My Own Itty-Bitty Survey…


I have some quick and easy questions for any and all of you out there who care to answer. 

As trivial as it seems, this is interesting information for me and good stuff for me to know, so humor me just this once.

If you are a wine drinker, do you tend to choose red or white first?  And which varietal (Pinot Noir, Zinfandel etc.) is your go-to wine?

Like I said, sounds unimportant but is helpful to me for many reasons.

Thanks in advance.

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  1. Greg 1

    We generally consume White Zinfandel at our Scenic South Central Indiana location.

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  2. Fiona M of Sydney Aust 2

    I tend to go for the Winte wine first and then my favourite is Chardonnay. I like Margaret Rive in West Australia and the Orange Region in New South Wales.

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  3. I personally choose red wines first.I love Cabs and Pinot Noirs, but will choose ANY red wine over whites and blushes.Of course a good red wine is the very best, and I have grown to prefer Pinot Noirs.

    Red wines have a richness and taste that to me make them satisfying by themselves, and sometimes with cheese and bread, a complete meal.

    I do like white wines on hot days , as they are refreshing.

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  4. White. Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand. More recently getting into Spanish Wines (they have so many great wines that nobody knows about,… a lot of it never makes it out of the country because they drink it all!)

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  5. Lynn 5

    I go for the red. And my go-to is wine with Syrah/Shiraz grapes.

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  6. Harry 6

    Red or white? Depends on a lot – am I eating? What am I eating? How much am I likely to drink (can drink marginally more white than red).

    Which first choice? Syrah or Shiraz as I like the taste and it goes well with so much. Not many red wines you can drink well with chocolate!

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  7. It really depends… If I’m just drinking wine I prefer red, but if I’m eating I like a nice clean white.

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  8. Cathleen 8

    I usually prefer reds, for big flavor. (It seems like it’s a lot easier to find a decent budget red than white). I live in Italy and we can find good economical Lambrusco, Nero D’Avola or Bonarda Altropo Pavese. For whites, I like Gewurztraminers.

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  9. Ok so I am really season driven, lately, Summer is white wine unless we are eating pizza, and I love Pinot Grigio, Winter is red and usually a Merlot blend

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  10. Hilary 10

    Hi Cathy .. I would chose Zinfandel – and I select, as I feel .. red or white.

    Good luck with the survey ..Hilary

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  11. That’s an easy question –

    Unless I am having a big, heavy redsauce and meat Italian meal, I am white wine all the way – either a New Zeland Sauvignon Blanc or an Italian Pinot Grigio.

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  12. Debra 12

    I love a nice dry chardonnay. My hubby picks a pinot. I can definatly go with red too, but Mark sticks with his red!

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  13. White is usually my preference: Vidal Blanc, Riesling, Pinot Grigio.

    Shirley

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  14. Erin 14

    I will always pick a red over a white. I tend to go for earthy things. A Cote du Rhone is my favorite wine, but shiraz or merlot are also among my top picks.

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  15. Marlene 15

    My taste is wine changes daily…it all depends on my mood and with what I am eating…favorite though…Red/Cabernet Sauvignon and a Hatteras Red/Muscadine.

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  16. Janine 16

    Merlot for red and Pinot Grigio for white are my “go-to” wines. I love a nice Zinfandel or Shiraz!!
    Chardonnay – yuck!!

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  17. Haze 17

    red – only occasionally drink white, mostly because hubby doesn’t care for it. Go to wine is usually a good Chianti, but we enjoy a lot of reds, and recently been sampling the blends.

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  18. Al Parker 18

    traditionally white (chard) in the summer and red in thye winter. except sometimes food prevails.

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  19. Natasha 19

    My preference is for white, mostly because I like the crisp acidity and the cooler temperature. I reach for sauv blanc first, but then also enjoy viognier or gruner veltliner or white blends… chard is probably last on my white list.

    But I love me a good zinfandel! Mmm mmm! A lovely syrah is also pretty tasty. Pinot noir is up there. I’m starting to enjoy malbecs a bit more, and love southern Rhone wines. Yummy. Last thing I reach for is cab franc… not into the tannins as much.

    I’m all over the place, as you can see, but it’s 6:14am and a little too early to be pondering which bottle I’m going to open tonight…

    Love your blog!

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  20. melissa 20

    I tend to migrate toward the white wines. The reds scare me. I never know what to buy.
    My favorite white wine right now is by Kim Crawford and its a Sauvignon Blanc.

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  21. For sipping wine it is always white..a nice Gewürztraminer or and Ehrenfelser. Red is oerfect for many dinners with a nice Syrah being my wine of choice.

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  22. Kathee 22

    Chardonnay is my top pick. A shiraz if I’m going for red. My husband and I like most dry red or white wines. We do not like any sweet wines. I’ll have a sip of it, but would never want a full glass.

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  23. Jamie 23

    My go to is usually a merlot, but if I’m in the mood for something cold and crisp I’ll take a chardonay.
    I don’t like my reds too dry or too sweet – somewhere in the middle is nice. I don’t know much about wine, except that I really enjoy a glass or two every now and then!

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  24. Almost always red. I look for lush reds cabs and (chiantis because I visited Italy’s region of Chianti and got hooked). Also there is always room for pinot noir). Sometimes that is just right.

    I’ve recently gotten hooked on sparkling red Italians (not sugary), but they have their place.

