What wine tastes like Kool-Aid?

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Dear smarties;
Hi!  I know nothing about wine.  I hardly know anything about alcohol
of any kind, and I'm 36 years old.  I like coffee more, but I don't
even know very much about that.  I tend to like a lot of sugar, milk
and chocolate in my coffee, so you're getting the gist of what kind of
palate I have.  :)  I've tasted a very few wines in my day, but I have
yet to find one that doesn't taste pretty, well, gross.   My question
is:  If I throw a party and want to drink a glass of wine, what kind
can I buy at Safeway that tastes closest to Kool-Aid or candy or Mike's
Hard Lemonade, or something I can handle?  I'm trying to be humorous
but the question is real; is there a wine I can buy that doesn't taste
much like wine?  Something sweet and not very strong-flavored?  Price
isn't that big of a consideration, but taste for a wimp like me is. Any
recommendations would be great!  Thanks.


--Katy


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Mad Dog 20/20 with a Arbor Mist chaser--try checking out MD 20/20 bottled
during June of this year. July was just too hot and May too wet.

It has all the ambiance and cachet you require.

To really impress your guests-buy a bottle of 2000 Marguax, throw the juice
down the drain & put the Mad Dog in the bottle.  They'll appreciate the
gesture. Our former President Richard M. Nixon used the same techniques but
he drank the Marguax from a decanter while his guests got an Almaden
special.



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Thanks for the reply, Joseph.  Now that you got that out of your
system, do you have any names of wine that I can write down?  Or no.


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Salut/Hi Da Bepp,
 

 le/on Sun, 11 Sep 2005 00:02:35 -0400, tu disais/you said:-

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Please don't feed the Trolls.

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All the Best
Ian Hoare
http://www.souvigne.com mailbox full to avoid spam. try me at website

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Au contraire, mes Ami, Ian--I think this person is sincere in a rather
obtuce fashion.  A few inexpensive wines have been mentioned but as a whole
wines from the muscat grape or its cousin the malvasia are usually sweet and
simple enough for consumption by the unitiated. Lambrusco used to fit in
that category before Reunite & Cella turned the wine into a bad joke.  Now
in the US at least, lambrusco gets the same kind of respect as Georgie Bush
has for the poorer citizens of the Crescent City.  True lambrusco with parma
ham after a day slogging the Emilian roads is a treat.

AS Ken points out Hard Mikes Joy juice is a loooong way from any
wine---sangria with saccharin maybe the closest.  Wine exists on many levels
of the senses---Mike's Hard and all these concoctions invented for the Gen X
audience is one dimensional.  There's nothing wrong with a cocktail---gin
and tonic is a great drink as is the martini.  Bailey's Irish Cream was I
think the first marketing succuss which begat all sorts of combinations like
Barles and James and shooters.  To me theyre just ways to load up on alcohol
quickly and maybe approach the partner of one's dreams at some soigne boite
like Mo's Boom Boom Room..................
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Salut/Hi Joseph B. Rosenberg,

 le/on Sun, 11 Sep 2005 23:53:30 -0400, tu disais/you said:-

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Then why post the same post with two different pseudonyms. Nope, mt friend,
to paraphrase Rudyard Kipling, if it smells like Troll, and kicks like Troll
then we should treat it as Troll.

--
All the Best
Ian Hoare
http://www.souvigne.com mailbox full to avoid spam. try me at website

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Lambrusco was also a nice accompaniment for my wife's "barbeque'd shrimp." The
sweetness cut some of the spice. I've long since substituted Gr Rieslings, but
do fondly recall the "old" days of nice Lambursco.
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Ah, you ARE allowing me to relive my mis-spent youth. Mo's, how I long for
that place. Soon I'll start humming the chorus to "Reflections of My Life."
Well, maybe not, but nearly.

Thanks for the laugh, Joe,

Hunt


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Katy, (the city chicken) wrote..........

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Wow, you really do have a sweet tooth, don't you  -  but I hardly think you
are going to get any sort of answer out of a pack of sweets!!!!!!!!!!!

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I am sorry Katy, all wine taste like  -  well, wine!

If you really want something sweet, perhaps an Asti Spumante might be to
your taste - but it does taste like wine, albeit a sweet, muscaty tasting
wine.

If you prefer something red and sweetish, then a Lambrusco might be for
you - it is red and foaming and sweetish - but, oh well, it does taste like
wine - sort of!!!!!

And if money really is no option, then perhaps a Chateau Y'quem or a German
Trockenbeerenauslese or Tokaji Aszu will be as sweet as it gets  -  or then
again, if you can find a Fortified Muscat from Rutherglen, Australia - this
is reminiscent of Christmas pudding in a bottle (raisins and all)  -  but,
they will still, in their own individual ways, taste like wine!!!

So, perhaps the very best thing to do, rather than blunder into an
international group (hell, I live in New Zealand and had to Google to find
out what Kool-Aid was (you are 36 and still drinking kids stuff - tsk tsk) -
I would go to an reputable wine reseller - and ask them - you know - like,
speak to someone - verbally - you know - face to face!!!!!

In that way, correspondents from Mbabane, Swaziland; Reykjavik, Iceland and
Woolloomooloo, Australia won't be totally mystified as to why anyone (wimp
or not) really wants to drink wine which doesn't taste like wine.

Oh yes, and just in case you didn't recognise it - I am only trying to be
humorous (just like Joe - but perhaps in a more antipodean way!)

