By Jim Boyce
South African restaurant Pinotage will soon reopen its suburban branch in new digs in Shunyi (see map below) as part of a project called Pinotage Plaza that includes a sports bar, cafe, wine shop and imported food store with meats, sauces, cheeses, fruits and vegetables.
Co-owner Toby Cao says Pinotage Plaza will measure 1200 square meters, with an additional 200 square meters of deck space. The restaurant should be open within days, with the sports bar slated for completion at monthâ€™s end.
Pinotage opened a branch in Sanlitun Soho earlier this year. See here for a write-up of the opening night food menu and here for the mini food and wine pairing options.
Iâ€™ll have more details on the plaza soon as well as an interview with Cao about the 100-plus South African wines in the Pinotage portfolio.
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South Africaâ€™s signature grape variety â€“ Pinotage. Wonderful to see South African Wine getting some exposure.
Pinotage /ËˆpÉªnÉ™tÉ‘ËÊ’/ pin-É™-tahzh is a red wine grape that is South Africaâ€™s signature variety. It was bred there in 1925 as a cross between Pinot noir and Cinsaut (Cinsaut was known as â€œHermitageâ€ in South Africa during that time, hence the portmanteau name of Pinotage).