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wannago35
July 8th, 2011, 11:27 AM
I'm not a big wine drinker, usually use it to make sangria & just go for Sutter Home or whatever's on sale so its always a crap shoot what I end up with.

Looking for recommendations on a nice white and a nice red, nothing bitter but not too sweet either. The birthday girl recommended something named Moscato in a blue bottle so I was gonna buy a bottle tonight to test out.

Not looking to break the bank either, don't wanna spend more than $30 a bottle, tops. Would rather spend much less!

Thanks!

We cruise in 14 days! :)

Jolimont
July 8th, 2011, 11:29 AM
I like Mouton Cadet that I know you can find in UT and CA for around $10. But it's a Bordeaux wine with a lot more body and a lot less sugar than Sangria.

NanciRDH
July 8th, 2011, 11:46 AM
Pacific Rim sweet riesling. It's not too sweet despite the name, the company also makes a dry Riesling, and I think the name is to distinguish the two. Muscato is good too, I just tried it for the first time a few
weeks ago, and thought it a bit sweeter than the other I mentioned. I'm not a fan of red, so I can't help you there. The price on the Pacific Rim ranges from $10-12 depending on where I'm shopping

dettlja
July 8th, 2011, 11:49 AM
Im not a big wine fan... I just dont enjoy the taste. However, I did find I really like Berenger's White Zinfendel. At home I buy 6 bottles for 19.99 at costco. The ship has it for $30 a bottle.

Ms. T
July 8th, 2011, 11:53 AM
Golan Heights is a very nice white wine. Hard to find...most stores will order it if you ask. Several stores in my area never sold it, but when my friend and I asked they started selling it. Manager said they can't keep it on the shelves. :)
Bartenur is a nice moscato also. (Blue bottle)

djwood24
July 8th, 2011, 12:32 PM
With Red Wine...Banfi Chianti...very nice...not sweet...dry...fruity...smooth
usually around 14-25...or any Reserva Chianti

I do not drink White...but if I was...any good Pinot Grigio

My best advise is to ask you local...yes local mom and pop Liquor store for advise...they can best help you with what they carry and most "test" their product...well at least the ones I go to

Enjoy

DEBnGAB
July 8th, 2011, 12:37 PM
I really like un-oaked Chardonnay since it isnt too bitter and smoky. Try St. Supery Chardonnay. Bevmo has it and it usually around $25. Very easy to drink!

silverado44
July 8th, 2011, 01:27 PM
Wine is very subjective. I suggest you go to a wine store and tell them what wine varietal and characteristic you like and the will offer a recommendation.

quickrate
July 8th, 2011, 01:38 PM
If you have a total wine in your area, they are very knowledgeable and will give you great guidance in picking a wine. Cavitts is a good wine in both pinot grigio as well as pinot noir-a soft red wine. Runs 8 to 12 a bottle.
Pat

DEBnGAB
July 8th, 2011, 01:45 PM
If you have a total wine in your area, they are very knowledgeable and will give you great guidance in picking a wine. Cavitts is a good wine in both pinot grigio as well as pinot noir-a soft red wine. Runs 8 to 12 a bottle.
Pat

Total Wine is awesome!

prchoudh
July 8th, 2011, 01:57 PM
It all depends on the food. On Carnival they do a wine pairing class to show you what goes with what. For example, there are some Reds that go well with Salmon and some whites that go well with meat.

When you get on the ship sign up for that. Its definitely worth it. The range of wines they use for the wine pairing vary from inexpensive to $40 per bottle.

antigualvr
July 8th, 2011, 02:11 PM
For a white - Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio. Around $20 a bottle.

AzCruiseGurl
July 8th, 2011, 02:13 PM
Since your not a wine drinker and like Sangria I would stick with Berenger white zin. DH not a big wine drinker but he does like white zin.

MikeM
July 8th, 2011, 02:24 PM
Highly recommend Boone's Farm - Strawberry.
My personal favorite is Purple Passion.

okgirl
July 8th, 2011, 02:30 PM
I really like un-oaked Chardonnay since it isnt too bitter and smoky. Try St. Supery Chardonnay. Bevmo has it and it usually around $25. Very easy to drink!

