Just the Bottle

One woman's adventure in beer, food, wine and spirits

South African Wine Tasting

Last night I joined the Young Winos of DC including the amazing Girl Meets Glass for a South African wine tasting at Cordial Fine Wine & Spirits in Union Market.

We paid a small fee of $10 and sampled -

Buitenverwachting Sauvignon Blanc Constantia WO 2011 ($15.29 special bottle price)

De Morgenzon Chardonnay DMZ Stellenbosch WO 2012 ($16.19 special bottle price)

A.A. Badenhorst Secateurs Red Blend Swartland Coastal Region 2011
($14.39 special bottle price)

Kanonkop Kadette Red Blend Stellenbosch WO South Africa 2010
($14.39 special bottle price)

The wines we tasted were offered for 10% off. My favorite was the
Buitenverwachting Sauvignon Blanc Constantia WO 2011. It had wonderful acidity, light citrus notes and spice on the finish. The De Morgenzon Chardonnay DMZ Stellenbosch WO 2012 was also incredibly well done. It had creamy notes without being overly buttery or vanilla. There was some nice fruit midpalate.

Girl Meets Glass really enjoyed the reds especially the A.A. Badenhorst Secateurs Red Blend Swartland Coastal Region 2011. It was reminiscent of a GSM blend. The Kanonkop Kadette Red Blend Stellenbosch WO South Africa 2010 is one of the most well known and extremely well done wines from South Africa. It’s a bigger red with tobacco notes with a smooth finish.

We were lucky enough to have Eric Rohleder, Founder and Owner, Cordial Fine Wine & Spirits, leading our tasting. He is incredibly knowledgeable and helpful, but extremely down to Earth. I can’t wait to go back to the shop as the selection is well-curated and still affordable. They also had Hop Slam!!

After the wine, I continued the fun to Penn Social for my game show league. We played Pyramid and I was robbed. I did very well at Groundhog Day category. I ended up giving clues to my teammate for synonyms for friends and we didn’t get one. Sigh. Therefore, I stole a competitor’s beer. Next week, he’s going down.