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Drinks Wholesaler previews Brazil

5th Apr
by nicholas.corfe

The most recent edition of trade magazine Drinks Wholesaler focuses on South American wines, a page of which is dedicated to Brazilian wine.

To summarise:  On the back of the Rio Olympic Games, Brazilian wine exports to the UK almost doubled in 2016. The wines continues to do well, especially the sparkling, but increasingly   we are seeing some unusual and high quality still reds  –  as well as a smattering of decent whites – enter the market.  Brazilpdf

Read full article here: www.thedrinkswholesaler.co.uk

 


Cured Salmon – also known as ‘Gravadlax’ or ‘Gravlax’

4th Apr
by nicholas.corfe

cured salmon, Brazilian food and wineCuring is one of the oldest methods for preserving foodstuffs, involving the use of salt to prolong the life of meat, fish or vegetables. The technique is used in Brazil to make the famous ‘carne seca’ (dried or ‘jerk’ style meat  and perhaps most famously in Portugal to make our wonderful salt cod or ‘bacalhau’. There are several slightly different curing methods but they all use salt.

My method is to use cachaça (Brazilian rum – see more here) and sugar, with the finished salmon being closest in style to gravadlax. Gravadlax is the Scandinavian name given to salmon which has been cured in sugar and salt and then served with dill. It is very easy to prepare and gives great results, but you will need to allow 48 hours. This is a lovely recipe, especially so if you have some gravadlax ready prepared in the fridge, as it can be easily sliced into small strips and served as a little snack on toast, for example, or in a salad or sandwich, or even enjoyed by itself with a glass of dry white wine (see wine suggestions below).

The more salt you decide to use, the drier will be the resulting salmon. I like to use just enough to complete the curing, but still leaving the centre part of the fish semi-raw. In my recipe I always add some additional, non-Scandinavian ingredients, as I’ve made it thousands of times before and I think I’ve finally found what best brings out the flavours of the salmon!

The quality of the salmon itself is of course very important. You should always use freshly filleted fish and, ideally, a fish caught in the wild. The taste is completely different from farmed salmon.

gravadlax, cured salmonIngredients

1kg of fillet of salmon, evenly prepared, with bones removed and skin on

150gm salt

150gm sugar

80gm cumin

150ml cachaca (Brazilian rum)

100ml soy sauce

5 grated beetroots

4 tablespoons of fennel sedes

1 bunch of dill leaves

2 limes

Cooking method

Rub the salt and sugar over the whole salmon. Put all the other ingredients in a bowl and mix. Add the grated beetroot and chopped dill.

Put these ingredients into a food bag and wrap around the salmon. Close the bag and, with the salmon inside, place on a baking tray with skin side facing down, and leave in the fridge for 12 hours. Remove, turn salmon over and leave on the other side for a further 12 hours. Take out of fridge. Using a kitchen towel, remove any excess from the surface, leaving the fish as dry as possible. Place the salmon on a wire mesh grill with a tray underneath, so that any remaining liquid can safely drain out. Leave uncovered in the fridge for a further 24 hours.

Then remove, place on a wooden board and slice thinly. Serve with a little dill and/or strong flavoured root vegetables. And, of course, if you still have any gravadlax left over in the fridge you can always take it out and surprise your guests with a fantastic appetiser! The best thing about this recipe is that you’ve done the curing yourself and can be sure to impress your friends.

Wine Pairing Suggestions

Choosing a wine which works with salmon – however it may be cooked – can be tricky. Luciana’s recipe is full of flavour, so we would say go with a fruity, rich or buttery style of white, perhaps a lightly oaked chardonnay (see our Don Guerino Reserva Chardonnay or Pizzato Legno Chardonnay) or a Viognier. Alternatively, a full bodied rosé or even a light Pinot Noir would both work well.

Contacts

Please click on the links below to learn more about Luciana and her cooking:

www.lucianaberry.com

www.instagram.com/lucianaberry

www.twitter.com/brazilianchefuk


Come see us at spring SITT

10th Feb
by nicholas.corfe

Wines of Brazil, tasting eventThe Specialist Importers Trade Fair makes an welcome return later this month, with the event taking place on 27th February at the Lancashire County Cricket Ground and again on 1st March at the Royal Horticultural Halls in London.

Go Brazil is proud to be showing a total of eight wines, including four from our newest producer, Don Guerino, two from Vinicola Sanjo and one each from Campos de Cima  and Geisse.

We look forward to meeting customers old and new on the Wines of Brasil stand.

If you are not able to attend but would like further information on Don Guerino or our other brands, please email: nicholas@gobrazilwines.com


Don Guerino launched by Go Brazil in UK!

25th Jan
by nicholas.corfe

Go Brazil are delighted to announce the arrival in the UK of a range of fine wines from the Don Guerino winery in southern Brazil.

 In common with many in Brazil’s wine industry, Don Guerino is a family-owned business whose origins can be traced back to northeast Italy. Indeed, it was Sr. Guerino Motter who arrived in Brazil in 1879, in what is now the state of Rio Grande do Sul, and whose name was given to what is today one of the country’s leading wineries.

From February 2017 we are offering three still wines and three sparkling wines.

Click here for further details and full tasting notes.


Go Brazil receives AWRS authorisation!

5th Jan
by nicholas.corfe

wine wholesalers, Brazilian wine

We’re delighted to announce that Go Brazil Wines has been authorised by HMRC as an approved trader under the new Alcohol Wholesaler Registration Scheme ( AWRS ), a government scheme designed principally to reduce avoidance of UK excise duty in the alcohol supply chain.

While we have been trading legitimately and transparently since our inception in 2010, the news comes as a welcome relief at the start of 2017 and will allow us to concentrate on our plans for the coming months ( details to follow ).

The company’s authorisation number is:  XDAW00000102616

The above number will now appear on all Go Brazil’s official communications, including this website, company invoices, etc.


Go Brazil to exhibit at Epicurean – the new fine wine and food show!

26th Oct
by nicholas.corfe

wine and food, asparagus, cheese

Go Brazil is looking forward to exhibiting at Epicurean – a brand new artisanal wine and food show, being hosted by the organisers of the London Wine Fair.

Running from 28-29th October, the show takes place at the Old Truman Brewery in London E1. Targeted at a discerning London and southeast consumer audience, Epicurean promises visitors the opportunity to try and buy a wide range of specialist and ‘hard to find’ products, from fine cheeses to niche spirits, offered by mainly small, independent suppliers… so no supermarket fare, we trust!

Come along and see us on Pod 151! See here for current info:  http://www.epicurean.online/


BBC Good Food Show – London

26th Oct
by nicholas.corfe

Glasses of wineYep, it’s show time again and we’re back at Olympia in London for the sixth consecutive year.  The BBC Good Food Show runs from November 11th to 13th and the Go Brazil team is looking forward to welcoming new and returning customers to our Go Brazil stand, WM18, up on the mezzanine floor, where you’ll be able to sample and purchase our wares.

Highlights this year include our semi-fortified Tannat (16% Abv!) –  a real Christmas blockbuster – and a great selection of affordable festive fizz from our producers, Campos de Cima and Geisse. What’s not to enjoy?!

See show info here:  https://www.bbcgoodfoodshowlondon.com/


Bravo for the Olympics & Paralympics!

19th Sep
by nicholas.corfe

As the dust settles on the Rio Paralympics, the consensus is that these games – and the Olympic Games which preceded them – have been a huge success.

Team GB and Paralympics GB smashed their targets, while the games’ organisers are to be congratulated for putting on two great shows, transmitted to a record global audience and highlighting many of Rio’s attractions.

There were those prior to the games claiming that Brazil’s economic, political and infrastructure problems would adversely affect the events but, if anything, the reverse seemed to have happened. Yes, there has been tragedy, mishap, a handful of bizarre ‘incidents’ and even a change of president yet, in spite of these many difficulties, the locals have been determined to come out and support the games whenever possible.

While the city of Rio de Janeiro hardly needed any extra international promotion, we suspect that Brazil will now feature for the first time on many people’s bucket list, rightly persuaded that this is a country of excitement, pleasure and adventure.

In summary, a job well done and one of which the cariocas can be proud!


Rio back in the spotlight for Paralympics

6th Sep
by nicholas.corfe

Paralympics, cycling

After the triumph that was the Olympic Games (not least for Team GB and the Rio organisers!), attention now turns to the Paralympics, which will be held in Rio de Janeiro from 7th to 18th September.

While it is unfortunate that budgetary cuts have scaled back the number of venues and personnel to be used at the Paralympics, Rio will once again supply a stunning backdrop to the athletics and other sports.

We understand that ticket prices have been slashed for some events – indeed, many tickets have been given away free – in an attempt to encourage the locals (the ‘cariocas’) to fill venues and maximise audience participation.

Brazil’s much commented on political crisis has developed further, with President Dilma Rousseff now impeached. While this, and the ongoing economic problems in Brazil, will not disappear in the coming weeks, it is to be hoped that the Paralympics are a success for all concerned and will provide an appropriate legacy for the country

Counting our own friends and family amongst the Games’ volunteers, we send our best wishes to them, the athletes and all visitors to Rio.

