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Vinho Brasileiro? Sim!

May 9, 2012
Vinho Brasileiro? Sim!
Brazilian vintners making red, whites and bubbly

winesbrazilWhen it comes to potent potables from Brazil, you’re probably thinking cachaça and caipirinhas.

But the South American nation also has a wine industry that was started by the Portuguese. It got a big boost in the 1870s, when many Italian immigrants arrived with grapevines and a culture of making wine.

The Brazilian wine landscape is as colorful as Carmen Miranda, with 1,200 wineries making everything from smooth cabernet sauvignon/tannat blends and earthy reds from the obscure marselan grape to tropical chardonnays and slightly sparkling muscats. Brazil’s a great place for bubbly, too--Moet & Chandon established a winery there in 1983, and nearly every winery in the country creates a traditional method or charmat sparkling wine.

Right now, the best place to try a Brazilian wine by Casa Perini, Salton or Casa Valduga is at one of our national chain churrascaria steakhouses like Texas de Brazil or Fogo de Chao. As they push to export more to the U.S., Brazilian wineries hope Americans will embrace their vinho, just like we have with malbec from Argentina and carmenere from Chile.

What is your favorite wine from Brazil? Tell us below.

 






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