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Thanks to all Drink Brazil visitors

 

A very big thank you to all of you who visited the Drink Brazil stand at Taste of London, especially our loyal returning customers!

Despite – or perhaps because of – the scorching weather, there were queues to sample our exotic Zeca cachaça cocktails and range of premium Brazilian wines. Star of the show was our Don Guerino sparkling Brut Malbec Rosé, a wine which combines glamour with effortless slaking of a thirst.


Brazilian Food & Wine Festival

The second edition of a Brazilian food and wine festival organised by Brazilian chef Flavio Amaral is nearly here.Wine glasses, Brazilian wine

This year the event is taking place at the Marriott Hotel, Maida Vale, London between July 14-16th, and will feature live cooking demonstrations, trade stands and other presentations.

Go Brazil is delighted to have been invited to host a Brazilian wine tasting, scheduled for 14.00hrs on Friday 14th July.


Fausto Tannat 2009

NAME: FAUSTO TANNAT 2009

ABV: 13%

APPEARANCE:  Was purple-black but now slightly lighter with age

AROMAS: Attractive perfumed dark fruits with some oaky and leathery notes

TASTE:  Richly concentrated black fruits overlaying spice and coffee flavours. Medium-heavy bodied but still supple with noticeably well rounded tannins.

FOOD PAIRING: Spicy or very well seasoned red meat dishes, especially beef or venison

OVERALL:  Now nicely matured, a great example of this relatively unknown French grape variety

£ 10.00 / bottle  ( £ 14.00 / bottle previously )


Geisse Brut Rose Terroir 2008

NAME: GEISSE BRUT ROSÉ TERROIR 2008 ( TRADITIONAL METHOD/100% PINOT NOIR )

ABV: 12.5%

APPEARANCE:  Clear, bright, onion-skin pink

AROMAS:  Intriguing, complex nose shows soft red fruits, honey, hazelnut, rose petals and dill

TASTE:  Fresh, soft creamy palate reveals strawberry flavours overlaid with biscuity toastiness. Medium bodied, reflecting the short stint in oak enjoyed by wine prior to bottling. Delicate mousse and fine bubbles, with long persistence on finish

FOOD PAIRING:  Probably best enjoyed chilled on its own

OVERALL:  Top the range aged pink fizz, wonderfully subtle flavours, drinks very well!

£ 22.00 / bottle ( £ 28.00 / bottle previously )


Wines only

Carnival 6 bottle red & white wine case @ £ 59.00

A great introductory case for those new to Brazilian wine..

3 x red  1 each of Aurora Pinot Noir 2015, Aurora Merlot 2012 & Sanjo Nubio Malbec 2013
3 x white 1 each of Fausto Chardonnay 2014, Sanjo Sauvignon Blanc 2014 & Sanjo Nobrese Moscato NV


 

Copa6 bottle red fine wine case @ £ 89.00

A selection of mature wines, perfect for the more adventurous drinker

1 each of: Don Guerino Teroldego 2015, Reserva Tannat 2009, Reserva Alicante Bouschet 2005, Sanjo Nubio Cabernet Sauvignon 2008, Sanjo Nubio Malbec 2013, Lidio Carraro Gran Vindima Merlot 2005


 

Ipanema6 bottle sparkling mixed case @ £ 84.00

Fans of fizz will love this mixed bubbly case – ideal for summer parties!

2 x Amadeu Brut 2014
1 x Don Guerino Malbec Rose NV
1 x Sanjo Brut Chardonnay NV
1 x Don Guerino Rose Moscato NV***
1 x Sanjo Nobrese Moscato NV***

*All wines supplied in 75cl bottles
**Zeca cachaça supplied in 70cl bottle
***Indicate a sweet wine


Mixed Wine and Cachaça

Rio12 bottle mixed case @ £189.00 / case

Your ultimate party case!

2 x Zeca cachaça
3 x sparkling   1 each of Amadeu Brut 2014, Amadeu Brut Rose 2014, DG Brut Chardonnay NV
3 x white  1 each of Fausto Chardonnay 2014, Sanjo Sauvignon Blanc 2014, Sanjo Nobrese Moscato NV
4 x red  1 each of Aurora Pinot Noir 2015, Don Guerino Malbec 2015, Don Guerino Teroldego 2015, & Sanjo Nubio Cabernet Sauvignon 2012


 

Samba  – 6 bottle mixed case @ £99.00 / case

For when the party is more intimate..

1 x Zeca cachaça
1 x sparkling  Amadeu Brut 2014
2 x white 1 each of Fausto Chardonnay 2014 & Sanjo Sauvignon Blanc 2014
2 x red  1 each of Aurora Merlot 2015 & Aurora Merlot 2012


Don Guerino Brut Chardonnay NV

NAME: DON GUERINO BRUT CHARDONNAY NV ( CHARMAT METHOD )

ABV: 11.5%

APPEARANCE:  Pale yellow tinged with green

AROMAS:  White flowers, lemon and green apple, with hint of biscuit and candied fruit

TASTE:  Clean, dry, fruity and fresh on soft, light-bodied palate. Crisp apple flavours, with sweeter notes of nougat or lemon sherbet, show through. Lovely persistent small bubbles, a hint of spritz and a surprisingly long finish

FOOD PAIRING:  Stylish lunchtime aperitif but will work well with seafood or white fish

OVERALL:  Beautifully presented, high quality alternative to Prosecco or similar

£ 16.00 / bottle ( £ 96.00 / case x 6 )


Amadeu Brut 2014

NAME: AMADEU BRUT 2014 ( TRADITIONAL METHOD )

ABV: 12.5%

APPEARANCE:  Clear, pale gold-green

AROMAS:  Pronounced green apple and pear nose, with suggestion of a floral scent

TASTE:  Dry to off-dry, light, fresh and clean with moderate acidity. More appley flavours blend with light yeasty and toasty notes from lees ageing ( approx. 15 months ). Persistent fine bubbles and a generous mousse. Rounded on the palate, medium bodied.

FOOD PAIRING:  Perhaps best on its own but try with seafood or white meat dishes

OVERALL:  Great value aged Trad Method fizz, suitable for all occasions

£ 18.00 / bottle ( £ 108.00 / case x 6 )


Geisse Brut Tradicional 2014

NAME: GEISSE BRUT TRADICIONAL 2014 ( TRADITIONAL METHOD )

ABV: 12.5%

APPEARANCE:  Pale straw yellow-gold

AROMAS:  Complex, aromatic blend of dried fruit, nuts and citric fruits

TASTE:  Beautifully rounded, almost creamy, texture with lemon and lime freshness. Well developed brioche notes apparent too; plenty of fine bubbles and a sherbet-like spritz on a long finish

FOOD PAIRING:  Serve on its own or with delicately flavoured hors d’oeuvres

OVERALL:  Superior Trad Method fizz, for special occasions and/or to impress!

£ 20.00 / bottle ( £ 120.00 / case x 6 )


Don Guerino ‘Vintage’ Malbec 2015

NAME:  DON GUERINO ‘VINTAGE’ MALBEC 2015

ABV: 13%

APPEARANCE:  Bright deep purple

AROMAS: Vibrant and youthful notes of violets and mulberry, with hint of tobacco leaf

TASTE:  Restrained but rich super plummy palate, very well integrated oak and lovely sweetish caramel flavours. Medium tannins and acidity, medium-full bodied.

