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Go Brazil at the London festival of Wine

For the first time we’re delighted to be joining a great selection of exhibitors at the Tom Cannavan-organised show, the ‘London Festival of Wine’, on Saturday 13th October.

This consumer-facing event, which is taking place for the second time in the prestigious Grand Hall in Westminster, is designed to appeal to connoisseurs and enthusiasts alike. As Tom, publisher of wine-pages.com, explains, his events are about having some fun in an unpretentious and relaxed environment.

Visitors to our Go Brazil table 18 will be welcome to sample, with purchases available by the bottle or for home delivery.

Our final line-up of wines will be announced shortly – but expect a high quality and eclectic mix of red, white and sparkling ( including a couple of stars featured in the latest Decanter)!

More info here: https://festival-of-wine.com/london-wine-festival/

we’re also exhibiting at Tom Cannavan’s ‘sister’ show in Edinburgh on Saturday 3rd November. See here for details: https://festival-of-wine.com/edinburgh-wine-festival/

An additional, Glasgow based show, was held in June and will take place again next year on Saturday 29th June:  https://festival-of-wine.com/glasgow-wine-festival/


Postcard from Brazil

Our recent visit to Bento Gonçalves, the town at the heart of the Brazilian wine industry in the southerly state of Rio Grande do Sul, was great fun and a real success.

At the invitation of Ibravin, the Brazilian Institute of Wine, Go Brazil attended the ‘Wine South America’ trade fair and participated in a series of winery visits, seminars and tastings.

An unexpected and last minute bonus came with an additional invitation to sit on an 16 strong international tasting panel, which was tasked with evaluating some of the best local wines from the latest, 2018, vintage. The ABE ( Brazilian Oenology Association ) holds this event annually in front of some 900 wine professionals, so a daunting but exhilarating experience for our director Nicholas Corfe, who was required to comment on a still youthful Tannat..

Our overall impression was of an industry galvanised by ongoing successes – exemplified by the consistent winning of international awards and recent favourable critical comment in Decanter magazine – and one which is growing increasingly confident on the world stage. Very noticeable was the continued investment in physical infrastructure, including imported machinery and tanks, and the building of impressive new restaurants, tasting and retail facilities. There also seems to be a trend towards more experimentation, with trials of new grape varieties and vinification techniques both observed.

We would like to place on record our thanks for the warm and generous hospitality shown by our hosts, and for the superb organisation of the programme.

 


Decanter focus on Brazil!

The latest edition of Decanter magazine ( October 2018 ) is dedicated to South American wines, which includes – of course – Brazilian wine.

In a feature on sparkling wines Argentine writer Alejandro Iglesias highlights two of his top Brazilian labels: he awards the Cave Geisse Extra Brut 2014* a highly creditable 93 points, while the Campos de Cima Brut 2012 scores 91 points.

Here at Go Brazil we are currently stocking both the above wines – for more information and to purchase, please see here:

Cave Geisse Extra Brut 2014  https://www.gobrazilwines.com/wines/cave-geisse-extra-brut-tradicional-2011

Campos de Cima Brut 2012 https://www.gobrazilwines.com/wines/campos-de-cima-brut-sparkling-2011

 

Elsewhere in the magazine Brazilian-born Dirceu Vianna Junior MW, South America’s first Master of Wine, has written a thought-provoking article on the current state of wine-making in Brazil. He identifies eighteen of his favourite wines from the country, five of which Go Brazil is proud to import directly from their respective producers. Here they are, with points scored:

Cave Geisse Extra Brut 2014 ( 94 )  https://www.gobrazilwines.com/wines/cave-geisse-extra-brut-tradicional-2011

Cave Geisse Nature Terroir 2012 ( 92 )  https://www.gobrazilwines.com/wines/cave-geisse-terroir-nature-2006

Don Guerino Brut Chardonnay NV ( 89 ) https://www.gobrazilwines.com/wineries/don-guerino-brut-chardonnay-nv  Currently on offer!

Pizzato Legno Chardonnay 2017 ( 90 ) https://www.gobrazilwines.com/wines/pizzato-legno-chardonnay-2014  Currently on offer!

Pizzato DNA’99 Merlot 2012 ( 95 ) https://www.gobrazilwines.com/wines/pizzato-dna99-merlot

 

All wines above are currently available, though vintages may vary.

For those not familiar with Decanter, this is a UK monthly online and print magazine aimed at wine enthusiasts and the trade alike. Articles are written by highly regarded educators and commentators, usually experts in their field.

