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Let's Explore South Africa's Wine Country

The Cape wine growing areas in South Africa, situated in the narrow viticultural zone of the southern hemisphere, mainly have a Mediterranean climate and the mountain slopes and valleys form the ideal habitat for the wine growing. Long, sun-drenched summers and mild, wet winters contribute to the ideal conditions for viticulture at the Cape.

Liberated by the advent of democracy, the South African wine industry has gone from strength to strength, with exports growing by 280% between 1998 and 2012. Currently, more than 3,596 farmers cultivate some 101,016 hectares of land under vines. Some 275,600 people are employed both directly and indirectly in the wine industry in South Africa.

South African wines are sometimes labeled as New World Wines. However, since South Africa has been making wine since 1659, the country is more of a bridge between Old World and New World styles. The soils in South Africa are ancient, as the country never experienced an ice age. This resulted in a wide variety of soil types, adding more benefit to the vineyards. South African wines are enjoyed around the world and their popularity is growing strongly each year, supported by international awards and accolades.

Featured South African Wines

2012 Fairview Goats do Roam White

2012 Fairview Goats do Roam White, South Africa
This blend is soft, fresh, approachable from one of South Africa’s premier producers, Fairview. Produced 100% Fairtrade, this blend was included in Wine Spectator’s Top 100 value wines of the year in 2013.

Tasting Notes: A light, bright wine with tropical fruit & floral notes on the nose. Light peach with pear drops on the rich palate which is well-balanced with fruit driven freshness and zesty acidity.

Food Pairing: Pairs well with creamy based Seafood dishes

Average Retail Pricing: $13.99

2013 The Beach House Sauvignon Blanc

2013 The Beach House Sauvignon Blanc, South Africa
The Beach House name comes from the inspiration of the mightily Indian and Atlantic oceans that frames the magnificent 350 year old wine lands surrounding the magical city of Cape Town as well as the magnificent beaches along the southern tip of Africa. The Beach House Sauvignon Blanc offers superb quality, style and value that will cool you off as springtime has finally arrived and all summer long.

Tasting Notes: The Beach House Sauvignon Blanc has melon, gooseberry, lemon and lime with a lively streak of stony minerality and a crisp refreshing finish.

Food Pairing: This wine pairs perfectly with spring salads and light seafood.

Average Retail Pricing: $8.99-$9.99

Mulderbosch Sauvignon Blanc

Mulderbosch Sauvignon Blanc, South Africa
Since its inception in 1992, Mulderbosch Sauvignon blanc has consistently been held in the highest esteem by wine plaudits the world over. Having made a name for itself at the vanguard of South Africa’s exploration of this grape, its subsequent longevity, finesse and varietal expression have cemented it as a benchmark for New World Sauvignon blanc.

Tasting Notes: The style is rich, with good mid-palate weight, ripe fruit flavors yet not forsaking freshness and mineral elements.

Food Pairing: Serve the wine between 54–59°F. Versatile at the table served with summer salads, or char-grilled artichokes; oysters; grilled line fish and shellfish; calamari; smoked salmon; seafood paella; chicken à la king; and oven baked goat’s milk cheese

Average Retail Pricing: $14.99-$17.99

Mulderbosch Cabernet Sauvignon Rose

Mulderbosch Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé, South Africa
First released in 1999, Mulderbosch Rosé was one of the very first of its kind from South Africa. At a time when most Rosés where a byproduct of red wine fermentation, Mulderbosch launched a varietal Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé issuing from specially farmed vineyards specifically to produce Rosé fruit. On arrival at the cellar, these early picked, specially selected grapes where vinified in the same manner in which an aromatic white wine would be, with the aim of producing a fresh, aromatic style of Rosé.

Tasting Notes: A pink color with lively hues. The nose combines aromas of ripe blood-orange, cherry-drops and black currant cordial with fragrant sandalwood whiffs. The gorgeously weighted palate balances juicy fruit flavors with racy acidity and finishes on a pleasantly persistant, zesty note.

Food Pairing: An excellent aperitif or picnic wine. Pair with fresh, seared tuna steaks; veal limone; poached salmon; asparagus quiche; cold crayfish salad; vegetable spring rolls dipped in soy sauce; ideal with sushi and other Japanese delights.

Average Retail Pricing: $x.xx-$x.xx

Harris Teeter Wine Club Day at Biltmore

HT Day at Biltmore
Last month, a group of Harris Teeter Wine Club members got a behind the scenes tour of Biltmore Winery during Harris Teeter's inaugral Day at Biltmore. Not only did attendees have access to the Biltmore House and Grounds, but they also got to learn about the types of varietals Biltmore grows, growing conditions associated with the local climate, and how the vineyard team manages the vineyard each year. One of the seminars even included an interactive food and wine pairing where attendees discovered how wines enhance and change food flavors and how food influences the taste of wine.

Stay tuned as Harris Teeter looks to deliver other special events like this one to our Wine Club members!

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