Date: January 07, 2017 09:51AM
I agree with Praydude to start with a white wine. I would recommend a Chardonnay. Try a California or Australian wine. This article discusses what comprises a standard "glass" of wine (there is no standard, although restaurants typically pour around 5.5 oz.) I think if you are drinking for health reasons, 4 oz. is typically recommended. But you might want to check on that. And a little more would do you no harm.http://www.wine-searcher.com/m/2013/11/wine-serves-how-much-do-you-get
Drinking a glass or two of wine should not affect your sleep to any great degree. It doesn't hit you like a drug. It's more of a relaxing effect.
Don't drive when you are first starting to drink alcohol. You need to see how it hits you. Buy a bottle of wine and pour yourself a glass after work or with dinner. Yes, it's best to eat something at first. I come home, enjoy a snack (maybe some crackers with cheese,) and a glass of wine. I have another glass with dinner. The idea of "don't drink by yourself" is bunk.
If you go out to a bar or restaurant, it's best to stick to one drink. Experienced drinkers might be able to handle two. Above that and you are possibly risking a DUI depending on how you spaced your drinks, whether you ate, etc.
I would *not* recommend a sweet wine. This seems counter-intuitive, doesn't it? Sweetness tends to increase hangover potential. Plus it's best to get your palate used to drier wines right from the start.
When you are ready for a red wine, you might start with a Merlot.
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 01/07/2017 09:55AM by summer.