- Posted by CorkNoob
As a newbie wine sipper, I’m hoping to provide a perspective that helps relate to other wine drinkers new to the scene and show experienced wine-o’s how we think. I’ll be providing a look into my different wine tastings and experiences in the wine world.
Somewhat new to the wine experience, I have spent the last couple of years dabbling in different types of wines. It all started when my roommate brought home some Pinot Grigio, and I tried my first “real wine” outside of my mom’s fruity Arbor Mist picks for every family event. I became accustomed to a drier taste and could no longer stomach the sweet and sugary stylings of my mother’s Strawberry Arborita. Soon we tried a new red wine – Cabernet Sauvignon, which I still don’t dare to attempt pronouncing around other wine drinkers. Does that need a French accent? Needless to say, I have only ventured out of my comfort zone slightly since my college days and am ready to pop my wine bubble.
In my new pursuit, I decided to try something different this week. Last Wednesday, I walked into the Wine & Spirits store (yes, in the state of PA, we have separate stores for only wine and liquor), walked passed the boxed wine section that I normally grab a great big box of the latest red on sale, and perused the rows and rows of wine bottles available. Which one should I pick? How does anyone choose? I immediately looked at the price tags to see which range I could grab from – although I did see an area with $100+ bottles that were fun to look at. I thought the cheapest could not be the greatest, so I found some in the $15-$20 range and picked up Ménage a Trois’ California Cabernet. Why did I pick this one? Well, first of all I thought the name was clever and was excited to tell my boyfriend I had “Ménage a Trois” ready for tonight.. wine of course! I also normally select California wines and Cabernet is my typical red wine choice, so I suppose I didn’t go too far out of my comfort zone this time.
I brought the wine home, and apparently the Ménage a Trois joke wasn’t as funny as I originally thought. I really need to work on my joke delivery. I made a veggie pizza for dinner and tried my first glass of Menage a Trois’ Cab, which I considered not being the best wine pairing, but I loved it! Dry to the taste, but still tasted like a dark fruit – perhaps berries? The veggie pizza was salty and hearty, so it surprisingly paired well as a sweet and salty combo. That Saturday I drank it all afternoon while finishing my laundry and some household chores. Let’s just say it was completely gone by Sunday!
What did I learn from this? It’s time to try more wines – all different types from different regions. Let’s figure out which kind of wine I like, which kind I don’t and blog about it along the way.
Hopefully this post provided you with some insight into the world of the wine newbie – the CorkNoob! Join in the conversation by commenting below or tweeting to @CorkGuru.