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I am a beginner at this so please be kind.

jefpen2 | Jul 19, 2008 09:13 PM

I am a beginner at this so please be kind.

I have decided to embark on a journey through the world of wine. I enjoy wine but seldom do I really know what I’m drinking. My first step has been to read as much as I can on the internet, shying away from the snobbery that is obvious on many sites. I plan on taking a wine class at a local wine store that will give me a base of knowledge to start with. I am about to buy a used Avanti that holds 34 bottles (although most have said that those numbers are arbitrary at best) And I have tried some new wines : A wonderful malbec from Argentina, Chardonnay from WA, red Zinfandel from California, Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough NZ, Chianti Classico 2001, Chenin Blanc from South Africa. Vintage Port, Shiraz from Australia, Pinot Noir. All of these I have enjoyed and plan on buying more. I have tried some of the French classics (Bordeaux, Burgundy etc…) and have not been as interested. I plan on buying only what I like and want to share. I have always been curious about this subject and the last thing I want to do is buy something just because some says I should be liking it! All of the wines I have tried have been in the $10-20 range (NH prices!)
So here are my questions…

Are any of these wines going to improve with age (2-5 years)?

Can anyone suggest other wines that I should try seeing what I have liked?

Will a vintage chart help?

Are “new world” wines less able to get anything out of

My price range is up to about $25. Am I dreaming??!!??

I have been with Chowhound for 4-5 years now and respect this community’s opinion.

Thank you

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