Never one to mince words, W. Blake Gray visited South Africa this year and in this and a companion piece on his own site, explored the effect of wind on terroir and wondered how much progress has been made in South African wine post-apartheid.
Like all the best fine-wine regions, South Africa can give you some things you can't get anywhere else.
A look at the sweet wine AOCs of the Loire.
Interesting nose showing apples with a light background of wood smoke. Baked pear with a lemon background lead on the attack. The Pineau d’Aunis makes its presence known on the mid-palate, with pencil lead and wood smoke. It is full-bodied with a mid-length finish. Acids are quite bright. Drink with smoked trout to match the smoky flavors, or sea bass for contrast. Recommended. DH
Editors' note: To close 2011, Palate Press: The online wine magazine will be featuring some of our top stories from the past year. Our final piece comes from one of our newest contributos, Prateek Arora, who brought us details from India's seemingly obscure, but fast growing, world of wine business.