More info on the Paralympics here: https://www.paralympic.org/rio-2016


The politics of Brazil – plus ça change?

16th May
by nicholas.corfe

Brazil’s always murky political waters have become even more muddied in recent weeks,

resulting in the country’s president Dilma Rousseff being suspended from office while her six month impeachment trial takes place.

 

The leader of the upper house or Senate, Michel Temer, has now assumed the presidential role but he himself is facing possible corruption charges.

 

A number politicians – from across the political spectrum – have already been imprisoned while many more still face corruption charges, often in relation to their activities with Petrobras, the Brazilian state oil company.

 

With the next presidential elections not due to be held until November 2018, an extended period of political uncertainty looks likely.

 

This uncertainty has already extended into the wider Brazilian economy and, despite a modest uptick in commodity prices this year, unemployment and inflation indices are trending upwards.


Quiz night at LATA Foundation

15th Apr
by nicholas.corfe

The now (in)famous LATA Foundation annual quiz took place on May 10th – the purpose of which was to raise funds for social and environmental projects in South and Latin America.

 

The Latin American Travel Association Foundation is a 100% voluntary group and we feel should be supported for all the great work it does, helping impoverished communities across this part of the world.

 

With a top prize of two tickets to Colombia, courtesy of Air Europa, this was a must-attend evening for all travel professionals in the sector ( and there was even a bottle or two of Brazilian wine to be won! ).

 

A great evening, and Go Brazil looks forward to participating again next year.

 

More info here: http://www.latafoundation.org/the-lata-foundation-quiz-2016-brought-to-you-by-air-europa/#more-750


World Malbec Day – 17th April

6th Apr
by nicholas.corfe

Don’t cry for me Argentina! Neighbours Brazil also produce their fair share of South American Malbec wine – so why not celebrate this coming Sunday 17th with a glass of Brazilian ?!

Recommended from the Go Brazil portfolio:

Sanjo Nubio Malbec 2013 – a 100% varietal, partially aged in French oak and with delicate cherry and mocha flavours.  Just 12% Abv, so no coincidence this one is known as our ‘lunchtime’ Malbec!

Campos de Cima Assinatura 2014 – 70% Malbec, 25% Shiraz & 5% Tannat. Superb blend made by Frenchman Michel Fabre on behalf of boutique winery Campos de Cima, in southwest Brazil (close to the border with Argentina). Recommended by Decanter magazine, the wine is attractively perfumed, has plenty of ripe red fruit, all wrapped round subtle notes of tobacco and liquorice. Delish!!

Just two examples from our range of Brazilian red, white and sparkling wines.


Daily Telegraph highlights our wine tours to Brazil

3rd Nov
by nicholas.corfe

We were delighted to be given a mention last month in the Daily Telegraph’s Saturday travel section, under their   ‘Five ways to see the best of Brazil’ article. In conjunction with specialist travel agent Bespoke Brazil (www.bespokebrazil.com) Go Brazil Wine & Spirits offers a range of private tours from the UK to the winelands of southern Brazil, together with optional side-trips to the magnificent Foz de Iguacu waterfalls, the beaches of Santa Catarina and, of course, Rio.


Go Brazil’s Journey Latin America prize

3rd Aug
by nicholas.corfe

We’re delighted to be partnering with Latin America travel specialists JLA and this month, August 2015, we’ll be offering a case of top Brazilian wines to the winner of their online competition.

The wines, which are being selected and supplied by Go Brazil, will be shipped to the lucky winner at the beginning of September.

Please click here for competition entry details.

For info on Go Brazil wine tours to Brazil, click here.


Flavour Pop-Up Tastings in Bristol and Birmingham

25th Jan
by nicholas.corfe

Most professional tastings have a strong London-centric bias, so we were delighted to be invited to participate at two new events to be held in Bristol ( 14th October ) and Birmingham ( 21st October ). The organisers, Flavour Media, are aiming to bring independent importers face to face with an invited local audience – comprising mainly independent wholesalers, restaurateurs, sommeliers and F & B managers –in each city.

As well as a walk-around tasting, visitors and exhibitors are encouraged to take place in a ‘networking forum’, during which topics of interest to the trade will be discussed.

The format has already been tried and tested in Glasgow and Brighton, with participants reporting encouraging results.

For Go Brazil this is a great opportunity to enhance and extend our profile beyond the key London and the South East region.

Venues

Bristol 14th October: Riverstation, The Grove, Bristol BS1 4RB  tel: 0117 914 4434 www.riverstation.co.uk

Birmingham 21st October: Vertu Bar, 25 Frederick Street, Birmingham B1 3HH  tel: 0121 236 4653 www.vertubar.co.uk

For all other info:  http://www.flavourmedia.co.uk/flavour-pop-ups/

 


Three Wine Men back in London – Dec 6-7th

3rd Dec
by nicholas.corfe

The Three Wine Men, aka Oz Clarke, Tim Atkin and Olly Smith, make a welcome return to London in the final event of this year’s roadshows, during the weekend of 6-7th December.

The Church House Conference Centre is handily placed opposite the Houses of Parliament, so ideal if you plan to take in some of the sights or do a spot of Christmas shopping after your tasting. Look out for Go Brazil’s wines – available to try and buy – on the Wines of Brasil stand.

Go Brazil Wines will be available to taste on the Wines of Brasil table.

More infos: http://threewinemen.co.uk


Brazilian wines at Autumn SITT

23rd Sep
by nicholas.corfe

A fine array of Brazilian wines was presented recently at the Autumn edition of SITT, the Specialist Importers Trade Tasting.

Among the many labels supplied by Go Brazil two were highlighted:  the Campos de Cima Brut Champenoise 2011, a refreshing tropical sparkler from the far South West of Rio Grande do Sul, and the dry, still Sanjo Nobrese Moscato from the highlands of Santa Catarina state, with its intriguing aromas of lychee and elderflower.

Many thanks to all who attended the event, especially those who took the time to become better acquainted with Brazil!

See here for more info:   http://www.sittastings.com/autumn/


FIZZ, the sparkling wine show

22nd Sep
by nicholas.corfe

The second edition of this sparkling wine only, but non Champagne, trade tasting takes place on October 23rd at  Church House, Westminster, in London.

In keeping with the favourable trade press that Brazilian sparklers have garnered in recent years, Go Brazil will be showing two of our favorites: first, the Amadeu Brut Champenoise from Geisse, Brazil’s only winery dedicated entirely to Methode Champenoise, and owned by renown Chilean winemaker Mario Geisse.

Second, and contrasting in many ways, the Extra Brut Champenoise 2011 from Campos de Cima, a family-run boutique winery located in the extreme South West of Brazil, close to the border with Argentina.

For those seeking an alternative or complement to Champagne, this is an ideal opportunity to taste and learn more.

Online details to follow.


Dilma edges to victory in Brazilian election

24th Aug
by nicholas.corfe

President Dilma Rousseff won a narrow victory in the Brazilian presidential elections last month (October), fighting off a determined challenge from Aecio Neves of the centre right PSDB ( Social Democratic Party ) following what was an acrimonious and turbulent campaign.

The incumbent PT ( Workers Party ) therefore have a mandate to govern for another four years, albeit with 51.6% of valid votes cast, against the 48.4% recorded for Aecio in the second round vote held on October 26th.

The closest ever vote in Brazil’s democratic history means that the country is now effectively split, politically, with many observers now predicting a period of uncertainty.

The first round of the election on October 5th had proved inconclusive, with Dilma Rousseff of the PT winning 42% of the vote, thus failing to secure the 50.1% majority that would have allowed her to retain power immediately. Instead, Aecio Neves of the PSDB ( Social Democratic Party ) gained 34% of the first round votes, while the strongly fancied challenger, Marina Silva ( PSB – Brazilian Socialist Party ) managed 21%. Marina then decided to endorse Aecio, in an ‘anti-Dilma’ alliance, but this did not prove sufficient to oust her.

 

 

 

 


World Cup 2014 – Are You Stocked Up?!

25th Jun
by nicholas.corfe

Now approaching the ‘round of 16’, this is when the serious stuff really starts. With some big names, notably Spain and Italy both out (not to mention England) the competition is starting to hot up. It look as if the teams from the Americas might dominate, but the Netherlands and of course Germany cannot be discounted.

And Brazil still have home advantage…

For our general thoughts about the World Cup, please read here:

Our Insider’s Guide to the World Cup!

 

 


Toasting Success at Taste of London  

13th Jun
by nicholas.corfe

Very many thanks to all those visitors who paid us a visit at last week’s Taste of London show. It was great to see so many of you and we hope you enjoyed your Brazilian tasting.

No complaints about the weather this year – it was just sweltering ! Already booked for next year, so we’ll you again then.

 

Saude a todos,

 

The Go Brazil team

 

More info at:

– Taste of London official website

– Taste of London facebook page

– Taste of London twitter profile

Taste of London 2014


London International Wine Fair

29th May
by nicholas.corfe

Re-located to Olympia in West London for 2014, the LIWF organisers are promising bigger and better. Go Brazil looks forward to welcoming all potential and existing customers to our table 128, in the Esoterica section. Star of the show will be Flavio Pizzato, oenologist and well-travelled Brazilian, who joins us for the three days.