--

st.helier



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Thank you much for your reply, "st. helier."  I was just reading an
article on-line about how newbies to wine drinking tend to start with
mild, tasting sweet stuff.  Then they get more sophisticated tastes.
They cited that is was for that reason you describe; Americans are
weaned on sweet soda and stuff.  Reminded me of how I got on to coffee
when I was about six.  My mom would give me "calico coffee," which was
mostly milk and sugar and a little coffee.  The older I got, the less
sugar and milk I put in it.  I remember the Japanese exchange students
we had at our college; we served them up a cake with frosting one time
and they literally grimaced at the taste; too sweet.  And I remember
the 'Frugal Gourmet' t.v. show where the host was saying that the idea
of having something sweet after dinner (dessert) is not common in all
cultures.

So, yeah, if I want to not dump out any wine I taste, I guess I'll have
to start the American way; with something sweet and mild.   :)

Thanks again for your reply, st. helier.  I wrote down the wines you
suggested.  

--Katy


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If you don't like wine, that's fine. We don't all have to like
the same thing. But if you don't like wine, why even try to find
one you like? Why not just stick to the Kool-Aid or candy or
Mike's Hard Lemonade?

--
Ken Blake
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in article 1126406878.019668.100210@g14g2000cwa.googlegroups.com,
thecitychicken@yahoo.com at thecitychicken@yahoo.com wrote on 9/10/05 7:47
PM:

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#1.  If you haven't spent much time reading this group, someone should
really help you understand that this group is frequented mostly by people
who are a lot more into wine than you are. To many here White Zinfandel
isn't even considered real wine, so something that tastes like KoolAid.....
well, do you get the idea?

#2. There are a lot of wines around, like Arbor Mist, that have a lot of
lighter fruity taste, but anything with any significant alcohol probably
can't help but have a taste you'll not like.

#3. There's a really nice Moscato d' Asti, from Italy, called Nivole, that
is only 5.5% alcohol and tastes kindof like a bubbly citrus drink with a
small kick.  It sells, around here, for US$8.99 for 375ml, so there's a case
to be made than you're better off with some lemonade with a bit of sauvignon
blanc mixed in..... but that's up to you.

Here's a link to info on Nivole:
http://www.kobrandwine.com/prodbook/mic006.html

Nivole





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OOh I really love that stuff, it is fantastic with a pear tart.

--
Joseph Coulter
Cruises and Vacations
http://www.josephcoulter.com/

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Both the Nivole and the Arbor Mist are good suggestions, along a more serious
vein. I wonder, however, how serious was the vein of the original questions -
especially as it was posted twice, with a differnt nym, showing different
NNTPs and having been posted from Google.Groups.

Hunt


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Hunt wrote:

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Hunt,
  Both messages were posted from the same IP number, a dialup account
from near Vancouver, WA.  I think that from subsequent replies, we can
assume that Katy's interest is genuine.  To the list of suggestions, I'd
add White Zinfandels in general and Yellowtail wines, all of which are
soft and sweet.

Mark Lipton

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White Zinfandels in general and Yellowtail wines.  Got it.  Hey, this
is kinda fun.  


-Katy


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thecitychicken@yahoo.com wrote:
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Katy,
If you are "getting in on the ground floor" with regards to wine, there
are a few options. Sutter Home White Zinfandel is fairly simple and
lightly sweet with a bit of tartness and no aftertaste. Mogen David
Concord wine is basically Welch's grape juice with alcohol (and it's
Kosher, if you are Jewish). I can certainly relate to your original
post - I didn't develop a real interest in wine until my early 30's,
and I found most wine stores bewildering at first. So, dive in! The fun
is just beginning, despite the cold reception you got from some other
posters here.

Dan-O


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Welches grape juice with alcohol.  I wrote that down.   :)

Thanks much!!

--Katy


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If I am remembering correctly, my sister used to mix Perrier water with
Mogen David wines and made her own Arbor mist type of stuff like 20
years ago.  She never liked wine, but that was palatable to her.  Not
that I'm recommending it or anything, I'd probably just buy the arbor
mist.

  Now she likes those fruity wine cooler drinks like Bartles & James,
Seagrams and others make.  I know there are tons of them but I'm not
familiar with all the names.  They might be worth a shot.

Ted


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I thought so too, Mark.  White Zin was the first thing that came to mind for
me as a recommendation.  Beringer perhaps?  That's a reasonable entry level
wine.  With time she may come to appreciate a nice Riesling, then a
Chardonnay, then maybe a Pinot Noir.

I started with Blue Nun, Mateus Rosť, etc.  Awful dreck, but one must start
somewhere.

Tom S



Can you remember your very first wine experience? (Was Kool-Aid thread?)


"Tom S"  wrote in message .....
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I was just a slip of a kid, when my father opened one of the raffia bound
Chiantis.

I pestered him for a taste and he relented (here, I'll fix you, drink this
and weep!!!!!) but I didn't weep - at aged "somewhere about 12" I just loved
the stuff.

Back then NZ didn't have a wine industry to speak of - just some fortified
stuff we called "plonk" - all wine was imported.

At aged 18 I left home for the big wide world and crossed the Tasman to
Australia, where such delights as Kaiser Stuhl Hermitage and Ben Ean Moselle
awaited.

And here I am on the eve of my 58th birthday, older, not much wiser - and
still seeking the perfect drop.

--

st.helier



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