If you like this, try that: Part 2
As promised in part 1 of “if you like this, then try that,” we’re back with a few more ideas of new wines for you to try based on those you already know you love. As you know, each varietal typically offers a range of expressions depending on climate and winemaking processes, so this isn’t a set of steadfast rules, but rather a guide – it’s best to taste a few different bottles of each wine to sort out which ones resonate most with your palate.
If you like Cabernet Sauvignon, try Tempranillo
Cabernet Sauvignon tends to swing to the bigger bodied end of the red wine spectrum, with pepper, dark fruits. Tempranillo, which is mostly from Spain, but is sometimes made very well elsewhere (including Australia), may be slightly lighter bodied, but is quite similar in taste. Both are often oaked, with medium tannins and acidity. Both do well with rich smoky foods like barbecued meat.
Cab Sav and Tempranillo are both often oaked
If you like Riesling, try Gewurztraminer
If you’re a Riesling guy, give Gewurztraminer a go. This wine is slightly sweeter than many Rieslings, but its rich aromatics are balanced with citrus fruits, making it an easy alternative to the off-dry and sweet range of Rieslings. It’s no surprise many of the great Rieslings and Gewurztraminer both come from the Alsace region – the conditions here are ideal for making these well-balanced, cool-climate whites.
If you tend to go for off-dry Rieslings, Gewurztraminer might be your new favourite
If you like Merlot, try Grenache
Merlot is a medium bodied, soft red with medium tannins, and can be quite tobacco-heavy when grown in cool climates; Merlot can be rather fruity when produced in warmer, New World locales, such a Australia. Grenache has a similar profile to Merlot, with red fruits and some smoke on the nose. French Grenache will be more similar to cool-climate Merlots, with more tannins and some minerality; if you like the body, fruit and spice that Aussie Merlots boast, try Grenache (Garnacha) from Spain – you can find some real gems from here at a bargain.
If you want more suggestions on which wines you might like, check out Part 1 of this series. 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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