What wine tastes like Kool-Aid?


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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thecitychicken

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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Joseph B. Rosenberg

Katy, (the city chicken) wrote..........
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!!!!!!!!!!!
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!)
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st.helier
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st.helier

Salut/Hi Da Bepp,
le/on Sun, 11 Sep 2005 00:02:35 -0400, tu disais/you said:-
Please don't feed the Trolls.
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Ian Hoare
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Ian Hoare

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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thecitychicken

In news: snipped-for-privacy@g14g2000cwa.googlegroups.com, snipped-for-privacy@yahoo.com typed:
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?
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Ken Blake
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Ken Blake

in article snipped-for-privacy@g14g2000cwa.googlegroups.com, snipped-for-privacy@yahoo.com at snipped-for-privacy@yahoo.com wrote on 9/10/05 7:47 PM:
#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:
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Midlife wrote in news:BF49DA6B.E89E% snipped-for-privacy@cox.net:
OOh I really love that stuff, it is fantastic with a pear tart.
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Joseph Coulter
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jcoulter

In article , snipped-for-privacy@cox.net says...
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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

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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Mark Lipton

Oh, I accidentally was signed in to Google with my husband's email address, and deleted my post soon after, and then I reposted the same thing under my own email. Sorry about that. I'm not a troll, but I am wine-ignorant. But so far I've gotten a lot of good ideas from you guys, so thanks!
--Katy
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thecitychicken

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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Joseph B. Rosenberg

Salut/Hi Joseph B. Rosenberg,
le/on Sun, 11 Sep 2005 23:53:30 -0400, tu disais/you said:-
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.
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Ian Hoare
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Ian Hoare

Kool aid===Nectar of the Gods. First brought to the US by a Mongol horde who his out in one of Lief Erickson's boats, the Pink Herring. Rediscovered in the mid 20th century when there was a shortage of genuine fruit juice. Basically, water, sugar and a bit of artificial coloring and flavour. During the flower power mixed with LSD as a prank
Rev Jim Jones who led a SanFrancisco based cult of himself, had his minions drink kool aid laced with poison while in a small country in South America. Lost a little of its popularity after that especially among stoners.
Not taken seriously by foodies, but the Bush Administration makes the Cabinet drink some before they meet as a sign of loyalty. Reportedly its a special cuvee supplied by Rush Limbaugh.
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Joseph B. Rosenberg

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