Just about every day, as wine o'clock approaches, you can find me uncorking or unscrewing a new wine adventure. Being a wine enthusiast, a wine writer, and someone who appreciates the liquid expression of place, a person’s vision, and Mother Nature’s influence, I find wine to be one of the most intriguing beverages out there. It is an area of interest where you never run out of great people to meet and new things to taste and learn.
The five wines selected for this post are all from South Africa. The region has a diverse landscape with a wide range of growing conditions, allowing for a good mix of cool and warm climate grape varieties. From indigenous varieties like Pinotage and regional staples such as Chenin Blanc, to welcome surprises like Gewürztraminer, there is something to suit just about every palate preference when it comes to South African wine. Many of the region's wines offer good value and will suit your pocket preferences, too. For further information and where you can find these wines, please see my tasting notes below.
|Ken Forrester 2013 FMC|
|Paul Cluver 2014 Gewürztraminer|
|Groot Constantia 2013 Sauvignon Blanc|
|Creation Wines 2013 Pinot Noir|
|Lammershoek Winery LAM 2013 Pinotage|
To learn more about the wines of South Africa, I highly recommend the Wines of South Africa website. Follow them on Twitter at @WOSA_USA.