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Best wine for my taste? Sweet, limited acidity?

I can't seem to stomach wine easily, even the smell is pretty awful, but I want to acquire a taste for it for special occasions. I'm tired of being the only person toasting with a coke! I don't like sour, acidic or alcohol tastes, so I may be out of luck, but if anyone has any recommendations I'd really appreciate it. I should also mention that the above mentioned flavours are all usually much worse when cold, so I'm hoping for a good room-temp wine. Thanks in advance!
posted by Ellabelle797 on Feb 9, 2014 - 24 answers

 

Does organic produce taste better than conventional?

The other day I bought some yellow bell peppers at my local grocery store at a discount. When I went to cook them, I noticed they had a much stronger flavor than I expected, which was more complex and tastier to boot. When I looked at the little sticker that was on them I saw that they were labeled organic. I was cutting up some conventionally farmed green peppers at the same time, and compared to the yellow ones they barely had any flavor at all, and a very superficial flavor at that. [more inside]
posted by sam_harms on Jan 22, 2014 - 31 answers

What are some dishes that emphasize texture?

My mom may have permanently lost her senses of smell and taste due to a complication from a nasty virus she had in the spring. This is understandably depressing for her. What are some suggestions I can give her for foods that emphasize texture to help her find new ways to enjoy food?
posted by torisaur on Aug 14, 2013 - 22 answers

Do you know your onions?

What's up with onions? Why are they so mild these days? [more inside]
posted by pipeski on Jul 4, 2013 - 18 answers

Can I put something bad-tasting on my hands to discourage bitey cat?

I have an adult (5ish years old) foster cat who is very friendly and mostly trusts us (we've had her for over 2 years now). She's very loving but is very much her own cat, and would prefer her space be respected at times. I'd like for her to express her moods in non-biting ways. [more inside]
posted by amtho on Jun 28, 2013 - 23 answers

The five sense of sex

Looking to spice things up in the bedroom through a five senses game. A card with each sense for him/her on it is mixed and then we have an enticing way to deal with that sense. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 21, 2013 - 7 answers

Ill and disgusting taste in my mouth? No thanks.

Please give me your recommendations for cough drops that actually taste good! [more inside]
posted by horizonseeker on Mar 24, 2013 - 30 answers

Getting Rid of Garlic/Onion Smell and Aroma

The aroma and flavor that garlic and onion in any form yield stay in my system way longer than reasonable. I need to be able to eat these two foods to help my immune system and my sinuses function better, but I can't stand the aftermath anymore (and now that I have a boyfriend again, I'm extra sensitive to yucky breath and stuff). What can I eat or drink to counteract these side effects so I can keep onions and garlic in my diet? [more inside]
posted by These Birds of a Feather on Jan 6, 2013 - 12 answers

What's happened to my tastebuds and tongue?

Why does my tongue feel furry and my tastebuds seem wonky after eating a salad?? [more inside]
posted by soymilk on Oct 16, 2012 - 10 answers

What's this white powder?

What (if any) powdered drugs, illegal or pharmaceutical, can be identified by taste or smell - you know, like how the cops do on TV? [more inside]
posted by forallmankind on Sep 24, 2012 - 15 answers

Who is an expert in fragrance?

Many fragrances either smell wrong to me (the "raspberry" shampoo I use that smells sort of like fly spray to me), or worse, "light up" different parts of my mouth and tongue, and I can almost always taste them (from only smelling). Who can I talk to about this? I asked a hobby perfumist about the effect one of her fragrances had, but she had nothing to offer. Where do I find a scent scientist?
posted by thylacinthine on Sep 24, 2012 - 25 answers

How worried should I be about an increase in perception of saltiness, bitterness and sourness in foods?

Everything seems to taste more salty/bitter/sour over the last week or so. How worried should I be that it's a sign of a disease? [more inside]
posted by scharpy on Jun 24, 2012 - 18 answers

It was originally sold in tins

Say I want to store my dental floss in a metal container. Are there any (common) types of metal that would make the floss taste funny or become dangerous to my health?
posted by doift on May 2, 2012 - 3 answers

Restaurant-quality desserts?

Part two: How can I make restaurant-quality desserts at home? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Mar 7, 2012 - 24 answers

What books discuss taste like a pro chef would?

