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- moca69 - 05-11-2008 07:25 AM

i am new to wines and would like some help and advise to be able to select some red wines for starters.......but in the reasonable price bracket of $10 to $18 .i am from India and we here would be able to get some common wines from Australia or Chilly, i would be open to suggestions of wines from other countries too.

- wineguruchgo - 05-11-2008 02:01 PM

Hi! Welcome to the wineboard!

From your post I am unsure if you eat traditional Indian food with curry and spices, if you eat more Western dishes or somewhere in between.

With the curry and spicy dishes many high alcohol will just accentuate the heat in the dish which isn't good.

I would try a Riesling from Germany (kabinett wine) for white or possibly a Pinot Noir or Beaujolais from France for Red.

If you are eating more Western style food then the sky is the limit.

If you are new to wine and want to start drinking it I still would start with the whites (Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay) before going into reds. If you want to start with reds then we are back to the Pinot Noir, Beaujolais, Lambrusco wines.

I'm sure others will have opinions as well.

- Duane Meissner - 05-11-2008 03:29 PM

Welcome Moca! In my opinion, the go-to country for $10-$18 wines that drink like $20-$30 wines is ARGENTINA. Look especially for their Malbecs (that's the name of the grape) for an old-world style red. Because Argentina is neither main-stream (yet) or old-world, their prices are excellent when compared to the quality.

Think I might pop one of those right now. I'm still fairly new at this too, so perhaps someone else could agree with me??


- TheEngineer - 05-11-2008 09:19 PM

I would agree with wines that tend to have a bit of acidity to them for the Northern spicy foods, such as the Rieslings (especially in the Spatlese and Auslese range). Further in the South as the heat in the foods is reduced, the beaujolais and Pinots may work but so will the Rieslings and Gwertztraminers. I would also try sparkling wines that are off dry such as Moscato d'Asti.