Art Vandelay wrote:Nobody's mentioned Thunderbird yet? That and Night Train always get the job done.
If getting the job done means a 48 hour headache and temporary blindness then yeah Night Train and Thunderbird get the job done.
haha...you're not lying. I think the worst hangover of my life was off of Night Train. Actually, second worst, but yeah, that stuff is horrible.
For a real suggestion, check out the Pinot from Romililly. It's a little pricey (about $30/bottle), but it a really good Pinot. In the interest of full disclosure, it's a label that two of my good friends started, but I'd plug it despite that. It's hard to find outside of No. Cal., but you can order it online if you're interested: www.romililly.com.
I'm no oenophile, but, all things being equal, I generally prefer petite sirah over any other style of wine. If you haven't already, and you like reds, check it out. I've had some pretty good ones in the $12 range.
I've seen some really bad advice given about wines before, but pretty much everyone here is right on the mark. Lots of good info for a beginner, and remember - we were all beginners once, Polar Bear.
As far as wine pairings go, that's kind of becoming a myth, too. In general reds will taste better to most with red meat, red sauce and heavier, spicier foods in general while whites will go with cheeses, salads, white fish, etc. But there are some who like to mix foods and wines, and that's just fine. I've made a pink sauce from a cabernet and alfredo that was really good, so it depends on your taste.
Wine is no more difficult to learn about and appreciate than beer. It's as varied as beer and as enjoyable in its way. There's some stigma about wine that makes it less approachable for most people than beer, but it's not. It's easy to learn about and develop a taste for.