Seeing Brazil from behind a wine glass
I've just returned from a recent business trip to Brazil. I was there for the FISL conference and Sun Tech Days. For more information on my trip from a technical perspective, check out my highlights blog. There will also a podcast on the trip. Watch the community site for that.
This blog entry is about drinking wine, specifically drinking wine in Brazil.
My first experience drinking wine in Brazil was on the first night of my visit. We were in Porto Alegre, at a Churrascaria. This was the first of six visits in total to Churrascarias. Needless to say, I'll be eating vegetarian for the next few months to make up for this overdose of red meat.
Someone in our group decided to order wine and I agreed to have a glass. I took one slip and was blown away. It was really, really good. My first thought was maybe it was a Chilean wine. One of my favorite wines is by Concha Y Toro, a winery in Chile. So, I asked to see the bottle. It was in fact, a Brazilian wine from a local winery in Rio Grande Do Sul, the exact state where we were located. It was the Boscato Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon, 2002.
The next day I asked around a bit and found out that Rio Grande Do Sul has a number of wineries and good growing conditions for wine. I'd love to go on a winery tour in a future visit to Brazil.
The next few nights I was unable to convince others to share wine with me at dinner