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I am blessed to be able to work part time in a winery on the weekends, and here is the best part - I get paid in wine! I love my job.
One thing about working there is that it has allowed me to learn a lot about wine, the wine making process, and helped me to develop my palate.
To answer your question, I like red wine almost exclusively. I like an occasional Sangiovese or Merlot. Bordeaux blends work well for me. But hands down, in almost every category, my favorite wine is Cabernet Sauvignon. To me, it is the wine with the most variety from region to region and winery to winery, and is the perfect end to a day, the perfect compliment to a meal.
I also agree completely with the first poster. You should be able to drink great wine for under $15 a bottle. They're out there, you just have to look for them. It helps of course, if you live within 25 miles of 85 wineries.
Right up MY league! I LOVE WINE!
My favorite brands of wine are Honig, for the Sauvignon Blanc, Bikaver (Bull's Blood) from Eger, Hungary as Cabernet Sauvignon, Voigner as a way to take in Chard
Perrier Jouet and Moet Chandon are my favorite Champagnes one of the most recent wines that I have came to love are Dancing Bull, Campo Viejo, and Due Uve, all white wines.
Now, what you may want to ask also is the region from which one prefers the wines, as all soils are not the same, and the grapes are extremely different. In that case I would have to say that New Zealand and Australian wines are ten times more delicious than French and Italian wines, but there is no other Champagne than that from the area in France- anything else that is called "champagne" is a straight lie.
Obviously this is a matter of personal preference - and I cannot claim to be a wine connoisseur - but maybe I can give you a couple pointers.
First of all, just because a bottle of wine is more expensive - this does not mean it is automatically better. As far as varietals go, you need to decide between a white or a red. Most non-wine drinkers say they don't like anything too dry or too sweet. Good middle wines on the red side are Pinot Noir or Merlot - not too sweet but not terribly dry. If you want to try a good mild white wine (but not sickeningly sweet) try a Reisling or Chenin Blanc. Although Chardonnay is very popular - it is actually a very dry and sort of "buttery" white wine. I think either you love it or hate it.
Once you've decided on the varietal you like - you can have fun in the wine section of the grocery store (or better, go to a specialty wine shop) trying different brands. Higher end grocery stores (in the south, places like Harris Teeter or Kroger) have weekly wine tastings. A wine shop (or wine bar) will almost certainly do on-the-spot tastings.
Now, if you really want something good - do a wine tour in a state with local vineyards. Some of my favorite wines have been from such experiences. The Biltmore (in NC) has great wine, and so does Chateaux St. Michelle (in WA). If you want something that you can find anywhere, that is inexpensive but relatively consistent and pretty good, Barefoot wines have never disappointed me.
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