Bubbles, Pinotage and Turning 25

It’s the quarter century already. Where did the time go? It seems like just yesterday that I was turning 13, and then 16, 18, 20 and 21 after that. Now 25! Somebody STOP. THaT. CLOCK! Okay, I don’t really mean that. I love that we’re getting older (Yes, “we” because I refuse to go down alone [insert evil grin]).

It just so happened that the first Wednesday of May (also my first Wednesday back in Kampala) was also the day I completed my first quarter century of life. And as is tradition every first Wednesday of the month, my friends and I headed down to Mythos Greek Taverna for the monthly wine tasting hosted by the fantastic Mike (African Wine Traders). This particular tasting was “Zerida-themed” i.e. I got to choose the wine we tasted (Thanks Mike!) If you’ve been following this blog for  while, you know that I’m crazy about bubbles (sparkling wine) and Pinotage. So guess what we were tasting? That’s right;

bubbles and Pinotage! *insert happy dance*

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The selection pretty fancy this time round. We started with the Christine Marie MCC (Methode Cap Classique: a name given to South African sparkling wines that are made using the traditional champagne method) from Paarl, South Africa; a bright, pale gold sparkling wine with notes of pears and green apples on the nose (my friend Philip picked up on fruity yogurt as well). Slightly tangy on the palate and bursting with an interesting array of flavors. I’d definitely have this one again, and you probably should too (if you’re into that sort of thing).

We then ushered in the reds with the Niel Joubert Pinotage (2012), also from Paarl, South Africa; a medium bodied wine with  purplish edge, ripe plum on the nose with a slight spice backing and ever-so-slight smoky traces. It flowed smoothly cross the palate with light, supple tannins and a dry finish with lasting spice and ripe berry notes. it was a crowd favorite! I personally found it too light (I like my reds full) but nearly everyone else liked it the most out of the four.

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We moved on to the Allée Bleue Pinotage, an award-winning wine from Franschhoek, South Africa. Intense brick red in color, welcoming flavors of ripe cherries and plums, followed by vanilla pods, licorice and some cedarwood. Slight aromas of chocolate and cinammon linger in the glass. a full flavored pinotage with  rich, soft and elegant palate. This was without a doubt my favorite of the four wines.

Last, but not least, was the Kanonkop Kadette Pinotage from Stellenbosch, South Africa; a delicious pinotage from the Masters of  Pinotage -and World Champion Winemakers at the recent IWSC. A complex wine with hints of red fruit and mocha flavors, an elegant tannin structure with a dry finish.

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It was  great evening, as usual. Great wine and great company; what’s not to love? 🙂

Kudos to African Wine Traders and Mythos Greek Taverna for yet another wonderful wine tasting evening and, of course, a great big thank you to our host, Mike for the VIP treatment. My friends and I (and everyone else, I’m sure) had such  blast!

Until next time…

xoxo

Photo credit: Mythos Greek Taverna PR team (and our phone cameras).

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