FOOD PAIRING: Roast chicken, grilled red meats or mature hard cheeses

OVERALL:  An understated but beautifully balanced Malbec, with good ageing potential

£ 16.00 / bottle  ( £ 96.00 / case x 6 )


Don Guerino Brut Rosé Malbec NV

NAME:  DON GUERINO MALBEC ROSÉ ( CHARMAT METHOD )

ABV: 11.5%

APPEARANCE:  Attractive mid-salmon pink colour

AROMAS:  Ripe strawberry and other summer berry fruits

TASTE:  Dry to off-dry, pleasant acidity, with plenty of red berry fruit and a decent mousse. Light on the palate and on alcohol. 100% Malbec

FOOD PAIRING:  Light salads, quiches, pâtés and grilled salmon

OVERALL:  Looks good, tastes good – a lovely blush sparkler for parties and picnics!

£ 15.00 / bottle ( £ 90.00 / case x 6 )


Sanjo Nubio Malbec 2013

NAME: SANJO NUBIO MALBEC 2013

ABV: 12%

APPEARANCE:  Medium purple-red

AROMAS: Attractive blend of blackberry, cherry, violets and oak, with touch of smokiness

TASTE:  Ripe cherry, plum and berry flavours; some coffee, mocha, vanilla and smoky notes. Smooth textured, light bodied but with a very pleasant lingering finish

FOOD PAIRING: Serve with ham, pâtés, chicken, risottos or lightly flavoured cheeses

OVERALL:  Unusually light for this varietal, our ‘lunchtime’ Malbec nonetheless delivers on all counts!

£ 15.00 / bottle  ( £ 90.00 / case x 6 )


Pizzato Reserva Alicante Bouschet 2005

NAME: PIZZATO RESERVA ALICANTE BOUSCHET 2005

ABV: 13%

APPEARANCE:  Still deep ruby-violet, despite age

AROMAS: Oaky, with dense dark fruits, black olive and eucalyptus

TASTE:  Very dry, full bodied and with pronounced tannins. Palate shows concentrated dark fruit flavours overlaying more savoury and oaky notes, then a long, rich finish

FOOD PAIRING: Recommended with curries, strong cheeses or the heaviest red meat dishes

OVERALL:  Powerful, tannic and indisputably a food wine

£ 15.00 / bottle  ( £ 90.00 / case x 6 )


Don Guerino Teroldego 2015

NAME:  DON GUERINO TEROLDEGO 2015

ABV: 13%

APPEARANCE:  Exceptionally deep purple-red colour

AROMAS: Dense dark brambly fruit, with hints of raspberry or redcurrant

TASTE:  A lot going on, with ripe black cherry, licorice, traces of vanilla and even some smokiness all apparent. Very soft tannins, good acidity and a hint of almond on the finish

FOOD PAIRING: A perfect match for roast lamb or pork

OVERALL:  Unusual but delicious wine to be drunk while still young!

£ 17.00 / bottle  ( £ 102.00 / case x 6 )


Don Guerino Rosé Moscato NV

NAME: DON GUERINO ROSÉ MOSCATO NV

ABV: 7.5%

APPEARANCE:  Delicate light pink

AROMAS:  Fresh strawberry and raspberry

TASTE:  Clean, very light bodied, sweet without being cloying and with more ripe red berry notes and plenty of attractive bubbles

FOOD PAIRING: Try with strawberries and meringues, fruit salads or even dark chocolate

OVERALL:  Very versatile sweet fizz – works equally well as an aperitif or digestif

£ 14.50 / bottle ( £ 87.00 / case x 6 )


Aurora Varietal Pinot Noir 2015

NAME: AURORA VARIETAL PINOT NOIR 2015

ABV: 12%

APPEARANCE:  Light red, with some ageing on rim

AROMAS:  Prominent raspberry and strawberry notes

TASTE:  Light in style, dry, unoaked and with plenty of succulent ripe red berry fruit. Super soft tannins and very rounded on the palate

FOOD PAIRING: Hugely versatile but best served with light meat dishes, salads or grilled salmon

OVERALL:  Very fruity, easy-drinking Pinot – perfect for chilling on a hot summer’s day!

£ 9.00 / bottle  ( £ 54.00 / case x 6 )


Aurora Varietal Merlot 2012

NAME: AURORA VARIETAL MERLOT 2012

ABV: 12.5%

APPEARANCE:  Bright ruby-red

AROMAS:  Fresh ripe plum and red berry fruit

TASTE:  Plenty of soft red berry fruit and gentle tannins; unoaked and light-medium bodied

FOOD PAIRING: Ideal with pizza, pasta, sausages, grilled meats or lightly flavoured cheeses

OVERALL:  Super everyday Merlot, suitable for all occasions

£ 9.00 / bottle  ( £ 54.00 / case x 6 )


Pizzato Legno Chardonnay 2014

NAME:  PIZZATO LEGNO CHARDONNAY 2014

ABV: 13%

APPEARANCE:  Straw yellow with green highlights

AROMAS: Gentle cashew nut and vanilla overlying restrained tropical fruits

TASTE: Smooth and full bodied with nutty caramel flavours from oak blended with more pronounced citric notes

FOOD PAIRING: Recommended with creamy chicken dishes or grilled white fish

OVERALL:  Subtle oak underscores classy 100% Chardonnay, best enjoyed as a food wine

£ 28.00 / bottle ( £ 168.00 / case x 6 )


London Wine Fair May 22-24th

grapesLWF returns once again to Olympia this month, where much of the talk is likely to focus on the impact of the severe frosts which have struck vineyards across Europe, including here in the UK, in recent weeks.

While there is no official Brazilian stand this year, Go Brazil will be visiting the show to meet existing and potential new customers, and of course to look out for possible new suppliers.

Contrary to what you might imagine, a successful day for us at the show usually involves minimal drinking (and only marginally more spitting!)


Online ordering system imminent!

laptop-ordering-wine

Go Brazil’s new online ordering system will be ready shortly, so you will soon be able to order your favourite Brazilian wines from us directly via your laptop or portable device.

As well as regular special offers and new wines, we will be offering pre-selected mixed cases for those who are perhaps new to Brazilian wine.

Our wonderful premium cachaça, Zeca, will also be on offer and will be included in some of our mixed cases.

Subject to testing and other requirements we plan to go ‘live’ in early July.

In the meantime, for all orders and enquiries, please email: nicholas@gobrazilwines.com n


Drinks Wholesaler previews Brazil

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’

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


Celebrate Mother’s Day with Brazilian fizz!

Mothering Sunday is just a couple of weeks away and what better way to show Mum your love and appreciation than by treating her to a bottle – or two – of our gorgeous Brazilian fizz?

Take a look at our great selection below ­– you’re sure to find something suitable for her!