I also don't care for a very oaked Chardonnay, so I drink Woodbridge Chardonnay at home $13-15 per bottle and that's what I drink on the ship too for $5.95 per glass.

Occasionally if I'm eating something heavier or richer I'll go for the Kendall-Jackson Chardonnay but it a bit oakier.

I have never developed a palate for red's and I drink white with everything.

enveno1
July 8th, 2011, 02:32 PM
White - Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio - anywhere from $18.99 - $26.99. My all time fav! Dry wine with hints of Golden Delicious apples. From Italy.
Castello del Poggio Moscato D'Asti (It is DELICIOUS!) - $13.99-$25.99. From Italy

Red - Schlink Haus Sweet Red (it's not too sweet to me) $8.99-$9.99. Full bodied with blackberry flavors. From Germany.

SadieN
July 8th, 2011, 02:38 PM
Golan Heights is a very nice white wine. Hard to find...most stores will order it if you ask. Several stores in my area never sold it, but when my friend and I asked they started selling it. Manager said they can't keep it on the shelves. :)
Bartenur is a nice moscato also. (Blue bottle)

Bartenura is good.

Another brand to try is Charles Shaw at Trader Joe's, if there is one near you. It's nickname is Two Buck Chuck. If you don't like it you are only out two bucks!:p

kayakittyyak
July 8th, 2011, 03:37 PM
Bartenura is good.

Another brand to try is Charles Shaw at Trader Joe's, if there is one near you. It's nickname is Two Buck Chuck. If you don't like it you are only out two bucks!:p

I thought is was $2.99 now, that's $3 bucks!
:D

ratherbcrzn75
July 8th, 2011, 04:04 PM
White - Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio - anywhere from $18.99 - $26.99. My all time fav! Dry wine with hints of Golden Delicious apples. From Italy.
Castello del Poggio Moscato D'Asti (It is DELICIOUS!) - $13.99-$25.99. From Italy

Red - Schlink Haus Sweet Red (it's not too sweet to me) $8.99-$9.99. Full bodied with blackberry flavors. From Germany.

I was just going to recommend a Sweet Red since the OP isn't normally a wine drinker. It's not quite as dry as most reds.
In white, I like Francis Ford Coppola's Pinot Grigio and Chardonnay. It is mid-range in price between $10-$15/bottle depending on where you go. I also like Moscato D'Asti because it tends to be less syrupy sweet then regular Moscato--which is why it is usually a dessert wine.
OP-since you aren't normally a wine drinker and don't have a preference you might try Seven Daughters. They have both a Red and White--basically they mix seven different varieties. For people who don't drink wine drier varieties are what tend to turn them off and IMHO these seem to be less dry.They are mid range as well about $15/bottle depending where you buy it.

beachbum6264
July 8th, 2011, 04:08 PM
Have you tried Conundrum for a good smooth white? It's my go-to.

tandemcruzr
July 8th, 2011, 05:08 PM
White - Bella Sera Pinot Grigio (Italy) approx $8 or Jacob's Creek Chardonnay (Australia) same price.

Red - haven't been drinking reds for a while, but we liked Pinot Noir or a Cab-Merlot blend.

Enjoy --

wannago35
July 8th, 2011, 05:19 PM
It all depends on the food. On Carnival they do a wine pairing class to show you what goes with what. For example, there are some Reds that go well with Salmon and some whites that go well with meat.

When you get on the ship sign up for that. Its definitely worth it. The range of wines they use for the wine pairing vary from inexpensive to $40 per bottle.

Really? how much is this class I'm sure it's not free or everybody would go lol.

Thanks to you and to everyone for your responses, keep em coming! :)

shadoo
July 8th, 2011, 06:08 PM
We drink Cabernet almost exclusively.
Woodbridge is quite good.
Cakebread is great, but pricey.

luddite
July 8th, 2011, 06:25 PM
I don't drink white wine.
for the red------Coppolla Petit Syrrah. 16-18 bucks.
Enjoy.

dixiediva761
July 8th, 2011, 07:57 PM
Chateau St. Michelle Riesling about 18-20 a bottle the reserve is the best

dettlja
July 8th, 2011, 07:59 PM
Highly recommend Boone's Farm - Strawberry.
My personal favorite is Purple Passion.


