The Best Wines for People that Don’t Like Wine
Are you someone who doesn't understand what all the fuss is about with wine? Check out our guide to the best wines for people that don’t (yet) like wine!
Wine can be incredibly intimidating. Particularly to people who are new to it.
Even if you’ve had the odd bottle of red and some champagne at New Year’s or your relatives or friend’s wedding, you can feel like a fish out of water if you don’t know the first thing about grape varieties, notes, palate and whether something is full-bodied or not.
Perhaps you want to improve and develop your palate. How do you start?
Rather than just sticking to those blends made to be drunk by anyone or beer because you’ve always drunk it so why bother changing, why not take those brave steps into unchartered territory?
The only way you can develop a more sophisticated palate and taste for wine, is by getting stuck in.
To help you on your road to become a wine connoisseur, we’re here to help.
We have put together a handy guide you can follow that includes the best wine for people who don’t like wine.
Where to Start
Wine is so diverse there’s not really one type that’s better for beginners than others. Everyone has differing tastes and palates, after all.
There are some tasty and refreshing wines any wannabe enthusiast should try before moving onto the more serious and sophisticated sippers.
It’s important to understand there are a variety of factors affect how pleasurable beginners will find wine.
Rather obvious this one, but still worth noting. In its simplest form, wine is essentially fancy fermented grape juice.
It’s the chosen blend of grape varieties, storage and the vintner’s personal technique that give it all the flavor notes, aroma and body that characterizes it.
Beginners are always best sticking to less complicated and simpler wines to give their taste buds a chance to familiarize themselves with the drink.
Unoaked single-varietal wines like Barbara and Pinot Grigio are perfect choices.
Beginners often find it easier to drink wines sweeter than many dry wines out there.
However, that doesn’t necessarily mean they want a sugar overload. They just don’t want to feel like they’ve drunk the Sahara when they take their first sip.
Wineries tend to produce a selection of wines with different levels of sweetness and this will depend on factors such as the grape varieties used, alcohol content, when they were harvested, residual sugar in the mix and whether it’s a single-varietal or a blend.
The full spectrum of sweetness takes in Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon and their dry taste to Port and its extremely sweet taste.
For beginners, we’d recommend Pinot Noir or Moscato d ’Asti as great happy mediums.
The wine world can be a deep and detailed place, if you want it to be. If you want to dive into that world, you need to learn to care about aromatics.
To become an expert, you need to understand the most subtle of differences, whereas if you just want to inform your drinking more, understanding the bare basics will be enough.
The aromatics of wine are determined by the age of the wine, where they are grown (referred to as terroir) and the grapes used.
To familiarize yourself with aromatic wines, try Grenache or Viognier.
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Body and Viscosity
Mouth feel and body are terms you will hear a lot uttered and written by wine buffs. This refers to how light or heavy the wine feels when it’s in your mouth. Pretty straightforward, right?
Naturally, beginners tend to favor wines that have light bodies. Some light wines to try including Sauvignon Blanc and Beaujolais Nouveau.
Best White Wines To Try for Beginners
It’s all about your own preference, whether you start your wine drinking experience with white or red.
As a rule of thumb, it’s always best to start with white. This because whites tend to be lighter in body and much easier on less experienced palates. Great white wines for beginners include:
Sauvignon Blanc – This is a refreshing and smooth white with a light body that has delicious flavors of citrus and kiwi running through it.
Riesling – This is a German wine that can be anything from very dry to very sweet. People love Riesling for its light body, lively acidity and flavors of minerals and fresh citrus.
Moscato d ‘Asti – An off-dry and subtle frizzy delight of a wine from Italy. You are rewarded for your investment with the juicy, crisp and sweet almonds and apricots.
Pinot Grigio – One of the world’s most popular and newbie-friendly whites is the Pinot Grigio. A crisp and light body, it has delicious characteristics from start to finish.
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Best Red Wines to Try for Beginners
It’s best, as with any wine, to start out simply when it comes to reds. You can move onto more layered and complex wines as you develop your palate.
If you choose to go down this road, here are some great starter reds.
Beaujolais Nouveau – A French wine that should be drunk when it’s young. It is released annually on November and always tends to sell out before the end of the year.
This is a light, fruity red without any heavy tannins and is therefore a perfect choice for newcomers.
Syrah – Syrah, or Shiraz as it’s known in Australia, are essentially the same wine. However, you will find Australian varieties are quite peppery and poky, whereas Syrahs are fruitier.
Looking for a Syrah, opt for Eaglepoint Ranch or Qupe Central and for Shiraz, try d’Arenberg or Penfold’s.
Pinot Noir – a food-friendly and deliciously medium-bodied red, Pinot Noir is incredibly easy to fall head over heels for. Great options for this include McMurray Ranch Pinot Noir, Tamar Ridge’s Devil’s Corner or Lindeman Bin 99.
Sweet Wines to Try for Beginners
Of course, one of the easiest types of wine to try is sweet wine.
To give you a little nudge in the right direction, we’ve picked out a sweet white and a sweet red wine perfect for beginners.
Moscato – Moscato is an exceptionally nice sweet white and is very popular for good reason. It has a light body with a bouquet of fruity flowers and although it tastes sweet, it’s considered semi-sweet.
There are flat and semi-sparkling options, but semi-sparkling is more popular.
Brachetto d’Acqui – This is a sweet red from Piedmont in Italy where it’s exclusively made. It has bright and refreshing flavors of raspberry, sweet cherry sauce and strawberry.
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