    I never order zinfindel in rest. but I’ll buy it. I also buy cabs. BUT, I’m OPEN to any great red wines really. Except I have this thing about merlot..never order it, never purchase it. I can’t even say I know why that it is.

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  25. Philly 25

    I always go for a dry red wine first, mostly a pinot noir, however lately I’ve been going for some Spanish wines.

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  26. Nancy 26

    Depends on my mood…I like Merlot, but would never turn down a nice Malbec. If I’m drinking white, Reisling is probably my favorite.

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  27. Nancy 27

    Depends on my mood…I like Merlot, but would never turn down a nice Malbec. If I’m drinking white, Riesling is probably my favorite.

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  28. Amy 28

    I am a definite red wine girl. Lately Malbec has been turning my head.

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  29. Julia 29

    I almost always go for white first…. pinot grigio is a safe bet, but lately I’ve really been enjoying albarino. I avoid like the plague over-oaked chardonnay and riesling. I do like the French Chardonnay, though.

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  30. Ginny 30

    Lately, I’ve been drinking white wine… sauvignon blanc… which is not what I normally go for but with the summer, I haven’t been wanting to drink red wine… on the red front, I’ll drink malbec or pinot noir…

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  31. I am more of a red wine drinker. I prefer merlot, pinot or a syrah. HOWEVER, in the horrible heat of the summer here in Houston, I am very fond of Pinot Grigio; very refreshing.

    Can’t wait to see what all this information does for you….

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  32. Angela 32

    White always Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand are my favorite right now. I don’t mind a good white zinfindel every once in a while. I need wine to be fruity and not too dry. I am very picky

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  33. Red has always been my wine of choice, but this summer I’ve discovered the joys of whites. My favorite red is Syrah. For whites, Viognier and Gruner Veltliner stand out.

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  34. Most of the winter I tend to gravitate towards Merlots. I think it’s that deep, rich flavor that gets me. In the summer, of which there is so much down here in SE Texas, I go for White Zinfandels. The light, crisp flavor. Both have the fruit undertones I like, but on opposite sides of the spectrum.

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  35. Red wine is my wine of choice, almost always. Usually a nice Pinot Noir or a Cabernet.

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  36. Randi Lynne 36

    Red wine and I tend to purchase Cabernet or Shiraz.

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  37. I for for white first–usually something like a Gewürztraminer.

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  38. In warm weather: white–chardonnay.
    Cool weather: pinot noir, malbec, cab (in that order)

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  39. Erica 39

    Hi Noble Pig-
    My first choice is always white wine and my favorite is Pinot Grigio. Hope this helps!

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  40. Alta 40

    I’m a red wine drinker. I’ll drink white, but only a glass, only while eating. Varietals? Cabernet, Zinfandel, and the other day I had a wonderful Primativo that I enjoyed. Come to think of it…pretty soon I should be able to find some Beaujelais Nouveau – love it this time of year!

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  41. jamie 41

    i am new wine drinker and always order white. i like pinot grigio and have a favorite very inexpensive chablis that i drink the most of.

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  42. Jenn Bo 42

    I go for reds and favor Zins.
    Sometimes I’ll go for a white and if I have my way, I’ll be opening a bottle of Conundrum.

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  43. raysongrrl 43

    only white, reisling-the sweeter the better for me!

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  44. Becky 44

    Love wine and always start with white, a nice chard and move on to red with heavier meats and I do like a nice cab

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  45. Jen 45

    LOVE ice wine (white) but other than that a sweet and fruity red

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  46. I always go with a red and almost always a Pinot Noir.

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  47. Vicki Porter 47

    I prefer reds and zinfandel is my go to wine. We are members at seven wineries and have chosen to get only reds in our shipments so we do enjoy all reds. I do like whites on occasion depending on my mood and mostly in hot weather.

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  48. Kassy 48

    I almost always choose a white zinfandel or reisling. My husband usually goes for the red ones though.

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  49. Stephanie 49

    I always choose red and it depends on what we feel like. Most likely a shiraz or merlot.

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  50. Marilyn 50

    Hi Cathy,
    I usually go for a white wine, ususally pinot grigio, but do like a red with beef, usually pinot noir. Really not a big wine drinker as my husband is unable to drink wine and do not like to drink alone.

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  51. Jamie 51

    I am a wine drinker, I love red, and usually choose Merlot, followed by Cabernet.

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  52. Red… with a sweet-ish finish. I ask for recommendations.

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  53. Lea Ann 53

    Red

    Pinot

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  54. Diane in Cincinnati 54

    I only like white – Chardonnay 1st, Pinot Grigio 2nd.
    I wish I liked reds but I can’t seem to find one I enjoy.

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  55. Scherrie 55

    I usually go for white. Zinfandel or Chardonnay. And ask for a recommendation.

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  56. Susan 56

    If I have a choice, I’ll always pick red, usually a merlot. Yum. Although I have been known to drink my mother’s boxed Sangria upon occasion!

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  57. Katrina 57

    I don’t drink any alcohol, as I’m one of those “Mormon gals” and we don’t do that. hehe
    Just wanted to say YAY for your being back blogging!
    Glad you had a great “time off”!

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  58. I pretty much only drink Riesling if I have a say in the matter. After that, I’ll go for White Zinfandel. Clearly, I like the sweet stuff!

