What's your favorite type of wine?

It depends on a number of factors:

  • What I am eating
  • What I feel like drinking
  • Whatever open bottle I happen to have on hand

However, the wine I drink consistently the most is a good Barossa Shiraz. At the moment I am quite partial to Taylors Shiraz:

Even though not a Barossa Shiraz, the Clare Valley is pretty close, and this is a fine Shiraz.

No matter what people tell you, there is nothing better with a good steak than a great Shiraz.

19 Replies to “What's your favorite type of wine?”

  1. My favourite wine? Stuff I like drinking.

    And I do like drinking wine 😉

    Which is often context-dependent: lunch sitting on a Mediterranean terrace in July is a very different favourite wine to over a hearty dinner in the UK in a cold and rainy January 😉

    And the insight I discovered at a very posh wine-tasting in my early twenties, exclaimed to my mother: “Hic. Mum, I have discovered the secret: expensive wine tastes nicer than cheap wine! Hic.”

    That said:

    Rioja is probably my single favourite (though I’d include Ribera del duero in the same favourite). I have a Vega Sicilia in my cellar which is, by a long way, the most expensive bottle I own: a present to myself after last start-up exited, to be drunk on a big occasion.

    I do love Grenache and some Carignan – chunky enough to be rewarding, interesting flavours, fruity but not OTT. I might buy a Ermita if I have an other exit 😉

    So my favourite regions are Spain & South West France.

    I tend to find most American wines too alcoholic and over flavoured (“hot”, “jammy”).

    Pinot Noir can be amazing, but is often outside my budget / I resent paying that much. A rich friend adores it, so I benefit from occasional dinners with him where I drink delicious Burgundy I could only aspire too (thanks Raj!). NZ Pinots are delicious – and German ones are nicer than most people realise.

    I like Malbec (interesting how widespread it has become recently), nothing against Merlot. Cabernet can delicious (but see caveat about US style). Rhône (or, Syrah or Shriaz or in Australia the “GSM” blends) can be excellent, especially with the right food or on a winter’s day though it is perhaps a bit heavy for “favourite”.

    I prefer reds, but I do like whites. That depends more on context: Muscadet or Picpoul in the sun with lunch; white burgundy with dinner etc.

    I used to like Gewürztraminer but it can be a bit much (best with food), and Alsace Pinot Gris is delicious. I am exploring Riesling, and feel a bit guilty I don’t drink it more as it is both delicious and a bargain. Ditto for Sherry.

    I don’t have anything against Chardonnay per se (ABC is silly) but for my taste I find a lot of them too rich, too oaked, so prefer the more austere Chablis style.

    There are lots of types beyond the obvious, and I do like exploring some of the less famous varietals. Albarino has gone from discovery to maybe over-hyped in last few years, but still delicious and perhaps my regular white. But Godello, some of the myriad Italian or Greek ones, Carignan (see above), Tannat (guess what it features?!), etc.

    Oh, and Canadian Ice Wine is pretty amazing with pudding or cheese. As is dessert wine: it was only a few years ago I was introduced to Sauternes with blue cheese and it was a “WHY HAS NOBODY TOLD ME OF THIS BEFORE?!”. I was as much angry as I was ecstatic at the taste.

    Though I have had the good fortune to drink lots of delicious wines over the years… Some amazing Bordeaux, a stunning Barolo I still remember, (a friend did a Châteauneuf-du-Pape tasting, Riesling (ditto on the tasting – just WOW!).

    But mostly: My favourite wine is one with good friends.


    Update: after a prod by Quora User I do like Oregon Pinot Noir. And had some delicious ones from BC.
    But American wine is not a bargain in Europe, so I don’t think of it while I am here, though I do whilst in USA.
    Rupert Baines' answer to Why are Californian wines not so commercialised in Europe, when the quality is so good?

  2. Depends on the season, what I’m eating, and my mood. I’d say about 60 percent of the time it’s a white (about a quarter of those sparkling), 15% rose—which you left out, and 25 percent red. For me, sparking is the most versatile with food because of the bubbles, followed by white, rose, then red in that order. Whites and roses with good acidity, the primary thing that gives those wines structure, are good chilled so they are refreshing during warm weather. Most reds, except for the really light, low-tannin ones are best at room temperature. And for me, reds are often bad with salty food (tannins vs salt) but great with a good hunk of red meat. I’ve also found unconventional pairings of reds with certain salads often work. But on a cool fall or winter evening, nothing beats a good red for me—except maybe a small glass of port or sherry.

  3. How could anyone possibly answer this!

    Choose between a juicy Cru Beaujolais and an explosive Champagne? A luscious Spatlese or a floral Red Burgundy? A minerally Chablis or Pouilly-Fume vs. a mouth-watering Barbera?


    And what happens when an elegant Bandol or fruity Tavel Rose enters the Fray?

    The beauty of wine… there is a perfect wine for any and every occasion, and infinite diversity to experience!

  4. Red wine must seem to be the most common choice for people when it comes to pairing a glass of wine with a dinner steak or so on. I will not talk now about the proper pairing of wine and different types of food because there are numerous articles on this matter from you can inspire.

