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. My boyfriend loves wine, and I have had the opportunity to tast dry, sweet, bitter etc. Is there a good cheap sweet wine out there that I might like? I like grape juice (yes I know, there is a diff) so is there something close to that maybe?
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How can you hate wine. It's just a drink.
You can not-like-it. In that case : don't drink it. Ever tried belgian beers instead?

If you like grape juice, do you like grapefruit juice as well? In that case, and if you insist, try a young sauvignon type white wine.

In any case: stay away from that "cheap sweet wine". Imo a good one does not exist and the rest will turn you away from wine even further.
Too many to name. I focus on the producers that my local wine shop carries and recommends. You can match your local wine shop's selection with the tasting notes on CellarTracker or the tasting notes section of this forum. You can also use wine-searcher.com to find a wine that strikes you. Also, it's not a bad starting place to subscribe to wine spectator and scroll through their tasting notes and scores. I'm seldom disappointed by their recommendations. They did a section on Loire reds recently.

If you really hate wine, you could start with a German Kabinett riesling. Sweet and refreshing. Alsatian wines are quite friendly too. Loire reds are a good drink-now value for red wine.
MagdamireTry picking up a bottle of Sutter Home Moscato. Your local super market should carry it for around $6-$7 per bottle. It is a white wine, that is on the sweeter side. It has flavors of peaches, apricots and honey.

If you want a red wine, see if they carry Riunite Lambrusco. It should be in the same price range.

Once you've tried these (and have enjoyed them), try to expand a little further. Next try Yellow Tail wines (Shiraz, Chardonnay), or maybe Columbia Crest Two Vines (Merlot, Shiraz, Riesling). None of these will cost you more than $8 per bottle.
One of the things that will make you like/appreciate wine more is getting the right food & wine combo that really complements the experience. Check out some of the threads under dining/cooking and you might find something that works well for you. Take you fav food and get the right pairing and it will make a big diff.
I appreciate all of the help. I plan to go to the store tomorrow and purchase the Sutter Home, and the German Riesling. I have tried the boones farm and sutter and I dislike them both. Have also tried the pinot grigio too and did not like those. Will the Sutter or Riesling do well with cheese? I lOVE cheese. Just asking.
I think it depends on the type of cheese. I would tend to say no. I've had some German Rieslings with bleu cheeses that have gone great together. I don't think either would pair with your typical cheddar. However, there's no harm in trying (just a few bucks).

I think it would be neat to do a taste test. Pour a glass of the wine. Try it. Cut up some different cheeses (bleu, goat, cheddar, brie, etc.). Eat one of the cheeses and try the wine. Cleanse your palate with some water; try the next cheese then the wine and so on. Throw in some crackers and you've got lunch/dinner. Smile

Make sure you report back to us and let us know how you do. Smile

PS. White wines like these should be served cold. Let them cool in the fridge before serving. They should be roughly the same temp as the stuff in your fridge (milk, OJ, etc.)... around 45F (not room temp).
Hmmm I really don't know if Sutter Home, Arbor Mist or Boons is the way to go! (to me they are all horrendous!!!) They may make you hate wine even more!

If I may suggest to look into Australian wines- there are a lot of affordable easy drinking options out there that are quite good. Start off with a nice Eden Valley riesling to whet your palate. Smile
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Originally posted by Ines:
Hmmm I really don't know if Sutter Home, Arbor Mist or Boons is the way to go! (to me they are all horrendous!!!) They may make you hate wine even more!

If I may suggest to look into Australian wines- there are a lot of affordable easy drinking options out there that are quite good. Start off with a nice Eden Valley riesling to whet your palate. Smile


I know what you are saying, but she said cheap and sweet, and those are the perfect solution....at least those are the thoughts of this pinoy. Big Grin

-mJ
mJ- you do have a point! I have forgotten what it was like to be a wine newbie. And I admit, I have consumed a few bottles of Boone's strawberry hill in my lifetime. Big Grin

Nice to see another filipino on the forums! Rock on!

Cheers!

"Carpe Vinum!"
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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:

Sangria.

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.

Good luck!

- Jeff
I thought that I "hated wine" also, but it is more a matter of finding wines that taste good to me. I often joke with my fiance that I have the palate of a 10 year old. Anyway, I recently came across a wine that I truly like. It is a blend of moscato and brachetto by Elio Perrone. Elio Perrone Bigaro to be more precise. I can't remember now if it was a 2005 or 2006. It is light, sweet and has a low alcohol content (5%.) We did a tasting at the Restaurant I work at and the staff unanimously loved it, even those who didn't "like wine." Now having said that, a guest sent her glass back in favor of a "drier red" as opposed to the light, "sweet," rose Bigaro. The trick may be finding it. I haven't seen it outside of our wine cellar.

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