What is fynbos?

A. A German style of wine drunk really young, only weeks after harvest has begun

B. A Catalonian name for spring breezes off the Mediterranean Sea that keep the vineyards cool

C. A South African mixture of vegetation found only on the tip of the African continent

D. A slang Dutch term for cheap wine imported from southern European countries


Many South African wines— white and red— possess a complex herbal, floral, and earthy aroma/flavor the South Africans call “fynbos” (FEIGN boss). The name (which means “fine leaved plants” in Afrikaans) describes a distinctive type of vegetation (including shrubs, proteas, reeds, and heather) found only on the southern coastal tip of Africa.

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