The 2014 FIFA Brazil World Cup is on! And no doubt, you'll be hosting many a celebration that calls for good food and good wine. To honor this year's host country, here's a round up of the bes Brazilian and Portuguese wines you can bring to the table.
First, some background: Brazil is the fifth largest country in the world and the fifth largest producer of wine in the Southern Hemisphere. With a winemaking tradition dating back to the late 19th century, the nation’s wineries produce over 330,000,000 liters per year. The only problem is that many of them are not imported into the USA and many stay in Brazil for domestic consumption. Thankfully, winemakers are letting a few of their delicious sparkling wines hit our shores. Here’s a list of some of our favorite Brazilian sparkling wines from this former Portuguese colony and some of our favorite wines from the Portuguese motherland.
Herdade Do Esporao Monte Velho (left) is a blend of 40% Antao Vaz, 40% Roupeiro, and 20% Perrum. It’s light, crisp, and clean with a fruity finish.
Vadio Bairrada is pale straw colored with aromas of nectarines and guava. It’s big in the mouth with lots of fruit flavors. Try this one with grilled tuna.
Planalto Douro Vinho Branco Seco Reserva is light yellow in color with touches of green at the rim. It’s full of fruit flavors including cantaloupe, pear, passion fruit, and mango. There’s a nice balance of acidity and minerality.
Chaminé Vinho Branco is a blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Verdelho, Antao Vaz, and Viognier. It has aromas of citrus blossoms, ripe pears, and green apples. It’s crisp and fruity on the palate with a delightful finish.
Sousa Lopes Selecao do Enologo Unfiltered is clear with a hint of green. It has great flavors of guava, mango, and passion fruit with balanced minerality. It’s just creamy enough to serve with pork and veal.
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