What: Goats do Roam Red
Where: Paarl, Perdeberg, Piekenierskloof, Malmesbury and Stellenbosch regions, South Africa
Why: This tongue-in-cheeky blend is the best-selling South African red in North America. A riff on France’s Cotes du Rhone blends, this mélange is mainly Shiraz and Pinotage with dashes of Cinsaut, Mourvèdre, Grenache, Merlot, Carignan, Gamay and Cabernet Sauvignon — whew! The result? No gamy goat here — just meaty, ripe black cherry and dusty herbal flavours with an earthy anise finish.
How (much): $15.99 BCLS
When: This medium-bodied mix will suit a variety of meat and game dishes — try a grilled pork or veal chop with lentils, hearty shepherd’s pie or, if you dare find it, goat stew.
Winespeak of the Week: Pinotage [pee-noh-TAHJ] is a South African cross of Pinot Noir and Cinsaut. The South African name for Cinsaut was Hermitage, hence the derived name Pinotage for the blend.