Pink Fizz

Dry:     Don Guerino Malbec Rosé NV @ £16.00 / bottle (see tasting note here)

Amadeu Brut Rosé Champenoise 2013 @ £ 18.00 / bottle (see tasting note here)

Geisse Brut Rosé Terroir 2009  @ £27.00 / bottle  (see tasting note here)

Sweet:  Don Guerino Pink Moscato NV @ £ 14.00 / bottle  (see tasting note here)

White Fizz

 Dry:   Don Guerino Brut Chardonnay NV @ £16.00 / bottle   (see tasting note here)

Amadeu Brut Champenoise 2014 @ £ 18.00 / bottle  (see tasting note here)

Campos de Cima Brut 2011 @ £ 20.00 / bottle  (see tasting note here)

Geisse Brut Tradicional 2014 @ £ 22.00 / bottle   (see tasting note here)

Sweet:  Sanjo Nobrese White Moscato NV  @ £13.00 / bottle (see tasting note here)

N.B.

  • 10% discount on orders of 6 or more bottles ( may be mixed )
  • Delivery charge applies ( dependent on volume and postcode )
  • Please note that we are in the process of moving to a fully integrated e-commerce site.

In the meantime, please send your orders and enquiries to:  nicholas@gobrazilwines.com


Go Brazil to show at Cheltenham Wine Festival

Cheltenham wine festival, Brazilian winesWe’re much looking forward to exhibiting – for the first time – at the prestigious Cheltenham Wine Festival, which takes place on Saturday 1st April at the town’s Pittville Pump Room.

This ticket-only event draws a discerning crowd of wine-lovers from all over southwest England, and we are delighted to have been invited to participate!

A wide selection of fine Brazilian sparkling and still wines, including the recently launched Don Guerino range, will be available to try and buy on our Go Brazil stand.

For tickets and event info click here. 

 


Come see us at spring SITT

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!

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.


Pink fizz perfect for Valentine’s Day

Treating a loved one? Stuck for that special gift? Surprise and delight her (or him!) with a bottle or two of our delicious Brazilian pink fizz.

Brazilian Pink Fizz

Choose from these Traditional Method wines:

Amadeu Brut Rosé 2013 @ £ 16.00 / bottle
A light russet-pink sparkler with gorgeous summer fruit flavours – and very competitively priced.

Geisse Brut Tradicional Rosé 2012 @ £ 19.00 / bottle
Fine bubbles with a little more complexity than the Amadeu above, also made 100% from the Pinot Noir grape.

Geisse Brut Terroir Rosé 2009 @ £ 26.00 / bottle
Our top rosé: well-aged, delicate and very fine… for that special person in your life!

Email here to order: nicholas@gobrazilwines.com

Pink fizz not your thing? Then try something from our extensive range of standard Brut fizz and still wines. Or our recently launched Zeca cachaça (Brazilian rum) @ £29.00 / bottle

Cachaça is also a key ingredient in our Rio Rose cocktail.

How to make a Rio Rose:

  • Pour a generous slug of Zeca cachaça into a tumbler or cocktail glass
  • Top up with rose lemonade ( we recommend Fentimans or similar )
  • Squeeze in some fresh lime juice, add ice as required, and stir
  • Top off with a sprinkling of rose petals – for all the romantics out there!

 


Go Brazil receives AWRS authorisation!

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!

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

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/


Love Wine Festival in Birmingham

Love Wine Festival logoGo Brazil is delighted to have been invited to the Love Wine Festival, which takes place on Saturday November 5th at the Burlington Hotel in the centre of Birmingham.

This will be our first time exhibiting at this show and, judging by a quick look at the programme, we’ll be in esteemed company:

Richard Bampfield MW, Laura Clay (Chair of the Association of Wine Educators  and special guest, comedienne Helen Lederer (who, amongst other things, writes about wine for the Sunday Express!), will all be on hand.

A classy cast, you’ll agree, and we’re very much look forward to meeting both them and all visitors to the show.

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


Bravo for the Olympics & Paralympics!

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!


Thanks to all at Oxford Wine Festival

Go Brazil Wines at Oxford Wine Festival

A big thank you to Chris Bowling and his team for organising the Oxford Wine Festival, which was held last weekend ( 9-10th September ) at the Oxford Union.

Visitors were treated to a highly eclectic selection of wines, from a wide range of mainly small independent importers and merchants.

Quite a few who tried the Brazilian wines on our Go Brazil stand did so for the first time… and that is precisely why we choose to exhibit at shows like this.

An interesting, interested and entertaining audience, and one which we hope to engage with again next year!

More info: http://www.oxfordwinefestival.org/

Go Brazil Wines and Spirits stand at Oxford Wine Festival  Campos de Cima Brazilian bubbly at the Oxford Wine Festival

 

 


SITT back on the road

red wine, Brazilian wine

The autumn edition of the Specialist Importers Trade Tasting makes a return in September, appearing on Monday 19th at Lancashire County Cricket Club in Manchester and Wednesday 21st at the Royal Horticultural Halls in London.

Wines of Brasil, the Brazilian wine exporters trade association, represented in the UK by JK Marketing, will not unfortunately be participating at the events, having invested heavily in Olympic related activities in recent months. We trust however they will be back in 2017!

Go Brazil’s MD, Nicholas Corfe, will nonetheless be visiting SITT in London on 21st September and is looking forward to meeting new and existing customers at the show.

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

 


Rio back in the spotlight for Paralympics

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


Lavenham Carnival & Rare Breeds Motor Show

Lavenham half-timbered buildings

Brazil is the theme of this year’s Lavenham Carnival, which takes place on Sunday 28th August ( Bank Holiday weekend ).

Taking its cue from the Olympics, Carnival comes to this Suffolk town – home to some of the country’s finest preserved medieval buildings – while vintage car enthusiasts will be catered for with the many ‘rare breeds’ which will parade around the paddock. Bouncy castles, trampolining and samba workshops are all also promised!

We at Go Brazil hope to bring a bit of Brazilian sunshine with our pop-up stand, so do come and meet us.

More here:  http://www.discoverlavenham.co.uk/lavenham-carnival-2016-i1255.html


Get Set for Your Olympic Wine Party

The Olympics are the perfect cue for a celebration. That’s especially true in 2016, since nobody knows how to party quite like the Brazilians, as the famous Rio Carnival demonstrates! So what are the best ways to bring some South American colour and flair to your party here in the UK, with Olympic wine and food to complete the ambience?

Celebration Food and Wine

Outdoors: Provided the weather lives up to your hopes, the ideal way to throw Brazilian-themed parties is to eat outside with family and friends. Brazil is known for its great barbecue or “Churrasco” tradition, so grilling some barbie treats is very much in the spirit of the Games. Pork ribs and chicken and beef kebabs are among the top barbecue dishes in Brazil, as well as corn on the cob with tangy toppings.

Drinks to enjoy with your barbecue include our quality white and rose sparkling wines.  Among these is Campos de Cima Brut Champenoise 2011, which, appropriately for the Olympics theme, was a silver medal winner at the International Wine Challenge 2013! Alternatively, Brazilian red wines such as Tannat and Malbec are the perfect complement to meats cooked on the barbecue and ideal to drink outdoors.

And Indoors!: Given the unpredictability of the British summer, however, you might well end up having an indoor Olympic party. Barbecue foods will also taste great cooked on an indoor grill, but there are plenty of other options to try, too.

