Pinotage, a hybrid of Pinot Noir and Cinsault created in 1925, is now the dominant grape in South Africa. The variety captures both the hearty qualities of Cinsault and the more delicate characteristics of Pinot Noir. In this example, ripe, fresh blue-black fruit flavors of blackberry and blueberry dominate the palate, followed by pliable tannins on the finish. This light- to medium-bodied red would make a wonderful match for duck and other rich poultry dishes.
Wellington, Cape Winelands, Western Cape, South Africa
A Champagne labeled as Extra Dry is actually sweeter than one labeled as Brut.