It is no secret that I’m addicted to coffee. Not caffeine. Mountain Dew and Red Bull just don’t do it for me. But coffee, that glorious, beauteous black sludge, is one of the reasons I get out of bed in the morning. There is nothing like the feeling of walking into Starbucks, when the smell of roast beans hits my nostrils and my ears are tickled by soothing acoustic sounds. The baristas smile recognition and prepare my usual. Whether it be their smile or the caffeine, it is infectious, and I leave feeling as if all is right within the world as I sip every last tempting sip.
My other addiction? Wine of course! So I found it a truly genius marriage when Jimmy Carpenter from Bryant brought by what I think is sure to be the next big thing, Wine the tastes like Coffee.
Now I know lots of wines have hints of coffee, and the experts go on and on about “the delicate hint of the slightly under-roasted Arabica bean” or “the nose reminds me of my first café latte while sitting on the banks of the seine” or some mumble-jumble, but this wine offers no “hints” of anything. It gives you the answer…COFFEE!!
Aptly named, Barista, is a 2009 Pinotage from South Africa. This may be the most shocking of all, because certainly we are used to Malbec, maybe even Cabernet at times, to express coffee. But Pinotage? That band-aid, horse manure prone flavor profile?
The secret lies in the special combination of yeast, “roast” of the barrel, and the exclusive use of Pinotage. The winemaker and owner, Bertus Fourie, is nicknamed “Starbucks”, apparently in reference to the advances he has made in the sphere of coffee and wine. If you have the time, check out their website, which is well-designed and informative. And of course, try the wine! Now at the Covington and Ft. Thomas locations for $12.49
Also check out this video for more information: http://pinotageclub.blogspot.com/2010/07/barista-coffee-pinotage-comes-to-usa.html