For instance, why not serve up the Brazilian national dish, Feijoada, which has pork, beef and black beans as key ingredients? There are many recipes putting different twists on this dish, which can be prepared ahead of time, stored in the fridge and heated up in time for the party. Accompaniments could include pão de queijo, also known as Brazilian cheese bread, which is a deliciously chewy puff made from tapioca flour, as well as rice and spicy salsa.

A hearty, stew-like dish, Feijoada is best enjoyed with a glass of red. Our recommendation: our Rio Sol Shiraz/Cabernet Sauvignon blend, from vines grown in NE Brazil, or if you really want to push the boat out, our award-winning Concentus, a rich concentrated Bordeaux style red with a dash of Tannat to give it extra depth and structure.

For the ‘pao de queijo’, whose precise ingredients depend on region, how about our Rio Sol Chenin Blanc/Viognier ( the sister wine to the red above ), or our unoaked Fausto Chardonnay. While both soft and fruity, neither wine is overly powerful and they are both delicious with this ubiquitous Brazilian snack!

Of course, for an Olympic party, rather than just sticking to Brazilian food, you might also want to bring together dishes from some of the other nations taking part, which will give you an endless list of menu options. Our range of wines will complement all kinds of food ideally and add to the atmosphere.

Creating the Mood

Brazilian samba music will help to create a party atmosphere and can be guaranteed to get everyone dancing. There are plenty of albums on this theme to choose from. Of course, it would be even better to persuade a local samba band to come along and perform live!

You can create an international theme for your party by putting up bright bunting based on flags of the different countries taking part in the Olympics. Alternatively, go with the colours of the Brazilian flag, green, yellow, blue and white.

If you are planning a fancy dress party, you could suggest that guests come along in colourful carnival costumes. Looking through photos online will give plenty of ideas. Another option is to come dressed in sportswear. This could be ideal if it is hot or if you are planning some sport-themed games outdoors to build up an appetite before relaxing over your Olympic wine and food.

Click here to browse our range of Brazilian wine and gain some Olympic inspiration!


Brazilian Barbie wines revealed

bbq food to eat with brazilian wineBurnt sausage, anyone – or how about some underdone chicken?! Yes, with the BBQ season now in full swing and blue smoke wafting down streets across the country, we reveal which Brazilian wines to enjoy with typical Brexit barbie fare.

Summer Red Wine

  • Chicken & white meats:  best enjoyed with a juicy but not too heavy Merlot or maybe a super-fruity Pinot Noir
  • Sausages, kebabs, pork and lamb:  Cab Sauvignon makes a great summer red wine to drink with these more fatty red meats; try also a gutsy Malbec
  • Beefsteaks, especially if served with a BBQ or spicy sauce: not well known but ideal for summer outdoor drinking: try our Tannat, a dense powerful red grape, of French origin

Whites/Rose

  • Grilled prawns, seafood and white fish:  our unoaked Chardonnay or zingy, citrussy Sauvignon Blanc are both great matches for anything fishy!
  • Tuna, salmon and ‘meatier’ fish:  a crisp dry rose goes well, as it won’t overwhelm the fish, or for a sophisticated alternative try our Viognier
  • Grilled veggies, e.g. sweetcorn and peppers: a light and fruit white works best here, so go for our easy-drinking Chenin Blanc blend

All the above wines available here

Happy drinking and a BBQ summer to you all!


Thanks to all at Taste London

A belated but very big thank you to all who visited our Go Brazil stand at Taste of London this year, and especially to those who bought some great Brazilian wine!

It was cool and showery at times,  but that didn’t seemed to dampen the spirits – overall we had a fun show and it was great to catch up with so many returning customers.

Next year we plan to be back in the same spot within the ‘Small Producers Market’, albeit with a bigger and better stand..

For those wishing to top up their supplies, or perhaps try Brazilian wine for the first time, click here.


Get your promo tickets for Taste of London!

Go Brazil Wines & Spirits are delighted to be exhibiting again at Taste of London, the annual food and drink extravaganza that takes place in Regent’s Park and being held this year from Wednesday 15th – Sunday 19th June.

The show is held over a total of 8 sessions, with visitors able to purchase tickets for either the ‘lunchtime’ ( 12.00-16.00 ) or evening ( 17.30-21.30hrs ) sessions.

With just a couple of months to go until the Rio Olympics, there’ll be a great line-up of celebratory Brazilian fizz, together with some recently introduced wine varieties and a couple of tropical surprises. Looking forward to seeing you all on our Go Brazil stand PR2!

Now all we need is the weather!

Buy your promotional tickets here: http://tasteoflondon.seetickets.com/tour/taste-of-london?OfferCode=EXHIBIT

 

Click on the map to see our Go Brazil location: red circlemap

More info here: http://london.tastefestivals.com/


What’s cooking at new gastronomic festival?

Organised by fellow chefs Flavio Amaral and Junior Menezes, early May saw the launch of the Brazil Gastronomic festival – the first event of its kind to showcase the culinary skills of Brazil’s many professional UK-based chefs.

 

The festival was held at the Brazilian Embassy in central London and featured a two day programme of workshops and masterclasses.

 

A number of specialist food and ingredient suppliers exhibited, as did importers of Brazilian beer, coffee, cachaça and wines of Brazil ( represented by Go Brazil!).

 

Overall, this was a successful and well attended  launch event, and one which we understand will be repeated at different venues in the future.

 

More info here: http://facebook.com/braziliantastegastroshow/


London Wine Fair round-up

The increasing polarisation of the UK wine trade continues apace, and it was certainly very timely that the Conviviality takeover of PLB/Bibendum was announced the day before London Wine Fair opened.

 

It is clear that there are a handful of groups who have the ambition and financial muscle to compete across all channels; it seems equally clear that there are numerous, mainly much smaller, companies who have a strong focus on supplying wine from a specific country or region and/or for a specific audience. A quick glance at the size of the stands at LWF ( large, elaborate and sometimes state sponsored on the ground floor, much more modest on the first floor ) summed it up nicely.

 

Here at Go Brazil Wines and Spirits we are of course firmly in the latter camp. Our specialisation in Brazil is certainly very niche, however it does allow us to get to know the country and its producers in some detail.

 

Other highlights from the show:  some impressive English sparkling ( although perhaps this is rather passé as a story ); some intriguing, decent stuff from a small Ecuadorian producer and the word ‘Tannat’ featuring large on the Uruguay stand…surely a dangerous strategy to link your country’s wine production to just one grape variety?  Malbec/Argentina anyone?  Brazil does of course grow both Tannat and Malbec, some of which is rather good..

 

 

More info about LWF here:  http://www.londonwinefair.com/content


The politics of Brazil – plus ça change?

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

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

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.


Countdown to Rio

This summer, despite the ongoing political and economic uncertainty in Brazil ( see more below ), the eyes of the rest of the world will be firmly on the city of Rio de Janeiro, the ‘cidade maravilhosa’ or wonderful city, where the first Olympic Games to be held in South America will take place. As suppliers of wine from Brazil, we will be watching the Games closely.

