When you’re new to wine, everything can be confusing at first. There are so many different options to choose from, from so many regions, in so many different types, and from equally as many wine companies. This scenario makes the whole point of being a wine lover become more of a hassle than a hobby, and no one likes trying too hard. Fortunately, in the world of wines, you don’t have to rush through the entire cellar to get acquainted with wines.
Here are five great wines you could try for starters before progressing into other more sophisticated wines.
Five Best Wines for Beginners
Though people’s tastes in wines vary, these few wines will give you a rough idea of the tastes of different wine, and the different terms used when talking about wines like dry or sweet. The wines are also among the most common wines in restaurants and most households.
1. Pinot Noir
Pinot Noir is a wine that has gained so much popularity in recent years that it has almost become a staple in many homes. The red grape wine is a perfect introduction to red wines because of its relative lightness and its berry and cherry-like flavor. It’s low in tannin which is that stickiness on your teeth and tongue after swallowing the wine. Tannin may be a turn off for new wine lovers, so Pinot Noir is a great wine to experiment and find out whether you like your wine with tannin.
Chardonnay is famous across the board and is loved by casual drinkers and wine enthusiasts alike. The name Chardonnay comes from the white grapes that make the wine. This white wine is a great entry white wine for beginners because of its unique taste. Wine connoisseurs would describe the taste as pear or apple-like, with subtle notes of butter and oak. Depending on where you get your Chardonnay from, the acidity levels will vary. Northern European wineries tend to make Chardonnay with higher acidic levels than those of Southern Oregon Wineries. Since Chardonnay is white, it has no tannin.
3. Pinot Gris
Pinot Gris is a wine that progresses you steadily into white wines, and as some people would describe, it is a milestone wine. It has a rich and sweet flavor that makes the wine seem approachable but not necessarily like a giant leap into white wine. The flavor is sweet, with some spicy, fruity aromas that make it an excellent complement to appetizers and seafood. It’s no wonder Southern Oregon Wineries receive so many orders from seafood restaurants around the vicinity. Just like any other white wine, Pinot Gris has no tannin.
With roots in France, Merlot is a red wine that comes from a dark blue grape called ‘merle.’ The term merle is a reference to the France blackbird, which vaguely resembles the grape in its color and plumpness. Depending on where the grapes are grown, the taste of Merlot will vary greatly. Regions with hotter climates produce a more chocolate cake taste while cooler regions have a redder berry and cedar taste. Good Merlot is great for dinner parties and can help you make a statement about your understanding of wine, even if that’s not the case. It has medium tannin and medium acidity levels, which makes it great for beginners.
5. Cabernet Franc
Cabernet Franc is a full and incredibly rich red wine that comes from a blue-black grape of the same name. If you’re looking to venture further into wine, then this is just the wine for you since it brings the whole package, and not subtly. Cabernet Franc has an incredibly rich, raspberry and cocoa taste, with high tannin and medium-high acidity. Southern Oregon Wineries and other wine companies have this particular wine in different flavors like vanilla, chocolate or even coconut.
There’s nothing quite like taking your first sip of a new type of wine, and if you’re keen on being a wine avid, then let these five wines be stepping stones to your goal. It’s always best to start with Southern Oregon Wineries or nearby wine brands before venturing to wines from other regions.