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Gimme A Red!

I am a big white wine fan, particularly Zinfandel, I know, yucky, but would like to branch out into the reds. Could you recommend a good red that I might like. I have not had any luck with the ones I have tried. I guess I am stuck on the sweetness of the zins. Thx.
Answer From Expert Roger Bohmrich MW

Since your palate may tend toward very easy, somewhat sweet wines, it may be hit and miss with reds. My suggestion would be to focus on basic (California) appellation Merlot and basic Australian Merlot and Shiraz. These tend to be soft and fruity, and many contain a small amount of residual sugar.

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Roger has enjoyed a lengthy career in the wine trade as an importer and retailer, and at present he is an educator, speaker and consultant. He set up and managed Millesima USA, a New York merchant affiliated with a leading European company. Previously, he served as senior executive of importers Frederick Wildman & Sons. In recent years, Roger has judged wine competitions in Argentina, Turkey, Portugal, China and the U.S. Roger is one of America's first Masters of Wine.

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