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Let some "Cats" out of the box tonight

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If the thought of serving traditional red wines is as appetizing as a stale piece of fruitcake, then introduce “Herding Cats” merlot/pinotage to perk up the crowd.

The blend, made from South African varietals, is part of the Octavin Home Wine Bar collection. The festive red and black spotted cask is eye-catching and will definitely define you as the pick of the litter.

Octavin’s packaging allows more value for the global wine dollar and the concept of “one glass at a time”. The eye-catching 3L retails for $24 which is equivalent to four 75 ml bottles. This equation breaks down to $1.20 a glass. The vacuum-packed bag keeps air and sunlight out and freshness in for six weeks or more.

Pinotage varietal is often blended and made into fortified or red, sparkling wine. Winemaker Peter Carstens took the unique approach of blending this smoky grape with merlot for an unusual selection.

“We have herded together the popular merlot with the flavorful South African pinotage to achieve a wine packed with aromas of cherry, plum and a hint of toasty oak.” He said. “This wine is versatile and food-friendly. Try it with baked brie as an appetizer, grilled chicken on top spinach salad with toasted almonds or wood-fired pizza with sun-dried tomatoes.”