The main Olympics open in the iconic Maracanã stadium on 5th August and run till the 21st, while the Paralympics will be held from 7th-18th September.

Almost all the venues are now ready so – barring last minute hiccups –  the games should be spectacular and hopefully will play out under blue skies and the warmth of a Brazilian tropical winter..

That said, 500,000 extra bodies are expected in this sprawling city of 10 million, so perhaps this isn’t the best time to head out to Rio – unless of course you’re an athletics fan. Traffic and transportation is never straightforward here, so our advice would be to ‘allow plenty of time for the journey’!

Brazil’s political crisis, brought into sharp relief by the upcoming impeachment trial of ( now ex – read more here ) President Dilma Rousseff, and the country’s ongoing economic problems may cast a shadow over the Games but a typically warm and effusive welcome from the ‘cariocas’ –  the native inhabitants of Rio – is one thing that can be guaranteed for overseas visitors, while the country’s successful hosting of the World Cup football games bodes well for these first Brazilian and South American Olympics.

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 Games info here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/olympics/36084489

 


Spring clean your drinks cabinet

At the invitation of Woodbridge based marketing company, The Bridge, Go Brazil were delighted to contribute a recent blog article for their client, bespoke kitchen supplier Anglia Factors.

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With spring ( finally! ) in the air, it seemed appropriate to talk about some of the many new alcoholic, and non-alcoholic, drinks that are available on the market now

– not least those that are independently produced here in the county of Suffolk,

 

Read the full article here:  http://angliafactors.co.uk/wine-to-drink-this-spring/

 

http://www.thebridgemarketing.co.uk/

 


Beat the Brazilian Blues

Carnival, the Zika virus, the Olympics and more political and economic turmoil…so another year has begun in Brazil!

No reason, however, to think that the Olympic and Paralympic Games will not be a great success. Advice to anyone heading down there soon:  relax and enjoy, and be sure to sample a glass or two of the local fine wine while visiting Rio or other areas of Brazil and enjoying Olympics or carnival-themed events.

Rio knows how to put on a party ( Carnival this year was as joyful as ever – and our favourite samba school Mangueira were crowned champions; try New Year’s Eve too.. ), while the 2014 FIFA World Cup passed off without major incident.

 

 


It’s that time of year – SITT returns

If spring is in the air, it must be SITT ( or is the other way round ?). Anyway, we shall as usual be present on the Wines of Brazil table with a couple of our best-selling bottles:  a lovely nectarine scented Viognier from Campos de Cima, down on the southwest border with Argentina; and from producer Sanjo located in Brazil’s coldest state a low – 12% abv – alcohol, lightly oaked Malbec, already christened our ‘lunchtime’ Malbec.

SITT holds tasting events in Spring and Autumn, in London and Manchester. Click here for details of the Wines of Brazil stand.


Daily Telegraph highlights our wine tours to Brazil

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

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.


Many thanks to all London Wine Fair visitors

Go Brazil Wines wishes to thank all those who visited our stand at the recent London Wine Fair, and for your ( almost entirely positive! ) feedback and recommendations.

Both the awareness, and quality of, Brazilian wine continues to grow and we firmly believe that our strategic approach of focusing 100% on these niche wines is the correct one.

This week ( w/c 25th May ) we are working on all the enquiries and orders received at LWF, so we look forward to being in touch again very shortly.

Thank you for all your support – we now roll on to our next wine tasting event, Taste of London in Regent’s Park, June 17-21st!


Geisse Brut Rose Tradicional 2014

NAME: GEISSE BRUT ROSÉ TRADICIONAL 2014 ( TRADITIONAL METHOD/100% PINOT NOIR )

ABV: 12.5 %

APPEARANCE:  Clear, bubble-gum pink colour

AROMAS:  Ripe summer fruits with well developed yeasty and toasty notes

TASTE:  Red berry fruit flavours overlaying more complex and developed brioche ( ‘autolytic’ ) notes from extended lees ageing. Soft on the palate with plenty of fine bubbles, generous mousse and a good long finish

FOOD PAIRING: Best served well chilled as an aperitif but also works with hors d’oeuvres, salads and salmon

OVERALL:  Beautifully presented, traditional method sparkler – would make a lovely present!

£ 21.00 / bottle ( £ 126.00 / case x 6 )


Cave Geisse Extra Brut Tradicional 2011

12.5% Abv.

Traditional Method
50:50 Chardonnay / Pinot Noir blend
30 months lees ageing

Very bright and clear with a fine, persistent bubbles and elegant mousse. Good autolytic character on nose: pronounced biscuit and brioche aromas. Palate is rich: buttery, peachy, toasty. Very dry too, with hint of candied fruit. Very long, finishes with a sherbet spritz.

Ideal for a wedding, this sparkling wine is almost Champagne like – high quality Brazilian bubbly!

Currently out of stock


Sanjo Nobrese Sparkling Moscato NV

NAME:  SANJO NOBRESE MOSCATO NV ( ASTI METHOD )

ABV: 7%

APPEARANCE:  Very pale yellow colour

AROMAS:  Floral and fresh with an attractive orange blossom and citrus scent

TASTE:  Sweet, with clean, fresh and fruity citrus notes. Light bodied, with soft mousse and a lingering finish. Highish level of acidity means that wine is not cloying or overly sweet

FOOD PAIRING:  Try as a digestif with meringues, chocolate, fruit salads or Christmas cake..

OVERALL:  Easy-drinking light fizz – will be preferred by those with a sweet tooth!

£ 13.00 / bottle ( £ 78.00 / case x 6 )


Sanjo Nobrese Sparkling Chardonnay NV

NAME:  SANJO NOBRESE BRUT CHARDONNAY NV ( CHARMAT METHOD )

ABV: 12.5%

APPEARANCE:  Very pale yellow, with green highlights

AROMAS:  Candied and dried fruit overlaid with fresher apple notes

TASTE:  Clean and fresh with both apple and some more aromatic notes. More off-dry than dry. Light bodied and  easy-drinking with decent bubbles

FOOD PAIRING:  Serve with salads, seafood or white meat and fish dishes

OVERALL:  Fun, light and undemanding – the perfect outdoor or party wine

£ 15.00 / bottle ( £ 90.00 / case x 6 )


Sanjo Nubio Sauvignon Blanc 2014

NAME:  SANJO NUBIO SAUVIGNON BLANC 2014

ABV: 12.5%

APPEARANCE:  Very pale – almost ‘water white’ – lemon yellow

AROMAS: Complex and aromatic with mainly ‘green’ aromas: coriander, nettles, bell pepper and asparagus notes all apparent

TASTE: Ripe mango and passion fruit blends with grassier flavours; a slight spritz may also be noticeable. Dry, medium-full bodied, with highish acidity and a long persistent finish

FOOD PAIRING: Drink well chilled with sweet and sour or mildly spiced dishes

OVERALL:  Flavour packed Sauvignon Blanc, different and distinctive!