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  59. Susan 59

    If I have a choice, I’ll always pick red, usually a merlot or pinot. Yum.

    Although I have been known to drink my mother’s boxed Sangria upon occasion!

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  60. Colby 60

    I prefer red most of the time…cab, pinot or red zinfandel. I usually only drink merlot if I am at someones house or a party and that is the only option. In the summer i like pinot grigio.

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  61. Coll 61

    I prefer white, and usually the sweeter varities. My absolute favorites come from the Finger Lakes region of New York. Wagner Vineyards, Niagara and Alta B (red), are to die for. Pleasant Valley Vineyard, Blackberry Merlot and Peach Chardonnay.
    link to pleasantvalleywine.com
    link to wagnervineyards.com

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  62. Kathryn Manahan 62

    I always think of white wine first, or a blush. I particularly like a white zinfandel. Red wines usually give me a headache. For taste, there are very few wines that I don’t enjoy.

    Love your blogs. Refreshing in a time of frenzy!

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  63. dawn 63

    well don’t know if my answers will help you, but I prefer organic wines and/or sulfate free. but my preference is whites. I do love prosecco over red or white though.

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  64. Athena 64

    I love white wine. I typically go for either Gewurztraminers or Rieslings. I like sweet wines.

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  65. I much prefer red… a beefy buttery red to go with my beef and my butter. But honey! I cain’t sleep after I drink red wine! So I can only drink red wine in the morning! And this is indecent! So I have to secretly drink red wine in the morning. So put me down for white. A nice dry white – you can pick it.

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  66. Sarah 66

    I generally go for whites over reds. My favorite is usually Pinot Grigio, and I like chardonnay a lot too. Blush wines (like white Zin) are fun.

    People are often stunned to hear that I hate merlot. There’s just too much going on for me. I like crisp, and a bit dry.

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  67. leftfoot 67

    I’m a red wine drinker. Usually my first choices are a Shiraz or Sangiovese.

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  68. Heather 68

    We hardly ever drink white wine, even with food that are supposed to be consumed with white wine. I guess we just aren’t rule followers! Our favorites are Pinot Noir and Malbec. I hope that helps!

    On a side note, we live in central Indiana and our garden is over flowing with tomatoes right now. If you have any great recipes that use tomatoes, we would LOVE to see them. I’m not much of a canner and we can only have so much pasta sauce and salad! Thanks!

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  69. Jennifer 69

    My choice is white zinfandel.

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  70. christine 70

    always pinot noir, i love it, always red first, if not pinot, merlot

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  71. Mary 71

    I’m a red wine fancier. My first choice is a Shiraz. We buy Rosemont by the case because I use it for cooking as well.

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  72. dawn 72

    Always red first…a good Pinot Noir. For whites Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminer.

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  73. Kari 73

    White is my first choice, usually a pinot grigio.

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  74. Hilary 74

    In the summer, I prefer a sauvignon blanc, but in the winter, I prefer a red, like a cab.

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  75. SP 75

    Depends… if I’m at a tasting white first then down the line. If it’s 90 degrees out – Rose’ (or white). The rest of the time – Red (98% of the time). Zins or Rhones. Sometimes even on a 90 degree day.

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  76. Sharon 76

    I go for white and my favorite of all is riesling. yum!

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  77. Fallon 77

    I love red wine and I always go for a Pinot Noir!

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  78. Lisa Sipple 78

    I usually go for white with a bit of residual sugar like a Riesling, then if it’s a hearty meal. always Pinot Noir, it’s the best food wine.

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  79. amy 79

    red 98% of the time. maybe pinot grigio on a hot day if someone else has it open. Try to always to do domestic. LOVE zin, pinot noir-merlot/shiraz not so much, cab usually only blended (not to dry)-any suggestions for me? try not to spend more than $20/bottle. tough, i know!

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  80. I tend to grab a white – Chardonnay in particular. A beautifully icy cold Chardonnay is one of my favorite things. Especially if it tends to be very fruity. LOVE IT. It can be the dead of winter, but I still love a cold glass of Chardonnay.

    I wish I were better at picking reds, but they always ends up being too bitter, or acidic for me. I want one that’s rich and almost buttery. I’ve had it before, in Belgium but don’t know what it was.

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  81. Sydney 81

    I am blessed to live in wine country near Paso Robles, Ca., where there are over 200 wineries in my backyard. And with so many varietals, it is hard to choose just one. However, my first choice is always zinfandel, and a nice cold chardonnay or viognier when the weather is hot.

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  82. I go for red. Usually it’s a cab or a syrah, because they’re usually within my budget. I like blends, too. Money aside, I’d go for a pinot noir.

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  83. Valerie 83

    Oh Nobel Pig! Please don’t slash me with a wet noodle. Wine comes in low on my list, but always red with food. Like a good Shiraz. Do I dare say I use wine as an ingredient in a recipe? Fabulous Rioja in Sangria! Marsala in my chicken! But I have to own up … because you will understand. I also love the bubbly. White, sweet, and fizzy. Don’t think less of me!!

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  84. June 84

    Kind of depends on the season for me – summers I lean towards a nice crisp Pinot Gris, winter I like merlot or a red blend (Cote du Rhone from TJ’s is our house vin d’ordinaire). Special occasions, we spring for an Oregon Pinot Noir

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  85. Jessica 85

    My fiance only likes red and he likes Pinot Noirs a lot. So that’s mostly what we drink. I prefer a Syrah many times.