In addition to Flavio’s Pizzato and Fausto brands, we will be presenting a selection of wines from sparkling specialist Geisse, Japanese-Brazilian cooperative Sanjo, and the latest addition to our portfolio, Campos de Cima.

 

See more at:

– London International Wine Fair official website

 

 


Insider’s Guide to the World Cup Host Cities

28th Apr
by nicholas.corfe

Read our (tongue in cheek) guide to the twelve host cities below – indispensable if you’re lucky enough to have a ticket to one of the games !

 

The Twelve Host Cities

Rio de Janeirorio-de-janeiro

No real intro required but the Cidade Maravilhosa is majestically located between mountains and sea. A city with real swagger and style which, superficially, has it all. The locals, or ‘cariocas’, have an immense pride and passion for their city which belie the harsh realities – for many – of living there.  Visitors should absorb the frenetic atmosphere as best they can, and go with the flow. Trips up to the Corcovado, the Christ the Redeemer Statue, and Sugar Loaf mountain are de rigueur for good reason.

Our tip: Ipanema beach, to see the beautiful people – and pretty much all of the rest of life.

 

São Paulosao-paulo

Vast sprawling metropolis, largest in South America, Brazil’s money-making centre. Yes, the Paulistanos all think they’re Ayrton Senna, or certainly drive like he used to. More helicopter ownership per capita here than anywhere in the world but with the traffic (100km queues to leave town are not uncommon), perfectly understandable. So take the metro, which is what the locals do. Best eating, drinking, culture and partying scene in the country. Vibrant, flashy, edgy, dynamic – and a huge rival to Rio.

Our tip: For culture vultures, pop into the Museum of Modern Art ‘MASP’, then a spot of shopping at the Shopping Eldorado centre, then dine at Fasano Restaurant.

 

Belo Horizonte, or ‘BH’belo horizonte feira de arte

Capital city of Minas Gerais, or ‘General Mines’, the state from which much of Brazil’s mineral wealth was originally extracted. Well preserved colonial towns to the south, e.g. Ouro Prêto and Tiradentes, certainly worth a visit. Local food and drink is renown throughout Brazil. Try the cheese, or ‘queijo’, and wash it down with cachaça, sugar cane rum, Brazil’s national drink. The local ‘mineiros’ are known to be canny with their money and have a fondness for the beach, as their state has no coastline. Last but not least, this is where England lost a game of football to the USA in 1950.

Our tip:  A trip to the vast open air market, with plenty of bargains, the Feira de Artesanatos (Sunday morning, Avenida Afonso Pena).

 

Manausmanaus - le théatre

Only city of the twelve not known personally to our insider, maybe because it’s nearly 3000km from Rio! Hot, humid, sticky, equatorial (good luck, England), known as the ‘Gateway to the Amazon’. Large, mainly modern city of 2m, although a sightseer’s highlight is the Opera House, or ‘Teatro Amazonas’, completed in 1896 and built with money made from the late 19th century rubber boom. Take a river trip to see where the black waters of the River Negro merge with the much lighter waters of the River Solimões, whose confluence is the start of the Amazon proper as it heads east.

Our tip: drink guaraná, an Amazonian berry used in Brazil’s eponymous and ubiquitous soft drink, which tastes a lot better than it looks ( think tropical Tizer ).

 

Cuiabá

The smallest of the World Cup host cities, with a population of 500,000 and certainly the least well known (even to Brazilians). It lies in the almost deserted Centre West region, which borders Bolivia to the west. Best known as the departure point for the ‘Pantanal’, an enormous wildlife-rich swamp that covers an area the size of France. If you have time, head south to Rio Bonito, where you can swim along with fish through underground caverns, or head to a jungle lodge where they will take you jaguar-spotting.

Our tip: if you tire of the Pantanal, visit the spectacular Chapada dos Guimarães national park.

 

FortalezaFortaleza

Fast-growing modern high rise city of 2.5m on the country’s northern coast. Almost on the Equator, so warm or very warm weather guaranteed. Most activities outdoor and sport oriented. Fantastic and seemingly never-ending beaches with buggy rides on the (also high rise) dunes at Jericoacoara a highlight.

Our tip: Put on your havaianas and stroll along the famous Canoa Quebrada beach.

 

Natalmaracajau-natal

Means ‘Christmas’, as this is the day the city was founded. Sits on the extreme north-east point of Brazil, and the South American continent, so a constant – and welcome – breeze will blow. Unremarkable city centre but plenty of great places to stay further south, not least the trendy village of Pipa, about an hour away. Great beaches here, with kite-surfing, canoeing, buggy rides and dolphin-watching all recommended.

Our tip:  Head to Ponta Negra for the local nightlife or down to the village of Pirangi do Norte, home of the world’s biggest cashew (‘caju’) tree.

 

Recifeporto de galinhas recife

Sprawling port city with population of 4 million, recipient of large amounts of both private and Government investment in recent years. Most visitors would be advised to stay in the more sedate neighbouring town of Olinda, one of Brazil’s largest and best preserved colonial towns. Well known for its arts and crafts, and Carnaval, this would make a good base for exploring the wonderful coastal resorts to the north.

Our tip: Visit Porto de Galinhas, ‘port of chickens’, a famous beach resort – and named after the derogatory term used for African slaves who were illegally brought ashore here.

 

BrasiliaBrasilia

Capital of the country and seat of the federal government, which superseded Rio in 1960. The city was built from nothing in the 1950s and is best known for its public the buildings designed by the late, great architect, Oscar Niemeyer.

Our tip: If you’re into architecture, visit the Palacio do Planalto and Catedral Metropolitana Nossa Senhora Aparecida.

 

SalvadorElevador_Lacerda_Salvador_Bahia

Best known Carnaval outside Rio, and arguably more authentic. Capital city of the state of Bahia (‘bay’), where the Portuguese first made landfall and discovered Brazil in 1500, and its most overtly African. Tourist sights include the Pelourinho, or whipping post, an open square where slaves used to be punished; also the Elevado Lacerda, an Art Deco elevator that transports locals between the Cidade Alta and Cidade Baixa, the upper and lower towns. And don’t forget the wealth of wonderful tropical beaches to both north and south, some  unspoilt, others packed and super-chic, frequented by Brazilian film and TV stars.

Our tip: Take a trip down to picture-postcard perfect Trancoso or Morro de São Paulo.

 

Curitiba


Go Brazil Wines Exhibits at LIWF 2-4th June

27th Apr
by nicholas.corfe

Go Brazil welcomes all existing and prospective trade customers to table 128 in the Esoterica section of the London International Wine Fair, which will be held this year at the Olympia exhibition centre.

With the FIFA World Cup imminent, we are expecting a high level of enquiries. The tournament is a once in a lifetime opportunity to promote Brazilian wines, and we are confident it will provide the springboard for mainstream recognition of the category within the UK market.

Go Brazil will be presenting some great wines from four leading Brazilian producers: Geisse, Pizzato, Sanjo and – for the first time – Campos de Cima.

We look forward to meeting you !

 

– London Wine Fair 2014 Official Website

 


LATA Quiz Night Scores Big Success!

26th Apr
by nicholas.corfe

Go Brazil are delighted to hear of the success of the LATA Foundation’s Charity Quiz Night, which was held yesterday ( 6th May ) at The Railway Tavern, in the City of London.

Sadly we ourselves were unable to attend but many competing teams, mainly from the London travel industry, took part, with Abercrombie & Kent, Explore! and Journey Latin America the worthy winners.

The lucky winner of six bottles of Brazilian wine, donated by Go Brazil, was James Sleat.

 

See more here:   www.latafoundation.org

 

 


Pop-Up Diner Heads South of the River

26th Apr
by nicholas.corfe

The Brazilian Pop-Up Diner changes venue this month, basing itself during w/c 19th May on the 2nd floor of the Oxo Tower, London SE1.

For those not familiar with the concept:  the Pop-Up Diner is a series of dinners being held in the run up to the World Cup, each prepared by local Brazilian chefs and reflecting the cuisine of one ( or more ) of the tournament’s twelve host cities.

Enjoy a delicious three course lunch or dinner, accompanied by imported  Brazilian beer, cachaca or wine, with coffee and chocolates to finish, for just £ 35 !

The organiser is Brazilian events company, MargoCamilo.

 

More info:

Margo|Camilo

Brazil Pop-Up Diner

Book your tickets

 


BBC Interviews Go Brazil Wines

3rd Mar
by nicholas.corfe

Although based in Ipswich, Suffolk, most of our business is generated outside the county, principally in London. It was therefore a real surprise to be invited recently by BBC Radio Suffolk to discuss Brazilina wines.

Broadcaster Georgina Wroe, a former PR for the IWSC, spoke with our Commercial Director, Nicholas Corfe. Topics ranged from the style of wines (restrained fruit, lowish alcohol, fresh acidity) to the weather (colder and wetter than you would expect) and through to the World Cup.

