A very nice progression from riesling would be gewuerztraminer (Fetzer's is good yet affordable). Its a bit more spicy and complex. Notice especially how you will be able to taste a good gewuerz on every part of your tongue. Sweet at the tip, sour at the sides, and bitter in the back.
Originally Posted by Lynchmeister
A good entry level red would be a decent Chianti. Not much oak there, and fruity enough for a beginner to appreciate, yet it does have some of the drier complexity found in many reds
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