Wine is truly one of the most versatile beverages that you could ever enjoy. That being said, it’s also one that takes a bit of time to appreciate fully. If you have never been much of a wine drinker in the past and you immediately jump to one of the more complex options available, it’s likely going to be much more difficult to appreciate those complex flavors. This is because your palette may not be accustomed to discerning all of them from the main body of the wine. Drinking wine is sort of like learning how to walk. It’s best if you learn how to crawl first and then walk before you can run. Otherwise, you might never come to fully appreciate some of the more complex choices that are at your fingertips. Below are 10 of the best wine selections that you can choose if you are a beginner to drinking this amazing beverage. They range from number 10 to number one, but a lot of it comes down to personal preference. The truth is, it would be hard to go wrong with any of the wines on this list, so much of it comes down to choosing the one you think you’ll like best and then enjoying to your heart’s content.
10. Cabernet Sauvignon
This is a great choice for beginners because it’s bold, yet not so overpowering that it puts you off. That in turn makes it a good choice for people who don’t want to taste something that leaves them trying to figure out exactly what they’re drinking, yet also aren’t terribly fond of the idea of jumping into something that’s too complex, too quickly. A good cabernet sauvignon will taste slightly like blackberry and plum, with a few hints of black pepper.
If you already know that you’re likely to enjoy wines that are a bit on the sweeter side than a lot of people, then zinfandel is a good place to start. It’s typically more sweet than it is dry, a key point in deciding which type of wine you will ultimately prefer. In this particular case, you can usually taste a lot of fruity notes when you drink a zinfandel. Typically, those include blackberry and even strawberry.
8. Pinot Noir
This is almost the perfect place to begin for people that believe they will prefer a more full-bodied red wine as opposed to a white wine. It’s bold, but not so bold that it’s not enjoyable. A lot of the time, these types of wines have earthy undertones to them, with hints of cherry and raspberry.
This is a full-bodied white wine that typically has some lighter undertones associated with it. More often than not, you’ll notice some hints of citrus as well as various types of tropical fruit and even butter. Before you allow that description to prevent you from trying the wine, you should know this. It goes very well with virtually any type of seafood and even pastas that use cream sauces. Therefore, you really owe it to yourself to try it in this particular type of environment before writing it off entirely.
6. Pinot Gris/Pinot Grigio
This is typically a favorite among those who love white wine. It’s also a good starter wine because it gives you an accurate representation of what a good white wine should taste like without being so complex or overpowering that it makes you decide almost immediately that you don’t like white wine in any capacity. More often than not, you can taste a few hints of fresh fruit such as apple and honeysuckle.
5. Sauvignon Blanc
This is often considered to be one of the lightest of light white wines. When you drink it, you might notice that you taste hints of asparagus and grapefruit. In short, it is bold enough to get your attention, but not too bold. In addition, it’s got just enough complexity to be obvious, but it’s not so complex that you have trouble discerning one taste from the other.
4. Beaujolais nouveau
If you’re paying attention to the name, you’ll know that this is a wine that is meant to be consumed very shortly after being bottled, typically within about a month. It doesn’t have any of the aging that makes complex flavors, so you don’t even have to worry about that. What you will get is a fruity, sweet red wine that is truly enjoyable without all of the complexity that can sometimes make choosing a proper wine so difficult.
This is a good white wine that can be simple or complex, depending on the exact product that you choose. If you choose one of the more expensive options, you’re likely to find some citrus notes and an overall fruity taste that’s both light and acidic. The thing that really makes this one stand out is that you can get a good sweet riesling or one that’s very dry, depending on your personal preferences.
Out of all the wines on this list, this is the one that you’re least likely to have heard of. It’s produced exclusively in Australia, although it’s available worldwide. It’s bold, but also sweet. More importantly, it manages to taste unique without being overly complex.
1. Moscato d’Asti
It’s easy to understand why this is a favorite of so many people. It’s a delicious, light sparkling wine produced from Italy and its fruity, sweet taste is absolutely fabulous. If you’re fairly new to drinking wine or even if you’re looking for something that is closer to the taste of champagne, this is a great option. Technically, it is a sparkling wine and not champagne because of where it’s produced, but it’s also one of the best options out there, regardless of the type of wine you;re looking for.