My kinda guy!

eedee
July 8th, 2011, 09:15 PM
I'm not much of a drinker myself, but when I went to the Olive Garden for dinner one evening, I was given a sample of Moscato. I loved the taste so much I asked the waiter to write the name down on a piece of paper for me. Now I never take a cruise without a bottle of Moscato. Its my favorite.I drink a whole bottle by myself. I do not share.

vaca_queen
July 8th, 2011, 10:18 PM
Moscato is pretty good. There is a winery in North Carolina called Duplin that sells their wine all over the US. I can even get it in Ohio. I buy Carolina Red or Hatteras Red. About $10 a bottle at my local liquor store.

But if you have a local winery it is always fun to go and try out different ones.

enveno1
July 8th, 2011, 11:21 PM
I'm not much of a drinker myself, but when I went to the Olive Garden for dinner one evening, I was given a sample of Moscato. I loved the taste so much I asked the waiter to write the name down on a piece of paper for me. Now I never take a cruise without a bottle of Moscato. Its my favorite.I drink a whole bottle by myself. I do not share.

That's the Castello Del Poggio Moscato I mentioned earlier. It is VERY VERY GOOD!

Tom.Terrific
July 8th, 2011, 11:55 PM
I've been drinking and enjoying wine for..well..a really long time. And while I don't know a lot about wine, I do know what I like.

I think the important thing to remember when you're learning to enjoy wine, is to drink what you like. Wine isn't about impressing anyone, or about being intimidated, it's about enjoying life.

I used be intimidated ordering wine in a restaurant, but I got over it. It just takes practice. :D There's no shame in learning how to live well.

And you don't have to spend anywhere near $30/ to enjoy wine at home, when there's a myriad of wonderful wines, plenty enough to sample for years to come, for <$15.

That said, I'll refrain from recommending a red, simply because it took me years to develop a taste for red wine. But I will suggest a white, and that's Cavit Pinot Grigio. It's widely distributed, inexpensive, and tastes like something you want to share with good friends.

Muscato, Rhine, and Rieslings can also be fun for the wine apprentice.

Enjoy

BlueJacketsFan1
July 9th, 2011, 12:01 AM
Wines are ment to be stored in the right conditions and not moved around. The ships is always moving and the conditions and weather are not good for storing wines. So for that reason there really isn't a reason to go and get any real high priced wines.

Dr Dave
July 9th, 2011, 01:10 AM
I love wine, and I think you can get some fantastic wines for under $30. What I would suggest, if you are going to buy a bottle on board is to look at the wine packages that they offer, then ask your wine server for guidance from that list. They want you to be happy (because they want you to buy more wine from them as the cruise progresses). As for specific wines, I am not a fan of whites- the worst hangovers I have ever had came from white wines- and they general bouquet is a little too sweet for my palate, with one exception. There is a white out of New Zealand, Nobilio ( I believe a savangion blanc), which is a tried and true bottle of wine. It has a lovely finish, and It goes nicely with a lot of things. On the other hand, I love red wines. I think live would be tough without a good Pinot Niors, and I believe that it can go with everything.

I have had several lovely wines on cruises, but without knowing what's onboard, I really can't make a good suggestion. Don't be afraid to ask for advice.

ijoonick
July 9th, 2011, 01:33 AM
Stella Rosa Bianco is a sparkling white wine, I am not a wine drinker but love this one, available at Bevmo or San Antonio winery.

more cruises
July 9th, 2011, 01:44 AM
Chateau St. Michelle Riesling about 18-20 a bottle the reserve is the best

Oh, the benefits of living close to St. Michelle. I love their Riesling and can get it for $6.00 a bottle at our grocery store, the reserve not much more. I'm amazed when I see restaurants selling it for $45 a bottle.

