South Africa

An Illustrated Guide to Pinotage From South Africa

An Illustrated Guide to Pinotage From South Africa

Love it or hate it, most can agree that Pinotage is distinctive. After all, it isn’t a naturally occuring grape variety. This crossing of Pinot Noir and Cinsault (at that time called Hermitage, hence the name “Pino-tage”) was created in 1925 by scientist Abraham Perold in his personal garden. Why? Nobody knows — Perold left […]

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Alphabet Soup: Decoding Appellation Acronyms from 10 Major Wine Countries

Alphabet Soup: Decoding Appellation Acronyms from 10 Major Wine Countries

Ever look at a few wine labels and find your eyes swimming in what looks like code? You’re not the only one. Among the myriad pieces of intel crunched onto each label (producer, grape variety) is the wine’s appellation, usually designated by a two-to-four-letter acronym. Written as abbreviations such as AVA, AOP, and DOC, appellations […]

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Inside Copenhagen’s Punk-Rock Natural Wine Scene

Inside Copenhagen’s Punk-Rock Natural Wine Scene

I had to double check the label when the waiter handed me the bottle I’d requested. On the front it read, “Testalonga El Bandito.” On the back was the evidence I was looking for: “Wine of South Africa. Place of Origin: Swartland.” My jaw slowly slid toward the table. South African by birth, I live […]

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The South African Wine You’ve Never Heard of but Should Be Drinking

The South African Wine You’ve Never Heard of but Should Be Drinking

The South African wine industry is one of those new regions you might be hearing about more and more. It’s ironic, because even though it’s considered New World, South Africa’s wine tradition is over 300 years old. The irony is not lost on young winemakers in the region, who are finding inspiration in the past. Cinsault, […]

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