In fact, to not visit the vintners, cheesemakers and chocolatiers that stretch some 100 miles to the east and north of Cape Town is like visiting California and not going to the beach. If you're a foodie, it's simply inexcusable.
If you're a novice wine drinker who enjoys their wine now and then, loves the idea of being adventurous and ordering exotic wines when dining out, but lacks the wine geek know-how, this is a post dedicated entirely to you.
The varietal labeling of wine as we know it is a very modern phenomenon. It was popularized in California in the 1960s. Prior to that -- and even today with inexpensive jug wines -- California wine was usually labeled with a broad moniker like "Burgundy" or "Chablis."