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"Wine experts will likely agree that pairing ice cream with wine is a challenge", says Mark DeWolf in Canada's Nova Scotia Halifax Herald.  Courageously he goes ahead and finds Grinder Pinotage makes a match with chocolate ice cream.   Read his article here.
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Daily Telegraph Crossword 28,793 in Tuesday 16 July 2018 edition had this clue for 18 Down:   18 Wine in soup bottles (8) The answer is, as you've already guessed Clue: Wine in soup bottles (8 letters) Soup = potage   'in' is bottled, or enclosed thus Wine = Pinotage
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Meerendal Estate's Heritage Block was planted in 1955 and is one of the oldest Pinotage vineyards in South Africa, and thus the world. Many wines claim on their label that they are made from 'old vines' or 'vielles vignes', but South Africa is the only country where a regulatory authority certifies such claims. Members of the Old Vine Project (OVP) can  put a Certified Heritage Vineyards
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Dennis Horton, owner of Horton Vineyards in Virginia, died on 21 June.He brought Pinotage and many different varieties to trial in Virginia, some have subsequently become mainstays for the State, including Viognier and Petite Manseng. He also re-introduced Virginia's Norton Seedling i.e. Norton to Virginia See https://www.washingtonpost.com I met Dennis at his winery in September 2008
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Pinotage is the only red variety of South Africa's 10 most planted wine grapes to have increased over the past 10 years. SA Wine Industry Information & Systems (SAWIS) reports the total area under Pinotage is now  6,979 ha, up from 6.5% to 7.4% of the total area under vines.Domestic sales have increased to over 5 million litres, from 3 million litres at the turn of the century,  and exports
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I was taken with the Anura Pinotage Reserve 2016 that Emil Kanstinger was pouring at last months London Wine Fair. Emil told me that it spent 18 months in 80% new and 20% second fill oak barrels, 75% French, 25% American. It had a good red colour and was soft and ripely fruity; blackberry and plums, and there was a deliciously spicy uplift with a touch of Pinotage sweetness on the finish.
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Planting of the UK's first Pinotage will start on 21 June 2018 at  Leonardslee Lakes and Gardens.   Construction of the current Italianite style Leonardslee House (above) commenced in1853. Its 200 acres of gardens are listed Grade I in the English Heritage Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in England. The property is owned by British entrepreneur Penny Streeter
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