What wines are "safe" to buy and almost guaranteed to be an easy drinking wine?
Americans like to know what they are getting. This is no less true when buying wine. Many people find their comfort zone and rarely stray out of it. But, what do you do when you don't yet have a comfort zone? This week's article will assist you in buying wine.
If you buy labels printed in English and the grape variety or varieties in the wine are noted, you have some facts about the wine. You will have an idea of what you are buying. If you enjoy it you will have information to assist in your next wine purchase.
California and Australia offer good, dependable wines. As noted in a previous article, California produces a lot of wines in jugs and boxes. If you are throwing a casual party, these wines can be a good, inexpensive choice. But, with a few exceptions, they are not for your everyday drinking.
Australian reds are reliable. These wines tend to be friendly, easy drinking wines, without being too simple. Shiraz is an excellent choice. It's appropriate to serve with dinner, or on the back deck. I attended a wedding reception dinner that served Penfold's Shiraz and Semillion Chardonnay as the dinner wines and the entire crowd was pleased. Some Australian Chardonnays may be a bit fruity to pair with your dinner, but are excellent with cheese.
Chardonnays from California wineries are a safe bet. There are many choices available to you in the $10 area. You can explore which wineries produce the Chardonnay style you enjoy the most. Keep in mind that many wines taste different from vintage to vintage.
Pinot Grigio is a nice white wine that pairs well with pasta, seafood, and light dishes. There are sweeter versions available and dry versions that are excellent. Ecco Domani is a good entry to Pinot Grigio, and is available for about $9.
Once you have a list of trustworthy wines you can begin to branch out. Explore the New World wines and Old World wines.