

I don’t drink wine. I don’t drink alcohol in general. To me alcohol of any sort is a huge amount of money that I prefer to spend on other things. But, I acknowledge some people truly love and enjoy wine. The pairing with meals enhances their enjoyment of the entire experience. For some a glass of wine helps them unwind after a long day. I’m fine with all of that, I just never got into it and I am glad. Glad in the same way I never aquired a taste for cheesecake. I think all alcohol has more possible negatives than positives, especially when done with regularity or to excess. In moderation I have no problem with it at all.

I just bought an aerator for my SIL for Christmas; she started really getting into the whole thing a few years ago. I wanted to buy her rings for her stemware, a gift I have given many people, but couldn’t find any nice ones this year.

I have been to several wine tasting parties, and I enjoyed them very much. What I enjoy most is being with friends. One party someone who works for a wine vendor told us about the different wines and I found it very interesting. I also enjoy trying to taste the different flavors in the wine. I was a fragrance buyer and manager at Bloomingdale’s years ago and we would also learn about the various scents in a fragrance and the different notes as the fragrance went from freshly sprayed (top note) to drying down. It’s similar I think to wine. Like anything, the more you learn about it, the more interesting it is and the more one can appreciate it.

Blackberry's avatar

I like wine, but I’m still looking for a wine for me. I never liked that bitter after taste that comes with some wines. I let it sit in my glass to air and swish it around, but it’s still there.

I know the sweeter wines don’t have this but they are also too sweet. What kind of wine has a smoother taste but isn’t as sweet? I know that’s hard to find because of the general acidity, though.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@Blackberry You might like a Pinot Grigio, Chablis, or a Riesling. They’re all fairly light and refreshing without the heavy aftertaste.
@Smitha Pineapple sounds interesting.

JLeslie's avatar

@Blackberry Try a German sweeter wine. I wish I knew a specific name, my husband might remember. The OP will probably know also.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

Maybe a Rhine wine?

Coloma's avatar

I love Champagne but not a big wine fan. I live in wine country and did, at one time, drink more wine, mostly because it was expected of me and I worked as a hostess at a winery. lol
I love the ambiance of my local wineries but other than on occasion wine is not my cup o’ tea. lol

KNOWITALL's avatar

I love wine, but I’m more of a #2 person, I like pinot’s and cabernet’s. Maybe a bit of an acquired taste but my mom turned me onto it early on and it stuck.

There’s almost always a bottle of red at my house but I drink it a few times a month only or special occasions. Hubs likes the sweeter bubbly white/ peach moscato’s. His mom, my MIL, is a fan of the real sweet pinks and whites.

Personally, I hate the descriptions, they sound cheesy and rarely do the wine justice if the wine is good, and no label says ‘this is the disgusting dregs of a bad year.’

johnpowell's avatar

My body reacts violently to it. The last time I had wine I shit allover myself while vomiting. I wasn’t drunk at the time. The wine just flipped a evacuate switch.

Even a glass screws with me. I do love and consume a ton of beer.

Coloma's avatar

@johnpowell Thanks for that. putting my bowl of Raisin Bran aside now.

keobooks's avatar

I don’t drink so I don’t think much about it. I cook with white wine. I am sensitive to the tannin in red wines and they taste terrible and give me headaches.

KNOWITALL's avatar

@keobooks MMMmmm, tannins!! Seriously though, my insurance company actually suggests that I drink one glass of red per day, weird.

What’s a good white wine recipe? PM me if you will. :)

Michael_Huntington's avatar

I used to drink a bottle of red wine (merlot, pinot noir, whatevs) every Friday.
Now, I have a glass of bourbon with two steaks as my post-workout meal. I only drink beer when I want to watch something on TV and there’s nothing on.

Rarebear's avatar

Wine is fine.

ibstubro's avatar

But liquor’s quicker.

Coloma's avatar

and…Happy brownies on a starry night in the hot tub are the bomb. :-)

Adagio's avatar

It’s Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris for me, I’ve long been a wine drinker, red wine probably tops white for me, if I had to choose.

Coloma's avatar

@Adagio Yes, my wines of choice too.
Wine story. Sooo, about 8 years ago, one night in the summer, I cracked as bottle of Pino Noir from a local winery, and commenced to playing my Djembe drum to some great Bob Marley & Shaggy tunes. Next thing I know the bottles empty so I grab another bottle of some Orange Muscat from my wine stash. My goose ” Marwyn” is hanging out with me in the house, digging the music, I am singing his favorite song…Shaggys rendition of “Angel”.

Closer than my peeps you are to me, my darlin’ Marweeeen.”

