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| â„– 1| Lauren Mowery on Wines of South Africa

New Feature: Guest Wine Writer Series| â„– 1| Lauren Mowery on Wines of South Africa

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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.


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.


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

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