Please recommend good books that discuss the theory of food taste and design—analyzing flavors and textures, figuring out pairings, that sort of thing. Either savory or dessert-centered would be fine. [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Feb 28, 2012 - 11 answers

This tastes gross.

Coffee tastes weird: confirmation bias, or something else? [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Jan 3, 2012 - 24 answers

Loss of sense of taste

I just heard from a friend in another state that she suddenly lost her sense of taste, or at least it altered noticeably. She said she has no other symptoms, does not have a cold or congestion, but sweet tastes less sweet and she has to put lots of salt on anything else to give it taste, which she does not normally do. She is in her early 50s, mostly healthy, and is now visiting relatives for a few days. then will be taking a long drive back home. Any ideas what this could be, and could it be serious?
posted by mermayd on Dec 26, 2011 - 20 answers

Carob versus Chocolate in History

Carob versus Chocolate: Carob is widely held up by the Vegan/HealthFoods crowd as the 'healthier' and just as tasty rival to chocolate. However if Carob is really just as great as Cacao/Chocolate then how did Cacao/Chocolate come to surpass Carob and so dominate the European Market? [more inside]
posted by mary8nne on Dec 21, 2011 - 35 answers

Ectoplasm? Algae? Nanobot sheddings?

Why does my fridge's filtered water taste ABSOLUTELY HORRIBLE but only at certain times of day? [more inside]
posted by Nattie on Dec 8, 2011 - 8 answers

Is it normal to enjoy food and drink more on thyroid meds?

I think my thyroid medication is making food and water taste super-delicious - is this normal? [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Nov 25, 2011 - 7 answers

They all taste the same!

I'm going to a wine tasting, but I have a low-level cold that's probably going to be around until then. Will medication save me? [more inside]
posted by themel on Nov 4, 2011 - 4 answers

Water, Water, Everywhere but Only Evian to Drink!

Getting tap water to taste like Evian? [more inside]
posted by citystalk on Oct 18, 2011 - 24 answers

Category: "food" & "drink"

What do various poisons and toxins taste like? What flavor is lead, for example, or strychnine? How about common deadly household chemicals like bleach, or organic toxins like mercury/methylmercury? [more inside]
posted by 2bucksplus on Oct 11, 2011 - 16 answers

I don't want BV *or* a Bitter Vag!

Bacterial Vaginosis Treatment: How long until the godawfully bitter taste from the antibiotics goes away? (NSFW) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 7, 2011 - 3 answers

Something leaving a bad taste in my mouth

Why does my mouth taste like mothballs? [more inside]
posted by specialagentwebb on Jul 5, 2011 - 15 answers

Hi, I'm anon. Am I a philistine?

Do you honestly enjoy reading free verse? Can you explain to me why I should enjoy it, too? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 24, 2011 - 27 answers

I smell/taste copper when I hit my head

Is it common to experience a taste/smell when one's head is hit very hard? [more inside]
posted by Bebo on Jun 20, 2011 - 20 answers

Is there any good TV left that I haven't watched?

I feel as if I have watched all the good TV that exists... (on Hulu/Netflix/YouTube/Vimeo/VBS.tv) help prove me wrong please! I like shows like Californication, The Wire, Sons of Anarchy, a lot, but when it comes down to it I'll also watch stuff like Shark Tank, Top Chef, Bones, Lie to Me... anything even vaguely interesting. [more inside]
posted by ejfox on Jun 19, 2011 - 77 answers

Acquiring acquired tastes

How do I best acquire acquired tastes? There are some foods I want to start eating on a regular basis because they are healthy and economical. What are some strategies and helpful tips for learning to love new foods? [more inside]
posted by skjønn on Jun 17, 2011 - 26 answers

Books re: the artist's journey

Please suggest some older (or not) books/films/things that talk about the idea that you're just going to be bad for a long time before you're really successful at, or really master something (particularly an artistic pursuit). [more inside]
posted by Glinn on Jun 9, 2011 - 7 answers

Why do some things smell better than they taste? And how/can I change that?

When I smell many foods, they nearly always smell better than they taste. Whatever it is smells marvelous but as soon as I pop it in my mouth I wonder where the flavor went. My question is why this might be, whether it is just me, and what I can do, if anything, to improve my sense of "taste".* [more inside]
posted by Deathalicious on May 3, 2011 - 21 answers

How to become an omnivore...and like it?