    I like whites to pair with food more than drink on it’s own and really like Rieslings (especially if they have a tiny bit of fizz to them) then Chardonnay.

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  86. Erin 86

    We usually choose red before white (unless it’s a hot day). Red of choice right now is Nelm’s Road Merlot. It’s fantastic! If we do choose white, it’s something sweet like a late harvest riesling or a moscato.

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  87. Chinya 87

    Red / Merlot

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  88. Bob 88

    Red or white depends on what I’m having it with. If I’m just having a bit of wine I tend to go for reds, I like Merlot the best. This month. 😉

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  89. I usually pick red before white. Then it depends on what I’m eating. Something heavy calls for a Cab or Zin. Something medium calls for Pinot Noir and a light chicken dish – Merlot (yes, I drink red wine with chicken). Sometimes I’ll have Proseco just for the fun of the bubbles!

    Sitting down just for wine and a snack – usually Merlot or whatever is open.

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  90. I prefer reds over whites. I really enjoy a good Pinot Noir but I rarely purchase it because it’s a little spendy for everyday. It’s hard to say what my go to wine is. It depends on my mood or meal. Syrah, Cab, Merlot, Zinfandel…

    As for white, I have been trying more of them this summer than I have in the past. I have been drinking Pinot Gris, Pinot Grigio and Chardonneyfor the most part.

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  91. Kari 91

    Hi Kathy, I’m a red wine drinker, and usually choose a cabernet sauvignon first, but it depends on what I’m eating. I’ve recently become a Malbec fan, and if that’s available, I go for that.

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  92. Arleen 92

    I love them all! I tend to drink mostly red…usually a cab but I am always willing to try something new.

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  93. Generally I choose a white, on the dry side. I do enjoy pinot grigio and a good chardonney. I’m in pinot noir country so have to love that too.

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  94. Kari 94

    That is hilarious!! Beefy reds are the best… are you sure its the red wine, and not something you are eating with the wine that’s keeping you awake? I had to cut out sugar after 3 pm because it keeps me up, so no chocolate dessert with my wine anymore, dammit! :-)

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  95. Kathy from NJ 95

    I have not had a drink since Sept 2002 but prior to that I preferred dry white, especially Italian dry white such a Soave. For red my choice was Bardolino or Valpolicello.

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  96. kara 96

    I always choose red before white. Lately it’s been cab sauv, but I like merlot, shiraz, and even a good pinot as well. :)

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  97. Ash 97

    Red…Cabernet Sauvignon

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  98. Angie 98

    I always opt for red (though I am a vegetarian and most of my meals would probably go well with white)and almost always reach for a Cabernet Sauvignon first, then a Zinfandel.

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  99. Becca 99

    Red first, Cabernet is my go to choice.

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  100. Angie 100

    Definitely red wine first. And PInot Noir is my favorite. I also like syrah, and cabs. I prefer not to drink white wine, especially oaky california chardonnays.

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  101. Teran 101

    I prefer reds, usually Cab and Merlot.

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  102. White..sauvigon blanc.

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  103. I almost always go to a Riesling first. I love many different types of wines, both white and red, but the thought of having purple teeth at a party makes me self-conscious! :)

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  104. Jessica Hayes 104

    Ok, so I am a VERY amateur wine drinker (learning and trying new things as I go) but my preference remains white- anything white. I prefer sweeter tasting wine, and my dad would CRINGE to hear this, but I’m a bigger fan of chilled wine than I am of room temp wine, which is probably why I don’t much care for red wine. But, as I said, I’m learning as I go, and have started to take a real interest in wine lately. I hope this comment didn’t make me sound like a complete wine idiot (and I’m certain that it did!) :-). Let’s just chalk it up to say that I am learning a whole heck of a lot about wine through you!

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  105. I’m not a wine drinker but my folks loved port.

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  106. Liz C. 106

    We always have a selection of both red & white to choose from, depending on our meal or our moods. We love Merlots, Cabs, & Shiraz, as well as Pinot Grigios & Chardonnays. Frankly, the hubby likes most anything as long as it’s cheap, LOL!

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  107. Shari 107

    Always white – reds give me headaches. I will usually go for a Riesling, preferably not too dry. My favorite Aussie wine is a Gerwerstraminer (spelling?) Riesling combo. I usually don’t like Chardonnays but will drink them if the only alternative is red. (or water, haha!)

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  108. Vicki 108

    Red, shiraz or pinot noir.

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  109. Anna Kessler 109

    I drink reds almost exclusively.
    My current favs are blends from Argentina, Chile and Australia. I like the variety and complexity of flavors I get in the blends.

    I just don’t like the oakiness of Chardonnays and don’t seem to find the right combination of flavors here in the states.

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  110. julo 110

    I usually go for reds over whites, but I like both. I like to unwind with a glass of red wine after a long day. Totally relaxing. Pinot Noir is usually a safe bet. Or a really nice Zin. I have yet to find a varietal I don’t like, though of course not every winery does everything well. 😉

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  111. Barbie with a T 111

    I prefer red wines to white, mostly because most of my meals are beef, or meals with Italian red sauce. I drink mostly an Italian Bardolino with meals. But for appetizers or snacking…I like to open up a bottle of Lambrusco. I also like Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot just for sipping.

