Pinotage

Parentage of the grape: Pinot Noir, Cinsault

History of the grape: In 1925, Stellenbosch University Chief Horticulture Professor Abraham Izak Perold created the Pinotage hybrid by crossing the French varietals Pinot Noir and Cinsault (locally known as “Hermitage”). His attempt at creating a signature grape for the country of South Africa succeeded. The grape grows and ripens easily in the country’s soils, due mostly to the robust Cinsault genes it carries. The flavor of wines made with the grapes can take some getting used to, however. While the Pinot Noir lends some gracious fruit qualities to the mix, Cinsault, which is mostly a blending grape back home in France, gives it a more rustic structure that tends to dominate. 
 
The early history of Pinotage was precarious at best. While it was embraced as a South African grape and widely planted and produced by the 1960s, many countries were wary to do business with South Africa due to its ongoing Apartheid practices. A Read more »

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  • Hey everyone, what are some of your favorite 'everyday' or M-F types of wines to accompany a regular dinner?  I personally have enjoyed the Montoya Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa, and I usually pick it up from Total Wines out here in Virginia.  This is one of those fruit-forward cabs that isn't too complex for me to appreciate, and it usually cost... Read More

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  • Hard to tell the proportion of chili powder, cumin, jalapenos and tomato which ... determiners, IMHO. I had a pinotage last night with homemade pizza that would seemingly do the trick (its oak and extraction would help in this case), but I doubt there are too many of those in your cellar. I'd go astringent-yet-weighty white or earthy red or su... Read More

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  • Balance Pinotage 2012

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  • JD, LIOCO's been on the radar for a while, well before I went walkabout. ... of some good South African pinotage. It's heading towards midnight Saturday over here...I grew up on avocado and grapefuit salad variations (commercial avocado orchards in the family, a few grapefruit trees around the edges). Assume there was someone in the kitchen wi... Read More

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  • From the "Even a blind squirrel finds a nut now and then" file come my tasting notes from a LIOCO Lunch I was invited to today at Healdsburg SHED. Being a local has its advantages. You just have to take them when they come around.   I arrived at the Café and was promptly greeted by Hollie Schulze and Jennifer Derrick, both formerly of Copain. Wh... Read More

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  • Kwv Pinotage 2009

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    Not bad but not special Read More

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  • Jacksons Pinotage 2011

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    Very fruity, rich plum, spicy / pepper, slightly smokey Read More

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  • Simonseg Pinotage Redhill 2010

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  • Cape of Good Hope Basson Pinotage 2009

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