Originally posted by Magdamire:
This will sound stupid, but I hate wine, but want to love it. All I can handle is a sip. It tastes like old wood to me.
You might have to just face the fact that you don't like wine. No crime in it.
But if you really want to take a stab at learning
to like it, I have one word:
If you've never had it, it's basically a wine and fruit juice punch. Good sangria is mighty tasty and goes with lots of foods. There's no "set" recipe, so just Google yourself up a bunch of them and try them out.
Start off with lots of juice and just a smidge of wine. Get used to it.
Then use less juice and a bit more wine. Get used to that.
Keep going, gradually increasing the amount of wine and decreasing the amount of juice.
My theory is that, eventually, unless you really, really can never, ever like wine, you'll acclimate your palate to those "wine-like" flavors that you currently dislike. (It's kind of like how some people give up caffeine--they keep increasing the ratio of decaf in their mug until eventually, it's all decaf.)
For the wine, I'd recommend a 3-liter box from Hardy's, Delicato, Black Box, etc., if you can find any. They're far better than any Boone's Farm, and yet the price-per-pour is cheap enough so that you don't feel guilty adulterating it with fruit juice. Plus, you can just use whatever amount you need, and the rest will keep for quite awhile.
Avoid the larger (5-liter?) boxes from Franzia and the like. They're generally plonk.