BBC TV, where are you?!


Fourth World Cup Pop-Up Diner Sun April 13th!

25th Feb
by nicholas.corfe

12 World Cup host cities ?  So why not hold 12 separate events to celebrate the local cuisine of each one ? This is the great idea behind the World Cup Pop-Up Diner, which is being organised in London by Brazilian events company MargoCamilo. Enjoy a delicious three course lunch or dinner, accompanied by imported  Brazilian beer, cachaca or wine, with coffee and chocolates to finish.

The fourth event, themed around the Northeastern city of Fortaleza, takes place on April 13th at the Bedford and Strand restaurant off Covent Garden, the last will coincide with the opening of the World Cup in June. All this for just £ 35.00!

See some images of the Pop-up Diners below

 

For more info and bookings:

www.brazilpopupdiner.com

– bookings@brazilpopupdiner.com

 

Read press articles:

The Telegraph

The Independent

London Pop-ups

Hot Dinners

Londonist

 

 


SITT Spring Tasting February 24 & 26th 2014

25th Feb
by nicholas.corfe

Go Brazil will launch two new Brazilian wines at the spring edition of SITT this February, in Manchester Feb 24th & London Feb 26th:

First, a lovely traditional method Brut sparkler from Campos de Cima, a family-run, super modern winery located in the extreme South West of Brazil, on the border with Argentina. And, secondly, a very competitively priced off-dry, grapey-but-floral still Moscato from Sanjo, the Japanese-Brazilian cooperative that makes our best selling Nubio Sauvignon Blanc.

The Campos de Cima Brut will be imported together with its sister wine, an Extra Brut, both of which we previewed at the trade only ‘Fizz’ event, held in November 2013.

Sanjo’s ‘Nobrese’ Moscato will be added to our list along with their well priced Charmat method 100% Chardonnay sparkler, both of which originate in the 1300m mountains of the Serra Catarinense, in the southerly state of Santa Catarina.

All the above wines will be available in the UK from March 2014.

Tasting notes to follow.

 

For more SITT details: www.sittastings.com


Brazilian Chocolate Launches in Selfridges

25th Feb
by nicholas.corfe

Brazilian super-premium chocolate brand ‘Q’ launches next month at Selfridges’ ‘chocolate library’, a collection of 140 of the most desirable chocolate brands sourced from around the world.

Our sister company, Varega Ltd., is the European distributor for ‘Q’, and is delighted that this prestigious department store will be stocking the brand. Coming on the back of its success in 2013 with Fortnum & Mason, Varega is now planning expansion into several European markets.

 


Our new fizz Launched at SITT!

25th Feb
by nicholas.corfe

This week at SITT Go Brazil launched its new Traditional Method fizz from boutique winery Campos de Cima, a family business located in the extreme South West of Brazil, close to the border with Argentina. This is real cowboy country – cattle, vast undulating plains, big blue skies – with hot summers and cool, wet winters. The result ? Brut with a real tropical character, not overdone, and with a great mousse and refreshing acidity.

The Extra Brut, also with 24 months lees ageing, is more restrained and best drunk as an accompaniment to seafood or lightly grilled fish.

 

Read more here:  http://www.gobrazilwines.com/wineries/campos-de-cima

 

 


Launch of ‘Brasil na Mão’ Events Guide

24th Feb
by nicholas.corfe

Go Brazil is delighted to support ‘Brasil na Mão’ ( ‘Brazil in your hand’ ), a new monthly events guide targeted at the growing Brazilian community in London. As well as contributing editorial for the first edition we were pleased to support their recent launch party at Grace bar in Piccadilly.

 

Read more here:  http://brasilnamao.co.uk/

 


Go Brazil joins forces with Brazilian News

5th Dec
by nicholas.corfe

We are delighted to announce a new partnership with leading Portuguese language newspaper, Brazilian News.

The only paper of its type to be published weekly, we feel it is an ideal vehicle for Go Brazil to reach a large and increasingly influential Brazilian/Portuguese community, particularly in London.

We have started to contribute a series of editorials focusing on different aspects of Brazilian wine and next year will also be submitting articles from our sister company, Varega Ltd, an international marketing consultancy.

Take a look !   http://braziliannews.uk.com/


BBC Show – from cupcakes to fine wine !

26th Oct
by nicholas.corfe

The popular BBC Good Food Show once again drew in a sizeable crowd – some 26,000 consumers over 3 days – many of whom were keen to see the participants of BBC TV’s Great British Bake Off and Masterchef programmes.

Go Brazil, exhibiting for the third consecutive year, benefited not only from these high numbers but also the increased recognition of Brazil as a country which produces high quality wines.

Star of the show was Pizzato’s ‘Fausto’ range, while Geisse’s ‘Amadeu’ traditional method sparklers were also very well received.

We would like to thank all those who visited our stand, especially returning visitors and those who made purchases.

 

More info here: http://www.bbcgoodfoodshowlondon.com/

Go Brazil


Flavours of Brazil transported to London

20th Oct
by nicholas.corfe

‘Flavours of Brazil’ was the name given to this two week long gastronomic festival last month, held at the Intercontinental Hotel Park Lane in London. Organised by the Brazilian Embassy, and featuring top chefs flown in specially for the event, guests were treated to a series of tastings and demonstrations of the best of Brazilian food and drink.

Go Brazil were honoured to be invited to supply the wine to the Brazilian Ambassador’s opening night dinner; we also supplied wine to accompany a tasting of Q chocolate – a fine dark chocolate originating in Rio de Janeiro and available exclusively in the UK from Fortnum & Mason.

 

Read more here: http://www.cookbookcafe.co.uk/foodfestivals.php

BrazilianFest

 


FIZZ – the sparkling new trade show

27th Sep
by nicholas.corfe

This brand new one-day trade show, dedicated to non-Champagne sparkling wine, took place on October 22nd at the Fishmongers’ Hall in London.

Around 40 exhibitors, representing 25 countries, participated – among them Wines of Brasil.

Although not widely publicized the show attracted a steady flow of visitors, including a number of high profile wine critics and journalists.

Go Brazil presented sparkling wines from two of the producers we represent:  Cave Geisse ( who specialize exclusively in Traditional Method fizz ), and a newcomer to our portfolio, Campos de Cima.

The 2011 vintage, traditional method Campos de Cima Brut and Extra Brut were both well received, with an almost equal split of preference between the two wines.
Some tasters favoured the more overt tropical fruit and rounded mouthfill of the Brut, while others felt that the lower sugar level in the Extra Brut was in better balance with the fruit, and enjoyed its leaner style. The proposed RSP of £ 18-19.00 was also felt to be in the right range.

The Cave Geisse wines have already gained a following in the UK, in particular their ‘Amadeu’ range. It was no surprise therefore to receive positive comments about their Amadeu Brut Champenoise 2011, nor too their Brut Rose Terroir 2008 – a gentle but complex wine which enjoys a minimum 36 months lees ageing.

In summary, an excellent event, and one which Go Brazil hopes to attend again.

More info here: http://www.campbell-johnston.com/about-fizz/


Decanter Magazine Highlights Brazil

26th Sep
by nicholas.corfe

October’s edition of the Decanter magazine is dedicated to South America. Although, appropriately enough, most of its coverage is dedicated to Chile and Argentina, here at Go Brazil we were delighted to read Steven Spurrier’s informative and well balanced article ‘Explorations in Brazil’ ( pp 59-62 ).

We were also particularly chuffed that four of his top six brazilian wines are represented by us !  Please email for more details: info@gobrazilwines.com

 

More info here: http://www.decanter.com/magazine/back-issues/50081/decanter-magazine-october-2013

 


FlipSide Brazilian Literary Festival 4-6th Oct

24th Sep
by nicholas.corfe

For the first time, and 10th anniversary, Brazil’s world renown FLIP (Festa Literaria internacional de Paraty) is taking place at Snape Maltings, Suffolk – the prestigious concert venue closely associated with composer Benjamin Britten.

Here in Suffolk FLIP will be transformed for one weekend into ‘FlipSide’, a family-oriented festival which will see the participation of many acclaimed writers and musicians from both Brazil and the UK. These include Adriana Calcanhotto, Ana Maria Machado and Paula Morelenbaum, and from the UK Ian McEwan and Will Self.

Go Brazil is delighted to have been given the opportunity to supply the Brazilian wine for this prestigious event, which we hope will become an annual fixture in the UK’s cultural calendar.

 

More info here: http://www.flipsidefestival.co.uk/welcome.aspx


Brazilian Film Festival 27th Sept-1st Oct

11th Sep
by nicholas.corfe

Now in its 5th edition, this is a must-see for all serious cinema goers.

The festival includes some nine feature length films, together with a number of ‘shorts’, several of which have already won commercial and critical acclaim.

All screenings take place at the Odeon Covent Garden, 135 Shaftesbury Avenue, London.

Go Brazil is delighted to have been selected to supply wines for the after-party, will be held at the Brazilian Embassy in Cockspur St., London.