 

*Editor’s note:  we showed the Cave Geisse Extra Brut 2014 at the recent Oxford Wine Festival, where it was one of our bestsellers… A bargain at £23.00/bottle!


Planning a wine tasting or food-pairing dinner?

If you are organising a Latin or Brazilian themed event on behalf of a wine club, restaurant or corporate group, Go Brazil would be delighted to assist.

Indeed, since our founding in 2010, we have supplied our wines at hundreds of private events – large and small – up and down the country.

 

Wines may be offered as part of a tutored presentation, or simply supplied on their own direct from our warehouse.

 

Our current portfolio, with notes on the wines and producers, is listed on this website but to discuss further please contact Nicholas: nicholas@gobrazilwines.com


Visit Go Brazil at The Oxford Wine Festival

Held at the iconic Oxford Union building in the historic university city, the Oxford Wine Festival is back this year on Friday 7th and Saturday 8th September.

For the fourth consecutive year Go Brazil will be exhibiting and also, on the afternoon of Saturday 8th, presenting a Masterclass on Brazilian wines. The Masterclass starts at 3pm and will feature three of our favourite wines:

 

In addition to the these wines from Go Brazil, please note our colleagues from Harley Wines will be showing three of their Uruguayan labels at the same tasting.

Click here for info: https://www.oxfordwinefestival.org/

Looking forward to welcoming customers old and new to our Go Brazil stand!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Masterclass starts at 3pm and will feature three of our favourite wines:

A sparkler:  Amadeu Brut 2016 ( Traditional Method )  Read more here: xxxx

A white:  Don Guerino Sinais Italíco Riesling 2017 Read more here: xxxx

A red: Don Guerino Reserva Teroldego 2016 Read more here: xxxx

 

In addition to the these wines from Go Brazil, please note our colleagues from Harley Wines will be showing three of their Uruguayan labels at the same tasting.

Click here for info: https://www.oxfordwinefestival.org/

Looking forward to welcoming customers old and new to our Go Brazil stand!


Success at the Oxford Wine Festival!

Oxford wine festival, brazilian wine
A very big thank you to all those visited our Go Brazil stand at the recent Oxford Wine Festival, especially those ‘returnee customers’ who came to seek us out again.

 

Held as previously in the iconic Oxford Union building, the show seemed to be even busier than in previous years but still featured an eclectic and high quality mix of wines from all over the world.

 

We were delighted to joint host a Masterclass ( along with Harley Wines ), where a number of attendees gave their approval to our line-up!

 

Our bestsellers this year included the Don Guerino Teroldego 2016, Geisse Extra Brut 2014 and Campos de Cima Brut 2012 (both sparklers highlighted in latest Decanter magazine ), and Reserva Tannat 2012 and Concentus 2013 reds from Pizzato.

 

Looking forward already to our return in 2019.


The Advantages of Wine Tasting as a Corporate Event

For business owners, choosing the right sort of corporate event which everyone can enjoy can often prove tricky, with so many different preferences to satisfy. Wine tasting events are becoming increasing popular with the business community – they are easy to organise and can bring lots of benefits to both you and your clients.

Go Brazil can offer corporate wine tasting events for companies throughout East Anglia. Here we look at some of the key advantages they offer.

Team Building

Wine tasting is an excellent way to introduce staff to one another in a social situation. This can help build relationships between staff and departments who might not otherwise talk to one another, improving morale within the company.

The event can be held off-site rather than in the company’s premises, which could have the important psychological effect of making the atmosphere more relaxed.

Saying Thank You to Clients

You can also use wine tasting events to entertain clients, do some networking or carry out informal business in a convivial setting.

You can invite your customers and their partners along and give them an enjoyable evening while showing them that their custom is important to you. Alternatively, your customers can invite someone else from the world of commerce, so any costs could well be recouped by future business.

Something for Everyone

Wine tasting could be an improvement on other forms of corporate events which may not be to everyone’s taste, such as sporting challenges and other activities which can easily become over-competitive.

Go Brazil’s wide-ranging portfolio covers red, white, rose and sparkling wines, so a tasting will always be tailored to your personal preferences. We will be pleased to provide a discount on wines purchased by attendees as a result of a tasting.

Educational Experience

Wine tasting provides an opportunity for guests to expand their personal knowledge about different grape varieties and wine types, and the intricacies of selecting and tasting wines. At Go Brazil we also like to put the wines in context, so we will talk (passionately!) about Brazil the country, as well as its culture, its food and drink, its people, its history and its current affairs.

