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Oct 9, 2011 09:01 PM

Recommend White Wine for Wine Newbie

Hello all,
My name is Mike and I am a long time reader now making my first post :)
I am looking for recommendations for white wines. I am 21 and new to drinking wine. Over the years I have tried the wines my parents bought but never liked them (almost always Franzia brand boxed wine, either Chillable Red or Zinfandel). I always found these way to bitter, as well as the way I feel about any other red that I have tried (save for a bottle of Wal-Mart brand Sweet Red my brother bought once).
The one sure fire wine I know I enjoy is Portuguese Vinho Verde. Luckily for me this is easy for me to track down as I live about an hour away from Fall River, MA (aka little Sao Miguel) and I run out there about once a month to stock up on Chourico and other portuguese supplies.
I just want to expand my taste and I am looking for recommendations. Big bonus for brands I can find for under $10.
Thank you ahead of time,
Mike D

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  1. Vinho Verde is distinctive and there's not much like it.
    The obvious suggestion would be to look for verdejo and verdelho at a store with good imports.
    Verde means green. The gruner in gruner veltliner also means green. There are some one liter bottles of gruner veltliner that are fairly serious wines. Look for ones imported by Terry Thiese.
    Foxglove is the second label for Varner. Their chardonnay runs about $12 a bottle and is pretty good.
    Chateau St. Michelle riesling is usually less than $10.

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    1. re: SteveTimko

      I will have to look into other green wines. Even if they are not a Portuguese green wine, are they similar in they have a very fruity taste? Also I will look into your other recommendations. Thank you for the reply :)

    2. Another wine you might like that has a "refreshing" quality similar to vinho verde is Torrontes (from South America, usually Argentina). Many can be had for around $10.

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      1. re: Brad Ballinger

        I will have to keep my eyes open for that. Thank you!

        1. re: Akitist

          You're the second one to mention that so I will surely have to look for some. Thank you!

          1. re: Akitist

            Another good rec. and a food-friendly one, at that.


          2. In that vein, I would also look to a few other wines/varietals:

            Albariño/Alvarinho -similar in acid, mouth-feel, and also in the parings with many foods.
            Sauvignon Blanc - I'd hold off on the wonderful NZ SB's, until later
            White Bordeaux - especially the SB, but some Semillons and blends as well.
            Many Loire whites

            That would be my starting point, or points, and I'd hope to enjoy,


            1. How far are you from Sturbridge, MA? Yankee Spirits is there. Their wine guys are fantastic. Ask for Joe or Adam- I'm sure they'd love to help with specific recommendations.

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              1. re: invinotheresverde

                I live in Thompson CT so I am only 15 minutes away from Sturbridge. I used to pass Yankee Spirits all the time when I used to work out there. I will have to stop in and talk to them. Thank you for the rec!