 

See here for listings: http://www.brazilianfilmfestival.com/


The SITT Autumn Tasting

11th Sep
by nicholas.corfe

SITT – the Specialist Importers Trade Tasting – once again proved its value, with Go Brazil pleased to have had the opportunity to meet so many new and potential customers under one roof. Equally important was the opportunity to try and persuade a sometimes sceptical professional audience about the benefits of introducing Brazilian wine to their portfolios.

A not inconsiderable challenge, this, but one which we continue to tackle with great relish – and not a little success!

 

More info here: http://www.sittastings.com/autumn/

 


Taste of London marches on

11th Jul
by nicholas.corfe

From modest beginnings ten years ago Taste of London has grown to become the UK’s foremost consumer festival for high quality food and wines.

Featuring Michelin starred restaurants – and with a good number of celebrity chefs in attendance – the show attracts 50,000 discerning ‘foodies’, together with a fair sprinkling of professionals from the hospitality and catering industries.

For Go Brazil Wines, the 2013 show was an opportunity not only to promote our products but, equally importantly, to raise awareness of Brazil as a wine-producing country. In addition to our own stand, we were also invited to participate on the Brazilian Embassy stand, where we exhibited alongside other suppliers of Brazilian beverages, such as coffee, cachaca and guarana.

 

www.london.tastefestivals.com


‘Dr Fausto’ range from Pizzato makes UK debut

11th Jul
by nicholas.corfe

Newly arrived from Rio Grande do Sul, the heart of Brazil’s winelands, is the great value ‘Dr Fausto’ range from Pizzato: comprising three single varietal reds ( Tannat, Merlot & Cab Sauv ), a rose and a pinot grigio/chardonnay blend, this is an accessible and younger Range of wines from one of Brazil’s leading winemakers.

With a more rounded and fruit forward character than the ‘Reserva’ range, we feel Fausto will have broad appeal across the on- and off-trade.

For the first time in the UK we’ll be launching Brazilian miniatures (Fausto reds in 375 & 187ml bottles).

To complete the line-up… Also new is 2005 vintage Alicante Bouschet and single vineyard ‘Legno’ chardonnay.

 

www.pizzato.net


Fortnum & Mason Brazilian Chocolate Launch

11th Jul
by nicholas.corfe

News of another Brazilian success as, following their country’s Confederations Cup win, Rio-based chocolatier Aquim launched its exclusive ‘Q’ range at Fortnums & Mason in London this month.

Go Brazil’s sister company, Varega Ltd, is delighted to have been selected as Aquim’s UK commercial partner for the venture and is looking forward to developing the Q brand with Rodrigo and Samantha from this family company.

Indeed, in addition to its speciality chocolate business, Aquim is perhaps better known in Rio as an event and party organiser specialising in the luxury goods sector, with a client list including Cartier and Veuve Cliquot. The company were also responsible for the VIP catering at the re-opening of the iconic Maracana stadium, scene of Brazil’s recent Confederations Cup win and venue for the World Cup final in 2014.


Confederations Cup Football

25th Jun
by nicholas.corfe

Although partly overshadowed by demonstrations in numerous Brazilian cities, the Confederations Cup is well underway.

At the time of writing the Brazilian team, with talisman Neymar outstanding, remain unbeaten but have a tricky semi-final against Uruguay to negotiate..

Should they win then the dream final – probably against Spain – awaits !

This isn’t the right forum to discuss ( or attempt to understand ) Brazilian politics; however it would be foolish not to acknowledge the underlining tensions in Brazilian society.

Here at Go Brazil we can only hope that the many contentious issues can be resolved peacefully and that the country remains on the wish-list of many overseas visitors..

Our advice is simple:  Go !


Go Brazil at LIWF 20-22nd May

17th May
by nicholas.corfe

Please be assured of a warm welcome to Go Brazil on stand O40, where we look forward both to meeting existing customers and introducing Brazilian wine to those who have not yet been tempted !

 

More show info at: www.londonwinefair.com


Lidio Carraro to supply World Cup wines!

3rd Apr
by nicholas.corfe

Go Brazil supplier Lidio Carraro, Brazil’s leading boutique winery, has been selected by FIFA to be the official supplier of wine to the 2014 World Cup.

This announcement was made at the recent ProWein trade fair in Duesseldorf and is testament to the high regard in which Lidio Carraro wines are held, not just in Brazil but in many overseas markets.

Speaking in Germany to Monica Rossetti, Lidio’s winemaker, Go Brazil understands that a completely new red and a white wine will be launched globally in the coming months, under the brand ‘Faces’, complete with new logo and packaging. We were fortunate enough to have a sneak preview of both wine and labelling – and confidently predict that Lidio are on to a winner !

More on Lidio Carraro: http://www.lidiocarraro.com/#popup

To pre-register your interest in the World Cup wines within UK & Eire, please contact Nicholas Corfe:   nicholas@gobrazilwines.com


Galpao best Brazilian restaurant in London

4th Mar
by nicholas.corfe

Galpao, a small but excellent restaurant in NW London has been crowned London’s best Brazilian restaurant 2012/13 by LUKAS, the Air Europa sponsored Latin-UK Awards.

 Mike Burlison and Cristiane Parsaniello, owners of Galpao will not only collect their gong at a glittering gala ceremony on 18th March: they have also been invited to provide the catering for the 500 guests who will be attending the event !

 Many congratulation to Mike and Cristiane –  Go Brazil suggests you pay them a visit..

 Read more: www.galpao.co.uk


Brazil clinch Confeds Cup victory !

26th Feb
by nicholas.corfe

An enthralling Confederations Cup final in Rio’s Maracana stadium saw an inspired Brazilian team fight off the challenge of favourites Spain, the current World and European champions. Showing an aggression and tenacity that has not always been the team’s hallmark, the Selecao disrupted their opponent’s intricate passing game and counter-attacked with real purpose, to end the match deserved 3-0 winners.

A great result, and one that bodes well for the ‘real’ contest next year !


The rise and rise of ProWein

26th Feb
by nicholas.corfe

This annual trade fair, held from 25-26th March in Duesseldorf, continues to grow and arguably has overtaken LIWF in its importance to the international wine trade. Go Brazil will at the show to meet our suppliers, negotiate with new ones and – of course – sample the latest releases. We’re especially interested in what the 2012s have to offer, as growers were


Critic Steven Spurrier big fan of Brazil

23rd Feb
by nicholas.corfe

Decanter magazine’s consultant editor and leading wine critic, Steven Spurrier, returned from a New Year’s trip to Brazil brimming with enthusiasm and positive comments, having visited the key exporting wineries.

His full article can be read on our website but suffice to say he is a great fan of Brazil and has much praise for their leading producers – some of which are represented by us at Go Brazil.

Spurrier World 2013 05 Brazil Pizzato (4)


Specialist Importers Trade Tastings

21st Feb
by nicholas.corfe

For the very first time Wines of Brasil, represented in the UK by JK Marketing, will be showing at the upcoming independent importers tasting evnts in Manchester ( 25th Feb ) and Lonodon ( 27th Feb ). Wines from three producers in Go Brazil’s portfolio will be available to taste and we will be on hand at the London event to answer your questions.


Our Sauvignon Blanc voted no.1 !

1st Feb
by nicholas.corfe

No sooner have we announced the arrival of Sanjo’s Nubio Sauvignon Blanc in the UK, than we learn that it has been voted ‘Brazil’s No.1 Sauvignon Blanc for 2013’ by the country’s annual wine guide, the prestigious Baco Anuario Vinhos do Brasil.

This 100% Brazilian, 100% Single Varietal Sauvignon Blanc originates in the 1300m mountains of Santa Catarina, Brazil’s coldest region, and is produced by a Japanese-Brazilian co-operative. The new Nubio 2011 has already been extremely well received and has got  people talking with its herby, fig, green pepper aromas and clean, zesty acidity.

Please contact us for availability info:    info@gobrazilwines.com


‘Check Out Go Brazil’ Says Olly Smith

1st Feb
by nicholas.corfe

The ever popular Three Wine Men nationwide road arrives at Lord’s this weekend, 8-9th December, having made numerous pit-stops around the country, including in Manchester, Cardiff and Edinburgh, and delighting a discerning public with its offering of unusual, non-supermarket wines.

We are delighted to report that one of the very wise men, Olly Smith, recently chose to mention Go Brazil in his Mail on Sunday column. Cheers Olly – we look forward to sharing a glass or two with you at the HQ of cricket !

Latest news: Harrogate is added to the list of venues for 2013

For more info please read here: http://threewinemen.co.uk/2013-events/


We take the social media plunge !

16th Oct
by nicholas.corfe

Go Brazil has been convinced – finally – that no business is complete without integrating social media into its marcomms strategy.

Certainly this seems to be the case in the hospitality industry, so last month we launched our Go Brazil Facebook page and opened a Twitter account.

So far, so good, but it will be many months before we can assess how successful this has been. Any tips or advice from those of you have experience would be welcome !