£ 14.50 / bottle  (RSP £17.00) ( £ 87.00 / case x 6 )


Pizzato Fausto Chardonnay 2014

NAME: FAUSTO CHARDONNAY 2014

ABV: 12.5%

APPEARANCE: Light green

AROMAS: Melon, peach, apricot with some more citric notes

TASTE: Unoaked, dry, medium-bodied with tropical fruits

FOOD PAIRING: Highly versatile – works well with salads, seafood, fish and white meats

OVERALL: Well made, straightforward 100% Chardonnay packing plenty of tropical fruit

£ 14.00 / bottle ( £ 84.00 / case x 6 )


Sanjo Nobrese Moscato NV

NAME:  SANJO NOBRESE MOSCATO NV

ABV: 13%

APPEARANCE:  Very pale yellow with greenish highlights

AROMAS: An intriguing medley of elderflower, lychee, peach – even grapefruit and mint!

TASTE: Dry to off dry, grapey, perfumed and medium bodied with just a hint of spiciness

FOOD PAIRING: Especially recommended with oriental dishes, e.g. Thai curries

OVERALL:  Highly aromatic and distinctive wine

£ 10.00 / bottle  ( £ 60.00 / case x 6 )


Sanjo Nubio Malbec 2013

NAME: SANJO NUBIO MALBEC 2013

ABV: 12%

APPEARANCE:  Medium purple-red

AROMAS: Attractive blend of blackberry, cherry, violets and oak, with touch of smokiness

TASTE:  Ripe cherry, plum and berry flavours; some coffee, mocha, vanilla and smoky notes. Smooth textured, light bodied but with a very pleasant lingering finish

FOOD PAIRING: Serve with ham, pâtés, chicken, risottos or lightly flavoured cheeses

OVERALL:  Unusually light for this varietal, our ‘lunchtime’ Malbec nonetheless delivers on all counts!

£ 15.00 / bottle  ( £ 90.00 / case x 6 )


Fausto Rosé 2013

12.5% Abv.

Produced 100% from Merlot.

Lovely deep russet pink colour. Fresh, strawberry nose with just a hint of caramel. Soft summer fruits on a dry palate. Easy drinking.

Drink young, either on its own or serve with seafood, fish or salads. Screwcap.

 

 


Sanjo Nubio Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

NAME: SANJO NUBIO CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2008

ABV: 13%

APPEARANCE:  Deep garnet at core, some ageing apparent on rim

AROMAS:  Cedar, eucalyptus and cassis, with that classic varietal ‘pencil-shaving’ aroma

TASTE:  Rich concentration of warm ripe cassis fruit, well integrated with tannins and acidity. Mature wine, full bodied, with a persistent finish

FOOD PAIRING: Ideal with steaks, roasts, curried dishes and strongly flavoured cheeses

OVERALL:  A mature, serious, ‘Bordeaux-style’ wine but with warmer and riper fruit

£ 17.00 / bottle  ( £ 102.00 / case x 6 )


Sanjo Maestrale Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

NAME: SANJO MAESTRALE CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2007

ABV: 13%

APPEARANCE:  Deep red-purple

AROMAS:  Warm, ripe blackcurrant with vanilla, cedar and traces of mint and fine spices

TASTE:  Highly concentrated blackcurrant and plum fruit, with some gamey or yeasty notes starting to appear. Oak, tannins, fruit and acidity in harmony; full-bodied, smooth-drinking and with delicious long finish

FOOD PAIRING: Ideally decant, serve with roast lamb, venison or duck

OVERALL:  Impressive Cab Sauv with great structure and potential for further ageing

£ 20.00 / bottle  ( £ 120.00 / case x 6 )


Made in Brasil voted Best Brazilian Restaurant

 

The winner of the Best Brazilian Restaurant category in the 2015 LUKAS awards has been announced as Made in Brasil, located in Camden, North London.

As a supplier to the restaurant, Go Brazil is especially pleased to learn of their success and we’d like to congratulate Barbora, Renato and their team on this very well deserved award.

They, along with all the other winners from the many and varied Latin cultural and sporting categories will receive their gongs at a gala LUKAS dinner in London on Wednesday 13th May.

 

More details here: The Lukas

 


Campos de Cima Brut Champenoise 2011

NAME: CAMPOS de CIMA BRUT 2011 ( TRADITIONAL METHOD )

ABV: 12.5%

APPEARANCE:  Very deep gold-green colour

AROMAS: Pronounced tropical notes, including mango and passion fruit

TASTE:  Palate is dry, soft and rounded. Tropical fruits to the fore but biscuit-brioche notes are discernible too. Fine bubbles and persistent long finish. No oak used

FOOD PAIRING:  A great aperitif but works well too with light chicken dishes, risottos or salads

OVERALL:  Great value for aged fizz, the most rich and complex of all our Brut sparklers

£ 19.00 / bottle ( £ 114.00 / case x 6 )


Campos de Cima Extra Brut Champenoise 2011

NAME: CAMPOS de CIMA EXTRA BRUT 2011 ( TRADITIONAL METHOD )

ABV: 12.5%

APPEARANCE:  Very deep gold-green colour

AROMAS: Tropical fruits blended with yeasty, brioche notes

TASTE:  Full bodied but refreshing and dry, with ripe tropical fruits overlaying more mineral notes. Persistent fine mousse, fine bubbles and very long, lingering finish. Unoaked

FOOD PAIRING:  Pair with oysters, grilled fish and seafood in general

OVERALL:  Very high quality Trad method fizz, showing great complexity and finesse

£ 19.00 / bottle ( £ 114.00 / case x 6 )


Campos de Cima Viognier 2014

13 % Abv.

2015 Decanter Commended

An Unoaked blend of 90% Viognier & 10% Chardonnay.

Bright; light gold in colour with greeny reflexes. Lovely peachy apricot nose with hint of jasmine and acacia flowers. ‘Oily’ or ‘petrol’ character may also be present – typical of Viognier – but does not detract from wine. Clean and fresh palate with decent level of acidity. More ripe peach and stone fruit, and touch of white pepperiness also discernible. Medium bodied with good rounded mouthfeel and almost honeyed texture.

Drink within next year or so.

One of the most versatile South American white wines, this may be drunk chilled (8-10˚C) as an aperitif, or served with salads, light or mildly flavoured white meat or fish/seafood dishes.

Now out of stock – 2017 vintage due in stock Q4 2017


Plan your wine tour to Brazil!

Go Brazil Wines, in conjunction with specialist operator Bespoke Brazil have now officially launched its programme of wine tours to Brazil.

These tours are intended for small groups of enthusiasts, keen to explore not only Brazil’s most important vineyards but also some of the many and varied sightseeing highlights of this vast country.

A private English-speaking sommelier and driver are all included in the package, which can be tailored to suit individuals’ requirements. The UK press has already shown interest, with both London’s Metro and the Independent newspapers printing articles recently.

For more information please visit:  http://www.bespokebrazil.com/brazilian-wine-tours/

tel 01603 340680

Read full press release here : Brazilian Wine Tours Press Release

See press comment here : http://www.gobrazilwines.com/events/our-brazilian-wine-tours-profiled-in-metro


Flavour Pop-Ups 2015: Great response in Cambridge and Bristol

This series of regional events was launched last year and hailed a great success by both organisers and participants alike. Deliberately located outside London, and targeted at the immediate locality and wine trade, the 2015 roadshow has taken in Brighton ( 2nd March ),  Cambridge ( April 21st ), and  Bristol (April 28th); with further venues to be announced for the autumn. Go Brazil has had a very positive response to our new Malbec and Viognier, and our new sparkling Chardonnay . www.flavourmedia.co.uk

 


Check out our new Easter arrivals!

