The first kind of alcohol I purchased as a legal 21-year-old was a bottle of Merlot. I was in Chicago, staying with my best friend at her apartment, and we walked down to the grocery store to make my first purchase! I’d had an occasional sip of what my parents were drinking on special occasions or at dinner, but hadn’t had a full drink of alcohol until the day I turned 21 #rulefollower As I was walking into the store, I called my dad to get a little tip on what type of wine I should buy and he suggested Merlot. I’m not entirely sure he was thinking straight because that’s one of the last wines I would recommend to a new drinker, haha! But I bought it and we each enjoyed a glass of my legal purchase. It’s safe to say, I haven’t had much Merlot since. I have, however, remained a wine drinker! It’s my drink of choice 9 times out of 10. I love a cocktail every once in awhile, or a basic mixed drink, but will always accept a glass of wine.
I much prefer red to white, but there are a couple whites I’ll drink. I would do a Chardonnay, but if it is even a tiny bit buttery, I’m not interested. A sauvignon blanc would be the other white I’d drink.
On to the reds. I love a red blend. That will always be my first choice, at a restaurant, someone else’s house, or when I’m buying for myself. I also enjoy Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon (with a heavy dinner, like steak or pasta or something), and the occasional Pinot Noir. But a red blend is the best, in my opinion!
Current favorite red blends include: Noble Vines Marquis Red (a recent discovery that we love!), Biltmore Estate Red Blend, Unshackled Red Blend (a slightly higher price point, but great for a special occasion, like date night at home or family dinner), Josh Cellars Legacy Red Blend, Apothic Red, and Troublemaker (this was the red we served at our wedding!).
Since I know that I’ll be happy with just about any blend, I like to branch out and try some new bottles regularly. Once you find your type that you like, it’s fun to start hunting down your favorite bottle in that category. My current favorite would be the Noble Vines Marquis Red.
Are you a wine drinker? Any red blend recommendations to share?