The modern world is one that constantly requires you to keep up, whether it’s binge-watching the latest must-see show, catching the next blockbuster on the big screen, or reading the hot new book release so you can contribute to all those online discussions.

But sometimes all we want to do is revel in the comfort of our old favourites. Re-reading the classics because we know they will bring us joy when we need it, or watching a film you’ve seen a million times before because it will give that much-needed warm glow.

Well, you can apply all these arguments and emotions to drinking wine too. The wine world revolves around new vintages and there is always experimentation and innovation to appreciate, but sometimes you just need to go back to your old favourites for some extra vinous reassurance.

Australian Shiraz


I’m sure I’ve mentioned this before, but trying Australian Shiraz for the first time was a bit of a landmark event for me. It wasn’t particularly memorable in terms of quality (think the biggest of big brands from the nineties), but it was the first time I realised that wine could pack that much of a punch in terms of fruitiness. I’m sure many wine lovers had similar experiences in their early drinking days. In my opinion, it’s one of the few heavier reds that feels just as suited to summer drinking as it is to colder months (perhaps even more so). As I’m writing this, I now realise it’s been far too long since I tried an Aussie Shiraz, so this warm barbecue weather feels like the ideal opportunity to rectify that.



We all remember where we were the first time we found out that Chablis was made from Chardonnay grapes. Yet every time I drink some (not often enough these days), it still strikes me as remarkable and a testament to the craft of winemaking as well as the versatility of Chardonnay – something I’ve gone into in a previous post right here. It was also one of my favourite facts to impart to interested customers when I worked in a wine shop even though I’m sure some of them didn’t believe me. If you want that unique steely hit that you can really only find with a Chablis, start saving up your pennies because that higher price is most definitely worth it.

Chilean Merlot

CLR08I montes merlot 170614_jpgA bit like Aussie Shiraz, this is one of those easy introductory reds, an example of something that one particular country or region does very well. I often think Chilean Merlot gets left behind a bit in terms of recognition. It’s a type of wine that is always there in the background as a bit of a safety net if you need a medium-bodied red but doesn’t get enough credit for how well-made it is. Think of all the fanfare Argentinian Malbec gets and you’ll see what I mean. We’ve all reached out for a bottle of Chilean Merlot in our time without really thinking about it, but once you crack open a good bottle, it those plummy, dark chocolate aromas can take you back and offer you the comfort of knowing you’re in for a decent tipple.
So, if you’re overwhelmed by the sheer amount of choice available right now when it comes to wine, perhaps it’s time to re-discover the old favourites. Don’t see this as ‘settling’ for the familiar – these wines are classics for good reason and deserve to be celebrated as such.