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Raise your glass: Random Flex - Girls Night

Published:Thursday | August 20, 2015 | 8:00 AMJason Clarke

No reservations required, no fancy glassware, just a great bottle of something scintillating, a movie, and you have made your own little chill night. Order in, unless you don't mind flexing your chef muscles by making something really fun and delicious. The idea is to keep it simple but special.

So let's start with the mode. Girls' night is supposed to be fun, and most likely there is much gossip to catch up on from the previous week and the ritual venting of the latest drama, a little bubbly is needed. Champagne with light, salty nibbles are the order of the day. There is a refined sophistication associated with sipping from flutes, dry champagne. The crisp bite and the bubbles just tickling your palate is just perfect for a girls' evening. There are other great options that are all dry, crisp and bubbly. Prosseco's from Italy, Cava's from Spain, and Sparklings from USA, all perfect for a girls' night in.

Because its summer, one can't ignore the fresh, grassy citrus aromas of Sauvignon Blancs that, when served really cold, are simply superb. Santa Margarita, Oyster Bay, and my very favourite, Kim Crawford, are all great, refreshing and delicate. The unfortunate thing with a Sauvignon Blanc in this kind of heat is you want to drink it quickly, so you will definitely need to have a few bottles on hand.

Something pink and bubbly, and more so one on the sweet side, is always fun, especially when aroma, taste, body and finish are all in harmony. Luc Belaire Rose is one such lady pleaser. A beautiful French blend of Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah, this rose bubbly is sweet but not too sweet, with lots of subtle nuances. For a girls' night in, this could definitely be a great way to unwind.

Last, but not least, is the always and ever popular Moscato. Sweet is definitely in right now, and for the newer wine drinkers, this is a great way to go. There are several options available that are all likely to do the job and add to a great little flex.

Ladies, give one or all a try. Kick off your shoes, crank the music and have fun. Cheers!

- 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.