 

Follow us here : Facebook and Twitter


Customer of Month: Rios Churrascaria

16th Oct
by nicholas.corfe

We just had to give a mention to Alex, Alonso and Mauricio at our local Ipswich churrascaria:

The guys have not only developed Rios into one of the destination eateries in town, but after a year’s trading they recently opened a second outlet in Swindon ( don’t ask.. ) ! Their formula of Brazilian steakhouse where you ‘eat as much as you can for a fixed price’, has definitely found a niche in these recessionary times.

We wish them continued success !

More info here: http://www.riosbrazil.co.uk/

 


Alliance with Major Event International

10th Oct
by nicholas.corfe

Go Brazil and our sister company, Varega Ltd., are delighted to announce a partnership with Major Events International ( MEI ), a market penetration company which assists companies to generate business via sporting events, such as the FIFA World Cup.

Their geographical reach extends globally, but they have particular strengths inBrazil, the Middle East,Russiaand other emerging markets. Varega, a consultancy business, also has specific experience in a number of these countries and will be cooperating with MEI on a number of projects in various industry sectors.

More info here: http://www.majoreventsinternational.com/

http://www.varega.eu/


Three Wine Men Cardiff 6-7th October

9th Oct
by nicholas.corfe

Our intrepid trio venture across the Severnto the land of rugby and male voice choirs..

Yes, the Three Wine Men ( Oz Clarke, Olly Smith & Tim Atkin ) are back from their summer break and, for the first time, their roadshow arrives inWales.

As always if you’re a committed oenophile or simply looking to broaden your wine horizons, pop down to the Parc Hotel in Cardiff to try and buy a varied and high quality range of non-supermarket ( = refreshingly different ! ) wines.

On the Brazilian table you’ll find a great selection of still and sparkling wines from Go Brazil.

For tickets and more info please visit: http://threewinemen.co.uk/events/october-cardiff/


BBC Good Food Show 12-15th April

5th Oct
by nicholas.corfe

Come and visit us on Stand B40 at this brand new consumer food & drink show, which is being held adjacent to Bluewater, one of the UK’s biggest shopping centres.

Our full range of Brazilian wines, including plenty of fizz, will be available to taste and buy – an added attraction (?) is a guest appearance from John & Greg of Masterchef fame.

We look forward to seeing you there!


Isle of Wight Show: CANCELLED

5th Oct
by nicholas.corfe

Very disappointingly, the Isle of Wight Spring Garden Show was cancelled this year due to heavy rain.

The show, which was scheduled to have taken place on 28-29th April, incorporated a ‘Wine Zone’ and would have given the opportunity for visitors to have sampled an eclectic range of wines from around the world.

For those interested in trying our Brazilian wines, we will be exhibiting at Taste of London, The Three Wine Men and The Wine Show. Alternatively, please visit our  Where to Buy section.


Brazilian Food Festival – Yum Yum !

11th Sep
by nicholas.corfe

Complementing this month’s diet of culture, we welcome the Brazilian Food Festival, a celebration of the best of ‘cozinha brasileira’, featuring the participation of some of the UK’s most prominent Brazilian restaurants. Dates: 14th Sept-19th Oct.

Read more : http://www.comeinfoodfestival.co.uk/restaurants/brazilian/

 

Organised by PALOP news, the leading newspaper for the UK’s Portuguese-speaking community, the festival invites the public to visit the participating restaurants and vote on their preferences – with discount vouchers an added incentive to get involved.

An awards ceremony is planned for March 2014 for winners and sponsors of both the Brazilian Food Festival and the Portuguese Food Festival.

 

More info here: http://www.palopnews.com/index.php/noticias-gerais/99-noticias-gerais/1370-brazilian-food-festival-apresenta-logomarca

 

 


Invitation to all Novices!

14th Jun
by nicholas.corfe

New to Brazilian wine?

No problem, here at Go Brazil we are well aware that people can get a little nervy when trying wine for the first time from a ‘new’ country. That’s why we exhibit regularly at consumer shows around the country, inviting visitors to try the samples on display, and doing our best to overcome any preconceptions that may exist about Brazil as a wine-producing nation.

See what the wine critics are saying click:

http://www.gobrazilwines.com/news/oz-clarke-praises-cave-geisse-3

http://www.gobrazilwines.com/news/brazil-scores-highly-in-imbibe-sparkling-test

http://www.gobrazilwines.com/news/wall-st-journal-fancies-casa-valduga-brut-4

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/wine/10187866/Why-Brazil-is-on-the-wine-radar.html


Insider’s Guide to Wine & Footie 2014

8th Jun
by nicholas.corfe

World Cup Latest!

 

 

Although twelve Brazilian cities are scheduled to host the World Cup in Brazil , there are some doubts as to whether any games will take actually place in two of them. Recent reports (in Feb 2014) suggest that the stadiums in Cuiabá and Porto Alegre may not be ready, for construction and political reasons respectively.

Here at Go Brazil we think it is highly likely that a last minute solution will be found to these issues, not least because FIFA and the Brazilian authorities will do everything possible to avoid embarrassment, with the eyes of the world looking on.

In March we will publish our handy insider’s guide to the host cities – notwithstanding news of the above – ideal for those of you who are venturing over to Brazil in June / July.

 

 

Visit a local winery !

Why not make your World Cup visit to Brazil even more special with a trip to a local winery? There are two main wine-producing areas in Brazil: the far South and the Northeast (red & orange zones on adjacent map).

Of the 12 host cities, Porto Alegre & Curitiba are suitable gateways for the South, while we recommend Recife and Salvador in the Northeast.

Remember: distances in Brazil are vast, so our advice is to stick to one or two cities and enjoy what the local region has to offer.

More handy World Cup tips – none of which you’ll find in any guidebook – will follow as we get closer to the tournament!

 

 

 


Calling all wine clubs, wedding and event planners

29th May
by nicholas.corfe

 

Whatever event you are planning, we will be delighted to advise on and supply a suitable selection of Brazilian wines for your special occasion. With more than 60 wines in our Go Brazil portfolio – red, white, rosé and sparkling – we are confident of being able to find the right wine to match your requirements and, if necessary, to complement the dishes on your menu.

 

Wines can be delivered directly to your venue or, if you prefer, we will host a tasting for you and your guests – please see below.

 

Wine Tasting

Planning to celebrate a birthday, impress clients or surprise your fellow club members?  A wine tasting is perfect:  no prior knowledge required ( although enjoyment of a little tipple is   preferred ) and it can be as informal as you like. As unstuffy, experienced presenters, we will not only host your tasting but talk with real passion and insight about all aspects of Brazilian life.

 

Brazilian wine is actually much more than a novelty:  with an industry stretching back more than 140 years, the latest wave of Brazilian wine-makers have experience, talent and heritage behind them, as evidenced by the 3000+ international awards that have been won by Brazilian wines over the last decade, so quality is assured.

 

With Rio and the Olympic Games coming up soon ( see adjacent article ), now is the time to go Brazilian!

 

To discuss wines for your event please contact : nicholas@gobrazilwines.com

 

 


TV’s Michael Palin in Brazil Adventure

10th May
by nicholas.corfe

Michael Palin, of Monty Python fame, heads off to Brazil in a new BBC series starting on October 24th.

Although very well travelled, Palin has apparently never set foot in Brazil but in this four-part documentary he covers a huge amount of ground, ending up at the famous Iguacu Falls. Will he drink any of the local wine, we wonder ?

Pls add this link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-19989037


Oz Clarke Praises Cave Geisse

10th May
by nicholas.corfe

In his 2012 pocket wine guide, renown wine presenter and critic Oz Clarke has identified Brazil as a ‘Region to Watch’.

Of nine sparkling wines highlighted he places Cave Geisse Brut Rose* in an impressive third position (pipped to the post only by Billecart-Salmon andCloudyBay).

Oz also places Brazil second out of eleven in a list of ‘new’ high quality wine-producing countries…

Listen to Oz’s comments following his visit to Brazillast year: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eItCl7UxWeQ

*It is no coincidence that Cave Geisse’s sister wine, the Nature Terroir, was one of just 15 wines presented at by Jancis Robinson at the Wine Future 2011 Grand Tasting in Hong Kong…

Geisse’s burdgeoning reputation as Brazil’s top sparkling wine producer is well deserved. See here for more information: http://www.gobrazilwines.com/wineries/cave-geisse

 


Lincoln Toasts Brazilian Wine

10th May
by nicholas.corfe

Leading wine education company, Wine Educators International, will be presenting a tasting of Brazilian fine wines to the Lincoln Wine Society at the Bishop Grossteste University Collegeon February 21st.

WEI’s MD Martin Ward comments: ‘this is the next stop in our roadshow programme of tutored tastings in partnership with Go Brazil featuring a range of great wines and wineries from this very exciting wine country. The reaction from the groups hosted around the UK recently has been truly terrific! Contact us if you would like to book a tasting for your club or group.‘

For more information about this and future events, please contact: enquiries@wine-educators.com


BBC Wine Show 9-11th November

9th May
by nicholas.corfe

The ever popular BBC Food Show drew an increased attendance to Olympia this year, with many visitors finding their way upstairs to the dedicated wine show area.