    However, when I have a gathering of our family which consists of about a dozen people, and our menus are usually seafood or turkey, the guests always bring white wine because it is their favorite. So I keep a stock of white wines too. Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, and my favorite of the white wines is Pinot Grigio. I also buy Chilean white and red wines, after visiting a winery there, and it comes in a big bottle and is inexpensive and can serve our crowd reasonably, usually Chardonnay since they all like white wine and Cabernet Sauvignon for me.

    As you can see, I like my wine, and I really am not all that particular. Lately I have collected wines just because of the labels, and the wines serve as kitchen decor in my liquor cabinet. I have a collection of wines, for instance, with the names of “Bitch”, “Barefoot”, “Beach Dogs”, “Fat Bastard”, and “Fish Eye”. I am always on the lookout for catchy labels just for display. Of course, I do drink the wine also. And, no I am not a wino! lol

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  112. debbi 112

    My fav for the past year…Carmenere…if I can find it. Love those other big reds, but, the smell of pinot noir is so yummy! Occasionally a white, like fume blanc. Unfortunately, those are hard to find here in Oregon

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  113. imom 113

    I always go for red since the last couple of whites I drank gave me a horrible headache.

    All summer I’ve been drinking Pinot Noir because I find it lighter tasting, but I’m also a Cab fan.

    I buy almost exclusively WA or OR wine. I just bought a Snoqualmie Valley Shiraz that I can’t wait to try… Never had a Shiraz before.

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  114. charis 114

    almost always red, except on very hot summer days when i go for white.

    shiraz is my go to, followed closely by pinot noir.

    i also love malbec and rioja, but am more likely to buy those in a restaurant than to drink at home.

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  115. Kirstin 115

    White wine, pinot grigio then reisling

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  116. Amy Brown 116

    Depends on the time of the year…white in the summer, red in the winter…love it all!

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  117. Kelsey 117

    Oregon Pinot Noir. Is there anything better?

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  118. colleen 118

    I usually go for red wine and it is usually a pinot noir. But I must say that I do enjoy a good Riesling.

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  119. StefC 119

    Merlot is my go-to, otherwise a nice cabernet shiraz. ALWAYS red wine over white or rose.

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  120. Emily H 120

    I prefer white, usually on the less dry side…and sparkling :0)

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  121. anny 121

    pinot grigio, unless someone else is paying, then barbaresco

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  122. Cindy 122

    I usually prefer white…Riesling or Pinot Grigio. On occasion, I drink red…usually Chianti. :)

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  123. Josie 123

    Red definitely and probably Pinot Noir. Although I am flexible on the 2nd part :)

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  124. LeAnn 124

    I used to prefer white, but I have gone over to the dark (red) side. My current preference is pinot noir or merlot.

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  125. Angela 125

    I love Rieslings! My current favorite is a naked one (made with organically grown grapes)in Columbia Valley by Snoqualmie. We like to have “Naked Fridays”!!!

    Your blog is one of my favorites!

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  126. Nancy 126

    I love reds – California cab is my go to – but i love all types of red. You can talk me into white by the water in the summer on a hot day.

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  127. Alicia 127

    Red wine.
    Pinot, Shiraz, Malbec are my go to wines.
    I don’t know much about wine, but enough to know I don’t like dry wines, prefer the lighter reds.

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  128. Suzette 128

    I have a totally UNEDUCATED wine palate. I suspect that is why I do not enjoy reds in general. We just don’t drink much wine at my house, I’m afraid. I venture into a little Chardonnay now and then when I’m having fish, veal or chicken. When I’m picking wine for my own enjoyment, I usually go with a white zinfandel. I feel like an uneducated boob saying that…but, hey – I like the stuff! :)

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  129. Pat 129

    Favorite Red is a Pinot Noir; Oregon of course. Favorite white is Pinot Grigio.

    Many thanks for your blog.

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  130. Jeremy 130

    I tend to always go for white first. I almost always pick a Chardonnay from the Bay Area or Monteray Bay area as that is where I grew up.

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  131. Whites only. Never found a red I liked. (I’ve tried a lot). Chards are okay. I also like Gerwerstraminer and white zin.

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  132. elra 132

    Cathy,
    both J and I prefer red wine. Both of us enjoy Pino.

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  133. I probably drink red and white equally often. I love Italian reds like sangiovese, and I also like California zin’s. For white wine, I like viognier.

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  134. Crystal 134

    white, usually a Riesling

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  135. Always a red and either a pinot noir or shiraz.

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  136. Nicole 136

    Hi! I usually go for the whites first; my favorite is Pinot Grigio. Saludos from San Juan, Puerto Rico!

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  137. Red. Cab.

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  138. I am not a wine drinker, but usually choose red when it comes down to it.

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  139. Farmchick 139

    My choice is usually white first, pinot grigio, chardonnay or a reisling. Although I do enjoy a good shiraz.

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  140. I go for red wine and love a good Pinot best!

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  141. Susan 141

    We like red first – usually a nice cab unless paired up with a specific food. In the summer sometimes we like a crisp cold white – not a chardonay – too oaky. In general, we like drier wines.

