South Africa’s magnificent sparkling wine, Méthode Cap Classique
Pieter “Bubbles” Ferreira of Graham Beck Wines, a founder of South Africa’s Methode Cap Classique sparkling wine.
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.
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.
Ntsiki Biyela, South Africa’s first black woman wine maker.
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.
Today marks the inaugural edition of my new feature entitled
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
Today, Lauren shares her feature on the wines of South Africa.
“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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