As well as being a sociable event, we find that this additional educational element helps to maximise the level of interest and engagement among attendees.

Other Corporate Services

Go Brazil offers a wide range of other corporate services as well as wine tasting. We can also supply the wine for your awards ceremony or Christmas party.

We are also always pleased to support and work with local, bona fide charities, on a case-by-case basis.

 

If you would like to know more about Go Brazil’s corporate wine tasting services, click on the link. We are based in Ipswich and operate throughout Suffolk and the rest of East Anglia. Our online shop means you can now order a case of wine to be delivered anywhere on the UK mainland.


Our Teroldego wins Harpers award!

Great news, as we learned recently that our Don Guerino Reserva Teroldego 2016 had been awarded ‘3 Stars’ by wine trade magazine, Harpers.

The wine was one of only three Brazilian wines to be so awarded – and the only one which can actually be purchased in the UK!  Indeed, the Teroldego was our standout red last year

and continues to win plaudits in 2018. If you are visiting either the Guildford or Cheltenham Wine Festivals ( see article above ), come and try a sample on the Go Brazil stand!

For tasting note and to buy the Don Guerino Reserva Teroldego online, see here: https://www.gobrazilwines.com/wineries/don-guerino


First ever Brazil tasting at WSET

We’re delighted to announce that, for the very first time, the Wine & Spirit Education Trust ( WSET ) will be hosting a tasting dedicated exclusively to Brazilian wines.

The tasting will take place at the WSET’s London headquarters on Monday 23rd April at 6.30pm and will be led by Brazilian wine expert, Thiago Mendes.

Places at the event are limited – for more details and booking please contact WSET directly:

https://www.wsetglobal.com/wset-school-london/tastings-and-events/201718/tas-braz1801/?utm_source=WSET+SCHOOL+LONDON+WINE+CLUB&utm_campaign=572e501fac-WINE_CLUB_NEWSLETTER_2018_03_15&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_10db75df2b-572e501fac-170964885

Great to see that the evening will begin with one of our personal favourites, the Cave Geisse Extra Brut Tradicional, and will close with Pizzato’s flagship wine, the DNA’99 Merlot!

 

 


Don Guerino Sinais Sauvignon Blanc 2017

NAME: DON GUERINO SINAIS SAUVIGNON BLANC 2017

ABV: 13%

APPEARANCE: Very pale yellow with hint of green

AROMAS: Ripe tropical fruit, noticeably guava, with citrus lemon notes

TASTE: Light-bodied with more citrussy notes, passion fruit and a slight sherbet-like spritz

FOOD PAIRING: Salads, white fish dishes, risottos or seafood

OVERALL: Fresh and fruity, well made, ideal lunchtime or party drinking!

£ 12.50 / bottle ( £ 75.00 / case of 6 )

 


Guildford and Cheltenham Wine Festivals

Wine FestivalsWe’re delighted to have been invited to exhibit at the inaugural Guildford Wine Festival which takes place on Saturday March 24th at the historic Guildhall.

A warm welcome is assured for all visitors to the Go Brazil stand, where a selection of both our new wines for 2018 and some old favourites will be available to sample and buy.

Ticket & venue info here: http://lovewinefest.co.uk/

Likewise we’ll be back at the magnificent Pittville Pump Room in Cheltenham, on Saturday 7th April, following a great day out last year. As at Guildford, there’ll be a wide selection

of Brazilian fizz, red, white and rosé for all to try.

Ticket & venue info here: https://cheltenhamwinefestival.com/

Both events are pitched at those who enjoy their wines and are perhaps keen to expand their drinking horizons. It’s an ideal opportunity to chat in a super relaxed setting with wine producers and importers, without any of the irritating trade jargon!


Campos de Cima Irene Antonietta Rosé 2017

NAME: IRENE ANTONIETTA ROSE 2017 ( Merlot/Shiraz/Malbec blend )

ABV: 11%

APPEARANCE: Deep apricot, with tinge of onion skin pink

AROMAS: An intriguing and delicate perfume of wild berries, honey, honeysuckle and other floral notes

TASTE: Very dry with subtle cherry notes and a long finish

FOOD PAIRING: Grilled salmon, lightly flavoured white meats, canapés or salads

OVERALL: An unusual, very elegant rosé, best enjoyed well chilled with dishes above

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


Off to SITT & ProWein

Wine events, Brazilian wines

The trade tasting season kicks off for Go Brazil with the Manchester and London SITT tastings (26 & 28th Feb respectively), followed in March by ProWein, the world’s largest professional wine show held annually in Düsseldorf, Germany (18-20th March). Please note that the SITT venues have changed:  the Manchester event is now being held at the Principal Hotel, while the London show moves to Hackney Town Hall ( London E8 )!

