Pinotage: "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood"

Hello Friends,

Remember the 60’s hit by Nina Simone “Don’t let me be misunderstood”? Well that song title fits Pinotage like a leather glove. Pinotage is a wine that turns some wine drinkers away, even in the grapes homeland of South Africa. Some of this reaction may be fair. Before vineyard and winery techniques improved, there were some harsh examples released for public consumption coming out of South Africa. Nowadays, there are some nice examples of Pinotage waiting to be uncorked or unscrewed and enjoyed. Pinotage is largely unique to South Africa and is a cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsaut. Pinotage was bred at Stellenbosch University in the 1920’s and came to prominence some four decades later after winning numerous awards. Other wine producing regions doing good things with Pinotage are California and New Zealand. Believe it or not, we are doing good things with Pinotage right here in Virginia.

Join us for the Pinotage Party, friends!

This week a few of my Twitter friends joined the #pinotageparty with Keith of Brain Wines and me with the plan to review a bottle of Pinotage and post it to our respective blogs next Friday - February 12th, 2010. The idea here is to show that Pinotage is a wine worth buying and trying despite what you may have heard. To search the Pinotage Party on Twitter use the #pinotageparty hash-tag. The Pinotage Party-Goers include:

~~~ The Pinotage Party Roll ~~~

Keith of Brain Wines
John of
Anything Wine
Benjamin of
Randy of
The Wine Whore
Tonisha of
The Grapevine
Lindsay of Ronga's Rant
Peter May of
The Pinotage Club
Tammy of To Close to the Mason-Dixon
Gwendolyn of blog
Sue of Wine of the week blog
Steven of Terroirists Wine blog
The Sassy Sisters of The Wine Harlots Wine blog

Check out these great blogs, friends !!!

Stay tuned friends ... lot's more to come!

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