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Tickle your taste buds with new wines

Published:Thursday | August 7, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Jason Clarke
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Jason Clarke, CONTRIBUTOR

From time to time, we find and experience things that genuinely tickle our senses and truly invoke a sense of enjoyment with every sip. Not always the function of the most expensive bottle, there are some new additions to the shelves that are beautiful, fine-formed and delicious wines, with such a mix of character and humour that lend themselves to a delightful evening.

New to the shelves is a line of blends from The Trapiche house. The Trapiche Extravaganza red blend is a beautiful blend of Malbec, Bonarda and Syrah. A bit sweeter than most red blends out of California, it is the ideal option for new wine drinkers, who would prefer a certain degree of sweetness balanced with rich fruit aromas. After the first sip, I couldn't help but want more. It really was quite remarkable.

A blend like this is ideal with grilled meats, which is great at this time of the year with the number of barbecues that are likely to occur.

The white blend, which is equally enjoyable, is a mix of Torrontes and Chardonnay. It has great floral and citrus notes, which, again, make this blend very approachable for new wine drinkers. It is great on its own as an afternoon sip or pairs extremely well with fish or salads.

CK Mondavi

This Californian winemaker - not to be mistaken with Robert Mondavi - is a winery with a rich family heritage. It produces nine different wines, not all of which I have tried as yet, but I'm planning to. I would like to highlight the moscato and Pinot Grigio. All the wines from this house are screw tops, which have proven to be quite convenient, although there are those who are still not up for a screw top.

Typically, I'm not a fan of sweeter wines, but I must confess, the moscato was supremely enjoyable. With a floral and fruity nose, this white wine, when served cold, is delicious. Much to my surprise - because I never thought of Chinese food with a moscato - this one works like a charm and has just the right balance.

The Pinot Grigio is my favourite. It's just so refreshing. Aromas of peaches and pears combined with tropical fruit, its nose suggests have more. Particularly with the heat we have been experiencing, this is perfect for daytime sipping. I must warn you, though, it is so delicious, you may end up drinking it like water. The screw top makes for easy travel for a day on the beach or a picnic under a tree. Give it a try and taste something new and interesting.

For those interested in tasting some of these wines, join me this evening at Bin26 Wine bar in Devon House from 5 to 7 p.m. to taste something different and share your feedback.

I am not an expert, merely a wine enthusiast sharing my thoughts and experiences. Feel free to share your own experiences at wineenthusiastja@gmail.com.