Want to be able to drink a few softer reds with a more variety of foods? Enjoy the versatility of a few softer reds. Andrew Corrgian

Softer reds are prized for sheer drink-ability and their versatility. They are generally lower in tannin and versatile with food. These wines are best served slightly chilled. Many are excellent value for money.

Have a look at the variety of softer reds available:

1. Maximus Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre 2011, McLaren Vale
The blend of these three grapes is often simply called “GSM”. Grenache is a terrific and underrated variety for a flavoursome soft red. Wonderful chilled and very versatile with food. RRP$26.

2. Amadio Rosso Quattro 2011
A Merlot blend, the result is a silky soft red with red cherry scent and great drinkability. Enjoy with medium flavoured foods such as pasta, veal and white meats. RRP$16.

3. Antinori Santa Christina 2011, Tuscany, Italy
A blend of mainly Sangiovese, this is a great wine to start a taste of Italy. It is soft and dry and great with antipasto. RRP$18.

4. Bress Pinot Noir 2012, Macedon, Victoria
A classy Pinot Noir below $25 is hard to find. This is a lighter style but still soft yet with great palate length. Very versatile with food. RRP$21.

Andrew Corrigan is a Master of Wine. Wines available from www.wineexperience.com.au.