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Old 02-25-2010, 10:45 AM   #1
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Any wine drinkers here?

I need some help from my fellow warpathers. I am planning a big surprise for my wife at the end of March. April 1rst(stop laughing) is the 10th anniversary of our first date and I am taking her out to a concert at Penn State. I have reserved a really nice hotel suite. I also spared no expense on this evening. I am talking, candle lit dinner, chocolate covered strawberries, champane, you know, all the good stuff. I have been getting some tips from her family on how to make this the perfect night.

Problem: I seem to remember that she tried champane a long time ago and didn't like it. I am not 100% sure about this but i think she told me this once. I don't want to come out and ask her because this whole night is going to be a surprise. About 3 years ago I took her to a wine tasing event and she bought a few bottles but really wasn't into it. She told me she just didn't like the liquor taste of wine, but was willing to keep trying new ones. What I am looking for is if anybody can recommend a nice sweet wine. I am lost when it comes to this type of thing. Some ideas of a nice wine that I could buy a bottle of to try before we go on our date. And I can have the hotel get me another bottle of it and have it in the room. Any help would be much appriciated.

And maybe some female warpathers could give me some tips on how to make this night even more special for my wife? Sometimes seeing things from a womans point of view helps. I am open to any suggestions. Thanks
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Old 02-25-2010, 10:48 AM   #2
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GMScud is your man on this one, you may want to PM him.

I went to Santa Barbara CA last month and visited the Firestone Winery pretty good stuff but I don't drink wine so it could have been grape juice for all I know.

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Old 02-25-2010, 10:51 AM   #3
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this one is super sweet! It is considered a dessert wine.

Firestone Vineyard | Wines | 2005 Santa Ynez Valley Late Harvest Riesling
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I need some help from my fellow warpathers. I am planning a big surprise for my wife at the end of March. April 1rst(stop laughing) is the 10th anniversary of our first date and I am taking her out to a concert at Penn State. I have reserved a really nice hotel suite. I also spared no expense on this evening. I am talking, candle lit dinner, chocolate covered strawberries, champane, you know, all the good stuff. I have been getting some tips from her family on how to make this the perfect night.

Problem: I seem to remember that she tried champane a long time ago and didn't like it. I am not 100% sure about this but i think she told me this once. I don't want to come out and ask her because this whole night is going to be a surprise. About 3 years ago I took her to a wine tasing event and she bought a few bottles but really wasn't into it. She told me she just didn't like the liquor taste of wine, but was willing to keep trying new ones. What I am looking for is if anybody can recommend a nice sweet wine. I am lost when it comes to this type of thing. Some ideas of a nice wine that I could buy a bottle of to try before we go on our date. And I can have the hotel get me another bottle of it and have it in the room. Any help would be much appriciated.

And maybe some female warpathers could give me some tips on how to make this night even more special for my wife? Sometimes seeing things from a womans point of view helps. I am open to any suggestions. Thanks
Neither my wife or I really "like" the taste of wine, but we drink it. If she's not into wine either, but you really want to serve that to her, have you thought of making some sangria? That really cuts the wine-y taste of it. My wife also drinks a Riesling too that she thinks is pretty sweet.
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this one is super sweet! It is considered a dessert wine.

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Ah, I hadn't looked at your link yet before I recommended Riesling.

Good call.
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Ah, I hadn't looked at your link yet before I recommended Riesling.

Good call.

IT is basically fruit juice probably why I liked it.
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Thanks guys. I am going to try that Riesling stuff.
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Another choice for a really, really sweet wine is Lambrusco.
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April 1rst(stop laughing) is the 10th anniversary of our first date...
GTFO! April 1st of this year is the 10th anniversary of my first date with my wife. Small World. It also happens to be our 5 year anniversary...

Anyway, onto wine. Check out: Linganore Winecellars: Welcome to Marylands Premier Vineyard. They make several fruit wines, as well as sweeter than normal grape wines. Those who have had their wines rave about them (I'm a dry red wine guy, so I avoid this stuff, but several friends rather enjoy them).

White wines tend to be sweeter than reds, so if your wife isn't a big wine fan, I'd avoid most reds. As far as white wines go, Riesling and Pinot Grigio tend to be on the sweeter side as opposed to a Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc. Blush wines (Rosé for example) will be on the sweeter side as well.

As far as sparkling whites go, my wife and I had a really nice Prosecco not too long ago.

Don't be afraid to hit a few local wine stores and ask questions. Naturally, a store that sells Mad Dog and Thunderbird might not be your best bet, there if you look, there are some quality wine shops around that will help you get what you need.
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Don't be afraid to hit a few local wine stores and ask questions. Naturally, a store that sells Mad Dog and Thunderbird might not be your best bet, there if you look, there are some quality wine shops around that will help you get what you need.
I notice you didn't mention Boone's Farm. Now THAT'S a drink for a classy lady.
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Try your desert whites... maybe go for some Port, anyone can drink a port

second the go to a wine shop suggestion
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GTFO! April 1st of this year is the 10th anniversary of my first date with my wife. Small World. It also happens to be our 5 year anniversary...

Anyway, onto wine. Check out: Linganore Winecellars: Welcome to Marylands Premier Vineyard. They make several fruit wines, as well as sweeter than normal grape wines. Those who have had their wines rave about them (I'm a dry red wine guy, so I avoid this stuff, but several friends rather enjoy them).

White wines tend to be sweeter than reds, so if your wife isn't a big wine fan, I'd avoid most reds. As far as white wines go, Riesling and Pinot Grigio tend to be on the sweeter side as opposed to a Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc. Blush wines (Rosé for example) will be on the sweeter side as well.

As far as sparkling whites go, my wife and I had a really nice Prosecco not too long ago.

Don't be afraid to hit a few local wine stores and ask questions. Naturally, a store that sells Mad Dog and Thunderbird might not be your best bet, there if you look, there are some quality wine shops around that will help you get what you need.
That funny, I didn't check back here for updates but went to the store looking for myself. A Linanore wine is what I bought. I think its White Mountan. A lady at work recomended it as well as the store clerk. Gonna try it tonight with her. Thanks
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I notice you didn't mention Boone's Farm. Now THAT'S a drink for a classy lady.
I literally LOL'd for a little while at this one.
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I've always been partial to some Night Train myself
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Nothing says I Love You like a bottle of Ripple
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