My Latest in BKWine Magazine: Tasting Notes on Graham Beck Bubbles

Dear Readers:

Links below to my Graham Beck Wines tasting notes available in BKWine Magazine:

Link to Tasting Notes from my interview with Pieter “Bubbles” Ferriera of Graham Beck Wines in South Africa published in BKWine Magazine here.

Swedish translation of my Graham Beck tasting notes here.

Link to my interview with Pieter Ferriera of Graham Beck Wines in BKWine Magazine here. (Part 3 of 3-part series on artisan winemakers of South Africa.)

Link to  my interview with Bruwer Raats of Raats Family Wines in BKWine Magazine here. (Part 2 of 3-part series on artisan winemakers of South Africa.)

Link to my interview with Ntsiki Biyela, South Africa’s first black woman winemaker, in BKWine Magazine here. (Part 1 of 3-part series on artisan winemakers of South Africa.)

Link to my tasting notes on the wines of Ntsiki Biyela in BKWine Magazine here.

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My latest in BKWine Magazine: A bubbly ride in South Africa – meet Pieter Ferreira at Graham Beck

Wines of South Africa: Part 3 of 3

South Africa’s magnificent sparkling wine, Méthode Cap Classique

A bubbly ride in South Africa – meet Pieter Ferreira at Graham Beck

by L.M. Archer

If Champagne has a sibling, it may be méthode cap classique. Specific to South Africa, cap classique employs the same “traditional method” used to make champagne, whereby the second fermentation occurs in bottle. And if South Africa’s méthode cap classique sparkling wine has a ‘godfather’, it’s Pieter “Bubbles” Ferreira, cellarmaster at Graham Beck Wines in Robertson. BKWine Magazine’s contributor LM Archer meets one of the pioneers of South African sparkling wine, also know under the shorter denomination MCC. Read more here.

Swedish translation here.

Wines of South Africa – Part1: Ntsiki Biyela, Aslina Wines

Wines of South Africa – Part 2: Bruwer Raats, Raats Family Wine

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My latest in BKWine Magazine: Quality by Design at Raats Family Wines in Stellenbosch

Wines of South Africa: Part 2 of 3

Talking with Bruwer Raats, winemaker in South Africa

by L.M. Archer

The ghost of Gaston Huet looms large in the life of Bruwer Raats (pronounced brew-vay rahts) of Raats Family Wines in Stellenbosch, South Africa.

Huet, an unbreakable French vigneron, survived a World War II Nazi concentration camp, then walked three days non-stop after release to make harvest at his Loire Valley domaine. Raats draws upon Huet’s inspiration daily as partner, along with brother Jasper and cousin Gavin, in his family’s Stellenbosch wine estate. Read more here.

 Swedish translation here.

Part 1 of 3: Ntsiki Biyela, the first black female winemaker in South Africa.

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My latest in BKWine Magazine: Ntsiki Biyela, the first black female winemaker in South Africa

Wines of South Africa: Part 1 of 3

Ntsiki Biyela, the first black female winemaker in South Africa

by L.M. Archer

What would you do if you won a scholarship to study a program you knew nothing about, at a place where you didn’t speak the language?

Well, if you’re Kwa-Zulu Natal-born Ntsiki Biyela (En-tee-kee Bee-ye-la), you successfully attend University of Stellenbosch, learn Afrikaans, the regional dialect, and emerge as South Africa’s first black female winemaker. Read more here.

Read the Swedish translation here.

 

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New Feature: Guest Wine Writer Series| № 1| Lauren Mowery on Wines of South Africa

New Feature: Guest Wine Writer Series| № 1| Lauren Mowery on Wines of South Africa

Welcome to binNotes | red thread™

Inspired stories about food and taste makers.

By L.M. Archer, FWS | Bourgogne ML

Today marks the inaugural edition of my new feature entitled

First Friday.

Each first Friday of every month through 2016, I’ve invited some of my fellow wine writers the opportunity to join me here on binNotes |red thread™ and share a feature on some rare, obscure, or under-appreciated wine region for which they feel a special passion.

Selfishly, this allows me to experience new perspectives beyond my own myopic world of pitching, traveling, word-smithing, and deadlines.

It also allows you the opportunity to experience some great wine regions through the eyes of those whose expertise I respect.

I hope you enjoy their stories as much as I do.

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Guest Writer Series | № 1 | Lauren Mowery on Wines of South Africa

For this first edition of First Friday, I’m honored to turn the page over to Lauren Mowery, the weekly wine columnist as well as the coffee and tea columnist for The Village Voice. In 2013, her wine blog Chasing the Vine was recognized as America’s Best New Wine Blog.

Today, Lauren shares her feature on the wines of  South Africa.

 

Credit: Lauren Mowery | Chasing the Vine.
Image: Lauren Mowery | Chasing the Vine.

“Lurching forward, rocking back, the black Jeep fought for purchase on the jagged rocks and loose soil of the Paardeberg mountain slope. Perched on the edge of the leather seat, I grasped the roll bar above me to avoid swaying into my co-passenger’s lap. Four adults had squeezed into the barely three-person rear of the vehicle as rides into the eucalyptus forest, our destination that evening, were scarce.READ MORE.

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Story and photos reprinted by permission of the author, Lauren Mowery:

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