On the Go Brazil stand we were kept busy throughout the three days of the event, and were very encouraged both by the number of returning customers and the almost universally positive feedback from those who were trying Brazilian wine for the first time.

Our range of Brazilian wines continues to grow and we are proud to be launching in January 2013, among other lines, the first 100% Brazilian, 100% single varietal Sauvignon Blanc in the UK: Sanjo Nubio 2011.

Please see here for more info: http://www.bbcgoodfoodshowlondon.com/wine-show-0

News of this and other new arrivals will be posted online as we move into the New Year.


Michael Palin wins LATA award

10th Apr
by nicholas.corfe

Presenter, author and latterday Monty Python star, Michael Palin, was this week presented with LATA’s ( Latin America Travel Association ) 2013 Media Award for his recent TV series on Brazil, and for his wider work in promoting an understanding of Latin America in the UK and elsewhere.

The series of four BBC programmes focused on the less discovered regions of this vast country and, while not as insightful or analytical as some may have wished for, successfully avoided falling into the type of cliché which plagues many such travelogues.

Sadly Go Brazil shared only a brief moment with Michael at the House of Lords event ( see photo right ) so we don’t know if he enjoyed any local wines during his Brazil trip.

Read more: http://www.latafoundation.org/newsholder/HouseofLords/


Wines of Brasil appoints JK Marketing as PR

28th Mar
by nicholas.corfe

The Brazilian wine trade association, Wines of Brasil, has recently appointed JK Marketing as its PR and Marketing agency in the UK.

This represents a significant step forward, underlying both the emergence of Brazilian wine on the local market and the recognition of the need for a co-ordinated campaign to drive awareness further.

Go Brazil warmly welcomes these developments and we intend to work closely with both organisations.

JK Marketing:  www.jkmarketing.co.uk

Wines of Brasil: www.winesfrombrazil.com


Brazil’s GDP surpasses that of UK

7th Mar
by nicholas.corfe

It’s official:  the Brazilian economy is now the world’s sixth largest, having overtaken the UK at the end of 2011, according to various economic forecasting organisations.

Although China is a major export customer for Brazil’s iron ore and other minerals, it is largely the booming domestic market ( of nearly 200m ) which has been responsible for the high growth rates of recent years.

Indeed, forecasts suggest that within the next couple of years Brazil will go on to replace France as the world’s fifth largest economy.

Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-17272716

 


Visit us in Brighton this Weekend 10-11th!

7th Mar
by nicholas.corfe

We’re at the Brighton Centre this weekend, exhibiting at the Gardens, Home & Lifestyle Show. You are warmly invited to try and buy a selection of our best Brazilian wines on Stand 400/402.

 


A Great Response at Taste of London

17th Feb
by nicholas.corfe

Very many thanks to all those who visited one or both of our Go Brazil stands at the recent Taste of London show in Regent’s Park.

We were delighted to have the opportunity to present our range of Brazilian wines to such a receptive audience, and hugely encouraged by the almost uniformly positive feedback from the public and trade customers.

SHOW OFFER:  there’s still time to take advantage of our ToL discounted show prices and place your order through our partners, South American Wines Online. ( Deadline is July 9th 2012 ).

Call:  01444 459981 or visit:  www.southamericanwinesonline.co.uk

Finally, we wish to place on record our thanks to Wines of Brasil, the trade association for Brazilian Wine Exporters (www.winesofbrasil.com), and the Embassy of Brazil inLondon, for their kind support during this event.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Brazilian Embassy Hosts Tasting 12th March

16th Feb
by nicholas.corfe

A trade tasting of the best of Brazilian wines will take place at the Brazilian Embassy, London, on 12th March.

Representatives of Brazil’s top wineries, including all those represented by Go Brazil, are expected to attend the tasting which will be hosted by Simon Wood: www.simonwoods.com and wine PR company, JK Marketing: www.jkmarketing.co.uk

Professionals who wish to attend should contact Judy Kendrick of JK Marketing: judy@jkmarketing.co.uk

 


Prince Harry: the toast of Brazil

16th Feb
by nicholas.corfe

 We are delighted to report that at an official reception to mark Prince Harry’s, and the British Olympic Committee’s, recent visit to Rio de Janeiro the toast to the young ‘Royal’ was made with sparkling wine, Arte Brut, from Casa Valduga.

See press release attached:

http://www2.isend.com.br/iSend/view/3A6E347867D99937B00197BAC3A040C42342DDD8E4267C4F9FD0CDB6F6D0E996

 

 

 


Go Brazil Targets Upmarket Consumer Shows

16th Feb
by nicholas.corfe

Our strategy of introducing Brazilian wine directly to a discerning public in the South East of England gains momentum this year. In the next three months Go Brazil will be exhibiting at the Brighton Centre (ETC Homes & Lifestyle Show), Bluewater (BBC Spring Good Food Show) and Regent’s Park (Taste of London). We also plan to have a presence at the Olympic Games, most probably in neighbouring Victoria Park, and we will be further increasing our consumer-oriented activity in the run-up to Christmas.

 


ProWein Duesseldorf 4-6th March

16th Feb
by nicholas.corfe

The great and the good of Europe’s wine industry will gather soon in Duesseldorf for the annual German trade fair.

Go Brazil will be in attendance too, mainly to catch up on news from our Brazilian suppliers and of course to sample the latest vintages.

Visit report to follow!

 

 


Wall St. Journal stars Casa Valduga Brut

16th Feb
by nicholas.corfe

 

See full text of the Wall Street Journal Article here:  Article Feb 11, 2012 (2)


Ruas & Praças Charity Bazaar 25th Feb

16th Feb
by nicholas.corfe

Ruas & Praças is a Brazilian charity which helps street children in the Northeastern city of Recife.

In order to raise funds for their work in Brazil they are organising a charity bazaar in London on 25th February.

Entry is free and open to all – but visitors are requested to bring an article of vintage or old clothing to donate. See below for more info:

As part of our ongoing commitment to supporting Brazilian charities, we at Go Brazil are making a small donation of wine…

 


Brazil Scores Highly in Imbibe Sparkling Test

16th Feb
by nicholas.corfe

The results of a tasting of New World sparkling wines conducted by respected on-trade magazine, Imbibe, proved hugely encouraging for the Brazilians. Their average score of 70/100 was beaten only by Australia, Chile and a single Canadian entrant.

In its conclusions the magazine remarks: ‘South America, including surprise entrant Brazil, is definitely a place to watch as winemakers hone their skills and elegant styles begin to emerge’  – an observation with which we at Go Brazil unsurprisingly agree !

 


BBC World Service Samples Brazilian Wine

2nd Dec
by nicholas.corfe

Go Brazil was proud to offer a bottle of our award-winning bestseller, the Lidio Carraro Dadivas Chardonnay, for a tasting on BBC radio with celebrated UK wine writer and broadcaster Robert Joseph last night. Great news and surely a first for Brazilian wine ?!

The World Service programme broadcast 30/11/11 can be heard here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/console/p00lrkcg

Lidio Carraro: www.lidiocarraro.com


Rio Sol wins Gold Medal!

25th Nov
by nicholas.corfe

Great news from the recent  8th Concours Mondial de Bruxelles, where we learn that our Rio Sol Shiraz / Cab Sauv blend has been awarded a gold medal. The wine originates from North East Brazil at a latitude of 8 degrees South, making the vineyard the world’s closest to the Equator. Irrigation is necessary, but the lack of seasonality means that at least two vintages are possible annually !  Go Brazil also stock the sister wine, a clean and crisp Viognier/Chenin Blanc. More info here:  http://www.gobrazilwines.com/wineries/rio-sol


Customer of the Month – Cabana

24th Nov
by nicholas.corfe

Seasoned restaurateurs Jamie Barber (Hush, Kitchen Italia, Villandry and Sake No Hana) and David Ponté (Momo, Mocoto) have teamed up to launch CABANA:  a relaxed, vibrant and affordable new Brazilian barbecue restaurant that has opened outlets recently in both Westfield Stratford City and Central St Giles, the latter a colourful new development just off Covent Garden designed by Architect Renzo Piano.

In additional to the traditional barbecue or ‘churrasco’, Cabana also offers customers a wide range of popular Brazilian snack foods, such as the ubiquitous – but delicious – coxinha, pao de queijo and pastel de palmito. And yes, our Dadivas Chardonnay ( see article  below ) is available on the wine list.  All in all: great value and strongly recommended !

www.cabana-brasil.com


New partnership with Wine Educators Intl.

23rd Nov
by nicholas.corfe

We are very pleased to announce a new partnership between leading wine education specialists, WEI, and Go Brazil. Martin Ward, MD of WEI commented: “The team at Wine Educators International is delighted to have linked up with Go Brazil to present a series of tutored tastings to consumer and business groups around the UK over the coming months.  We believe that this is the first such programme and certainly for the vast majority of those attending it will be the first time ever for tasting a Brazilian Wine!  The tastings feature a range of 8 stunning wines from the Go Brazil range and will be presented by the professional educator team at Wine Educators International.”

(www.wine-educators.com)


Dadivas Chardonnay 2011 now in UK!

