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If you like this, try that: Part 1

One of the best ways to start expanding you wine repertoire is by trying new wines – of course! However, this can be easier said than done when glasses and bottles often come at a steep price, and we aren’t sure the risk will be worth the reward.

A safe place to start broadening your horizons is by moving from wines you know you do like to wines with that are similar. This will help you better understand varietals, notice the subtle and sometimes big difference between them, and take you out of your comfort zone… but not quite too far!

Here are some of my suggestions…

The best way to discover new wines you’ll love is by trying some that are similar to ones you already enjoy

If you like Champagne, try Prosecco.

Prosecco is the Italian answer to the French classic. Champagne is usually drier than Prosecco, which tends to be sweeter and fruitier. Depending on the occasion and what you’re eating, one may be better than the other, but since Champagne is usually much pricier than Prosecco, the latter is a great alternative if you want something fun, fresh and and fizzy.

If you like Chardonnay, try Viognier.  

Both Chardonnay and Viognier are full bodied, aromatic wines, usually oaked and buttery. The aromas themselves are vary slightly, though, with Chardonnay bringing more notes of tart citrus fruits and apple, and Viognier boasting sweeter citrus and floral tones.

If you like Shiraz, try Malbec.

In particular, if you like big Australian Shiraz, you’ll probably like Argentine Malbec. Both are heavy in dark fruits like blackberry and plum, with medium tannins and acidity. Malbec tends to be on the smoky side, which isn’t particularly nice on its own, but ideal with a rich, meaty dish, which is likely why you were thinking of a Shiraz in the first place!

Stay tuned to the blog for more “if you like this, then you’ll like that” posts in the coming week!

If you like big bodied reds like Shiraz, you’ll probably enjoy a Malbec

If you want to know more about trying new wines, see our advice on how to host a fun and simple blind wine tasting.

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Jill Haapaniemi

Jill Haapaniemi

Jill is a lover of all things food and wine. As a food blogger and recipe developer, she is passionate about sharing meals with others, never without a bottle of something to enhance the experience. She spends her free time at her partner’s family winery just outside of Melbourne, and can usually be found drinking Oregon Pinot, wines from the Rhône Valley or Victorian Shiraz.
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