Wines for beginners
They say it is impossible to turn down something nice and, with this premise in mind, we can assure you that, to get started in the world of wine, it is important to start with the ones with simple and pleasant flavours, uncomplicated wines that everyone likes!
If you are just starting to discover the wonderful world of wine and you don’t know where to start. If you find it so difficult to choose and to buy a bottle from the many that are available, here are some simple tips to make your introduction as delicious and simple as possible. Sound good?
Wines for beginners
Since everyone likes sweet things, you could start by trying wines that, without being dessert wines, have a small amount of residual sugar. This subtle sweetness balances the sensation of acidity and makes them more pleasing to the palate, and this kind of wine can also be served at cooler temperatures, so the end result is a real danger: they are even easier to drink. Here are a few examples.
White wines are perfect for beginners in the world of wine. There are many white varieties that produce aromatic and fruity wines, with moderate acidity, which together with being served at a low temperature provide a good introduction to wine and its flavours. Try to choose young wines that have not been aged in oak barrels and are made from the following varieties: Verdejo, Albariño, Chardonnay and Muscat of Alexandria.
A good step before full immersion into red wines is to sample the seductive world of rosé wines. Contrary to popular belief, they are not sweet wines, but their delicious youth and fruitiness offer a more pleasant introduction than some reds. With rosé wines you will find the best of two worlds: the vibrant freshness of white wines and the delicious fruit and character of red wines.
They say that there are about 1300 different varieties of wine, so we completely understand how difficult it is to choose red wines that are perfect for beginners. A good way to choose from such a wide range is to search by variety.
What do Monastrell, Grenache, Zinfandel, Carménère and Shiraz (Australian Syrah) grapes have in common? According to Madeline Puckett, better known by the name of her website, “Wine Folly”, who really knows her stuff, these grapes offer excellent wines for beginners, because they have easily identifiable fruit flavours, a wide range of flavour intensity and there are some excellent wines at very reasonable prices. It is also very easy to find single-variety wines made with these grapes, which is a perfect way to start learning about wines.
You could try to follow this progression suggested by Wine Folly to get used to more intensity and complexity.
Spanish Grenache wines offer moderate acidity. The Zinfandel variety teaches us how to taste the alcohol and how it influences the flavours of the wine. An Australian Shiraz shows us what a delicious full-bodied wine is, while Spanish single-variety Monastrell wines allow us to savour the essence of Old World wines. And the Carménère variety introduces us to red wines with herbaceous notes (Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc) but in a pleasant way, thanks to its delicious flavours of cherries and plums.
What do you think? Are you ready to give it a try?
Remember that at Decántalo, as well as finding good wines to start out with, you will find a lot of information about each one of them, clues that will help you choose which ones to start with and how to pair them. Enjoy the ride!