22nd Nov
by nicholas.corfe

Flushed with its IWC 2011 Bronze medal-winning success, the Dadivas Chardonnay from Lidio Carraro, Brazil’s foremost boutique producer, has emerged as our best-selling wine this year. The latest, 2011 vintage is now available in the UK. Unoaked ( as is the entire Carraro range ), this 100% varietal shows aromas of white flowers with tropical notes of pineapple and melon, good fresh acidity, a distinct minerality and a characteristically long finish. Miles away from a typical New World chardonnay and strongly recommended ! Try with white meats, seafood, pasta and salads.

(www.lidiocarraro.com)


ABC Charity Wine Tasting – Putney 5th November

28th Oct
by nicholas.corfe

Go Brazil are delighted to be supporting the ABC Trust ( Action for Brazil’s Children ), a charity which is dedicated to helping the most vulnerable children and young people in Brazilian society.

In conjunction with partners Symposium Wines and Wines4All, we will be supplying wines for a tasting at the Wills Gallery in Putney, London, on 5th November, the proceeds of which will go to the ABC Trust.

More details here: http://www.symposiumwines.com/shop/184-abc-tasting-putney

www.wills-art.com

www.symposiumwines.com

www.allforwineandwineforall.com

 


Happy Child – House of Commons Dinner 17th November

28th Oct
by nicholas.corfe

Founded in 1993, Happy Child is one of the leading and most experienced charities helping street children in Brazil. They work principally in the cities of Belo Horizonte, in the South East and in Recife, in the North East. Sarah de Carvalho, Managing Director of the charity, has written movingly about this complex and disturbing subject in her books ‘The Street Children of Brazil’ and ‘Solomon’s Song’.

A dinner in support of the Happy Child Charity is being held at the House of Commons on 17th November.

More information at: http://www.happychild.org/

 


Flying high with TAM Brazilian airlines

12th Oct
by nicholas.corfe

Three of our wines featured last week at a prestigious lunch hosted by TAM, Brazil’s largest airline company. Guests enjoyed both the Dadivas Chardonnay ( see above ) and Dadivas Pinot Noir with their main course, while Cave Geisse’s Amadeu Brut Champenoise was offered as an aperitif. Our thanks go to caterers Food Show Ltd., for making this possible.


Jancis Robinson stars at BRICS wine-tasting – and at Wine Future Hong Kong

11th Oct
by nicholas.corfe

Jancis Robinson MW, wine supremo and FT columnist, was the star guest at a recent tasting of ‘BRIC’-sourced wines at the Vintners Hall, London, in support of the EMpower childrens’ charity. Brazilian wine was well featured, and we were delighted to have been invited, by Bowes Wines, to supply fizz from Cave Geisse and Casa Valduga.

We are proud to announce our ever-popular Dadivas Chardonnay from Lidio Carraro won Gold medal for best white wine. Cave Geisse Brut Terroir 1998 has, coincidentally, been selected by Jancis Robinson as one of just 15 wines she’ll be presenting at the Wine Future 2011 Grand Tasting in Hong Kong, in November. She says these are ‘very high quality wines coming from some of the more established wine producing regions plus a handful from emerging markets such as Brazil, Turkey and China”.


Wine Show 2011 – Olympia

10th Oct
by nicholas.corfe

We are pleased to report a successful but exhausting Wine Show at Olympia. The Go Brazil stand attracted a high level of consumer visitors, most of whom were unaware that Brazil is a wine-producing country. The show therefore proved an ideal opportunity to raise awareness and offer samples,while sales of the wines themselves exceeded expectations. Also, a number of unexpected trade enquiries came as a welcome bonus.

Learn more at: http://www.gobrazilwines.com/events/visit-us-at-the-wine-show-%e2%80%93-november-11-13th

For a full list of resellers, please see our Where to buy section.

 


Vinopolis Tasting on September 30th

23rd Sep
by nicholas.corfe

Come and try some of our latest Brazilian releases at Vinopolis, London Bridge.

More info: http://www.vinopolis.co.uk/winetours/winetournews.php


Cave Geisse hosted seminar at ISWS

23rd Sep
by nicholas.corfe

Brazil’s growing prominence as a producer of high quality sparkling wines was recognised with an invitation for Cave Geisse owner, Mario Geisse, to speak at the ISWS annual conference in November.

Geisse’s burdgeoning reputation in this field is being enhanced further by Jancis Robinson ( see article on Wine Future Hong Kong above ). Go Brazil recently introduced both the premium Geisse and entry-level Amadeu lines to the UK & Ireland.


Casa Valduga Cabernet Franc now in UK

23rd Sep
by nicholas.corfe

Following rave reviews at this year’s London Wine Fair, Valduga’s 2007 vintage Cabernet Franc has arrived in the UK, joining the existing line-up of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay marketed under their ‘Premium’ label.

Herbaceous, with a hint of spice and traditional ‘pencil-shavings’, this robust wine enjoyed 8 months in French oak. Already purchased by the Savoy Hotel, London, so we hope it meets expectations..


Emporio São Paulo – a deli with a difference!

10th Sep
by nicholas.corfe

This upmarket Italian-Brazilian delicatessen with cafe located in leafy Parsons Green, London, stocks delicious fresh and frozen delicacies sourced from across the globe.

Earlier this month Carminha de Castro, the owner of Emporio São Paulo, played host to some of the capital’s most prominent foodie bloggers, who write under intriguing nom de plumes such as ‘Tamarind & Thyme’, ‘Greedy Diva’ and ‘ Hot & Chilli’..

Carminha offered her blogger guests a delightful selection of home-made, traditional Brazilian dishes, such as feijoada and moqueca de pesce, followed by succulent brigadeiros ( sweetmeats ).
To accompany the meal Go Brazil offered its very own Casa Valduga Gran Reserva 130 Brut, a high quality methode champenoise sparkler, and a zesty unoaked Chardonnay from the same vineyard.

www.emporiosaopaulo.co.uk

http://www.gourmet-chick.com/

http://greedydiva.blogspot.com/

http://tamarindandthyme.wordpress.com/

http://www.hotandchilli.com/

http://www.thelondonfoodie.co.uk/


Brazilian Wines at ABC Trust Charity Auction 05/12/11 Click on the image!

Brazilian Wines at ABC Trust Charity Auction 05/12/11

10th Sep
by nicholas.corfe

Charles Metcalfe, the prominent wine critic and broadcaster, will be the starring attraction as host of a charity South American wine-tasting and auction to be held on behalf of leading Brazilian charity, ABC Trust. Go Brazil are delighted to have asked to supply the Brazilian wines for the event, which will be held at Dego’s Wine Bar, Oxford Circus, London on 5th December. For tickets and  more information, please email: katy.bailes@abctrust.org.uk

(Please click on the attached invitation to the Wine tasting and auction)


The Dancing Vine hosts London Wine List

2nd Sep
by nicholas.corfe

A select band of independent wine merchants, ‘The London Wine List’, presented an eclectic range of fine wines to the public at a recent event organised by wine tasting company The Dancing Vine.

Hosted by the Elysee Restaurant in London’s West End, guests were invited to taste some lesser known wines from a plethora of countries, including France, Germany Italy, Greece, Chile – and Brazil !

Online reseller Symposium Wines ( www.symposiumwines.com ) was on hand to offer tastings of Go Brazil’s award-winning Lidio Carraro’s Dadivas Chardonnay, together with their Agnus Merlot, as well as another, lighter Chardonnay from Casa Valduga.

Grays & Feather, a specialist supplier of sparkling wines, ( www.graysandfeather.com ) was also offering our Casa Valduga 130 Brut NV method champenoise fizz.

The Dancing Vine: www.dancingvine.co.uk


Go Brazil at 2011 Cartier International Polo !

19th Jul
by nicholas.corfe

Billed as the ‘world’s greatest spectator polo day’, the Cartier International polo on 24th July this year hosts England v Brazil in the Coronation Cup.

Go Brazil, as well having supplied its wines for several of the pre-match Anglo-Brazilian events organised by the Guards Polo Club, is delighted to have been invited by leading PR company Branding Latin America to hold a tasting of fine Brazilian wines on their stand on 24th July.

www.brandinglatinamerica.com

http://www.guardspoloclub.com/tournaments/cartier-international-day-teams-by-invitation–2


Taste of London, thanks to all who visited

24th Jun
by nicholas.corfe

Sincere thanks to all of you who braved the mud and monsoons at ToL to visit the Go Brazil stand!
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Taste of London Wine Purchases

23rd Jun
by nicholas.corfe

We have made our wines available at a special ToL purchase price for a limited period only.
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Whet your appetite at Taste of London!

22nd Jun
by nicholas.corfe

Go Brazil is delighted to announce that we’ll be exhibiting at Taste of London, from 16-19th June in Regent’s Park, London, a must-visit show for lovers of good food and wine.
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Pizzato Concentus Shortlisted at ToL!

22nd Jun
by nicholas.corfe

Go Brazil are delighted to announce that our Concentus 2005 was shortlisted last week at the Taste of London 2011 wine awards, in the ‘Best Wine with Food’ category.
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