10 SURPRISINGLY GOOD Wines for Beginners!

10 SURPRISINGLY GOOD Wines for Beginners!

Aloha Guys, Karl here with my list of top 10 SURPRISINGLY GOOD wines for beginners!

Now, as you already know, wine is an amazing drink. But the problem with it is that it can be expensive or intimidating to drink or try to get into as a beginner.

That's why I've come up with ten wines that are fantastic for beginners. And they won't cost you an entire paycheck, either!

10 SURPRISINGLY GOOD Wines for Beginners!

Just remember; don't judge your tastes by these wines. They are meant to get you used to what wine is all about.

1. Red Wine - A Pinot Noir Will Get You Laid!

It's sexy, it's sleek, and most importantly...it always gets the girl. Or guy! Even though it's one of the more expensive wines out there, it's worth it.

Pinot Noir wines have a really light sweetness, with some spiciness rounding out the flavor. They go best for a dinner or romantic night in, and can be paired with just about any dish!

A good way to get into this type of wine is the Two-Buck Chuck (Charles Shaw) from Trader Joe's (if it's available, it comes and goes but is worth picking up if in stock).

It'll give you a taste of what a good affordable Pinot Noir tastes like, without going overboard.

As far as advice goes...the lighter reds are usually sweeter than the dark ones, so keep that in mind as you're tasting them!

As for the calorie count of red wines, light red wines usually have around 125 calories per 5 ounces. That same amount of a full-bodied red can be as much as 200!

So...if you're concerned about weight and drinking, then go for the lighter ones. They also tend to have more alcohol than their darker counterparts, so that's another thing to keep in mind.

2. White Wine - Anything But Chardonnay

Chardonnay has been seen as very "basic" recently, which is why I say avoid it.

There are other white wines out there that are much better for less money.

Some good examples?

A sauvignon blanc or pinot gris! These drinks have a nice crispness to them that makes them perfect for summertime...and they'll definitely help you get girls too 😉

But the best thing about these wines is how versatile they are.

You can drink them with food, or without food, depending on what you want. They're also great palate cleansers in between bites of different foods!

Oh, and remember, the calories in white wine come from the alcohol. If you drink one ounce (30 ml) of 12% ABV (40 proof) wine, you would get about 20 calories. That's not too many calories if it's all you're drinking with your meal, and good for low-carb dieters 🙂

If you want to know more, see my posts on Wine Nutrition &  Red Wine Vs White Wine: Which Is Better For You?

3. Wine In A Can - It's Not For Hipsters

I mean come on guys, wine in a CAN? But...it's actually a really good thing. The canned wines are some of the best out there, and they're not as expensive as you would think!

You can find them at Trader Joe's or any other grocery store for between $10-12. They're also safe to take anywhere with you, from a picnic to a party at your friend's house.

Just remember that these wines aren't meant to be paired with food or eaten over a long period of time.

It may say it on the side of the can, but just in case...they're meant more as an afternoon delight rather than a whole night on the town!

4. Wine In A Box - ...I Didn't Know That Was A Thing

To be honest, I've never seen wine in a box before.

But apparently, it's becoming more popular! And why not? It's just as good as other wines out there, and you don't need to store them in your fridge either.

Wine in a box comes at all price points too, so while the $15-20 range is what most boxed wines are sold for...you could also get one for $7 if that's easier on your wallet!

Just like with the canned wines above...boxed wines aren't meant to be paired with food or eaten slowly.

Keep this in mind when you're picking out your first bottle of wine; because it'll make everything a lot easier!

5. Rose Wine - It's Not Just For Valentine's Day

Rose wines have been seen as a "girly" drink for a while now, which is why they aren't usually recommended to beginners.

However, that couldn't be further from the truth! They're just as good as any other wine out there, and you can drink them with or without food. Most roses are white wines anyways, so the taste will be similar.

A rose wine I would recommend? The Barefoot Pink Moscato! This one is great for pairings, and it's got just enough spiciness to really compliment your meal. Plus...it comes in a pretty pink box 🙂

6. White Zinfandel - The Wine Your Grandma Drinks

White zinfandels (or pink zins) are the wines that your grandma drinks at family gatherings.And you should try them!

They might be sweet, but they still have some nice spiciness to them that really rounds out the flavor.

One of my favorites? The Beringer Main & Vine. It's only $7 and tastes great with any type of dish.

7. Ice Wine - For When You're Feeling Fancy...And Cold

Ice wines are just as delicious as any other wine out there, but they're taken to another level by being frozen!

This means that these types of wines are super-sweet and usually cheaper than most others. If you want something sweet, but not as flavorful as white zinfandel or Moscato, then try an ice wine!

8 . Riesling - The Perfect Wine For Hot Summer Nights

Rieslings can be found all over the world, and they're really popular in Germany. They're also delicious!

These types of wines have a spiciness to them that makes them perfect for hot summer nights when you just want to eat outside on your patio or porch.

A good example? The Schneider Riesling! It's only $12 too.

9 . Sweet Wines - I Think We've Found Your New Favorite

Sweet wines are the perfect solution for people who want to drink, but don't enjoy dry wines. They're also great for people who really like their alcohol too...because sweet wines tend to have a larger alcohol content than whites or roses.

If you haven't tried one before, then try starting with the Barefoot Moscato Sweet Red. It's even sweeter than most other rose wines, so it might be just what your taste buds are looking for!

10 . Bubbly Wines - For When You Need A Party

Finally, we come to bubbly wines! Prosecco is probably the most famous kind of bubbly wine out there (and don't worry if you can't find it...it's just sparkling wine!).

If you need a nice, sparkly drink for an event, then Prosecco is probably your best bet.

Just beware of the calorie count...because they've got about 60 more calories per glass than prosecco! But hey...if you want to really live it up with some bubbly wine, then go for it!

We hope that these 10 types of wine have helped you understand this delicious alcoholic drink better!

And remember: if you're not sure what you like yet, don't be afraid to try something new. That's what being a "wine connoisseur" means 😉

So, there you have it guys! Wine can be intimidating...but if you know what to look for in the bottle, you won't feel overwhelmed when you walk into a store.

Just keep these tips in mind next time you're picking up some vino, and I promise that your experience will be better than ever before 🙂


Karl & The UnderGround Wine Merchants Team

  • September 5, 2021
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