When it comes to finding the ideal partner for Pinotage, there is only one rule: good Pinotage, good food. Yet some say there are no rules for food and wine. There are only silly conventions which people are changing constantly. Thankfully, good Pinotage goes well with most good food. The medium-bodied, ‘lifestyle’ Pinotage pairs particularly well with a freshly-caught game fish or a hearty winter bean soup. Or try it with sashimi and sushi. Bobotie, ratatouille and curry also taste better with a glass of Pinotage next to the plate. Full-bodied Pinotage is better suited to venison, spare ribs with a rich barbecue sauce, oxtail or osso buco.
A well-wooded Pinotage often has chocolate flavours associated with it. Why not make a chocolate pancake, or dark chocolate truffle cake and surprise your friends with how well a sparkling Pinotage accompanies that.
The grape and the wine have an infinite variety of shades and moods, and only your imagination limits its uses. Don’t forget, though, that sometimes the best match is just you and a glass of Pinotage.