On the Wines of Brasil stand at SITT we’ll be presenting a couple of our new wines, including the Campos de Cima ‘3 Bocas’ unoaked red blend ( see article above ).

In Germany we’ll be catching up with our many suppliers, again on the generic Wines of Brasil stand, tasting the latest vintages and deciding which new wines could be introduced to the UK later this year or in 2019.

Our calendar of spring events also includes many private tastings – held mainly in conjunction with wine societies, restaurants or wines educators – so in the intervening weeks we’ll be out on the road in Surrey, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire and London, to name just a few destinations..

If you are interested in discussing a Brazilian wine tasting, for a club, corporate or family event – please get in touch: nicholas@gobrazilwines.com

 


New arrivals for 2018!

Brazilian red winesWe’re delighted to announce the introduction of two new reds from Don Guerino, a family run winery whose Reserva Teroldego and Vintage Malbec were highlights for Go Brazil in 2017.

Chosen from their ‘Sinais’ range, which already features an Itálico Riesling, Malbec Rosé and Sauvignon Blanc, we are adding a single varietal Merlot and a Cabernet Sauvignon.
Sinais is attractively presented, offered in screwcap and has a RSP of £12.50 / bottle.

After a short lull we are back in business with several new lines from Campos de Cima. Enthusiasts may remember this winery’s ‘Assinatura’, a delicious Malbec/Shiraz/Tannat blend, which sadly hasn’t been produced since 2014 but is looking promising for the current 2018 vintage. In the meantime we are shipping their ‘3 Bocas’, an unoaked Tannat/Cab Sauv/Ruby Cabernet blend, a chunky but complex red for which we have high hopes!

Secondly, by contrast, we are introducing their new ‘Irene Antonietta’, a delicate and perfumed rosé made from Merlot, Shiraz and Malbec. The line-up is completed with a 2017 single varietal Viognier. All wines are supplied under cork closure and will retail between £13-15 / bottle.

Both the Tres Bocas and Irene Antonietta will be on show at the upcoming SITT tastings – see SITT article below.

All wines will be available w/c 19th February, with full tasting notes to follow shortly afterwards.


Carnival 2018

carnival Brazil, RioAway from the world of wine, it would be a mistake not to mention the annual pre-Lent extravaganza that is the Rio Carnival, which this year takes place from Feb 9th-14th (officially – but in reality many people are on holiday either side of these dates).

While the highlight for many is the parade of the city’s established samba schools sashaying down the purpose built ‘sambódromo’, arguably the real party is out on the street where countless ‘blocos’ or small local groups in fancy dress congregate behind trucks blaring out samba rhythms at all hours of day and night..

If a crowd of 2 million+ is not your thing, head for carnival in the (slightly) smaller cities of Salvador, Recife or neighbouring Olinda – all beach destinations further up to the northeast of Brazil where you can recover from the party!


Still time for Xmas / New Year orders!

Christmas winesThere is still time to place your Brazilian wine or cachaça order for Christmas and the New Year.

For most postcodes, orders placed by Tuesday 19th December will be delivered in time for Christmas, while orders for wines required between 27th-31st December should be placed by Friday 22nd .

Please contact us to double-check!

With our warmest Brazilian best wishes for Christmas and the New Year,

The Go Brazil team

 


Thanks to all at BBC Winter Good Food Show

Brazilian wine event, BBC Good Food Show Birmingham

Very many thanks to all who visited our Go Brazil stand at the NEC last week. As first time exhibitors at this show we did not know exactly what to expect – but the response to our Brazilian wines and cachaça was overwhelmingly positive.

We hope those who purchased from us enjoy their drinking and for those who may be tempted further, please see the full Go Brazil portfolio here. Wishing everyone a Merry ChGo Brazil wines and spiritsristmas, and we hope to see you next year!

 

 

 


The spirit of Christmas

Zeca Cachaca, Brazilian rum, Christmas cocktailsAlthough heavily consumed in its native Brazil, cachaça is relatively unknown in most international markets, including here in the UK.

It is a clear spirit distilled from the fresh, free-run juice of sugar cane and at its best has rich fruity, earthy aromas including passion fruit and apple, and sometimes traces of pepper, vanilla and brown sugar. For locals and visitors to Brazil alike, cachaça is usually drunk as a cocktail, most typically as a ‘caipirinha’ – which mixes the spirit with sugar, limes and ice.

