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Break bread and drink wine

Published:Thursday | February 18, 2016 | 2:00 AM

Lent is the Christian season of preparation for Easter. It is a period of observing, fasting, repentance, moderation and spiritual discipline. During this period of moderation, we tend to give up things as part of the sacrifice - red meat, chocolate, rum, no, I am not going to say wine. As a matter of fact, wine has played an integral part in the rituals of the church.

The key here is moderation in the things that we regularly indulge in. No doubt many of you will be making a sacrifice. This season, exercise moderation in fine style with these wine picks for the season of Lent.

Sauvignon Blanc

These crisp, grassy and sometimes aromatic wines are the ideal option of moderation in going green for the next 40 days. Low calorie count and complementing greens like lettuce and arugula in any salad. There are a number of them on the market, but I find the ones from Marlborough, New Zealand, to be extremely herbaceous and fragrant, adding to the overall experience on your palate. An obvious favourite of mine is the Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc. Another, the Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc, which is simply elegant with tropical fruit flavours and crisp, making it yummy.

Chardonnay

Fish is likely to be a meat option during Lent. Whether parrot, red snapper or salmon, Chardonnays really complement this food group well. The buttery the better, especially for those aged in oak that give them a more robust character. The market has a spectrum of Chardonnays available from virtually every major producing wine region and at varying price points. My go-to Chardonnay for Lent happens to be Californian, from the Robert Mondavi Winery, no, not the one from Napa, although if the right occasion exists that's a super great option worthy of the sacrifice. The Robert Mondavi Private Selection Chardonnay is also a great value for money. To quote its conceptualiser, Robert Mondavi: "All things in moderation ... with a few glorious exceptions." A great balance with elements of fruity apples and spiced vanilla, being more a medium-bodied white, this fruity yet low-acidic Chardonnay is the perfect fit.

Red Blends

Although red meat might be off the menu, red blends are also becoming great pairing options because of their versatility in flavour and body. One of my absolute favourites right now is the Australian Blend, 19 Crimes. Every time I open a bottle to share with friends or family, sharing the story behind the name adds to the overall experience. Not only is the story true of the outcast criminals and artists considered to be the undesirables of England, but in sacrificing to give up chocolate for the calorie count, this gives you great mouthfuls of chocolate and spice, with a finish that is soft and fruity.

- I am not an expert, merely a wine enthusiast sharing my thoughts and experiences. Feel free to share your own experiences atwineenthusiastja