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October Wine Club wines from South Africa
The wines this month are from Rooiberg Winery. The story of Rooiberg Winery – situated in the renowned Robertson Wine Valley – is that of a group of pioneering wine farms alongside three rivers surrounding the Rooiberg Mountain, which overlooks the cellar and its source vineyards. These are the Vink, Noree and Breede Rivers – geological features which give rise to extraordinary terroir and originally led to the establishment of these farms at a dependable source of water.

This month we are highlighting a Pinotage, Cabernet and the Chenin Blanc. I paired the Pinotage with Chicken Thighs cooked in an "African Sauce". This recipe is one that I use quite frequently, it is also fantastic over pork chops. Serve the chicken over rice, it is a great fall dish and it paired really well with the Pinotage.

I put together an original recipe this month for the Cabernet. Fall brings different types of squashes to the market. I made a butternut squash sauce to substitute for a traditional red sauce, used mushrooms as the main veggie, which gave the pizza a meaty taste and added yellow and zucchini squash to the the topping. This pizza was awesome, it is Vegetarian and super healthy. To make it Vegan, use vegan cheese or omit the cheese all together.

The white this month, a Chenin Blanc was paired with a Corn Grit and Shrimp dish. This twist on the traditional shrimp and grits was so tasty. This will be come a staple of mine for dinner parties. Although the recipe called for ears of corn that you were supposed to grate, the frozen sweet corn that I had in my freezer worked wonderfully. The "grits" were so good, fresh tasting, and with the shrimp saute and the Chenin Blanc to pair with it, it was Amazing!

Tasting notes for the Game Reserve Pinotage

Wine maker notes: A ‘proudly South African’ cultivar exhibiting aromas of ripe cherry, strawberries and plums with ripe red berry fruit and spices on the palate. This full structured and well balanced wine rewards with a juicy but elegant mouthfeel and silky soft tannins.

Recipe to Pair with this wine: African Chicken Thighs

Tasting notes for The Game Reserve Cabernet:

Wine maker notes: The wine has a great complexity of black berry fruit, dark chocolate, plums and tobacco spice the nose. This wine has a rich, juicy entry supported by a dense fruit core and firm tannins. An elegant creamy palate leads to a long lingering finish.

Recipe to Pair with this wine: Butternut Squash Pizza

Tasting notes for The Game Reserve Chenin Blanc:

Wine maker notes: Delightful aromas of sweet juicy melon, pear and fragrant grapefruit. On the palate expect rich rewarding flavors of ripe tropical fruit and luscious citrus. Aromatic fruity and well rounded an elegant wine with soft silky texture and vibrant, fresh finish.

Recipe to Pair with this wine: Corn Grits with Shrimp Saute
This recipe is Vegetarian but can be made Vegan
Post By:   Deanna Albertson

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