    As Tony said, red wines are usually consumed at room temperature, making it perfect for colder seasons, but that is not the main factor that made me like red wine. I simply prefer it for its lack of acidity (+4 pH level).

    I recently discovered a Cabernet from Barefoot wine. It’s pretty cheap and it can be found in most of grocery stores. Even though it seems to be a little underrated for its category (the 4th place in this top made by Best10anything), I found it really enjoyable for a chilly Sunday evening.

    I would like to conclude by saying that everyone should drink whatever makes them feel good.

  5. Cheap wine is ok but my favourite wine is good wine.

    Red, white, pink (rose) or grey (gris), it really doesn't matter because there are good ones with any colour.

    One more thing. Which grapes are used does matter but so many other things count as well like the soil, the year, the wine maker, the bottle top, where was the bottle stored, etc. This means that simply saying “I prefer Chardonnay”, “I only drink Bordeaux” or “2012 was a great year” aren't really useful answers…

    But there was a wonderful red wine from Chile made in the 1950s that I tasted in the late 1970s that still brings back memories….

  6. Yes i prefer white wine by taste because it to drink a beverage, especially an intoxicating one,in large quantity and with hearty enjoyment . Such a wine, depending on its parentage, can be a rank symbol as well–a guy buy for sure.White wine drinkers be likely to say they are actual, bright, shy, quiet and self-contained.

  7. Undoubtedly, my fovourite type of wine is Cabernet Sauvignon, the ideal wine when it comes to improving the quality of ageing. Its distinct black raisin flavour can develop a rich bouquet of cedar, and the strong tannin aroma softens considerably the taste of the food. It can be bought in a great number of shops but I prefer to buy it from Export Portal as the price is available and profitable there.

  8. Depends entirely on the circumstance that I am drink either. White is good for lunch, with seafood, chicken, or a salad. Red is good with dinner, meats, and mushrooms. Bubbles are great at any time of day. My true favorite to taste in any scenario is rose.

  9. I only drink wines with food and I don't have a favourite. I don't like fruit or overly sweet ones. Most commercial ones are ok and prices are a determining factor. I keep clear of the more expensive as the difference in price isn't reflected in the improvement in taste. The House brands are generally ok, but I often go without alcohol until after! Then it's a good single Scotch malt, Drambuie or Cointreau. But often just a good (NOT instant) strong black coffee with sugar.

    I don't have favourite drinks as such, it depends on my mood, company, time of day and ambience.

  10. Both. As a guy it was red, but then I tasted a Chard made by a friend Passagio Wines) and discovered how good it could be when made in different styles. So I started checking out different whites at tastings abdnot just red. Now I like both.

  11. Well it depends. My favorite red is usually Zinfandel, while my favorite white is a Sauv Blanc while my favorite bubbly is a Roederer Brut and for Rose I like aPinot Noir. Of course all that is subject to change depending on the weather

  12. I have many favorite wines at the top end- Margaux, Mouton, Royal Tokaji Essencia. It's hard to pick a favorite.

    What's less hard is my current favorite everyday slugging wine- the 2010 Chateau Hanteillan. A great wine for both drinking and cooking, and a bargain at $15 a bottle.

  13. I have tried many wines and like many of them. But currently, I am into Kukeri wines. I like their Red wines a lot. The wine I like the most is KUKERI RUSSIAN RIVER PINOT NOIR

    I suggest you try it once. You’ll love it like I do.

    You can check Russian River Pinot Noir for the best Kukeri red wines.

  14. I like red wine to start. I prefer the lighter Merlot, Zinfandel and Pinot Noir to heavier Cabrinet Sauvignon, but definitely red. Not really a fan of the Malbec though. I find that I do not favor the sweetness.

  15. Red, with one exception. White Chateaneuf du Pape is a red wine drinker's white wine, with all the complexity and structure that you might hope for. If it's on the wine list, I will almost always opt for it.

    White La Soula and white Burgundy are pretty good too, but white Chateaneuf is my favourite.

  16. As a rule, I prefer red wine. Present me with a bottle of Puligny Montrachet, though, and might be different. Basically, you can usually find a drinkable bottle of cheap red wine but most cheap white wine is akin to paint stripper so, if you’re not splashing out, red is usually a better bet.

  17. I probably drink more white wine these days because it’s a bit lighter and better when having work in the morning, but it really depends on the setting and what I’m having to eat. It’s very difficult to beat a good meal with a glass of red, and in terms of the feeling, I like the buzz from red wine more than white.

    So a bit of a mix really, but if I had to decide on one it would be red.

  18. I make about 150 gallons of wine per year for my wife and me (and to share with friends). We like heavy dry reds for most meals (i.e. Cab, Syrah, Petite Sirah, Petit Verdot and blends of these. We also enjoy sparkling wine so that is why about thirty cases ends up as sparkling wine.

  19. As long as it done out of hospitality and goodwill, whatever you're offering me ……!

    I'm not that fussy.

    Cin cin

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