The Wines of Brazil

Discover Brazilian wine through the experiences of 5 top wine writers

 


Next up in our series of Snooth Peoples Voice Awards Wine Writer Seminar portfolios (that's a mouthful) are reports on the little known wines of Brazil. I've been fortunate to visit Brazilian wine country, so I'm familiar with the wines they are producing, but few outside the region have really had this kind of exposure to the wines. 
 
As with most emerging fine wine regions, quality is not notably consistent in Brazil, and the region is not helped by being one of relatively little consequence in the global marketplace. Coopers and cork manufacturers tend to reserve their best products for their most important clients, relegating what remains to markets with little clout. At the moment that would seem to include Brazil. There certainly are producers in the country who are well hopped-up with global suppliers. But at the same time other producers who are just starting down the path of premium wine production are facing some growing pains.
 
And so it was with excitement and a little trepidation that I, along with Maricio Roloff from Wines of Brazil, led a tasting of the Brazilian wines for some of America's premier writers. Their reports on the event make for a fascinating and informed read. In fact this is quite possibly the most important body of work on Brazilian wines available in the U.S., and I urge you all to delve in and discover these wines today!
 

Avvinare

For breakfast this past Saturday, a group of fortunate bloggers and I had wines from Brazil. While it certainly doesn’t sound like an onerous task, at times it can be if you have to taste very heavy wines. Luckily, none of the wines we tasted were too heavy although all the wineries were proponents of oak aging except for one. A few of the wines I found to be surprisingly friendly for 9:30am.

 

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Wannabe Wino

What's better than wine for breakfast? Not much, really. Except perhaps Brazilian wine for breakfast which was a new wine experience for me. Not the wine for breakfast part, the Brazilian part. I suppose I vaguely knew that wine is made in Brazil, similar to how I know wine is made in Kansas, but I’ve never seen any in the market. It appears that Brazil’s largest market is in Russia, with the US coming in 3rd, but a very distant third.  Overall, Merlot is the dominant red grape with about 60% of the red wine produced being Merlot.

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Wine Julia

My recent weekend in New York City was packed full of wine tasting events that were coordinated by the good people of Snooth.  With each event focusing on different wine regions throughout the world, from Rioja to Oregon, one of the tasting events I was most excited about was the Wines of Brazil.  Having never tried any Brazilian wine prior to the tasting in New York; in fact, the word soccer or Carnival comes to mind first when thinking of Brazil – I was completely unfamiliar with wines from this region.

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Benito's Wine Reviews

Brazil is a relative newcomer on the international wine scene. The first Portuguese settlers were in the hot and humid north, a region that was terrible for wine grapes. Proper wine production didn't begin until the turn of the last century when Italian immigrants settled the cooler, drier southern regions like Campanha on the border with Uruguay. This is still a developing wine region: we tasted wines from the past seven vintages, and while nothing was spectacular, I think that there is some great potential. I've been tasting Chilean wines since the mid-90s and find them getting better and better each year. As the winemakers dial in the proper balance of grapes, soil, and style, and find the appropriate markets, I think they'll find a way to play to their strengths. In the meantime, an amusing anecdote...

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My Vine Spot

After a wonderful night of enjoying delicious food, good company, and Oregon wine at the Peking Duck House in Manhattan, we kicked off the following morning with a Brazilian Wine Master Class. My kind of breakfast! I was familiar with the region, but due to a lack of availability in my corner of the world (Virginia), I didn’t have any experience with Brazilian wine. Therefore, I was pretty excited to learn and taste through the wines with Mauricio Roloff of Ibravin and Snooth's Editor-in-Chief, Gregory Dal Piaz.

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  • ...It appears that Brazil’s largest market is in Russia...
    No, it's not the case at all!.. I NEVER saw a bottle of Brazilian wine here, neither in my city of Nizhny Novgorod (over a million inhabitants), nor in Moscow. I don't know how this rumor gets spread, but this is, I guess, the second time I hear something like that. I would love to buy a bottle of Brazilian wine, but I have no chance - yet...

    Apr 28, 2013 at 1:30 PM


  • Snooth User: karla slc
    1283116 5

    I tried Brazilian wine And was great!

    May 04, 2013 at 7:59 PM


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