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  142. Ruthanne in Seattle 142

    This is hard – as I tend to change preferences with the seasons/weather/menu. . . I love sauvignon blanc (New Zealand preference) in the warmer and gentler months, along with Washington chardonnays and pinot gris occasionally. I love pinot noirs, syrahs, cabs – mostly earthy, drier wines. Love French rose’ in summer!

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  143. Ruthanne in Seattle 143

    I forgot Merlot! Love it too. Must admit my wine buying is generally by price points too. . . generally not much more than $15/bottle.

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  144. Emma 144

    I actually go for a nice beer or a rose. If I’m not in the mood for alcohol then I tend for sparkling water.

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  145. bean 145

    white. sauvignon blanc or something containing some sauvignon blanc. crisp. or completely unoaked chardonnay.

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  146. Laura in Portland 146

    Usually red. Pinot Noir or Syrah. In the warm weather I like Pinot Gris or Fume Blanc. Only dry – nothing sweet.

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  147. Kris 147

    I am an unsophisticated wine drinker. I don’t like dry wine of any color. I order Gewürztraminer if I can get it, or Piesporter…some other Reisling. I feel like it’s expected that I’ll ‘grow up’ and like dry wine some day, but I don’t think so. I’m afraid I’ll always be the Peter Pan of wine drinkers :)

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  148. Marjie 148

    None of the above. I like white zinfandel. It’s a little bit sweet but not too much so. I’m afraid I’ll never be a grown-up drinking full bodied or dry wines.

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  149. I choose white first: Gewurtraminer or Piesporter Goldtropfchen

    If I choose a red it is usually Cabernet Sauvignon.

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  150. Teresa 150

    I love reds, they make me feel all warm and cozy. My go to is any Shiraz/Syrah varietals. 😉

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  151. Donna 151

    white pinot grigio

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  152. Michelle 152

    White (Riesling) if I planned ahead and chilled a bottle. If I didn’t plan ahead, a full-bodied red-depends what I threw in my grocery cart-don’t have a red goto such as PN, Shiraz, Cav Sauv, etc. though.

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  153. pam 153

    White. Sauvignon Blanc.

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  154. karen 154

    Zin

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  155. Sue 155

    Yes, I drink wine. My go to wine depends on my mood. It used to be Chardonnay, then Pinot Grigio, but lately I find myself seeking out good Pinot Noir.

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  156. Darth Lapin 156

    Im from Canada (Quebec) so my answers problably are not pertinent to your quest, but just in case.
    Depending of what I am eating or mood (mostly mood) I can go for either white or red.
    White: Sauvignon blanc, Chablis, Pinot gris
    Red: Syrah, Cahors, Beaujolais
    Rose: anything from Provence

    I have just openned and tasted a red Zinfandel from California (Liberty school) for the first time and I love it ! I will make sure to add Zinfadel my list the next time.

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  157. Danielle 157

    I go for the red and I love Chianti, otherwise Merlot is usually my choice…although I’ve been leaning to Pinot Noir lately…

    I’m afraid I don’t match my wine with my food-I don’t really know how, so I just drink what I like!

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  158. My go to wine is white wine because I enjoy the fresh and coldness of it. I drink sauvignon blanc most of the time.

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  159. julia 159

    Hi, love the reds especially shiraz, am drinking merlot right now.

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  160. Roz 160

    I Was never a wine drinker. Then I moved to Sunnyvale, CA and they had their fairs and wine tasting. I tried white zinfandel and fell in love. People laugh at me and tell me it is terrible but I like it so I ignore them. Of course, now that I am a diabetic I don’t drink at all but every now and then I will drink a glass of my white zinfandel.

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  161. Haley W 161

    Definitely a red fan. I usually grab a merlot or a shiraz.

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  162. Maggie 162

    Depends on the season. White in the summer/spring, red in the winter/fall.

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  163. Brittany 163

    Red-always Merlot

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  164. Nicole 164

    Red. Cabernet Sauvignon or something else with a bit of body. Much more picky about whites. I find a poor red still drinkable but not so with a poor white.

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  165. Lisa 165

    My single favourite varietal is pinot gris.

    Apart from that, I “generally” drink red.

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  166. Hilari Sheffield 166

    Always red; shiraz, pinot noir, then cabernet.

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  167. Melissa 167

    I used to love French Burgundy wines. They are still some of my favorite Pinot Noirs – very similar to some Oregon Pinot Noirs, too. Lately, I favor Sauvignon Blanc and Albarino white wines.

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  168. Tracy 168

    When I do drink wine, which is not often, I would always choose a white first.

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  169. Linda 169

    Red. Cabernet.

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  170. a.baker 170

    I tend to go for white first but am equally in love with both white and red. However my go to easy to drink and light wine is pinot grig. however a nice cab sav is always accepted.

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  171. Dea Burmingham 171

    I have too much of a sweet taste to do much red… I love Dr. Loosen Reisling, sadly, when I am going CHEAP (which is often) I drink the Muscato’s

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  172. I know less than nothing about wine. Started drinking a glass a couple times per week with dinner this summer. Penny pincher that I am, began with the rot gut bottom shelf whites, sparklings and a couple zins – UGH!! – Quickly discovered rot gut bottom shelf stuff is called that for a REASON. Worked my way up from the bottom to the (supermarket) mids and so far my favorite is a white named Barefoot Pinot Grigio. I’m too chicken to even attempt reds – they don’t come in 4 packs! :)

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  173. Maggie 173

    Definitely red, Cabernet-Merlot blend is awesome – however separately works too !! My current favorites come from Australia.

