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Unreserved Wine Talk

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The Unreserved Wine Talk podcast features candid conversations with the most fascinating people in the wine world. Your host, award-winning journalist Natalie MacLean, dives into how it feels to compete in the nerve-wracking World's Best Sommelier Competition, the shadowy underground of wine forgery… read more


245: New South African Wines and Pinotage Misconceptions with Dr. Winnie Bowman

Are you curious about new South African wine styles and regions to try? What do most people misunderstand about Pinotage wine? Is it really necessary to spit when doing a wine tasting?

In this episode of the Unreserved Wine Talk podcast, I'm chatting with international wine and spirit judge Dr. Winnie Bowman.

You can find the wines we discussed at



How can you distinguish between competition medal values and avoid misleading wine labels?

What was it like for Winnie to teach hotel students who were reluctant to spit during wine tasting?

Which aspects of the South African wine industry would probably surprise you?

How did certain wine regions in South Africa transform their reputations and become highly sought-after?

Where did some of the misconceptions around Pinotage originate and what are the facts?

What does Winnie love about Creation Glenn’s Chardonnay and what can you expect when tasting?

Why should South Africa be on your must-visit list of wine regions?


Key Takeaways

I loved listening to Winnie talk about new South African wine styles and regions to try as well as the fact that the country gets so many sunshine hours for ripening and deepening flavour.

I appreciated her background on the Pinotage grape and that it’s not the robust wine that many people assume it is, and can be quite elegant.

Her story about the fellow judge not spitting was delightful.


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Join the live-stream video of this conversation on Wed at 7 pm ET on Instagram Live VideoFacebook Live Video or YouTube Live Video.

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About Dr. Winnie Bowman

Dr. Winnie Bowman is a physiotherapist, biomedical scientist and holds a PhD in Education, specializing in Didactics. She is an international wine and spirit judge as well as a Cape Master. Winnie writes about wine, teaches, presents corporate tastings and appears regularly on radio and television wine shows.





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