Are you looking for a new wine, cocktail or micro-brewed beer? In this column, we ask a Utah expert for a recommendation. This week we talked to:
Jane Bauer » A self-taught wine enthusiast from Park City.
What are you drinking now?
2007 Neil Ellis Pinotage, South Africa.
Why do you like it?
Pinotage is a clone of the Pinot Noir grape. It's a light red wine, but still full bodied, with a flavor that's not heavy or tannic. There also are notes of bananas and tropical fruit, which usually don't accompany a red wine.
What makes it interesting?
It has been criticized for smelling like paint, but I happen to enjoy the aroma. While many wines are a blend of several grapes, this is 100 percent pinotage. I like the pureness of it. This grape also is relatively unknown and therefore undervalued. It's a fantastic wine for the value.
$16.99 at the Utah state wine stores.
Best food pairing?
Game, duck and fish.