Fresh off the boat from Brazil we are delighted to announce the arrival of seven new lines to our Go Brazil portfolio, boosting our total number of labels up to around sixty – by far the most comprehensive list of Brazilian wines in the UK.

The new wines listed below will be available to sample on our stand F122, in the Esoterica section of the London Wine Fair  (  18-20th May ),as well as some of our more established favourites.

 

Tasting notes on all wines to follow:

Campos de Cima

Viognier 2014
Origem 2014 ( unoaked blend of Merlot, Tannat, Cab Sauv & Cab Franc )
Assinatura 2014  ( oaked blend of Malbec & Shiraz )

Sanjo

Nubio Malbec 2013
Nobrese Sparkling Moscatel NV

Cave Geisse

Cave Geisse Rose Brut Traditional 2012

Pizzato

 Fausto Chardonnay 2014

 


Flavour Pop-Up Tastings in Bristol and Birmingham

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/

 


Latin American Travel Association (LATA)

The LATA reception at the House of Lords has become something of a fixture in recent years, with peers, MPs and ambassadors networking with representatives of the Latin American travel industry, and hearing news of the LATA Foundation’s valuable charity work.

Highlights this year were the inauguration into the LATA ‘Hall of Fame’ of Baroness Hooper, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Latin American affairs, and guest speaker Dr Jago Cooper. An engaging archaeologist and Curator of the Americas at the British Museum, Dr Jago has appeared on numerous TV programmes and is known for his real life Indiana Jones exploits.

Meanwhile, and true to form, Go Brazil was speaking mangled Spanish with assorted diplomats from Panama, Paraguay, Argentina, Mexico, Bolivia – and even a couple of Brazilians.

LATA


New Viognier and Malbec take off at SITT!

Many thanks to all those who sampled our new Viognier 2014 from Campos de Cima and Nubio Malbec 2013 from Sanjo, at SITT in Manchester and London last week ( Feb 23rd & 25th ). Some valuable feedback received, which is much appreciated!

 

The Malbec is available ex UK stock now, while the Viognier will become available at the end of March.

 

The next opportunity to sample these wines, and the rest of the Go Brazil portfolio, will be at the London Wine Fair ( May 18-20th)

and at Flavour Pop-Up events in Cambridge ( April 21st )  and Bristol ( April 28th ).

 

Out thanks also to Judy and Ana Sofia at JK Marketing for organising the Wines of Brasil stand.


Go Brazil invited to Suffolk One College

It was a great pleasure to be invited recently to talk about Brazilian wines –  in fact, wine in general – to a group of Hotel Management students

at Suffolk One six form college in Ipswich. While rather more nerve-wracking than facing a wine club, the session went well, concluding with

a tasting of eight typical wines.  A great time was had by all, and our thanks go to the staff and students at Suffolk One – we are delighted to have been able to contribute.

Please read here for more information on Suffolk One: http://www.suffolkone.ac.uk/


Our Brazilian Wine Tours featured in UK press

London’s Metro and the Independent newspapers have both featured articles on Go Brazil Wines and Bespoke Brazil’s new series of wine tours to southern Brazil in December 2014 – See stories below and on right.

 

For more details of these tours, which include optional trips to magnificent Rio de Janeiro and the spectacular waterfalls  at Foz de Iguacu, please click here: http://www.bespokebrazil.com/brazilian-wine-tours/

 

 


We’re off to ProWein!

Yes, it’s that time of year again:  the great and the good of the wine world are gathering this weekend ( 15-17thMarch ) in Duesseldorf for ProWein, the world’s biggest wine show.

Meanwhile Go Brazil will be heading straight for the Wines of Brasil stand, where a warm welcome – and plenty of new vintages to sample – are assured.

Prost, zum Wohl!

 

More info here:  www.prowein.de


Go Brazil’s packed programme for 2015

Another year, and another exciting programme of tastings and events to look forward to..

Now post-World Cup but pre-the Olympic and Paralympic Games, the spotlight on Brazil will continue in 2015 and here at Go Brazil Wines we will be participating at more events than ever before.

Please see below for the current list ( at January 2015 ). Updates and amendments will follow throughout the year:

 

  •  Specialist Importers Trade Tasting (‘SITT’) – Royal Horticultural Halls – London – Feb 25th  (trade only)
  • Flavour Pop-Up Tasting – Brighton – March 3rd ( venue TBC – trade only )
  • ProWein – Duesseldorf – Germany – March 15-17 th
  • Flavour Pop-Up Tasting – Bristol – April 14th   ( venue TBC – trade only )
  • IFE Food & Drink Show – Excel – London – March 22-25 th  ( TBC )
  • Expovinis – Sao Paulo – Brazil – April 22-24th
  • Flavour Pop-Up Tasting – Cambridge – April 28th ( venue TBC – trade only )
  • London International Wine Fair – Olympia – London – May 18-20th  ( trade only )
  • Taste of London – Regent’s Park – London – June 17-21st
  • Specialist Importers Trade Tasting ( ‘SITT’ ) – Royal Horticultural Halls – London – September  (trade only – dates TBC )
  • BBC Good Food Show – Olympia – London – November 13-15th

 

Nb. in conjunction with Bespoke Brazil we have also launched a series of wine tours to Brazil, which we will be promoting at other trade shows:

for example, the Destinations Travel Show, World Travel Market and Luxury Travel Show. See tour details here:  http://www.bespokebrazil.com/bespoke/brazil-wine-tour/


Crowds flock to BBC Good Food Show London!

It’s over for another year, but many thanks to all who visited our Go Brazil Wines stand at the BBC Good Food Show last weekend, 14-16th November.

The dismal weather outside didn’t seem to dampen the spirits of many and we were delighted to welcome both new and returning customers.. with even wine critic and broadcaster Oz Clarke finding the time to stop for a quick chat !

Go Brazil Wines featured too in the Tasting Theatre, hosted by BBC Saturday Kitchen’s Peter Richards MW and Susie Barrie: they presented our Campos de Cima Brut Champenoise 2011 in their  ‘ Off the Beaten Track – Delicious Discoveries’ session.

Downstairs, in the private IWSC wine experience area, this same fizz was also on show, alongside our Sanjo Nubio Sauvignon Blanc 2013 and the Pizzato Fausto Tannat 2010.

We look forward to catching up with everyone in 2015!

 


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

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


Join us on a Brazilian Wine Tour

Join us on one of our fully escorted, private tours to the wine regions of southern Brazil. Run by Go Brazil Wines in partnership with specialist agent, Bespoke Brazil, these tours will appeal to small groups of enthusiasts, keen to explore not only Brazil’s most important vineyards but also some of the many and varied sightseeing highlights of this vast country.

