For 12 weeks, we feature a wine, and include tasting notes and suggestions for pairings. At the end of the 12 weeks, we’ll review our Mixed Case, and recap the choices. Each mixed case will be chosen by a local wine shop owner, who will also become our wine expert-in-residence during his or her tenure. (So should we need recommendations for a holiday, for example. we’ll ask.) We’ll get a new expert for each case. Right now, we’re working on our Mixed Case from Aries Wine & Spirits in White Plains.
Here’s bottle 4: Wamakersvallei Winery Bain’s Way Pinotage 2010.
Bonus online content
I have to edit it down to fit in the paper, but here is Aries owner Andrea Kish’s full description of the wine.
Wamakersvallei Winery Bain’s Way Pinotage 2010.
Region: Wellington, South Africa; the wine is named after the famous master road builder Andrew Bain who created the gateway to the north through Bainskloof Pass.
Tasting notes: Bright yet complex on the nose and the palate, with strawberry laced with banana and complex ripe dark stone fruits. It has a rich mouth feel with smooth tannins on the finish.
Goes with: Cheeses, tuna, salmon and a wide range of meats from chicken to pork to veal. ALso good on its own.
Why we chose it: Pinotage is a grape unique to South Africa. It is a good value alternative to Pinot Noir that should be sought after by American consumers.