Friday December 6, 2013
From superb sparkling wines (many made méthode champenoise) to rich dessert delights, and a healthy spread of both well made (and well-priced) reds and whites, South Africa's wine scene continues to gain ground in terms of both export volume and international wine fans. With a quarter of a million acres under vine and tremendous variety in regional terroir, the wine region of South Africa provides a palate adventure that continues to unfold in the global glass.
While home to many well-known international grape varieties, like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay, regional South African wines highlight unique expressions and palate personalities on these classic grapes thanks to the diverse terroir and intense growing climes. South African Cabernet Sauvignon, for example, tends to take on earthier undertones, with more minerality in the final makeup, while the Cape's Sauvignon Blanc plays with a peppy pungency that is fresh and wildly appealing. For those seeking South Africa's most popular native grape, check out the smoke-laced, spice-driven nuances of Pinotage (made from a courageous viticultural cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsault).
Want to learn more about South Africa's intriguing wine history or discover the region's top wines and producers? Then check out our South African Wine Guide here.
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Thursday December 5, 2013
A well made Bordeaux blend from South Africa's Stellenbosch wine region, the 2010 Mulderbosch Faithful Hound charms with solid color concentration, vivid blackcurrant and dark cherry aromas flattered by clove and pepper spice, and plenty of ripe fruit.
With almost 50% Cabernet Sauvignon the medium body brings well-developed fruit to the forefront with tangible tannin structure and seamless integration. Black fruit wrapped up in dark chocolate with a full-flavored finish puts a tasty twist on pairings that feature a variety of beef-based recipes.
Tuesday November 26, 2013
There is just something about Domaine Carneros' Brut Rosé that elevates an event, a dish, or a conversation. It's not just the bubbles (though they certainly add their fare share of merriment), but it goes beyond the bubbles - the symbiotic symmetry of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, promising a yin-yang-like collaboration of fruit and flowers, the leaner lines of Pinot Noir mix effortlessly with the fuller profiles of Chardonnay, an ambitious interplay of raspberries and strawberries swim in a swirl of toasty vanilla and finishes with definition and enduring balance.
An easy, albeit elegant pairing partner, this particular brut rosé has the acidity and palate profile to welcome a surprising assortment of recipes with infinite versatility. Perfect for holiday pairings from appetizers to berry-based desserts!
Thursday November 21, 2013
With so many solid, international wine options gracing wine shop shelves these days, picking a wine for dinner can be a daunting task. Should you gamble on the witty shelf-talker, or be sold by impressive ratings and high-scoring points, opt for clever labels, amusing names, or just close your eyes and run through a quick game of eeny, meeny, miny, moe?
The wine picking pressure mounts, when said dinner just happens to be the ever annual Thanksgiving Dinner. Gatherings of family, friends, and an almost epic collection of trendy to traditional Thanksgiving Day recipes can meld into a single, high-stakes wine buying occasion. Which wines work well with a variety of Turkey Day dishes? Reds, whites, and sparkling wines can all stake a confident claim at the Thanksgiving Day dinner table. Curious to snag some tried and true Thanksgiving Day wine finds? Then take a quick peek at out our recently updated Top Pick Wines for Thanksgiving guide.
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