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I tried looking for a review or tasting note on this wine to get a better idea of what else to recommend, but I suprisingly couldn't find anything. This is Italian. Shouldn't Suckling be tasting this wine? Razz

But seriously, Jadesunflower, that is not the style of wine that folks on this board drink. If you enjoy it, more power to ya. I can't think of any sweet red wines (other than desert wines) to recommend for you.
I would suggest looking at red Zinfandels, especially if you're looking for good values as well. One example that I discovered a couple days ago that is particularly fruity and jammy (i.e., sweet), but has a lot more depth and character than most cheap, sweet wines, is Rosenblum California Zinfandel Vintners Cuvee XXVIII ($11-$13). Another one that is not quite so sweet, but I think you might enjoy as well, is Beringer Clear Lake Zinfandel ($12-$14). Try them out! Hope that helps!
I already posted this message to another 'Learn Wine' thread, but I think it belongs here as well for the shining examples above... I'm new to WS Forums, but I've already noticed something I wanted to comment on. It sure would be nice if some existing members (a few have stood out in various forums) could use their expertise (if they indeed have any) to act as responsible ambassadors for wine, instead of using the forum to prop up their frail egos, or to excercise their failed dreams of become a stand up comic, by offering haughty, sarcastic replies to neophytes' questions... To all of you who offered constructive suggestions to jadesunflower, as well as myself and other readers. Thank you!
I think I was the only one who responded in a joking manner, and I assure you I’m no expert with any wisdom to share.

Maybe folks should come realizing that everyone is here to have fun - wine is not a serious thing, and people like to kid around. Stick around, and you'll see that the most experienced of all forumites are the ones who razz each other the most.

I was actually quite impressed with the overwhelming wealth of suggestions and information that was offered in this thread in particular...
Thanks for your response, CaliCab. You can refer back to the first two responses, from irwin and SD-Wineaux to see other examples. I'm not as serious, myself, as my post may have indicated. I've gotten several laughs out of the exchanges amongst experienced 'forumites'. I guess the point that I would still make, is that perhaps folks should be careful about 'joking' answers to 'newbies', as they may insult people right out of their interest in the community. We should help unfortunate souls, like jadesunflower, to see the magnificent world they are yearning to unravel. (See, I can joke, too.) Smile I was also impressed with the majority of answers, which were very constructive and imaginative suggestions. Thanks again, and happy tasting! Smile
Welcome to the world of wine, Jadesunflower! I'm sure that everyone would agree that you should feel free to ask all the questions you want along the way. And, it's a life-long journey! No one can ever say they know everything about wine. I just thought of another quick suggestion. I know that you said that you like red wines, but I wonder if maybe you just haven't had the opportunity to try some really great whites, so maybe you don't know what you're missing. Everyone has their preferences, but one of the interesting things about wine is that there are wines for every occasion and every type of food. I would suggest, since you like sweeter wines right now, that you try a couple Rieslings or Gewürtztraminers. They're readily available, and you can find pretty interesting ones in the $8-12 range. One of my readily available and inexpensive favorites is Beringer California Gewürtztraminer Premier Vinyard Selection (sounds fancier than it is, but quite exciting for the price). It's really yummy and aromatic, and goes great with Thai cuisine! Anyway, just a thought. Maybe others here would have some suggestions of sweeter (sometimes referred to as 'off dry') whites that you could try as well. One other hint, if you really want to see what an experience wine can be, no matter how great the bargain, avoid boxes and jugs. Smile
Oh, and as you try some of these fine suggestions that everyone has been throwing out, don't forget to swirl and sniff! Smile Get your nose right down in the glass and inhale deeply. To fully experience a great wine, one must take in the beautiful and often intriguing aromas (refered to as the 'nose', or 'bouquet' with older, more complex wines) as well as the tastes on the palate. OK... I can see I'm beginning to dominate this discussion. I just get excited! Sorry if I've been to much of a windbag, everyone. I'm done. Big Grin
The best place to first taste these wines would be at an upscale restaurant with an extensive wine by the glass list. This type of restaurant would also have a wonderful dessert wine list usually on a separate list with the desserts. Just ask them for it. Usually they serve it at the bar too if you are not eating there for dinner. It is cheaper to do that than to buy a whole bottle if no one else is sharing it with you.
Jadesunflower, here are some examples.
Schimtt Sohne Relax Red
Bully Hill sweet walter red
Tomasello Rainer Red
Wines from Georgian, Kindzmarauli, Kvanchkara
Red sparkling from Italy, Banfi is an example. However there are many more for lower price.
Along the same lines a sparkling shiraz from Autralia
These Wines will help you get started in the right direction. Most of the poster here probably dont rememeber the time when they started long ago drinking off-dry, semi-sweet wines. This is a natural progression for most wine drinkers. You will find yourself over time(maybe a couple of years)moving towards dry wines.
Dont listen to the put downs here. Wine drinkers are wine drinker regardless if it is $150 btl Insignia or a Two Buck Chuck. Hope these help you enjoy the wine world, we are all not snobs.
With few exceptions, I'd stay away from French Reds - they tend to be dry.

CA and AU wines can often be sweet. Maybe a CA pinot with some oak and residual sugar is what you're looking for.

In france, definitely check out Beaujolais - it's dry, but sometimes the nose is so sweet that the wine can taste lusciously sweet and fruity after a while. It has to do with a special type of fermentation called Carbonic Maceration.

In whites - Gewurztraminer tends to be sweeter.

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