Our colleagues at Zeca cachaça are determined, however, to elevate their brand beyond simply being the main ingredient of a caipirinha, and to show that this great spirit has real quality and versatility, not least when combined with UK produced natural, non-alcoholic soft drinks and juices.

Here is a simple but delicious Zeca cocktail recipe for your Christmas party:

50ml Zeca cachaça
Add Fentimans pink Lemonade
Add a squeeze of fresh lime juice
Stir together, add ice as required and top off with seasonal berries….lovely!


Many Thanks for the Love!

Brazilian bubbly, Love Wine FestivalA great time was had by all last Saturday ( Nov 11th ) at the Love Wine Festival in Birmingham. With a record attendance over the two sessions, we were delighted to welcome so many new faces to the Go Brazil stand.

While our recently launched Sinais Itálico Riesling and Sinais Malbec Rosé were well received, there were two stand-out wines:  the Don Guerino Teroldego 2016, a bold and fruity red, and the Sanjo Nobrese sparkling Moscato, a delicious sweet fizz which has refreshing orange/citrus notes.

Many thanks to all those who visited and purchased from us. The above wines and all the others we presented are available online here.

Looking forward to seeing everyone next year!

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New ‘Sinais’ range now launched!

Brazilian white and rose winesWe’ve just taken delivery of the Sinais range from Don Guerino and launched three easy-drinking labels from the latest 2017 vintage: an Itálico Riesling, a Sauvignon Blanc and a Malbec Rosé.

All three are light in style, with naturally bright acidity and well-defined tropical fruit. Dry to off-dry, they are well differentiated from the more serious ‘Reserva’ range and are intended be drunk young.

The Sinais range is supplied with screwcap closure and retails for £12.50 /bottle.

See more info here.


Don Guerino Sinais Malbec Rosé 2017

NAME: DON GUERINO SINAIS MALBEC ROSÉ 2017

ABV: 13%

APPEARANCE: Deep pink rose colour

AROMAS:  Predominantly ripe strawberries and cherry

TASTE:  Summer fruits on palate, dry to off-dry and light bodied

FOOD PAIRING: Works well with salads, charcuterie, light chicken dishes

OVERALL: Fun and fruity, makes a lovely lunchtime or party tipple!

£ 12.50 / bottle ( £75.00 / case of 6 )


Don Guerino Sinais Merlot 2016

NAME: DON GUERINO SINAIS MERLOT 2016

ABV: 13%

APPEARANCE: bright ruby-red

AROMAS: youthful, with fresh black cherry and red plum fruit most apparent

TASTE: wine is unoaked, so more juicy red fruit on the palate with smooth mature tannins. Medium bodied and with moderate acidity, this is a difficult wine not to like!

FOOD PAIRING: ideal with roast chicken but is a good match too for pizza, pasta and most cheeses

OVERALL: soft and fruity, this is a great Merlot for all occasions

£ 12.50 / bottle ( £ 75.00 / case of 6 )

Please note closure is cork, not screwcap as in bottle image!

 


Don Guerino Sinais Itálico Riesling 2017

 

NAME: DON GUERINO SINAIS ITÁLICO RIESLING 2017

ABV: 13%

APPEARANCE: Very pale yellow with green reflexes

AROMAS: A blend of floral notes and more tropical aromas of pineapple, mango and melon

TASTE: Soft pineapple and peach flavours predominate; wine is dry and light bodied with highish level of acidity and just a hint of spritz on palate ( nb. doesn’t have the searing acidity and ‘minerality’ of a German Rhine Riesling! )

FOOD PAIRING: Try with salads, hors d’oeuvres, cold meat plates or mildly spiced dishes

OVERALL: Zingy dry white wine, ideal as an aperitif and for informal drinking

£ 12.50 / bottle ( £ 75.00 / case of 6 )


Don Guerino Reserva Chardonnay 2017

NAME: DON GUERINO RESERVA CHARDONNAY 2017

ABV: 12.5%

APPEARANCE: Straw yellow with tinge of green

AROMAS: Richly tropical, with melon, pineapple, mango and peach all showing, and hint of oak

TASTE: Tropical notes are complimented with well balanced, restrained oakiness; wine is medium bodied with fresh, clean acidity and a citrusy tang to the finish

FOOD PAIRING: Serve lightly chilled – not too cold – with creamy chicken dishes, risottos, salads, seafood or smoked salmon

OVERALL: Classy, very well made Chardonnay, perfect for savouring..

