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African wine ...

Wondering if folks here are aware of wine produced in Africa. Anyone know speciality stores in NYC to buy some? I follow this tumblr to learn about them: www.winetumbler.tumblr.com

cheers.

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  1. I had Ethiopian wine once. That was quite enough :(

    1. There are many good wines produced in South Africa (Stellenbosch among others)

      I think I've had a Moroccan wine once that was not that bad.

      I've not had wines from other countries/regions (local monopolies, so our offerings are limited).

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      1. re: Maximilien

        Oops, I forgot about South African wines.

          1. re: HillJ

            I had the honey wine, don't know where it was from, but it was yucky, IMneverHO :)

            1. re: c oliver

              Some of the meads are yucky. Some are outstanding.
              Tricky brew for such a simple ingredient.

              1. re: HillJ

                Probably :) I had one glass, one time. Although not a beer drinker, I had beer!

        1. Cheers all … South African wine is plentiful available in stores in NYC … I was thinking more of non-SaFa wines.

          I have had Tej a couple of time in Tigray and it was delicious. Doubt that bottled and preserved Tej is the way to experience it.

          Some of my favorite wine from Africa include Leleshwa from Kenya and some labels from Tunisia and Maroc. Still looking to try the ones from Namibia and Zimbabwe.

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          1. re: kola007

            I've enjoyed a few Zim wines from The Stable Winery.
            Most recently, Limelight.
            http://www.wine.co.zw/#home_layout_1....

            1. re: HillJ

              So any pointers where to find these in NYC?

              1. re: kola007

                I'm in NJ, so I could inquire for you and see where that leads me.

                1. re: HillJ

                  http://www.dewetshof.com/Agent.aspx?A...

                  The case we bought with friends came via this seller. Currently nothing in NY.

                  Here's the other US distributor:
                  http://www.dewetshof.com/Agent.aspx?A...

              2. re: HillJ

                The link Stables show them only as an impoter of South African wine and all the wines listed on that site or SA - I couldn't see any mention of Zim wines

                1. re: Gussie Finknottle

                  Which link are you referring to? I listed several in this thread.

                  1. re: HillJ

                    I saw only one Stables link:

                    I've enjoyed a few Zim wines from The Stable Winery.
                    Most recently, Limelight.
                    http://www.wine.co.zw/#home_layout_1....

                    1. re: Gussie Finknottle

                      Oh okay, you're using the wrong link.
                      eta: and if you're interested in sourcing from GA, I'd recommend calling.

                  2. re: Gussie Finknottle

                    Maybe you didn't click deep enough from the distributor link:
                    Try this: http://worthwhilewine.com/store-locator
                    Then go to Alpharetta GA .
                    This is how our friends got their hands on Limelight.

                    1. re: HillJ

                      Hmmm, I don't think so.

                      Limelight is from De Westhof winery in Robertson, South Africa, not Zim

                      1. re: Gussie Finknottle

                        Zimbabwe def does not produce any wine called Limelight ….

                        1. re: kola007

                          No kidding. Limelight was a nice wine, I'll have to ask our GA friends where the confusion lies.

                          1. re: HillJ

                            Probably lack of knowledge of Southern Africa ... Not unusual globally.

                            1. re: kola007

                              I'm just as guilty, kola007.
                              And, I'm half Russian half Ethiopian.

              3. I've wanted to try palm wine ever since reading Chinua Achebe's book Things Fall Apart. What I understand you've gotta go to a West African market where they may or may not have it.

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                1. re: Chinon00

                  Bottled palm wine is readily available in several west African restaurants in Brooklyn, Bronx and queens. For authentic non chemical pal wine ... You will have to take a trip to rural west Africa in person.

                  1. re: kola007

                    Thanks have you tried it? If so what's it like and does it compliment any West African food well?

                    1. re: Chinon00

                      I sort of grew up on it … complements much of the food from regions along the coast of west africa …

                      the taste varies depending on the tapper of the palm tree ...

                      1. re: kola007

                        Gimme your favorite West African restaurant in NYC that will definitely have palm wine please.

                        1. re: Chinon00

                          "Buka" in Brooklyn ... On Fulton near Clinton Washington I believe ....