South Africa’s Fine Wines

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Whether it’s a wedding, reunion or a backyard summer barbeque, enhance your summer cuisine with wines and spirits from South Africa. 

This famous wine-producing region at the Cape of Good Hope presents a variety of options sure to please the palate – from novice to discerning. Peter Morales, president and CEO of 57 Main Street Imports, profiles some ideal summer selections from his vast portfolio of more than 100 South African wines and spirits, which are sure to provide the perfect complement to everything from a brunch to a barbeque:

Pearly Bay Celebration – The name says it all…Perfect for beach barbecues and, of course, celebrations, this semi-sweet sparkling wine – with hints of honey and tropical notes – is a refreshing summer selection. Delicious any time of the day or night, Pearly Bay is the ideal option for any holiday, celebration or occasion calling for a bit of bubbly.  With this enjoyable beverage, every occasion is a celebration! Retail Price: $6.99-$8.99

KWV Steen – Even the novice wine drinker will enjoy the tropical fruitiness of this lively wine, which is dry, crisp and refreshing.  Steen is the local name for Chenin Blanc in South Africa, where it is the most widely planted white grape. A chilled bottle of KWV Steen pairs perfectly with seafood and grilled chicken this summer. Retail price: $7.99-$9.99

KWV Roodeberg - This red blend is one of South Africa’s most famous wines, recognized worldwide for its consistent quality for more than 50 years.  Meaning “red mountain,â€? reflective of the red hues of the Western Cape’s Boland Mountains at sunset, this Bordeaux-style blend is expertly created using Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Merlot. Perfectly paired with beef and chicken, this wine is truly one of South Africa’s most celebrated red blends. Retail price: $10.99-$12.99

KWV Pinotage – Affectionately referred to as the “barbeque wineâ€? – and unique to South Africa - the Pinotage grape is the result of crossing Pinot Noir with Cinsault (Hermitage), resulting in lush berry and cassis flavors on the nose and a soft smoky finish.  Pinotage pairs perfectly with pork and poultry and is sure to spice up any barbeque dish.  Retail price: $8.99-$10.99

Imoya VSOP Brandy – As demonstrated by impressive industry awards like the Beverage Institute’s 2006 Gold Medal “Exceptional� award, and being named “The World’s Best Brandy� at the prestigious International Wine and Spirits Competition in London, Imoya VSOP is an exciting blend of carefully selected 20, 10, 8 and 5 year old double-distilled, potstill brandies, produced in the cognac style, and matured in small barrels of French Limousin oak. The benefit of the blend is that Imoya has all the prominent flavors of a fine young brandy but instead of being sharp going down, it has the smooth mellowness of its older brandy components. The Imoya blend of brandies is designed for a diverse spectrum of personalities, men and women across the generations. Presented in an elegant glass bottle depicting an African woman, this brandy adds pizzazz to any occasion. Add a splash to your summer sangria for a surprising taste! Retail price – 750ml: $28.99-$32.99

For those who prefer the refreshing lightness of white wines, Morales offers some choices ranging from crisp and fruity, to sparkling:  “The summer time – when many families, friends and groups come together – is the perfect time to enjoy some of South Africa’s finest wines and spirits,â€? said Morales. “No matter what the preferences, we offer an impressive variety to enhance any summer celebration, from a barbeque to a brunch.â€? 

No matter what the occasion, South African wines can provide an enjoyable and refreshing complement to summer cuisine! Look for these wines at your nearest retailer or ask them to order these products for you.  

57 Main Street Imports is one of the most vibrant and diverse importers of premium wine and spirits in the United States.  Under the visionary leadership of President Peter Morales, the company has grown from a home-based business in 1998 to a global leader in the beverage industry, run by a dynamic team of experienced, multi-cultural professionals. Corporate headquarters is based in Garden City, New York, and the company maintains exclusive agreements with wine and spirits suppliers in South Africa, Argentina, Italy, Spain and Ireland. South Africa has been a particular focus and passion for 57 Main Street; 5% of the net proceeds of South African wines sold in the U.S. is contributed to the Vision 57 Adopt-a-School program, to support educational initiatives at beneficiary schools in the Western Cape. 

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