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Sep 13, 2012 11:09 AM

Lookin for something different

Hello fellow wine lovers , if I may ask for some help in finding a new red wine to try

To give some back story on me im currently 31 yrs old and didn't start drinking
Wine untill my late twenties around 26/27
I have typically found i like cabernet Sauvignon , Malbec and pino noir
but I'm getting a Littel bored , I have tryed merlo and didn't not like it all , too oaky

Any suggestions? I'm open to anything

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  1. So. Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec tend to be darker, bolder thicker red wines than pinot noir.

    If you want more wines in the pinot noir type category, try Beaujolais (from the gamay grape).

    If you want a little deeper than a Beaujolais, try Spanish wines from Rioja or wines from the Cotes de Rhone in France.

    If you want a super darky, syrupy red - try Amarone.

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    1. re: goldangl95

      Thank you so much for your reply, i will be trying a Rioja this weekend that a friend picked up, the beaujolais is one i would love to try that will make for next weekend! (PAYday)

    2. I don't know where you live to suggest specific wine stores, but if you like cabernet sauvignon and malbec, perhaps try petit verdot. It's usually used as a blending grape but can make terrific wine on its own.
      Also consider Rhones like syrah or a grenache blend.

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      1. re: SteveTimko

        Thank you so for those suggestioms , I can not wait to try the petit verdot ! That is one i have seen before but was unsure to try ! Hence this post! I live in the chicago metro area in the suburbs but i do friquent closer to the city on weekends alot.

        1. re: momok1tty

          Hart Davis in Chicago has several nice bottles of Chateuneuf-du-pape for $30 or less. That's a blend of grenache, syrah and mourvedre.
          I also like their syrah selection. The 2003 Alesia Syrah looks especially tempting. Alesia is the second label for Rhys.

          1. re: SteveTimko

            Also, OP to let you know, Chateauneuf-du-Pape is a particular sub-region of the Cotes du Rhone region of France.

      2. How much money do you usually spend on a bottle? Have you tried any Italian wines?

        Chianti (made from the Sangiovese grape) goes well with tomato-sauced foods & pastas. Barbera is another very drinkable, medium-bodied red wine from Italy. You should be able to find good examples of both wines for well under $20 a bottle.

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        1. re: DavidT

          Umm i can be a cheap ass lol, i wont usally go above $20 and that can be for 2-3 bottles, I love wine it just can be so expensive! THE CHIANTI sounds very very interesring to me, I have had a chianti on two occasions ones at dinner very inexpensive I belive, but dont remember if i liked it or not (husband brought it home) and at a tasting about five yrs ago and it was a $70 bottle that tasted like paint thinner!

        2. Merlot is not necessarily oaky, any moreso than Cabernet Sauvignon. Makes me wonder what it was you tried, and how many? there are literally millions of different wines you can try. How could you get bored?

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          1. re: ChefJune

            Ok maybe i should claify a bit, most merlots that i have tryed r just way to dry for my tast, im from a large suberb of chicago which is also has a large wine drinking population, most of which is either a kenndell jackson, woodbridge or yellow tail. The stores here sell what most in the area drink which has made it very difficult to try something new the establishments wont carry it or take a risk.

            Also im limited in budget , i cant spend over $25-30 for wine , which probably has limited me. It
            seems at least from were i am from anything different is just way to much $$,

          2. Time to go native Californian (allegedly) with an old vines zinfandel. (as I write this I am drinking Bota Box old vine zin - a pretty good value at $18 for 4 bottles equivalent) or go walkabout in Australia with a Shiraz.

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            1. re: kagemusha49

              AWWW I envy you right now!! Im completly out of ALL my wine and beer (well at least till next friday,payday !!) I am not normally a fan of wine in box but they have come along way sents my Frenza collage days, might be given that Bota box a try