Earlier this year, I made the conscious decision to take up wine as a hobby. I consider myself fairly lucky on that front, as Emily’s parents are also enjoy wine, which gives me the opportunity to try a lot more than I’d normally have the opportunity to try. This also means I get to look over older issues of various wine magazines and the like when they are done with them. Saves me the money that I’d potentially spend on these sorts of things, especially given my track record with reading magazines.
However, I did invest in a book about wine (Wine for Dummies, if you must know), which I have read bits and pieces of to help me understand various wine terminologies as I come up to things I don’t quite understand. Even though I’ve been doing reading on wine and all that sort of thing – I’m still not all that sophisticated in my tasting of the actual products.
I can follow the ‘procedure’ for wine tasting, but when it comes right down to it, I’m not really that good at describing the taste or smell of the wine that I’m tasting. It could just be experience (or lack of). I don’t know. It doesn’t bother me all that much though. When it comes right down to it, either I like the wine or I don’t.
So, with that said, I’ve recently had a few wines that I’d like to recommend to you.
First is from Cono Sur’s Viognier (2007) from Chile. I really enjoyed this wine. I found it to be very easy to drink. Can’t beat the price either as it goes for around $12.
I also had an inkling for a Rose (and by that, I mean it was hot out and I didn’t really want a white). Emily picked out a bottle from Capcanes Montsant, Mas Donis Roset 2007 (~$23) from Spain for me, and I was quite pleased with it. I enjoyed drinking this wine, though I did note that the flavor could have been a bit fuller.
Finally, I think I’ve noted this wine before, but Gazela’s Vinho Verde (2007, Portugal) is really enjoyable. A slight carbonation makes the wine tickle your tongue in very good ways. Another easy drinking wine that is excellent for enjoying with people on a patio. Again, very affordable, ~$13.
So, I like my wine. Maybe I can’t tell you what flavors I taste or smell, but I don’t care and neither should you.