Visitors will meet privately with winemakers and their families, enjoy tastings of wine matched with the local cuisine, and have time of course to soak up the spectacular scenery of the Serra Gaúcha hills. The itinerary also takes in the more northerly, but equally stunning, state of Santa Catarina which is dotted with stunning waterfalls and mountain vistas.

Accommodation throughout is in luxury hotels.

 

For more information please visit:  http://www.bespokebrazil.com/brazilian-wine-tours/

tel 01603 340680

Read full press release here : Brazilian Wine Tours Press Release

See press comment here : http://www.gobrazilwines.com/events/our-brazilian-wine-tours-profiled-in-metro

 

 

 


Brazilian wines at Autumn SITT

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

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.


FLIPSide Brazilian Festival back at Snape!

This feast of Brazilian culture returned to Snape Maltings in Suffolk for its second successive year (on  4-5th October), having thrilled audiences in 2013 with its eclectic line-up of singers, writers, dancers and artists.

Highlight of this year’s festival was a concert starring Bebel Gilberto, daughter of bossa nova icon Joao Gilberto, niece of Chico Buarque and stepdaughter of Astrud Gilberto. With this musical tradition in the family it is no surprise an internationally acclaimed singing career has followed, and fans at Snape were not disappointed as she performed a selection of moody, soulful and bossa-inspired hits from her latest album, ‘Tudo’, as well as several duets with fellow Brazilian singer, Adriana Calcanhotto.

Wines provided by Go Brazil Wines were available during the weekend, and we were delighted also to be one of the sponsors at the VIP party.

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

PS. Why ‘FLIP’side ?   It refers to the ‘Festival Literària de Paraty’, a literary festival held annually in the beautiful old colonial town of Paraty, on the coast between Rio and Sao Paulo.

 


Dilma edges to victory in Brazilian election

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?!

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  

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


Major Events International – Brazil Conference

John Doddrell, the British Government’s Consul-General in São Paulo, was guest speaker last week at a conference organised in London by Major Events International ( MEI ), a company to whom Go Brazil Wines are affiliated. Delegates, many representing organisations which plan to bid for contracts at the 2016 Rio Olympics, were appraised of the latest ‘on the ground’ situation in Brazil by John Doddrell and by Dennis Mills, MD of MEI. In summary, there is a high level of concern over the state of preparedness ( or otherwise ) for the 2016 Olympics, which it was felt will not be improved by the forthcoming presidential and state elections, due to take place in October.

On a more positive note, despite the numerous delays and disruptions to the World Cup preparations, there was cautious optimism about how the football tournament will progress – with all agreeing that a Brazilian win would provide a welcome, if temporary, tonic!

 

 


London International Wine Fair

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

 

 


Taste of London 2014

Upmarket and over here:  the 2014 edition of Taste of London will take place in Regents Park from 18-22nd June with, for the first time, a preview evening on the opening Wednesday night. Go Brazil will have a stand in the ever popular ‘Producers Market’, number  —, where we hope to benefit from increased footfall and expenditure (and possibly a World Cup halo effect ?). A wide range of Brazilian wines will be available for consumers to try and buy, with plenty of sparkling to celebrate should England prove victorious against Uruguay!

 

Read also:

Go Brazil Exhibits at Taste of London 2014

 

 


LATA Foundation Charity Quiz

Go Brazil were delighted to be asked to assist with the LATA Foundation’s annual charity quiz night.  Although sadly none of our team could be present, we understand that the evening was a great success, with funds being raised for the Foundation’s many deserving projects in Latin America.

 

See also:

LATA Quiz Night Scores Big Success

– LATA Foundation on facebook

 

 


Brazil Pop-Up Diner

Sadly this popular event has now come to an end, but the concept of introducing Brazilian regional cuisine to coincide with the twelve World Cup host cities has been very well received. Last week’s Oxo Tower venue proved a real hit, with diners enjoying glorious views up and down the Thames, not to mention authentic, high quality Brazilian food and drink.

Congratulations to Margo and her team, and let’s hope a similar event might be possible in future.

 

 


Insider’s Guide to the World Cup Host Cities

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

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!

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

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

 


Our Insider’s Guide to the World Cup!


So, after sixty-four years, the FIFA World Cup or simply, ‘A Copa’, returns to Brazil. Twelve cities across this vast country will play host, with the first of sixty-four games kicking off in São Paulo on June 12th and concluding on July 13th in Rio’s iconic Maracanã stadium.

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 !

In general though, what should you expect?

brazilian flagVisitors to Brazil will, as always, be very warmly welcomed by the locals – but with even more national pride than normal as this is very much their country’s moment. Expect excitement and noise to be at fever pitch intensity on days when Brazil plays its matches. Schools and government offices will be closed for these occasions (for the whole day, of course), as will virtually everything else, so best head to a bar where the TV will be playing and enjoy a ‘chopp’, a light thirst-quenching lager.

brazilian flagFor those travelling, expect airport and traffic chaos on a monumental scale, and prepare to be patient. Remember that English isn’t widely spoken, especially outside of the larger cities, so mug up on some basic Portuguese (which you can expect to be well received).

brazilian flagAlso diplomatically a good move to drape yourself in a Brazilian flag or perhaps sport the ‘canarinha’, Brazil’s team shirt, when your team isn’t playing. Be warned that prices are at near European levels, and have risen in anticipation of A Copa, so stock up on currency: the ‘real’, plural ‘reais’.

brazilian flagOn a final, more serious note:  not all Brazilians are as enthused with the World Cup as you might imagine. Opponents of the tournament argue that the billions of dollars that have been spent on it should have been used to improve the country’s poor infrastructure, public health and education systems.

brazilian flagBut if Brazil wins – which is what is expected of their team – even these pressing and long-standing problems may temporarily be forgotten.

 

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.

 

CuritibaIlha do Mel Foto: Jorge Eder

On more than one occasion voted the Brazilian city with the ‘best quality of life’ – to which a cynic might reply ‘because it’s relatively safe, things run on time and because there’s less going on there compared to the others’ ! Not for us at Go Brazil to comment, but it’s certainly a well ordered city with a strong sense of civic pride. For the adventurous, take a narrow gauge railway trip from close to the city. It’s a spectacular trip that heads off the plain, twisting and turning down steep mountains through tropical rain forest before arriving at the coastal city of Paranaguá.

Our tip: Take a ferry across to the Ilha do Mel or wander the sleepy colonial streets of Morretes and Antonina.

 

Porto Alegreporto alegre

The most southerly and coldest (well, least warm) of all the cities on the list. Also, more importantly, the key entry point for visiting Brazil’s wineries, most of which have their headquarters in or near the town of Bento Gonçalves, a two hour drive north of Porto Alegre. Locals here are known as ‘gaúchos’ and, as well as a strong European heritage, are linguistically different from the rest of the country, being habitual users of the ‘tu’ (personal ‘you’) form of address, rather than the more common ‘você’. Although not far from the coast, the diet here is rich in meat, so visit one of the local churrascarias to try a selection of juicy beef and lamb cuts.

Our tip: no prizes for guessing, head up to the vineyards in the Vale dos Vinhedos near Bento Gonçalves and sample some wine at the cellar door.

 

 

 

 

 

 


BBC Interviews Go Brazil Wines

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!

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

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

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.

 


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