Uncorking the Fun: 6 Beginner-Friendly Wines to Try Today

Uncorking the Fun: 6 Beginner-Friendly Wines to Try Today

Written by: Stan Kushkin

Welcome to the world of wine! As a beginner, choosing the right wine can be a difficult task. With so many varieties and brands, it's hard to know where to start. But fear not, we're here to help!

Before we get started, let me share a personal story about my first experience with wine. I remember trying it for the first time at a family gathering. My relatives were all sipping on glasses of red wine, and I thought I'd join in on the fun. However, as soon as I took a sip, I found the taste to be bitter and unpleasant. I remember thinking to myself, "Why do people even like this stuff?"

But don't worry, my taste buds eventually matured, and I grew to appreciate the subtle flavors and aromas that make wine such a fascinating drink. In fact, I now consider myself a bit of a wine enthusiast.

The Best Beginner Friendly Red Wine Varieties

Some wine lovers claim that is better to start with a light white wine. But I found red wines to be more intriguing:

Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir is an excellent wine for beginners because of its smooth and fruity taste, which is easy on the palate. It's not as tannic as some other red wines, which can be overwhelming for new wine drinkers. The lightness of Pinot Noir makes it perfect for pairing with a wide range of foods, from poultry and seafood to pasta and cheese.

My personal experience with Pinot Noir was delightful. I remember trying it for the first time at a wine-tasting event, and I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. I found the wine to be refreshing, with a light and fruity taste that wasn't too overpowering. Since then, Pinot Noir has become one of my go-to wines, especially when I'm trying out a new restaurant or cooking a special meal at home.

Although Pinot Noir originated in France, it is now grown worldwide. If you're a beginner, I suggest starting with a Californian or Oregon, rather than a French Pinot Noir.


Most probably the word Gamay does not say anything to you. But this is the grape variety that produces the world-famous Beaujolais wines.

Beaujolais is known for its fresh and juicy taste, with flavors of red fruit, such as cherries and raspberries. It's also low in tannins, which can be a turn-off for some new wine drinkers who find tannic wines too bitter or astringent. Beaujolais is usually served slightly chilled, which enhances its refreshing qualities.

Beaujolais is an easy-drinking wine that can be paired with food or enjoyed on its own. The Gamay grape is another French variety, but Beaujolais wines can be called only those wines produced in that specific area in France.


Lambrusco is a fizzy red wine made in Italy. The low alcohol content and the light taste of this wine are why I chose it as a beginner-friendly red wine.

Lambrusco is also known for its fruity taste, with flavors of red and black fruits, such as cherries, blackberries, and raspberries. It's slightly sweet but not overpowering, making it an excellent choice for those who prefer sweeter wines.

The wine's effervescence adds to its refreshing quality, making it a great option for sipping on a hot summer day.

Lambrusco wines are produced in the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy.

The Best Beginner Friendly White Wine Varieties

Now, let's shift our focus to white wines. White wines are made from white or green grapes and are known for their light, refreshing, and often fruity taste.


Looking for a white wine that's easy to drink and enjoyable? For me, that wine is Moscato.

Moscato is typically made using the "Methode Charmat" production method, which involves fermenting the wine in large stainless steel tanks to preserve its fresh, fruity flavors. This process also results in a wine that is slightly effervescent or "fizzy," adding to its light and refreshing character.

Moscato is generally considered a sweet wine, with a residual sugar content that can range from slightly sweet to very sweet. This sweetness helps to balance out the wine's high acidity, which gives it a crisp and refreshing finish.

The Moscato grape is a versatile variety that can grow well in almost any wine country. The most popular Moscato wines, however, come from Italy.


Riesling is another white wine that we recommend starting with. Although, not as fruity as the Moscato, most Rieslings are easy-drinking wines with a refreshing and fruity taste.

Riesling is known for its aromas of citrus, peach, and floral notes, which give it a fragrant and expressive nose. In terms of taste, Riesling can range from bone-dry to lusciously sweet, with flavors of green apple, honey, and tropical fruits.

Riesling grapes are known for thriving in cool climates, such as Germany, Austria, and Alsace. However, wine regions in the USA, such as Columbia Valley and California, also produce excellent Rieslings.

Vinho Verde

Vinho Verde is a white wine with a refreshing, crisp taste, originating from the Vinho Verde region in northwest Portugal. This wine is perfect for beginners due to its low alcohol content, which typically ranges around 9%, providing a lighter drinking experience for those who are new to wine or who prefer a milder option.

Vinho Verde has a distinct flavor profile, with hints of citrus, green apple, and a subtle effervescence, which adds a refreshing touch. Though classified as a dry wine, the acidity creates a slightly sweet taste, making it a versatile pairing option with various dishes. The wine's palate-cleansing qualities make it an excellent choice for pairing with fresh seafood or light salads.


So, there you have it! We've covered some fantastic options for beginner-friendly white and red wines that are sure to provide a delicious and enjoyable experience. If you're just starting to explore the world of wine, Moscato and Vinho Verde are excellent choices for white wines, thanks to their light, refreshing taste profiles and versatility in food pairings.

For red wines, Pinot Noir and Beaujolais are fantastic options for those who prefer a smoother, more approachable taste. They provide a pleasant, easy-to-drink experience that is not too heavy or overwhelming.

Ultimately, the best way to discover your favorite wine is to try a variety of styles and grape varieties until you find the perfect match for your palate. Whether you prefer white or red, dry or sweet, there is a wine out there for everyone to enjoy. So, grab a glass, try some new wines, and cheers to your new favorite wine!

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