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

Sorry, but this wine is currently out of stock. The new 2018 vintage is due to arrive in October! 

Recommended alternatives: Pizzato Fausto (Unoaked) or Pizzato Legno (Oaked) Chardonnay – please see details below                                                                

 


Come and see us in Oxford!

Oxford, university, wine festivalProud to announce we’re back at the Oxford Wine Festival in September, which runs this year from Friday 8th to Saturday 9th.

Go Brazil is delighted to be exhibiting again at this prestigious show, which always attracts a knowledgeable and relaxed crowd to the Oxford Union, right in the heart of this university city.

This year we’ll be showcasing wines from Don Guerino, a new supplier based in the Serra Gaúcha region of southern Brazil, including their stunning Teroldego and a lovely sweet – but not sticky – Rosé Moscato fizz!

These and plenty of other labels will be available to try and buy at the festival. We may even bring some cachaça too…

More info here.


Order from us online

Order wine online, Brazilian winesThe waiting is over!  After many months preparation our Go Brazil website shop is now open for business.

Compatible with laptops and mobile devices, the new shop uses PayPal for processing payments and, initially, will offer our more mainstream lines.

Our premium cachaça, Zeca, is also available and may be purchased separately or as part of a mixed case with wines.

As well as our ‘Wine of the Month’, we have added a ‘bin-end’ section where older vintages and discontinued lines can be found at bargain prices.

Please note that our minimum order is 6 bottles.


SITT Autumn

SITT wine tasting, Brazil winesThe Specialist Importers Trade Tastings continue this autumn, with an event in London (at the Lindley Hall, Victoria) on Wednesday 20th September and, two days, earlier at the Bristol Museum & Art Gallery in that city.

As well as a new series of rotating venues outside London, SITT organisers are promising a more focused show, together with a more extensive programme of workshops and masterclasses.

Although final details have not yet been announced, we’re looking forward to working with our partners at Wines of Brasil, with a great selection of suitable Autumn/Winter labels on taste.

More info here 


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.


Geisse Brut Rosé Terroir 2009

NAME: GEISSE BRUT ROSÉ TERROIR 2009 ( 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:  Best enjoyed well chilled as an aperitif!

OVERALL:  Top of the range aged pink fizz, wonderfully subtle flavours, drinks superbly!

£ 27.00 / bottle ( £ 162.00 / case x 6 ) previously @ £30.00 


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, Sinais Merlot 2016 & Sanjo Nubio Malbec 2013
3 x white: 1 each of Fausto Chardonnay 2017, Sinais Sauvignon Blanc 2017 & Sanjo Nobrese (dry) Moscato NV


 

Copa6 bottle red fine wine case @ £ 89.00

A selection of mature wines, all drinking well now, intended for the more adventurous drinker:

1 each of: Don Guerino Reserva Teroldego 2016, Pizzato Reserva Tannat 2012, Pizzato 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 case of bubbly – ideal for weddings and parties!

2 x Amadeu Brut Traditional Method 2016
1 x Don Guerino Brut Malbec Rosé NV
1 x Sanjo Brut Chardonnay NV
1 x Don Guerino Rose Moscato NV*
1 x Sanjo Nobrese Moscato NV*

*Indicates a sweet wine


Mixed Wine and Cachaça

Rio12 bottle mixed case @ £189.00 / case

Your ultimate party case!

2 x Zeca Cachaça ( 70cl )
3 x sparkling: 1 each of Amadeu Brut Trad Method 2016, Amadeu Brut Rosé Trad Method 2015 & Don Guerino Brut Chardonnay NV
3 x white:  1 each of Fausto Chardonnay 2017, Sinais Sauvignon Blanc 2017 & Sanjo Nobrese (dry) Moscato NV
4 x red:  1 each of Aurora Pinot Noir 2015, Don Guerino Malbec 2016, Don Guerino Reserva Teroldego 2016 & Sanjo Nubio Cabernet Sauvignon 2008


 

Samba  – 6 bottle mixed case @ £99.00 / case

For when the party is more intimate..

1 x Zeca Cachaça ( 70cl )
1 x sparkling: Amadeu Brut Traditional Method 2016
2 x white: 1 each of Fausto Chardonnay 2017 & Sinais Sauvignon Blanc 2017
2 x red:  1 each of Aurora Pinot Noir 2015 & Sinais Merlot 2016


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, together with a slightly sweet note 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, will work well too with seafood or fish

OVERALL:  Beautifully presented, a subtle and high quality Brut fizz – makes an impressive alternative to other sparklers we could mention!

