IS YOUR WINE VOCABULARY limited to red and white wines only? Are you only asking for house pouring wines at restaurants because you have no idea what types of wines are available other than red?
Fear not, by knowing these 5 different wines especially their taste difference, you should be ordering these 5 most available wines in Malaysia like a pro in no time.
We start off with the wine named Merlot, (pronounced Mer-loh..not Mer-lot as a handful of Malaysians do pronounce it that way). Often known to be less tannic than Cabernet Sauvignon, it is often considered a good full bodied red wine to be introduce to a newbie. If you like the aroma and flavours of plums, chocolate or even black berries then this wine would be for you. Popular and notable Merlot wines found in Malaysia include wines from Australia, Chile and USA.
Also known as Syrah in Northern Rhone, France, this is the wine often associated with spice due to its peppery flavour. It is also a full-bodied wine with aromas/flavours that can suggest berries, smoked meat, black pepper and ginger. If you are like me, who likes more tuned-down pepperiness, Australian Shiraz, especially from the Barossa Valley is a good choice for its delicate aromatic range.
Known as the king of red grapes, as this grape is the one responsible for the fine French wines known as Lafite, Latour, Margaux and Mouton Rothschild. For normal day-to-day consumption, a Cabernet Sauvignon from Australia, Argentina, Chile and South Africa won’t disappoint.
If Cabernet Sauvignon is the king of red grapes, then Chardonnay is the king of white grapes due to the vast region it is being cultivated. Basically this white wine would never go wrong. Most of the Chardonnay available in Malaysia generally are oaked chardonnay hence they tend to have vanilla, lemon curd or praline aroma/flavour. If you like your Chardonnay light, choose a unoaked chardonnay like Chablis.
Sauvignon is a pale, relatively light and acidic wine and with a perfume aroma. This is my wine of choice especially if I’m having seafood due to its crisp and fresh nature. It definitely can be drunk on its own and I can always identify a Sauvignon Blanc due to its freshly cut grass aromas. My choice of Sauvignon Blanc is from New Zealand particularly from the Marlborough region. Just always remember to get the youngest vintage possible and serve well chilled.
Trina is the founder of Wine Tasting Malaysia, an online based wine enthusiast group with weekly wine tasting events all around the 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 Wine Tasting Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur) ─ Meetup or Facebook’s winetastingmalaysia She calls Subang Jaya her home and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org