Hi guys! We will be running a South African BYOB wine tasting on the evening of February 4th.
Please bring a bottle of one of these South African varietals:Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinotage, Shiraz/Syrah, Cab Franc or Cabernet/blend, and please post which bottle you will be bringing once you know to try and avoid duplicates (year verticals are great though). There will be an additional event charge of $5 to those who attend, to be paid at the door of the event to help pay for cheese/bread, etc. Feel free to split the costs for an expensive bottle with another attendee if you can coordinate, but you should spend a minimum of $20 per person.
This event will be run uptown at a residence that can be reached on the 1 Train line (apx. 20 minutes from Times Square)
There will be 9 spots open for this tasting. Due to the limited space, please confirm as YES only if you are certain that you will attend.
We will be sampling South African table wines, concentrating on those varietals that have garnered high praise in recent years as South Africa has developed as a leading global wine producer. (South Africa is also a major producer of fortified wines - perhaps for another tasting).
South Africa has been producing wines since the 17th Century Dutch settlers first transplanted European vines, and several of the vineyards still producing in the Cape are over 200 years old. However, until about 20 years ago South Africa was known mainly for relatively cheap vins ordinaires. Since the collapse of apartheid, new capital and talent have moved into the industry, which is based on one of the best climates and geographies for wine growing in the world. The old centers of Constantia, Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschoek have flourished, and new areas such as Walker Bay and Swartland have developed. South Africa is still best known in the US for producing good value, straightforward wines such as those produced by Two Oceans and Excelsior. Alongside these high volume producers have developed hundreds of smaller private and co-op vineyards, with many producing world class wines.
The most famous indigenous grape varietal is pinotage, a 20th Century cross-breeding of Pinot Noir and Cinsaut that has achieved prominence in recent years as wine makers have carefully developed its style. However, most production is devoted to first world varietals that flourish in the Mediterranean climate_ Chenin Blanc (the traditionally most important white grape in South Africa), Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc in whites, and Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and, increasingly, French-style blends among the red wines.