Jolimont
July 9th, 2011, 01:52 AM
Wines are ment to be stored in the right conditions and not moved around. The ships is always moving and the conditions and weather are not good for storing wines. So for that reason there really isn't a reason to go and get any real high priced wines.
True, that!

travrn
July 9th, 2011, 05:44 AM
Stella Rosa Bianco is a sparkling white wine, I am not a wine drinker but love this one, available at Bevmo or San Antonio winery.
I was wondering if anyone would mention the Stella Rosa wines! I absolutely love them but can't get them in New Mexico--no distributor there. I have to buy them in CA or NV. I love the Stella Rosa red wine and their Muscato is fabulous! Actually, I think I love every moscato wine I've ever tried! I discovered that one decades ago. You won't go wrong with Stella Rosa wines from Italy. Does anyone know if they're available in Miami? I'll be sailing out of there in September.

darth frosty
July 9th, 2011, 07:09 AM
Great one I found edge cabernet sauvignon. $20 a bottle and to be blunt gives a nice lil buzz

http://library.bevnetwork.com/bottles/500/49421.jpg
http://www.brainwines.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/Cab-Edge-2008.jpg

EmmasNana
July 9th, 2011, 08:51 AM
One of my personal Texas wine favorites is Becker Vineyards Iconoclast. It is a really smooth red cabernet. I used to get it from the winery but found it cheaper in my Target store for $8.99. I see it for $12.99 or so in other stores.

If you have a Whole Foods or a Central Market near you ask them when they do their wine tastings. They are free I believe. Also, I was just at a wine store the other day and he had set up a bar where he offered wine tastings.

marshalltp
July 9th, 2011, 01:08 PM
Three Great choices that won't break the bank:

1. Stella Rosa Bianco Moscato (white) under $10

2. Rocca delle Macie Rubizzo Sangiovese (red) under $15

3. anything by Sean Minor/Four Bears Winery,
but in particular, Four Bears Carneros Pinot Noir, under $15

lexismom
July 9th, 2011, 02:28 PM
I LOVE sangria (as does the OP). While I am by no means a wine connoisseur, I do love to drink a glass (sometimes a bottle) now and then. One of my favorites is Forest Glen White Merlot (light red). I also like most white zins and pinot grigios. I will have to try a Moscato since so many of you seem to like it.

I hope this helps!:)

kennelgang
July 9th, 2011, 02:38 PM
I thought is was $2.99 now, that's $3 bucks!
:D

Nope...in CA it's still $2...hence it continues to live up to its name "two buck chuck".

I'll have to try Edge. Sorry, I think Woodbridge is one of worse wines around. For a very soft subtle butter taste try Turning Leaf (TL) Chardonnay. I use to hate TL until fairly recently. The cost is cheap typically less than $5 a bottle here in California. two of the best Chardonnay I have tasted is Rodney Strong Chalk Hill and BV Carneros at least they use to be...haven't tasted lately

dafish
July 10th, 2011, 02:18 AM
double post

dafish
July 10th, 2011, 02:26 AM
Beringer White Zinfandel is a good, lower cost wine available on Carnival ships.
A little on the sweet side but good for vino non experts like I.

dafish
July 10th, 2011, 05:30 PM
All the posts on this thread are quite informative and of help to the OP. I know I might be treading on sacred toes here and I mean no disrespect. Think of it as a shallow form of misguided humor. But I do enjoy Riunite Lambrusco while appreciating its screw on cap.

Mr. Magnificent - I am not a wine connoisseur and am wondering which wine would you recommend that I use for my cruise?

You have come to the right person. Being an experienced sommelier I have, over the years, developed a unique comprehension of the established industry of the vintner’s trade.

I am considered a wine snob but wear this label proudly and have an expansive trove of knowledge on the subject. There are those who because of circumstance do not have the inclination or the time to indulge themselves in the necessary years of concentrated study. To truly appreciate and understand this art requires the accumulated understanding and experience of yours truly. This wisdom I am more than willing to share with the unwashed masses.

For the purpose of communication I have torn off a flap from my cardboard box and am using one of the crayons given to me by a kind uniformed lady of high stature within the Army of Salvation. This I do to help alleviate any trepidation that your journey into this unfamiliar realm might cause.

First of all, as you know, the expense associated with purchasing a bottle or box containing the fermented juice of the fruit of the vine varies considerably. My first advice is to pass on the establishments closest to the popular local blood banks. It is my experience that these venders seek a premium for their products looking to capture a customer less willing to expend the energy required to walk the two blocks to obtain a more reasonable rate.