Next thing I know I HAVE to run to the bathroom and it’s all over. lol
I throw up, get in the shower, drag myself out and fall into bed with a towel on my head. haha
This was probably around midnight and I wake up, wet, soggy, a mess, around 6 .a.m. to my goose standing in the kitchen wondering WTF, WHY am I not in the barn!
Goose poo around in various places, knocked over lamps. haha’

Whatta night, flying solo on the grape.
It was a great concert for two. Marwyn bangs on the drum skin when he wants to make music. :-)

gondwanalon's avatar

Wine is just rotten grape juice. I get my resveratrol in pill form.

ibstubro's avatar

Cheese, yogurt and sour cream are just rotted milk.

Sauerkraut is just rotted cabbage.

Vinegar is just rotted wine.

Let’s all say YEA for decay!!


Coloma's avatar

Yay for decay!

Oh man, I love sauerkraut! lol

Haleth's avatar


“I like wine, but I’m still looking for a wine for me. I never liked that bitter after taste that comes with some wines. I let it sit in my glass to air and swish it around, but it’s still there. I know the sweeter wines don’t have this but they are also too sweet. What kind of wine has a smoother taste but isn’t as sweet? I know that’s hard to find because of the general acidity, though.”

The bitter taste that you’re talking about in wine might be acidity or tannin. Acid in wine is just like acid in lemonade or cranberry juice. The right amount can be refreshing, but too much and it seems overly tart. Tannin is something in red wine, and the best way I can describe it is like when you leave a cup of black tea steeping for too long, and it makes your mouth feel dry and puckery when you drink it.

Fatty, high-protein foods work in harmony with both of these, so wines that taste harsh on their own might taste perfect with a steak or some cheese. Otherwise, there are wines out there with less acid and tannin, and it doesn’t have to be a sweet wine.

Look for anything that comes from a warm climate, like Australia or more southerly parts of California. Grapes get more ripe in warmer climates, so a wine from somewhere like that will taste “softer.” Affordable wines tend to be softer and smoother than expensive ones, so I would stay around $10–15. Here are a few grapes/ regions to look for.

-Australian shiraz
-red wines from Paso Robles, California
-malbec from Argentina
-Garnacha from Spain (sort of like a heavier pinot noir with much fruitier flavors, or a very light syrah.)

Finding a specific wine can be like looking for a needle in a haystack, but based on what you said, you would probably really like these two:

-Meomi Pinot Noir, California, $20 -$25 This is a really, really smooth and rich pinot noir, where the premise is that they let the grapes ripen as much as they possibly could before making the wine. It’s like butter.

- Borsao Tres Picos garnacha, ~$17— Sort of the same as above, a rich and smooth wine with very ripe berry flavors. It sort of tastes like cherry pie, but not sweet.

These are both fairly widely available. They’re probably not available, but you can usually find at least one at a well-stocked local wine shop.

Seek's avatar

I like wine, quite a bit.

Often when I go out, I’m wearing a corset, and carbonated beverages just do not work when you’re waist is cinched by four inches or so. So beer is out. And so are my G&Ts. So unless I’m going for a Martini (which, my limit is about two before my night is over!) wine is the way to go.

I prefer reds on the dry side. I would die happy with a Cabernet Sauvignon in hand.

I’m not very well-versed on the intricacies of wine, so I read the notes to see whether the wine I’m looking at is sweet or dry, and whether it’s high in tannins (as sometimes I have a bit of a reaction, and I have to make a conscious decision as to whether I’d drink what I prefer to taste or if it’s more important to breathe through my nose for the next 24 hours. Haha).

I do admit to buying one wine over the other because of the label. The more evil-looking the better, but that’s just because I like to keep the bottles. ^_^

Coloma's avatar

Oops, wrong thread, wrong answer. lol

downtide's avatar

@Seek_Kolinahr “Often when I go out, I’m wearing a corset, and carbonated beverages just do not work when you’re waist is cinched by four inches or so.”

Can I just add at this point, I absolutely adore women in corsets. Sooo sexy.

ragingloli's avatar

I hope you do not do this

downtide's avatar

@ragingloli That’s… not so sexy

Seek's avatar

Egads, hells no.

Sadly, This is the only corset I own right now. I’m a little under 2 inches from full closure right now – it’s a 24, and my natural waist is about 29. (that’s in American inches, y’all, haha) I’m looking forward to expanding my collection in the next year. ^_^

Seek's avatar

More recent. Closed much further than the above picture:


downtide's avatar

@Seek_Kolinahr That’s lovely (and so are you).

Seek's avatar

* blush *

Thank you.

Valerie111's avatar

No wine for me. It’s gives me a headache.

ragingloli's avatar

Very sexy indeed.

Blackberry's avatar

Thanks for the suggestions, guys!

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