Next up in our series of Snooth Peoples Voice Awards Wine Writer Seminar portfolios (that's a mouthful) are reports on the little-known wines of Brazil. I've been fortunate to visit Brazilian wine country, so I'm familiar with the wines they are producing, but few outside the region have really had this kind of exposure to the wines.
As with most emerging fine wine regions, quality is not notably consistent in Brazil, and the region is not helped by being one of relatively little consequence in the global marketplace. Coopers and cork manufacturers tend to reserve their best products for their most important clients, relegating what remains to markets with little clout. At the moment that would seem to include Brazil. There certainly are producers in the country who are well hopped-up with global suppliers. But at the same time other producers who are just starting down the path of premium wine production are facing some growing pains.
And so it was with excitement and a little trepidation that I, along with Maricio Roloff from Wines of Brazil, led a tasting of the Brazilian wines for some of America's premier writers. Their reports on the event make for a fascinating and informed read. In fact, this is quite possibly the most important body of work on Brazilian wines available in the U.S., and I urge you all to delve in and discover these wines today!
— Gregory Dal Piaz, Snooth