On this edition of The NOLADrinks Show with Bryan Dias, we chat with Jim Clarke of Wines of South Africa about that fascinating wine producing country. We also talk about the upcoming South African Wine Week happening in New Orleans from November 7th thru the 13th and a key varietal, chenin blanc.
Pictured above from left – Jim Clarke of Wines of South Africa (WOSA) and Bryan Dias of The NOLADrinks Show.
NOLADrinks Show – 10-22-18 – Wines of South Africa and South African Wine Week NOLA
We start things off talking about this week’s show and a round-up of what to look for during South African Wine Week in New Orleans. Various venues around town will have by-the-glass specials, focused tastings, paired menus, and much more. Events take place between November 7th and the 13th. See more here.
Then, we have our featured interview with Jim Clarke, the US-based representative for Wines of South Africa (WOSA). We touch on some of the country’s long history of wine production, some background on the industry, and some current things we’re seeing today.
Next up, we have a focused segment on South Africa’s production of chenin blanc, a “calling card” varietal that continues to garner accolades and attention. We discuss some of its characteristics, production methodologies, and terroir. You can also view this segment on our Instagram TV (IGTV) channel here (coming soon).
We wrap-up the radio portion of the show talking more about the industry as well as chatting about South African Wine Week.
Jim sticks around for “Another Shot with NOLADrinks” – our podcast-only feature. We talk further about the terroir and highlight some of the key wine producing regions in South Africa. We also touch on how more black South Africans are entering the industry and market place, future trends, and how the industry is expanding.
We close things out with my “Parting Shot” talking about the recent controversy with the Court of Master Sommeliers’ master somm exam.