August 02, 2021 by Arden Montgomery

Best Wine for People Who Don’t Like Wine

Wine isn’t for everybody. And there’s no shame in that — ferment just about anything and, no matter how good the resulting product might be for many, there are some people who just don’t want anything to do with it, and that’s okay. Whether it’s beer, wine, kombucha, or slightly mineraly tap water, you are under absolutely no obligation to drink anything you don’t want to. (Unless your doctor says so.)

But if you’re one of those rare and wonderful people who doesn’t like wine but really wants to like it, there are ways you can train yourself to endure and even enjoy all the weird, interesting, and downright delicious experiences wine has to offer. Typically, that starts with finding that one wine in a million that offers a taste you find tolerable. 

We’ve put together a convenient list of some of the most drinkable wines we have here in our collection at Argaux. Enjoy!

Why don’t you like wine?

One thing to think about before you dive in is, why don’t you enjoy wine? Figuring this out will help you narrow down a list of bottles or styles of individual varietals which you are more likely to love.

If you don’t like the taste of alcohol, go for sweeter, juicier wines with a low alcohol content, or try working up to a full glass by making yourself a summery wine spritzer every now and then. We suggest a white Zinfandel or Moscato as an introductory beverage.

If you prefer the bitterness of beer and that has kept you away from wine in the past, try drier varieties of white or more tannin-heavy reds that offer a body and flavor which can act as a stepping stone between the two libations. 

Or, if the culture of wine overall feels inaccessible to you, remember that you don’t have to know anything about wine to enjoy it. Plus, the more varieties of wine you try, the better you’ll get at discerning tasting notes, varietals of grape, and all the minutiae that makes an individual bottle special. 

Red wine for people who don’t like wine

  1. 2016 Cherrier Frere Sancerre Rouge Pinot Noir – $18 (half bottle)
    A Pinot Noir is a great place to start for wine-skeptics who want to dive headfirst into the deep end of the pool — maybe with their water wings still attached. And this Pinot is especially accessible. It’s sweet, cherry and berry-forward, with delightful notes of baking spice and smooth tannins that will do nothing to scare you away.

  2. 2014 Sky Vineyards Estate Mt. Veeder Syrah – $29
    A Syrah is often the go-to for mulled wine recipes, owing to its spicy-citrusy sweetness and rich but subtle tannins. And this gorgeous Syrah is no different — it’s dry but with notes of berry and cocoa which will lull newbie wine drinkers into a sense of delicious safety. (We do recommend you try this one after you’ve decided you like the Pinot.)

White wine for people who don’t like wine

  1. 2019 Chateau des Antonins AOC Bordeaux Blanc – $25
    Sauvignon Blancs are dry white wines that don’t taste dry at all because of their often flowery aroma and fruity flavor. This Bordeaux Blanc, classified as a dessert wine, is especially sweet, but with a lovely balance between notes of aromatic flowers, underripe fruit, and pepper. A highly accessible and delicious white you can enjoy alongside just about any dish (even pizza!)

  2. 2018 Grosset Alea Clare Valley Riesling – $42
    Wine skeptics everywhere simply must try a Riesling before they write off the viticultural genre forever. Rieslings are typically delectably sweet, but maintain an acidity which won’t try to convince you the wine is something that it isn’t — such as grape juice.

  3. 2018 Lúuma Sonoma Coast Chardonnay – $21
    Everyone knows about Chardonnay. Even the most hardened beer-drinkers among us will have to admit to the reputation of a buttery California Chard. Nothing like its more aggressive cousins, but still an experience like eating a lemon pastry or citrus ice cream, we think everyone should begin their wine-drinking journey with this incredible bottle from the Sonoma Coast.

Rosé wine for people who don’t like wine

  1. 2019 Château de Catalon Provence Rosé – $25
    You can easily trick yourself into thinking you’re drinking kiddie juice if your wine is the color of cherry blossoms or a sky at sunset. That’s why so many wine novices start with a Rosé. This type of wine can be either dry or sweet, but usually falls just on the sweet end of the spectrum, and is decidedly fruity in its flavor and aroma. The Provence wine we have listed here is particularly delicate and delightful, with notes of lavender, peach, and melon.

  2. NV Champagne Delavenne Père & Fils Brut Rosé Grand Cru – $60
    Who can argue with bubbles? Especially if those bubbles are pink? This delicious Rosé is a Pinot Noir and Chardonnay blend, and carries over the best qualities of each variety, adding a few sparkling surprises of its own. Creamy, spicy, fruity, and altogether fun, we believe with all our hearts you’ll be a certified oenophile after trying this delightful draft. 

Argaux is here for you

Our collection contains myriad varieties of wine to suit even the pickiest of drinkers out there. If you’re just starting to dip your toes into the grape basket, why not try our blind tasting kit for an adventurous evening that will allow you to push your viticultural boundaries and maybe find a wine you enjoy? Or, contact us, tell us what you like, and our sommeliers will do their best to offer a few suggestions and find a wine just for you that you’re sure to love.

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