Awarded 89 points by Decanter magazine ( October 2018 )

Now at £ 15.00 / bottle ( £ 90.00 / case x 6 ) previously £ 16.00 / bottle


Amadeu Brut 2016

NAME: AMADEU BRUT 2016 ( TRADITIONAL METHOD )

ABV: 12%

APPEARANCE:  Clear, pale gold-green

AROMAS:  Pronounced green apple and pear nose, with hint 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 ( min.12 months ). Persistent fine bubbles and a generous mousse. Rounded on the palate, medium bodied.

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

OVERALL:  Well made and great value Trad Method fizz, suitable for all occasions

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


Geisse Brut Tradicional 2015

NAME: GEISSE BRUT TRADICIONAL 2015 ( TRADITIONAL METHOD )

ABV: 12%

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!

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


Don Guerino ‘Vintage’ Malbec 2016

NAME:  DON GUERINO ‘VINTAGE’ MALBEC 2016

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. Made 100% from Malbec grapes.

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

OVERALL:  Looks good, tastes good – a lovely blush sparkler for all occasions!

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

Sorry, but this wine is temporarily out of stock. New shipment is due in October!

Recommended alternatives:  Amadeu Brut Rosé 2015 or Cave Geisse Brut Rosé Tradicional 2014 – please see details below


Sanjo Nubio Malbec 2013

NAME: SANJO NUBIO MALBEC 2013

ABV: 12%

APPEARANCE:  Mid 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 and a very pleasant lingering finish

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

OVERALL:  A light, fruit driven style but surprisingly complex, this Malbec has lowish alcohol and is great for lunchtime drinking

Now at just £ 12.50 / bottle  ( £ 75.00 / case x 6 ) previously @ £15.00 / bottle


Pizzato Reserva Alicante Bouschet 2005

NAME: PIZZATO RESERVA ALICANTE BOUSCHET 2005

ABV: 13%

APPEARANCE:  Still deep ruby-violet, despite great age

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

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

FOOD PAIRING: Recommended with BBQ meats, curries and strongly flavoured cheeses

OVERALL:  Powerful and intense, best enjoyed with roasts or spicy foods!

Now at £ 12.00 / bottle  ( £ 72.00 / case x 6 )! previously £16.00 / bottle


Don Guerino Reserva Teroldego 2016

NAME:  DON GUERINO RESERVA TEROLDEGO 2016

ABV: 13%

APPEARANCE:  Exceptionally deep purple-red colour

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

TASTE:  A grape originally from NE Italy, here boasting many different flavours -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, pork and BBQ beef

OVERALL:  Our 2017 bestselling red: bold but not brash, this really is a delicious wine ( latest 2017 vintage now on order and due in October )!

£ 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, low alcohol 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 crimson, with some ageing apparent 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 paired with white meat dishes – especially chicken or turkey – salads or even grilled salmon…or serve lightly chilled as an aperitif.

OVERALL:  A lovely fruity, easy-drinking Pinot, excellent value, suitable for all occasions

£ 8.00 / bottle  ( £ 48.00 / case x 6 )  previously £10.00 / bottle


Don Guerino Sinais Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

NAME: DON GUERINO SINAIS CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2017

ABV: 13%

APPEARANCE:  deep ruby-purple colour

AROMAS:  fresh dark fruits to the fore, with hints of green pepper and touch of spice

TASTE:  young, vibrant blackcurrant and black plum fruit; smooth tannins

FOOD PAIRING: Try with grilled/BBQ steaks, well flavoured cheeses or mushroom stroganoff

OVERALL:  Unoaked and very approachable medium bodied Cab Sav!

£ 12.50 / bottle  ( £ 75.00 / case x 6 ) 

Please note closure is cork, not screwcap as in bottle image!


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, concentrated and full bodied with nutty caramel flavours from oak, this outstanding wine is lifted with the tang of citrus

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

OVERALL:  Almost Californian in style, subtle oak underscores this superb Chardie, best enjoyed as a food wine

2017 vintage awarded 90 points by Decanter magazine ( October 2018 ). A case remains of the 2014 vintage and a handful of bottles only of 2013 – superb value, see here:

Now at £ 25.00 / bottle ( £ 150.00 / case x 6 ) previously £ 28.00 / bottle


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


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 FestivalCampos 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 Rosé 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 2014

NAME: CAVE GEISSE EXTRA BRUT TRADICIONAL 2014 ( Traditional Method, 50:50 Chardonnay-Pinot Noir blend, with minimum 30 months lees ageing ). Only 5600 bottles produced!

