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I need wine recomendations.

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I'm fairly new to wines, don't know a lot, and I mostly like red wines, whites are too dry for my taste. Anyway, I've been trying to introduce my husband to the wonderful world of wine. The only one he's tried is a Petite Sirah and he didn't like it a lot. He prefers very sweet fruity wines. What wine is the sweetest, fruitiest one? Thanks.

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  1. I don't mean to be snarky, but I'm not sure that finding the "sweetest, fruitiest" wine is going to be the world's best introduction to wine. To write off white wine as being too dry is ... I'm not sure what the word is, but it's not a good one.

    If you want your sweetest, stickiest red wine, you should consider port. However, you could help by sharing what varietals of whites you have tried, and which ones you have written off. For example, have you ever tried a dry riesling?

    1. I have to agree with Southto...., Try a few different whites. Viogner, or Marsanne are a few and yes Reislings may be a way to start sweet and get more dry as you become more familiar with your taste. As for reds, maybe a California Zinfandel or Pinot.

      1. Many people enter into wine by way of white zinfandel, moscato, reislings. Typically, for grocery store wine purchases, the less expensive the wine- the "sweeter" it is. For reds, a cheaper CA merlot or zin can be sweeter too. Look for words like "soft, sweet, vanilla, caramel, candy-like". You might try a dessert wine.

        If you can't get past drinking something "not so sweet* then maybe wine is not the right beverage for you. Not everyone likes it -but it sounds like you are hoping for it to be a bit of an "acquired taste". You might also try "wine flips" as an introduction to the flavor of wine. Take a cheaper merlot and mix with 7 up. My kids used to drink this (as well as wine coolers) before they developed a taste for wine. Sparking wine with fruit juice mixed in is also a nice introduction. Gradually, reduce the amount of mixer.

        Hope this helps!

        1. Maybe a Banyuls?

          However, way back when (maybe 30 + years?), it was not such a wine, that caught my attention. Instead, it was a Ch. Le Pin. The wine was poured, and I tasted, and then went on to the conversation. I revisited the wine, only to discover that it had changed. Over the evening, it changed over, and over. I was then hooked, and never looked back. It was anything BUT fruit-forward, sweet, or similar. Still, I became hooked.

          Good luck,

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