An adult friend of mine is very, very picky about food. She doesn't eat any vegetables in their recognizable forms (e.g. hates tomatoes, but tomato sauce is no problem). Fruits, meats, dairy and other starchy stuff (bread, potatoes, rice, etc.) are all OK, but she'll gag on a piece of lettuce. What can she do to expand her tastes? Is it as simple as forcing yourself to eat a tomato once a day, or is there any pattern for how people can learn to appreciate more foods? [more inside]
posted by phaedrus441 on Apr 25, 2011 - 42 answers

Does caffeine really taste like anything?

Does caffeine really taste like anything? And if not, why does caffeine free soda (specifically Caffeine Free Diet Coke on my desk) taste so much worse than the caffeinated version?
posted by werty on Mar 17, 2011 - 26 answers

The Senses of San Fran

What sort of sensory things - tastes, smells, sounds, you know the deal - are reminiscent or representative of San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Jan 30, 2011 - 45 answers

What is the "gamey" taste in meat?

I don't notice anything particularly distinctive about the flavour of so-called game meats. Why do some people say they taste so different? [more inside]
posted by Brentusfirmus on Dec 30, 2010 - 17 answers

Do drugs affect taste?

I have recently started taking a low dose of Amitrypteline (40mg a day). I have noticed that some foods seem to taste different: Coffee is more bitter and orange juice tastes sharper. Is it the medication or my imagination? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 17, 2010 - 7 answers

I like this, but not that.

Are there any good online resources or even quizzes to help me define or at least better identify my general taste or personal style through specific categories? For everything, not just fashion. [more inside]
posted by Diagonalize on Oct 26, 2010 - 11 answers

Blind Taste Test of Brewing Methods

Has anyone ever heard of a blind taste test for coffee preperation methods? [more inside]
posted by sourbrew on Oct 13, 2010 - 11 answers

Is this art tacky?

Is this art tacky? Don't let me buy something that will be the next painter of light.
posted by treeshar on Oct 12, 2010 - 31 answers

Can you taste hepatitis c?

Can you taste when you have hepatitis c? [more inside]
posted by No1UKnow on Oct 4, 2010 - 5 answers

leftover chicken

why does refrigerated cooked chicken taste different than freshly-cooked chicken? i dislike the strong gamey taste that it acquires. is there anything I can do about it, except covering it up with spices or condiments?
posted by macinchik on Aug 1, 2010 - 24 answers

Seed of Satan

Aniseed (and its demon spawn liquorice, Sambuca and Pernod) is the vilest, most retch-inducing flavour on earth to me. Why? [more inside]
posted by dontjumplarry on Jul 17, 2010 - 44 answers

give me some sugar info.

What are the real differences in darker, unrefined sugars and white table sugars other than "processing is bad, mmmkay"? [more inside]
posted by dozo on Jun 2, 2010 - 19 answers

Food for the tongue

What foods are most enjoyable even with a severely diminished or completely absent sense of smell (anosmia)? [more inside]
posted by caaaaaam on May 26, 2010 - 12 answers

I chipped my tooth, and now I'm getting a strange taste in my mouth.

I chipped my tooth, and now I'm getting a strange taste in my mouth. [more inside]
posted by Kirn on Feb 14, 2010 - 5 answers

Developing musical taste

How do you develop musical taste? What does it mean to "like" a song? [more inside]
posted by pulled_levers on Jan 14, 2010 - 53 answers

Quenching my thirst causes a foul taste

Whenever I wake up in the middle of the night and drink a glass of water, I always wake up with a foul taste in my mouth. Why is this? [more inside]
posted by FusiveResonance on Dec 28, 2009 - 13 answers

Help us find some musical compromise

She thinks I'm a music snob, I think she listens to overcommercialised crap, what can we enjoy together? [more inside]
posted by dickasso on Dec 17, 2009 - 69 answers

Why do I crave sweets when I can't taste them?

I've lost my sense of smell/taste because of sinus congestion. Why do I still crave sweets after a meal? [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow on Nov 12, 2009 - 10 answers

Help me be more sensuous.

What suggestions do you have to help me be more sensuous? [more inside]
posted by Pineapplicious on Nov 8, 2009 - 15 answers

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