ABV: 12% Abv.

APPEARANCE: Bright and clear, mid-straw colour with touch of gold; persistent fine mousse

AROMAS: Well developed autolytic character on nose, showing pronounced biscuity, brioche aromas

TASTE: Rich and creamy palate, with fresh buttery, toasty, nutty and brioche notes all to the fore. Dry, with apricot and peach flavours dominating, and a more citric or lemon character in the background. Very long, finishes with a tiny spritz.

OVERALL: Probably our favourite fizz…makes an ideal wedding wine, is of exceptional quality and offers superb value!

Awarded 94 points by Decanter magazine ( October 2018 )

£ 23.00 / bottle ( £ 138.00 / case x 6 )


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:  Lovely light, very low alcohol, fizz for those with a sweet tooth!

£ 13.00 / bottle ( £ 78.00 / case x 6 ) previously £14.00 / bottle                                                

 

 


Sanjo Nobrese Sparkling Chardonnay NV

NAME:  SANJO NOBRESE BRUT CHARDONNAY NV ( CHARMAT METHOD )

ABV: 12%

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:  A great aperitif but will go well too with salads, seafood, white meat or fish dishes

OVERALL:  Fun, light and easy-drinking – the perfect Christmas 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:  A complex and distinctive SB, intriguingly different!

Now @ £ 15.00 / bottle  ( previously £17.00 / bottle ) 

SORRY, THIS WINE IS CURRENTLY OUT of STOCK

Recommended alternative: Sinais Sauvignon Blanc 2017 

 


Pizzato Fausto Chardonnay 2017

NAME: FAUSTO CHARDONNAY 2017

ABV: 12.5%

APPEARANCE: Light green

AROMAS: Melon, peach and apricot with some lemon/lime citric notes

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

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

OVERALL: Well made, bright and crisp Chardonnay packing plenty of tropical fruit ( and a great new label too! )

£ 14.00 / bottle ( £ 84.00 / case )


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 )


Sanjo Nubio Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

NAME: SANJO NUBIO CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2008

ABV: 13%

APPEARANCE:  Core is deep garnet, some ageing apparent on rim

AROMAS:  Cedar, eucalyptus and cassis, with hint of ‘pencil-shavings’ so typical of this varietal

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, riper fruit

£ 20.00 / bottle  ( £ 120.00 / 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

Last few bottles remaining!

£ 23.00 / bottle  ( £ 138.00 / 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 2012

NAME: CAMPOS de CIMA BRUT 2012 ( TRADITIONAL METHOD, 70% Chardonnay / 30% Pinot Noir, with min. 24 months lees ageing )

ABV: 12.5%

APPEARANCE:  Deep gold colour with green reflexes

AROMAS: Pronounced tropical notes, including mango and passion fruit, overlying yeasty aromas

TASTE: Palate is dry, soft and rounded, medium-bodied. Complex, with tropical fruits wonderfully intertwined with biscuity-brioche flavours. 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:  An outstanding Brazilian wine, the most rich and complex of all our Brut sparklers

Awarded 91 points by Decanter magazine ( October 2018 )

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


Campos de Cima Extra Brut Champenoise 2012

NAME: CAMPOS de CIMA EXTRA BRUT 2012 ( TRADITIONAL METHOD, 70% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Noir, with min. 24 months lees ageing )

ABV: 12.5%

APPEARANCE:  Deep gold-green colour

AROMAS: Tropical fruits blended with yeasty, brioche notes

TASTE:  Medium to full bodied but refreshing and dry, with ripe tropical fruits overlaying more restrained, savoury – almost 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:  As Brut above, but a tad drier: a very high quality Trad Method fizz, showing great complexity and finesse

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


Campos de Cima Viognier 2017

NAME: CAMPOS de CIMA VIOGNIER 2017 ( Unoaked )

ABV: 11.5%

APPEARANCE: Very deep gold

AROMAS: A truly tropical cocktail of ripe apricot, peach, honey, nectarine – even a whiff of banana!

TASTE: Medium bodied, dry, with good acidity and a rich palate showing flavours of stonefruit and a very light spiciness. As is often the case with Viognier, wine has slightly oily character; finish is extremely long and lingering

FOOD PAIRING: An ideal partner for Coronation chicken but will work well with any buttery dishes

OVERALL: For an unoaked wine, this Viognier has a remarkably deep colour and intense flavours, together with lowish alcohol. Altogether, an unusual and complex wine that will surprise many..

Stock now very depleted – last few bottles available!

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


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/

 

 


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