11 November 2012
Pinotage at AWS Conference
This is the scene from the rear of the room where I am about to start my presentation on Pinotage to the annual conference of the American Wine Society in Portland, Oregon on the north western coast of America.
I have a limited time, just 75 minutes.
My two-fold aim is to give the facts and dispell the myths about Pinotage that are endlessly repeated on the web, and secondly to let people taste for themselves a selection of good Pinotages.
I am lucky that I am able to present some first rate examples, generously donated by wineries in South Africa (Silkbush, Fairview, Simonsig and Beyerskloof), California (Fort Ross and Loma Prieta) and Virginia (Lovingston).
Not only a geographical spread of wines, but also we can compare unwooded and wooded versions, value wines and reserve barrel selections.
I received much enthusiastic feedback from attendees who said the wines had been a revelation.