Wine is an acquired taste. Along with that, there is a certain level of sophistication attached to wine drinking. This may seem a bit intimidating for someone who has not been in the habit of drinking wine. The dry or bitter taste of some wines may be off putting for some.

Maybe not you though! You’re here for a reason right?

Even though roughly half the country drinks wine a few times a month, a good percentage of the vine drinkers would be hard pressed to articulate the difference between a Côtes du Rhône and a Château Méaume. Also, a pair of wine with food is not as simple as picking a rose from a bunch.

Then there is a more complex process of picking up notes and flavors from the wine. All these make it seem difficult to get someone to drink wine. But there are a lot of wines which is beginner friendly and suits the palettes of a large number of people. Let me run through some of them which I think is worth trying even for seasoned wine drinkers.

Pinot Noir

Produced from the 10th most planted grape variety, Vitis Vinifera, Pinot Noir is one of the most recognized wines on the market. It is a light to medium bodied red wine that has ardent fans among even the sophisticated wine enthusiasts. Pinot Noir has low levels of dryness which makes it palatable for even a beginner. Fruity aromas of the wine are rich enough to be appreciated even by beginners. Pinot Noir day (August 18th) is right around the corner. It would be a good idea to pop open a bottle of Pinot Noir if you haven’t had one.

Pair your favorite wine with a great slice of salami from Molinary & Sons. We’re getting a bit hungry just thinking about it!

Riesling

Even though there are a couple of dry variants of Riesling, most variants are sweet in nature. Made from grapes with high acidity, the sweetness is not an unexpected outcome. Riesling could work as a great gateway to the wine world as there are variants available from the sweet end of the spectrum to bone dry variants. Being a light bodied white wine with high acidity, it is an ideal touchpoint to start the wine journey. Its sharp citrus and mineral flavors make it a hit among beginners, sommeliers and collectors alike.

Moscato d’Asti

This might be the most popular Italian wine of all.

The ease with which one can drink it makes it popular among wine drinkers of all kinds. A sweet white wine made from the Muscat Blanc grapes has strong aromas of apricot, peaches and flowers. Slight frizz adds a bit zest to the wine too. Even though it is slightly drier than most sweet wines, the ease with which one can drink Moscato d’Asti is unparalleled. Great pairings for Moscato d’Asti are some crackers from Prairy or even goat cheese crackers like these.

Syrah

Originating from Rhone valley in France, Syrah currently is cultivated most in Australia. Syrah is generally on the fruitier side. But the Australian producers give it a slight peppery edge which makes it more interesting to drink. The Australian variant is called Shiraz. The full bodied red wine has the flavors of berries, violets, chocolates and black pepper. Even with the pepper Syrah is as smooth as velvet. If you’re thinking about pairing this with some chocolate, we’d suggest some great white chocolates from Ghirardelli!

Pinot Gris

It is generally considered as a mutation of Pinot Noir grapes. Still, it has a character and finish which makes it stand out. The light bodied white wine is beginner friendly and has a zest that is one step further from Pinot Noir. Pinot Gris from Alsace, Northern Italy and Oregon are considered to be the best in class. The slightly sweet wine has flavors of apple, pear and various flowers.

Pinot Gris is a worthy contender to be your first bottle of wine.

Beaujolais Nouveau

Touted to be the fastest wine in the world, it is also the best choice for a beginner. This wine is fruity, has low tannins, it is light bodied. Checks all the right boxes to be the first glass in the wine world. This red wine is a limited edition! The limitation is not set by the number of bottles but by the very limited window of availability every year. The wine is released every year in November and sells out before Christmas. 30 million bottles in about a month. If that doesn’t impress you, I don’t know what will. The timing makes it a perfect Christmas gift for a beginner. A gift box with this wine inside is something worth surprising your favorite person with.

Sauvignon Blanc

Being a crisp, light bodied white wine makes Sauvignon Blanc a perfect candidate for a beginner who doesn’t prefer red wines. It has strong flavors of kiwi and other citrus fruits make it feel tropical. By the way, if you really like kiwi these bars are amazing, just thought we’d throw this out there in case anyone is interested.

This is not an exhaustive list, but you could never go wrong picking up a bottle of one of these wines. Pick one which suits the palate of your significant other or friend if you are thinking of gifting wine. Let’s bring on more people on the wine wagon and make it merrier.

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