Need Some Wine Suggestions

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  1. tktaylor1 macrumors 6502a

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    So for Christmas I want to get my mom some bottles of wine. I know nothing about wine. I was just wanting some suggestions of what to get. I know she likes sweet, fruity wines. I live in middle TN so if there are any wineries that you know of around here that have good wine that would be a good place to start. Otherwise, I guess I am stuck with a wine and spirit store. Any suggestions of some good wines would be greatly appreciated. I really don't know where to begin.
     
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  3. tktaylor1 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for the reply. Would that be in a wine box store or would it be something I would have to buy online?
     
  4. mobilehaathi macrumors G3

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    I can find it at my local store, no idea about yours.

    It isn't cheap. But a (different) Sauternes would likely be up your mother's alley.
     
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    Um, yes. An excellent choice, but hardly a wine that may be found in a bargain bin, or discount section of a store, and perhaps not quite what the Op is looking for.

    To the OP: Given the preferences stated in your original post, I'd suggest that you start with white wines, rather than red. Then, perhaps focus on the grape. Here, I'd suggest a wine from Muscat grapes, or a wine with a Traminer (Gewurtztraminer in Alsace) cross, if you want that sweet and fruity mix. A white port will also deliver that (and is not too heavy).

    The Tokay wine from Hungary (a wine where quality can differ a lot depending on what category is selected) is another suggestion, as is the 'Icewine' of some of the German regions. Sauternes is also excellent.
     
  6. chown33 macrumors 604

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    Go to the wine store and ask them for suggestions. Don't buy anything right away, but take notes on names and prices.

    If there's a Whole Foods or Trader Joe's near you, try there.

    Since you didn't give a price range, it's difficult to make a specific suggestion.
     
  7. tktaylor1 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I can spend $150 but I'm not going spend that on one bottle. I would like to get a couple bottles. Around 3 or 4.
     
  8. mobilehaathi macrumors G3

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    Yes, well I was being only partially serious. With no $$ parameters stated up front, I figured might as well go for broke. ;)
     
  9. Shrink macrumors G3

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    Good suggestion.

    But I was going to suggest a bissel Manischewitz.

    Nice and sweet...and fine for stripping furniture, too.
     
  10. chown33 macrumors 604

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    Then I'd like to offer another suggestion. Buy 3 or 4 bottles of different kinds, in the $8-15 range. Also find out what the by-the-case price is. Then have your mom try each of the bottles and tell you which one she likes best. Then spend the rest of the budgeted amount on a case or half-case.

    My mom likes medium-dry to sweet wines, too, but she's kinda picky about exactly what she likes. So this approach is basically what I did last time I bought her some wine: find the one she likes, buy a case of it.
     
  11. balamw Moderator

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    Unless you live in a weird state like Massachusetts where neither of these stores carry wine. (Only two of our Trader Joe's have wine/beer sections). Silly Puritans.

    There are plenty of very drinkable wines in the $8-$20 range, so I like your suggestion of buying 3-4 bottles in this range for a taste test.

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    Agree. I enjoy wines, especially dry red wines, but I'm no expert. I find shopping in that price range offers many interesting bottles and one can experiment without breaking the bank. But be careful on the low end ($8-$12) of the economical range. Often you'll luck out but sometimes the wine is past its prime or even laced with undrinkable levels of aldehydes and ketones, the products of oxidation.
     
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    Why don't you take your mom to a wine tasting event and then when she finds what she likes, you take note of it and buy it.
     
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    Bleh dessert wine...


    Trader Joe's sometimes has one of my favorites. Last time I found it there, it was also cheaper than the link. I think I paid $40 or $45.
     
  17. wrkactjob macrumors 65816

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    You leave his Mothers alley out of it, this is a thread on wine.
     

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