(Family Features) - Turn up the volume on Ladysmith Black Mambazo. Fire up the grill. Uncork the wines. Now, you're ready to host a brai, the South African-style barbecue!
Along with your favorite grilled appetizers and entrees, introduce your family and friends to grilled baby pineapples and peppadews - those piquant red peppers packed in jars that taste so good with grilled potatoes. South African cuisine encompasses a fusion of cultures - native African, Dutch/German/French Afrikaner, Portuguese, English, Malaysian, Indian - so there are many interesting flavor combinations to sample. And all of these dishes go with the wines, traditionally served at a brai. So, take a sip, take a bite and let yourself be transported to the Robertson Valley in the Western Cape of South Africa, "the valley of vines and roses," where the wild springboks graze and the sunsets are unforgettable.
Wines for a Brai
Bold, wild and beautiful, South Africa is an exciting emerging region on the world wine scene. It's now the 9th largest wine producing country in the world with a grape growing history dating back some 300 years.
Four varietal wines from Lindemans South Africa in the beautiful Robertson Valley in the Western Cape are food-friendly and easy to drink. Here's how they might pair with grilled foods at a brai:
Chardonnay: Hints of grapefruit and guava with tropical and citrus flavors and a creamy texture make this white wine a hit with grilled appetizers, fish, chicken and baby pineapple.
Cabernet Sauvignon: With its minty, eucalyptus aroma, this medium-bodied red wine has bright berry flavors and a velvety mouthfeel which is great with steak or burgers on the grill.
Shiraz: Lovely ripe fruit flavors with a hint of licorice and chocolate make this wine pair well with barbecued ribs, pork, or even those sweet/hot peppadews grilled with potatoes.
Merlot: The rich aromatic bouquet of this wine - with a hint of chocolate and ripe blueberry and delicious fruit flavors match well with grilled lamb or steak.
For more information, visit www.lindemans.com.