I am a wine "weenie" and just started to drink it. I normally did enjoy the very sweet wines- Muscadines, Mogen David, etc. After all, I was raised on grandpa's home-made burgundy wine and 7-Up spritzers from childhood. After a recent trip to San Francisco and a wonderful trip to V. Sattui Winery, I was able to move to sweet Rieslings. They have a Gamay Rouge that was to die for also, but you can only get it through them. I was so disappointed. It costs so much to order a case plus shipping, so I've not had their wines since our trip.
I am trying to finesse out of the sweet whites. I know I don't like the bitterness of tannins (at least I think it's the tannins that taste bitter) and the reds have more of that bitter taste to me. Also, the dryer they are, the more bitterness I taste. At least that's what I think I am tasting that I don't like. I tried Yellow Tail Shiraz that was suggested here, but didn't like that either. Last night, I had Duca Stella Rosa that is an Italian red sparkling wine that I loved. of course, it was only 8% alcohol and didn't have that bitter taste.
I have to admit that the less alcohol content the wine has, the better I like it and the less bitter it tastes. In fact, the expert at Sattui was playing with me when he was trying to find a sweet and bitter less wine I enjoyed. When he finally brought one I enjoyed the best and became very excited about it, it turned out to be straight fruit juice! So, that's the type of drinker I am coming from, and I am 55 years old.
So, my question is after I disclosed all this embarrassing information about being a wine weenie, can anyone suggest wines more leaning toward the reds that I can finesse to? I did see the Zinfandel suggestions above and I will try those. Any other suggestions, based on what I said about the bitterness taste? I know it's not the fruitiness i am looking for because I tasted very fruity reds that were very dry and bitter that I did not like.
Please help a weenie!