Kumala 2000 Western Cape Pinotage ($10.99)
Very dark ruby. Typical Pinotage aromas, black fruit with elusive earthy notes, brown spices and sandalwood, complex and interesting. Soft and juicy flavors follow the nose, plenty of fruit and sufficient acidity for balance. US Importer: Vineyard Brands Inc., Birmingham, Ala. (Jan 15, 2002)

FOOD MATCH: Good vegetarian match with two dishes from Madhur Jaffrey's new "World Vegetarian:" Imam beyaldi, a Turkish dish of baked eggplant topped with tomatoes, garlic and onions; and chopped arugula briefly heated in hot, creamy rice.

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