Wine: Chenin blanc
If you like underdogs, you’ll love South African chenin blanc, said Michael Austin in the Chicago Tribune. Only in the 1960s did the nation’s vintners learn that a brandy grape flourishing in their fields was in fact chenin blanc, and not until 1999 did any of them focus on creating the best possible chenin blanc table wines. If you think you don’t like South African chenin blanc, try another bottle. Styles differ, and the quality keeps rising.
2016 Solms Delta ($12). This crisp chenin blanc offers notes of ripe pear, lime, and anise.
2015 Du Bois Sur Lie ($17). This tangy wine adds green apple and tropical fruit flavors, finishing with “a lip-smacking tartness.”
2014 Beaumont Hope Marguerite ($30). A wine that’ll continue to age well, the Hope Marguerite has a fresh acidity, along with notes of apricot, lime, honey, and oak. ■