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  174. TallieAnn 174

    Unless I’m outside on an exceptionally hot day I’ll always choose red wine. I really love Zinfandel, Cab, and Shiraz (Syrah whatever!) but there isn’t a type of red I don’t like as far as I know.

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  175. Chris 175

    I nearly always choose white, and prefer sauvignon blanc. Chardonnay as a second choice, but then usually would take a beer instead. I’m bored with chardonnay.

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  176. RobinSue 176

    Whites on the fruitier and sweeter side. But really I go for Belgian Beers- Gasp!

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  177. megan 177

    Definitly red. A zin would be my first choice but I’ve been seen in the Pinot section! :)

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  178. erin 178

    I also lean towards a White, preferably a Sauv.Blanc.

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  179. Beth 179

    red, Zin or Pinot.

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  180. Lori 180

    I almost always go for red wine. I like a cab sav or zinfandel. Coppola Claret is tasty tasty.

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  181. Amanda 181

    White, but I prefer a sparkling wine like Moscato. Mmmm! Very fruity and delicious.

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  182. Martha 182

    Our “go-to” wine of choice is good zinfandel.

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  183. marci 183

    I generally drink white, although occasionally I’ll want a nice bold glass of red (usually Zin, Cab, or Malbec). With the whites I tend to love one exclusively for a couple of months and then move on. Right now, I can’t get enough of the sauvignon blancs. Last month, it was pinot grigio. Before that, chardonnay. But my all time favorite go-to white is falanghina. It’s reasonably priced, and complicated enough to go with everything. My favorite brand/vintage is the 2007 Terredora.

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  184. oktree 184

    If it is summer, I go for white and usually like a nice viognier or a light sauvignon blanc or chenin blanc or an unoaked chardonnay. If it is cooler temps, we go for reds more. Specific reds we drink are pinot noir, yummy malbec or a cab, but really like some blends, but never a merlot.

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  185. Erin M 185

    In the last few years (since I turned 30) I have noticed I am more of a Red Wine drinker. It used to vary on the season. White always in the summer, and Red in the winter. However, now I drink Red most of the time. I guess my palate has changed after two kids! I definately appreciate a good Cab-Sav. That is my ultimate favorite.
    Love you, Love the blog. Thanks for making me smile.

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  186. Beaujolais, Pinot Noir, Shiraz
    Sancerre
    hope it helps.

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  187. Debra 187

    It really depends on my mood. For example, tonight we will attend a jazz concert at the Hollywood Bowl. We will have chardonnay first with dinner and a red as we listen to the concert and eat some chocolate.

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  188. Elizabeth Keller 188

    I have a tendancy to go for a nice Pinot Noir and my second choice would be Cabernet Sauvignon. I rarely drink white wines.

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  189. It often depends on what I plan to eat. If I’m in an Italian restaurant, I am more likely to order red. In other restaurants, it may depend on what I think I’ll order.

    If I’m drinking at home (which I don’t do very often) it’s almost always white. I cook more with white, so it’s more likely to be in the house. I also find that if I’m just drinking at home alone after work, I probably don’t want something as intense as red wine. I’m also pickier about reds. I can drink most white wines you stick in front of me. The reds I run a higher risk of saying, “yuck”.

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  190. Greg 190

    When I feel like red, I choose Pinot, when I feel like white, I choose a Riesling or Sancerre. My first choice is usually an affordable Pinot. as long as it has varietal character, I’m happy.

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  191. laura 191

    i love both, but tend to go for white. sauvignon blanc and pinot grigio are my favorites!

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  192. sarah r 192

    white
    pinot grigio

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  193. Marion & Charlie 193

    We like reds.
    Amarone
    Barolo
    Tuscans
    But do like Prosecco. We’ve enjoyed Hazlitt Winery Red Cat and Spyder Bite. Also Fat Frog Red from Montezuma Winery and from Bully Hill (love the labels) Sweet Walter Red for after dinner sipping and a white wine Aurore.

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  194. Linda 194

    White Zinfandel is my favorite.

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  195. EB 195

    It really depends on what I’m eating. If there will be a bit of everything…. I head for a Spanish rose.

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  196. Wendy 196

    Red … Old Vine Zinfandel

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  197. Brian 197

    My wife and I started out with Pinot Gris years ago and now drink mainly cabernet sauvignon. Occasionaly we’ll grab some Zin or Sangiovese.

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  198. Haley J. 198

    I tend to go for white first IF sauvignon blanc and MAYBE pinot grigio is available. Or gruner veltliner (swoon!).

    If not, then I switch to red. Beaujolais nouveau when it’s in season, cabernet sauvignon when it’s not, pinot noir if everything else fails.

    Riesling if I must appease my husband.

    Zinfandel and chardonnay = rock bottom.

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  199. Kate 199

    White. Chardonnay or pino grigio.

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  200. that girl down south 200

    Pinot noir first in the cooler months, chardonnay/sauvignon blanc in warmer.

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  201. Susan Abbott 201

    I always choose white, and most often Chardonnay.

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  202. Anna 202

    Whites are my favorite, and I usually go for Riesling or Chardonnay.