My next advice is to consider the packaging of the product. Of course anything requiring the dreaded corkscrew will result in almost certain disaster causing injury to oneself and at least a partial destruction of the purchase. Fortunately many national brands are available equipped with the more sensible and safer screw cap.

You will also find many fine wines in plastic bags enclosed in paper boxes. These most often come with a spigot of plastic. You may choose to keep the wine in their boxes for proper presentation or you may take the plastic bags out of their enclosure. By placing the spout in your mouth and squeezing the bag it will make for a more rapid consumption of the product.

Another consideration would be the matching of the spectrum of the chosen vintage and any food you might have to consume with it. In good taste you would be behooved to not let the wine and food stains on your T-shirt clash. I find that red foods go with red wine and purple foods go with purple wine. Light pink and white wines with the proper food coloring will go with just about everything.

I do have much more knowledge to share on the subject but unfortunately have used up the available area on my writing pad.

Yours truly, Mr. Magnificent


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brdgplay22
July 13th, 2011, 08:33 PM
I am not a big wine drinker either, but I found a red win that I really like on a Celebrity cruise. It's called Toscana by Villa Antinori. I can buy it locally (Atlanta) for about $20 per bottle at Total Wine.

I also like St. Michelle's Reisling (white), but as with most reislings, it's on the sweet site, which might work for you.

Good luck and enjoy!

DEBnGAB
July 13th, 2011, 08:35 PM
We drink Cabernet almost exclusively.
Woodbridge is quite good.
Cakebread is great, but pricey.

I got a bottle of Cakebread Cab 04 as a gift from a vendor once...went online to price it...$75! Weeee!!! Nice gift and it was tasty!

PAPERBKWRITER
July 15th, 2011, 09:23 AM
Thunderbird was the most expensive wine I ever bought and it cost me everything I ever had, even at $.89 a bottle. I was going to college and drank beer but my girlfriend drank that crap with 7up. I wound up marrying her and now she lets me live in her house and gives me a small allowence, even though she never had a job. Although she doesn't drink the most expensive wines she is a bit fussy these days.

KentuckyKat
July 15th, 2011, 03:10 PM
I'm writing all this down ... but I like really sweet wine (DH says I really just like spiked grape juice:o) The best wine I ever had was called "Nightingale" -- that I bought at Beringers in Napa Valley a few years ago. No place sells it around here and they will not ship it to Kentucky, so I have never found it again.
Can anyone recommend a really sweet wine - white or red (if there is a sweet red that isn't just grape juice:rolleyes:). We sail in one week and one day :D and I'd love to have a new wine to take on board.
Thanks!

Celebrating40
July 15th, 2011, 03:19 PM
Tapena Tempranillo. It's considered a Pinot Noir in blue jeans so to speak. Very food friendly, good pairings. Yummy and CHEAP! Enjoy.

I'm not a big wine drinker, usually use it to make sangria & just go for Sutter Home or whatever's on sale so its always a crap shoot what I end up with.

Looking for recommendations on a nice white and a nice red, nothing bitter but not too sweet either. The birthday girl recommended something named Moscato in a blue bottle so I was gonna buy a bottle tonight to test out.

Not looking to break the bank either, don't wanna spend more than $30 a bottle, tops. Would rather spend much less!

Thanks!

We cruise in 14 days! :)

jessemon
July 15th, 2011, 03:34 PM
Here is the wine list from the MDR....I recommend selection #226 the Nabilo from New Zealand...

https://www.goccl.com/irman/bookccl/shipboard_knowledge/winemenu.pdf

whaletaillover
July 15th, 2011, 03:53 PM
I was wondering if anyone would mention the Stella Rosa wines! I absolutely love them but can't get them in New Mexico--no distributor there. I have to buy them in CA or NV. I love the Stella Rosa red wine and their Muscato is fabulous! Actually, I think I love every moscato wine I've ever tried! I discovered that one decades ago. You won't go wrong with Stella Rosa wines from Italy. Does anyone know if they're available in Miami? I'll be sailing out of there in September.

