The Perfect Complement: Beverage expert helps you pick your next sip

May 4, 2011 

WINE

2007 Woodbridge Syrah, California; $7

This wine has depth and complexity you usually do not see in a bottle of wine that costs less than $10. The nose has beautiful fruit notes of cherry and hints of clove that let the taste buds kick into gear for the first sip. The flavors are out of this world, with ripe red cherries and raspberries flowing across the tongue then developing into dark fruit with hints of black plum and subtle flavors of pepper starting to show. All the flavors linger nicely. The finish lets the fruit continue to develop and introduces some clove and cola notes to the tasting experience. This is definitely a wine for warm evenings or meals on the grill.

SPIRIT

Camarena Silver Tequila, Mexico; $20

One of the most important parts of making any good tequila drink is selecting a great tequila. You want one that will not break the bank, without giving up quality.

The most important quality cue to look for when purchasing tequila is making sure the label notes it is 100 percent agave. This is your guarantee that the tequila you are drinking has no additives, flavoring or coloring. Tequila labeled "Oro," "Joven" or "Gold," by comparison, indicates designation as a "mixto," a lesser-quality tequila made with equal parts agave and cane sugar distillates that can often lead to hangovers. Camarena is 100 percent agave and at a good price, making this a must-have for sipping alone or any get-together.

The aromas of the Silver are clean, leading into tastes of pure agave, sweet tequila on the front with no burn and floral fruit notes.

Lain Bradford is a wine writer and reviewer who has achieved his first level master sommelier certificate and is working toward his Certified Wine Educator degree. He only writes about beverages that are available in South Carolina and Georgia. Follow him on Twitter under the name "winereview."

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