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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 ....

                2. One of the joys of being stationed in Frankfurt/Main was the fact that the French Army Garrison with all of their shops was located about 3 hours away in Baden. The prices were very reasonable, and there were plenty of varieties of wine that I had never heard of.

                  One section was labeled Pied-Noirs. These are from the former colonies of Tunisia, Morocco, and Algeria. They are hard to find in North America, but are well worth the search. As they are a novelty here, they will have a novelty price. But they are still fun to try.

                  1. Tunisian wine, while in Sicily.

                    Not bad, not great. Gaining in popularity,
                    and the winemaking is improving. It's just
                    so dern hot there, and that presents challenges
                    in winegrowing and winemaking.

                    South African wine, but I know that's not where you were heading with your question.

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                    1. re: maria lorraine

                      which tunisian wine did you have? There are some tunisian wine that are incredible including "Jour et Nuit" and Muscat from Kelibia ..

                      1. re: kola007

                        I've had quite a few, actually. But given the vast number of dry wines that appeal to me more, I won't return to them as an option. I'm always happy to taste, though, to measure improvement.

                        In terms of wines with sweetness, I do appreciate some of the Muscat/Zibbobo passito wines from the North African/Mediterranean islands.

                    2. Fantastic Alain Graillot makes a rather nice Syrah from Morocco called Tandem.

                      1. Still seeking suggestions of stores to find these in NYC area … Grand Wine & Liquor in queens has a good selection of north african wine … not found any for sub saharan african wine ...

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                        1. re: kola007

                          >>> ... not found any for sub saharan african wine ... <<<

                          Nothing from ZA? They are, after all, from below the Sahara. ;^)

                          I would think your ONLY chance -- seriously -- is to find small stores that specialize in catering to the foods of West Africa.