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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!

Brazilian wines, white wine, red wine


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.


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.


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


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. 

 


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.


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/


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/

 


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.


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

 


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


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!

 


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

 

 

 


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.

 


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!

 

 


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.

 

 


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.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Rio 2014 Street Child World Cup

The 2014 Street Child World Cup was formally launched at the Brazilian Embassy inLondon on 18th April. This is a global, charitable campaign which aims to give street children from all countries the protection and opportunities normally afforded to more fortunate children.

Its objectives are achieved through participation in  football – a truly global sport – and art.

Following a successful inaugural competition inDurban,South Africa, which coincided with the FIFA World Cup 2010, the second edition will take place inRio de Janeiroin 2014, in advance of the World Cup tournament inBrazil.

Learn more here: http://streetchildworldcup.org/2012/04/horses-galloping/


Happy Child – House of Commons Dinner 17th November

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

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

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

 


Lidio Carraro Grande Vindima Tannat 2006

NAME: LIDIO CARRARO GRANDE VINDIMA TANNAT 2006

ABV: 16%

APPEARANCE:  Dark ruby with some ageing visible on rim

AROMAS:  Concentration of mulberry, dried plum and currant fruit

TASTE:  A rich cornucopia of flavours, with coffee, cocoa, tobacco, licorice and balsamic notes all discernible. Very full bodied, with mature tannins. Produced from late harvest, low-yielding vines, and only in the best vintages.

FOOD PAIRING: Intensely flavoured red meats or venison; or drink as a port-like digestif on its own or perhaps with dark chocolate

OVERALL:  A unique blockbuster of a wine – one of our successes of Christmas 2016!

£ 26.00 / bottle  ( previously £ 30.00 / bottle )