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  203. Mrs. L 203

    Red. Malbec. Or a 100% cab.

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  204. Melynda 204

    Wow, what a great response. I was not going to add my .05 cent worth because although I drink wine, I am NOT a good picker, because (sorry) it is about the price. But I do love Shiraz, and after that a drier Riesling. I don’t like sweet wines.

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  205. garden dogs 205

    White or red depends upon the meal and the season. Generally speaking, a nice light white or saignee of pinot noir is a great warm weather wine. In the cooler/cold months, I prefer a more substantial wine – fits the meals, as well as the temperature.

    That being said, white or red needs to go well with the meal. I suppose there is a white wine that goes well with steak or a beef stew, but I would prefer a red.

    Sweet wines = dessert wines to my palate

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  206. Lori 206

    My go-to wine is always New Zealand sauvignon blanc especially during the warmer months

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  207. Carrie 207

    My first choice is a Gewurztraminer, then Riesling. If I want to splurge, I get a raspberry wine with chocolate in it from our local winery.

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  208. Noble Pig 208

    Rechelle- I am laughing so hard. You are just the most hilarious person I have never met.

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  209. Chantelle 209

    Have found that I prefer Syrah/Shiraz over most others. Mainly because they are generally inexpensive but don’t taste cheap.

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  210. Maria in Oregon 210

    Red. Merlot. Not too picky. Second choice, white, Pinot Grigio.

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  211. Biz 211

    I used to always be a white wine drinker – usually chardonnay or pinot grigio. But it turns out I never had a good red wine so I never drank it – ever!

    Having worked in high end restaurants though, I’ve discovered some amazing reds – and while I sometimes still prefer a crisp glass of pinot grigio – my go to wine is shiraz. 😀

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  212. PJ 212

    I am a white wine drinker. I like the Riesling, pinot noir, and Chardonnay. The only thing I use red wine for is for cooking special dishes.
    The white wines I buy , some come from Australia and they usually run around $15 a bottle, and the grocery store has some good ones that are under $5! It doesn’t have to be expensive to be good! I am lucky, I live in VA and there are 3 close vineyards to visit and buy wine!

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  213. blair 213

    Reds – in this general order of preference…
    Rioja, Cab Sauv., Merlot, Shiraz… other

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  214. Lisa 214

    Red, always red, and I probably like Pinot Noir best but often end up with a Zinfandel because of label appeal or with a Cab because of price.

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  215. we are red wine drinkers all the way. Our first choice is Merlot or Cabernet.
    If we have a white wine person in the mix then we order a Chardonnay.

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  216. I love the pierogi recipe!

    My kids love them, but sadly I’ve only given it to them from a box! I’ll have to carve a day out to make your mommas!

    In answer to your question, I like white wine always first, I’ll take red if that’s all there is, but I’m not a huge fan of red wine

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  217. Lisa 217

    White wine – Sauvignon Blanc

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  218. Vanessa 218

    Usually gravitate towards red… and if it is up to me a Shiraz.

    If I’m in the mood for white I’d go with Sauvignon Blanc..

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  219. Pamela Laurijssens 219

    We drink red wine, we prefer Merlot. Not expensive ones, but the cheap Merlot in the French supermarket. We pay about 3 dollars for a bottle.

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  220. Mary Ellen 220

    Prosecco is just about the only white wine I drink.

    Now that we live on the east coast, French wines and California wines are about the same price. I go mostly for French reds, specifically Cotes du Rhone and, when I’m feeling flush, Chateauneuf du Pape.

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  221. pat 221

    wed…always red! Unless it is a hot summer day with a light meal, occasionally I will have a glass of a white. Otherwise always red; a smooth cabernet sauvignon. And I try to stick with bottles under $12, preferably $10…its amazing how many good ones are out there if you are willing to hunt!

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  222. Wild Boar 222

    Red. Cabernet Sauvignon from Australia but lately trying to get more rich Malbecs to try.

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  223. Janet 223

    Good for you Cathy, for learning how to make these flavor- and happy memory-filled pierogies for posterity’s sake. Be sure to teach your sons how to make them, too, someday.

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  224. Alison 224

    I prefer a good Chardonnay, especially to sip while preparing dinner. As for red, I enjoy Spanish Tempranillo or a rich Cabernet, heavy on the cherry, chocolate notes.

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  225. JIM-49 225

    Well,love the site and may be “Sorta Square to Some”!! But,I’m only 60,and not old enough for beer or wine!! No,Thanks,to the Great Heavenly Father,don’t have to have it!!

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  226. Shannan 226

    When we are out on the patio in the summer – it is usually white. Usually a chard unless our South African varietal friend ambles over. During the Fall and into the Winter we tend to sip the reds. I am in the PNW so we are lucky to have wonderful local pinots. We have a friend who nurtures grapes out your way. We open her goodies (Patricia Green Cellars) when feeling something special is in order… usually the first spit roasted spring lamb. OK, that is Spring. So… mostly reds.

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  227. will 227

    I always prefer to start with a white, normally chardonay of sauv blanc. Enjoy red also but after and that would be a shiraz/syrah or a malbec or a nicely aged cab sauv(although cant always affford!)

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  228. Lynda 228

    When it’s hot outside–white (pinot blanc) when it’s cold–red (cabernet-franc, grenache, usually a blend)

    Just found your website and love it!

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