I note that you are from New Mexico , there is a great little winery in Dixon , New Mexico called La Chirapata that has a great riesling and their Rio Embudo Red is really good . We found them a number of years ago and every time we go to NM we make a trip to Dixon to get some of their wine.

onejeepster
July 15th, 2011, 06:56 PM
This is now my favorite red wine that I discovered last year. It is sometimes hard to find but so worth it.

My wife doesn't like wine but she enjoys this one as it has a hint of chocolate. Just a warning that once you try this wine you wont drink anything else.

http://www.apothic.com/wine.html

Froufie
October 28th, 2011, 11:54 AM
This is now my favorite red wine that I discovered last year. It is sometimes hard to find but so worth it.

My wife doesn't like wine but she enjoys this one as it has a hint of chocolate. Just a warning that once you try this wine you wont drink anything else.

http://www.apothic.com/wine.html

Didn't think I would find this here in Canada - but I did - so got a bottle to try it out - will let you know what I think :D

Also picked up a bottle of Dancing Bull Zinfandel (2009, California) which I highly recommend (tried a 'red wine flight' at a local wine bar and dh and I both really like this one!)

NovCruisin
October 28th, 2011, 12:14 PM
For under $10 a bottle:

White - Fetter Gerwurztminer (sp?)

Red - Beringer Pinot Noir

For under $20 a bottle:

White - Kendall Jackson Chardonnay

Red - Kendall Jackson Pinot Noir

GRAMMYTAN
October 28th, 2011, 05:14 PM
My new favorite is Muscato and I have been trying several brands to find the one I like best. So far Barefoot is my fav. Principatto is one brand that Olive Garden offers quite often. You can find it in red, white or blush. Blush is my favorite as I am not big on red wines.

BusyFLmom
October 29th, 2011, 11:17 AM
Oh, the benefits of living close to St. Michelle. I love their Riesling and can get it for $6.00 a bottle at our grocery store, the reserve not much more. I'm amazed when I see restaurants selling it for $45 a bottle.


Ok..Im jealous;) Chateau St Michelle is my FAVORITE!!! I can get it locally for about $9 but Ive never seen the Reserve. Will have to go looking for that one.

finzup-kt
October 29th, 2011, 11:33 AM
I'm writing all this down ... but I like really sweet wine (DH says I really just like spiked grape juice:o) The best wine I ever had was called "Nightingale" -- that I bought at Beringers in Napa Valley a few years ago. No place sells it around here and they will not ship it to Kentucky, so I have never found it again.
Can anyone recommend a really sweet wine - white or red (if there is a sweet red that isn't just grape juice:rolleyes:). We sail in one week and one day :D and I'd love to have a new wine to take on board.
Thanks!

If you like sweet try a Reisling. Search for something in the $10-14 range and ask someone at the shop if you have questions. They always have recommendations. Also a good thing to go by is that some stores put the "rating score" for wines on the shelf next to it. I usually search for something with a score of 90 or higher in my price range and have never been disappointed.

For pink, try a rose

kdawg954
October 29th, 2011, 11:39 AM
Moscato is a very sweet white wine. Seems better suited as a dessert wine. A lot of women that I know swear by it, me personally it is not my thing but I'll drink it if there is nothing else :D

I used to be a big Beringer White Zinfadel fan but now I would actually lean towards the White Merlot by Beringer. It is a little less sweet than the white Zinfadel and uses the Merlot Grape which gives it the darker appearance over the blush/red white Zinfadel. The 750 ml bottles can be had for $5.00 on sale. Despite not being as sweet as a Moscato, both wines are much sweeter than your average wines.

Berginer is really a good brand to stick with. The price is right and it won't give you that cheap taste/feel that some of those real cheap wines (Gallo, Oak Leaf). You can try their Chenin Blanc, Cabernet, Chardonnay, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, etc. and feel like you got your money's worth.

finzup-kt
October 29th, 2011, 11:40 AM
I'm a red drinker... I generally drink old world (italian, french, spanish, portuguese) but do enjoy a california table wine. My favorite types are pinot noir, cote du rhone, chianti, and red zin.
If I am in the mood for white it's usually exclusively a sauvingnon blanc. I don't care for sweet or overly fruity wines. The sauv blanc has nice notes of pear and grapefruit and is very light.

