Wine can be a great addition to your evening meal, sitting by the fire with your special someone relaxing after a long day, or a way to celebrate an event. If you’re just getting started out with your wine exploration, there are a few things to help you choose the right wine for your palate.

Remember that each wine will taste differently depending on the grapes used, the added flavors, and the process used by the vineyard to create the wine itself. Some wines that are richer add in flavors such as fruits, berries, leather and even tobacco to round out the taste. You’re sure to find one you love but you may want to begin with the selections below to get your palate used to the wine taste.

Beginner White Selections

These are typically lighter and can be easier on your palate than reds, but you do not have to start with white wine. Here are some selections you may want to consider to get you started:

  • Sauvignon Blanc – This is a very light, crisp wine that includes flavors such as citrus and kiwi. It is a great wine for the summer BBQ you’re planning as it is quite refreshing.
  • Pinot Grigio – This is a very popular wine to start off with as it is light and refreshing as well. Many people enjoy this to get into wine tasting as it is not a dry, rich wine right away.
  • Riesling – This particular wine offers everything from very sweet taste to a quite dry variety. It offers delicious citrus flavors that many fall in love with right away.
  • Moscato d’Asti – Hailing from Italy, this version offers a variety of flavors and a delicious crispness that you’re sure to enjoy.

Beginner Red Options

Remember to begin easy and start out with a simple red instead of diving right into them. Here are some top first-time wine options:

  • Beaujolais Nouveau – This wine comes out in November each year and is a very popular wine for Christmas time. It sells out usually before the holidays even arrive and is made to drink at its very young age.
  • Pinot Noir – This is a light red that offers a delicious taste and full-bodied experience. It pairs well with food and there are many varieties to choose from.
  • Syrah – This is a fruity choice and offers a delicious introduction to the world of red wines.

These are just a few of the options you have to get started. Remember to try a variety to find the one that fits your taste buds just perfectly.

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