kelly magyarics

washington, d.c.-based wine, spirits & lifestyle writer / wine educator

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What did you say it tastes like?

Looking for a red that's a little bit different? Look no further than South Africa's Pinotage. This red grape, a cross between Cinsault and Pinot Noir is rough, gamey, and savage. It's borderline funky, and can have notes of rubber, tar, leather and nail varnish (it may sound disgusting, but it's quite fascinating...) Serve it with game (as the locals do,) or with any grilled or roasted red meat. Spier and KWV are common producers. If you haven't already, give it a try this fall.