My red splurge is La Crema Pinot Noir -- YUM and I also really like Layer Cake zinfandel as well. Used to really like Firesteed in the $15 range but the price has gone up over $20 so we don't get it too often.


You can totally find good reds in the $9-14 range, and it's so much fun to try lots of different kinds to see what you like.

I generally find I can't go wrong with brands like Mark West, 7 Deadly Zins, Francis Coppola, Ravenswood....

I realize wine is a really personal choice -- so just go out and taste them all :D

bazarr2
October 29th, 2011, 11:57 AM
white wine- HOGUE, Late Harvest Reisling, Washington State...slightly sweet $10.00

Red Wine- Sungarden, Dornfelder, Germany...slightly sweet $12.00

I highly recommend the Hogue and it can be picked up at Total Wine or I have seen it all over... ;) It also has a screwtop so it does not need an opener... ;)
http://www.hoguecellars.com/images/HOGBottles/HOGLHR_tn.jpg
Hogue Late Harvest Riesling


Tasting Notes (http://www.hoguecellars.com/TastingNotes/Hogue/HOG09LHRies.pdf)
Top of Page (http://www.hoguecellars.com/hogue.php?month=10&day=4&year=1955#top)

Late Harvest Riesling
Columbia Valley, Washington

Eastern Washington’s low annual rainfall and cool nights during the growing season make it the perfect area for producing consistently great late harvest wines. The Hogue Cellars has developed a style of late harvest Riesling that is crisp yet moderately sweet. The wine was produced from select Riesling vineyards where the fruit can ripen to the required 24°+ Brix. At that level of ripeness, the wine develops its trademark tangerine/apricot flavor. Zesty aromas of orange, lemon-lime and peach are followed by flavors of tangerine, apricot and a trace of mineral. Serve with poached pears, apple pie or a cheese platter of Stilton, smoked Gouda and fresh goat cheese. It’s also excellent served well chilled as an aperitif.

sagj5052
October 29th, 2011, 11:58 AM
I am not much on wine but this is a good White wine MOSCATO BY PROVINCIA DI PAVIA SWEET BUT NOT OVERLY AN NOT DRY around 17.00 a bottle

Slashdawg
October 29th, 2011, 02:58 PM
Charles Shaw (all varietals avail) $1.99 at a store called Trader Joes. We call it two buck chuck. Don't laugh but its really good. The bottle even has a cork.

wendymac
October 29th, 2011, 03:06 PM
For a white - Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio. Around $20 a bottle.

totally agree with you on the Santa Margherita - love it! My fav

onejeepster
October 29th, 2011, 10:48 PM
We went to Costco to buy our 2 bottles of wine before we went on our Freedom cruise. We were surprised to see that they had our favorite wine for $7.99. WOW I wish this was the cost in Canada but then again I would drink more.

Texaslandshark
October 30th, 2011, 09:35 AM
I was just at Beringer last week while in Calif.. They have a sweet, but not too sweet, red Moscato. It's so good I can't describe it! They have a white as well, but the red is the bomb.
Now here's even better news. I come back to Texas and find a huge display in the supermarket of the Red Moscato. It was only $4 and change a bottle!!!
Get this wine, put it in the fridge along with a wine glass and enjoy.:)

pkrchkr
October 30th, 2011, 10:45 AM
I am a level 2 wine expert( next step is to become a licensed Sommalier)
Like another poster wrote that wine is suggestive it all depends on your palette.. My suggestion would be to sign up for a wine tasting prior to your cruise ( we just finished one that was 107 wines from all regions of the world ,another one on the 16th of Nov)
If you want something lite to drink on the deck I would suggest an Australian Traminer-Reisling blend..It pares well with alot of different things especcially spicy foods.. If you want a white that will go with Fish to spice to Chicken try a P.Grigio..If you want something like a"Funberry" wine try a mist type kit, these ones are very sweet and go down like soda..As for the Reds .. there is the generic Merlot, Shiraz and Cab Sav but if you want to try something else.. go for a South African Pinotage or a Chilean Malbec...
If it a wine on board that you want that I find is the best kept secret.. try the Spanish Rioja( it was only 17.00.. and IMHO they have no idea what they have.. it is jewel of a full bodied red..
Salut' Cheers..Karen from Canada:D