The New World wines have never shied away from experimentation with new styles and varieties, which lead to the production of many successful red wine blends. The great thing about these blends is that they are cost - effective and easy - drinking wines that are bound to win over the hearts of everyone who drinks them. Although winemakers have been producing blends for centuries, modern - day blends are distinct in the sense that winemakers are deviating from the traditional methods and opening up new possibilities by experimenting and testing different grape varieties with each other. Creating one’s own blend requires skills such as flavour balancing. It is not as simple as just blending grapes together; the flavours should complement each other, correct barrel selection procedures should be carried out and the higher quality wines should be separated from lower quality wine so that it can be kept under the ‘Reserve’ collection.