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5 Grapes You Gotta Try …


New The Know Your Wine Series… Other than Merlot or Chardonnay.

I RECALL WHEN I first started, I didn’t have a clue about wines but as I drank more and learned more, I realized that I could never finish tasting all the wines there are. Yes it is true … the reason is that there are so many labels of wines and even the same labels feature different years, and yeah… you do the math.


Nevertheless, it is also good to try out different grapes because seriously drinking wine is actually an adventure and haven’t you heard of the saying “Have wine, you will travel?”

So, what say you? Let’s drink from other grapes, other than Merlot and Chardonnay, shall we? 


1Carménère grapes go write

The origin of this grape is from France and it has 1CARMENEREVarietales-Carmenerealways been a small component of the blend but it was later planted in Chile and My , my… the result was tremendous.


It is not to be mistaken for Cabernet due to its pronunciation. This grape produces a rich, spicy and savoury red.


1malbec-grapes go write

Yes, this is another grape born in France but most of the time, it was being relegated to the corner and not given the attention it needed as the blend of Bordeaux wines.1MALBEC catena_mb_2009

Today, Malbec has become a flagship grape for Argentina and Malbec World Day is celebrated on April 17th every year.

In Malaysia, we are lucky to get a great selection of Malbec and it is great with steaks!


1Rieling grapes go writeThis is one of my all-time favourite grapes. There are two versions: one is dry (not sweet) while the another is sweet.

The best Riesling to me is still from Germany although recently I had the pleasure of tasting a dry Riesling not from Germany. It was alright but just not my cup of tea(or glass of wine).

Take my advice, this wine is great with dim sum!

Riesling wines
Riesling wines

Sauvignon Blanc

1Sauvignon Blanc grapess go writeIn France, Sauvignon Blanc was known as Sancerre but it was1sauvignon blanc never as famous as Chardonnay. This grape shot to stardom when it was planted in New Zealand.

There are a few styles of Sauvignon Blanc planted in Marlborough but I prefer those that have the “grassy” or herbal aroma instead of the passion fruit-driven flavour.

Nevertheless both has its charm. This wine to me is an absolute match in heaven with seafood.


1Zinfandel Grpees go writeIt was said this grape originated in Croatia but it is surely1ZINFANDELRavenswoodZin2 making waves in USA. It is a shame that Malaysia has less selection of Zinfandel due to logistics and taxation concerns but if you ever manage to have one in your hand, it will pair well with anything meaty.



Trina is the founder, Wine Tasting Malaysia, an online based wine enthusiasts group with weekly wine tasting events all around Klang Valley.

Often found with a wine glass in her hand, she truly believes life is so much more WINEderful with wines. She is currently on a quest to gather 1000 wine enthusiasts in Malaysia. Be part of her quest by joining Wine Tasting Malaysia via Meetup or Facebook. She calls Subang Jaya her home and can be reached at

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