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    Posted: 09 November 2006 at 01:08

Wine in Brazil seems relatively expensive (especially compared to beer or spirits) and I have yet to find a great tasting Brazilian wine at a decent price. While I appreciate that taste is personal I find the quality of wines from Argentina or Chile much better for similar prices.

Can anyone recommend some good Brazilain wines (white or red) around the 20  - 30 Reais price range?

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Hi,

 

Brazil has not a huge tradition on wine (producing or drinking). Of course you will find people that like (and drink if they can afford) wine, mainly in the big cities, but if you consider the country as a whole... beer and spirits are big.

 

I don't like the Brazilian wine, neither the Chilean, Argentinean, American (have been wine tasting in Napa valley wineries and could not find a single one to my taste)...my favourite ones are the French.... I am not an expert, so it's just my opinion purely based on my personal taste.

 

It was very nice to buy good quality wine quite cheap in England. But I know we do not get that in Brazil. Wine in HKG is also expensive, a reasonably nice one will not be less than R$ 60. (not HKG produce of course, although I have already heard the French are starting some wineries in mainland China)

 

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I agree with the fact that wines from Argentina and Chile are generally better. But there are quite good Brazilian wines too.

The price range you state is already upper class, I think. I prefer lower prices with an acceptable quality, say medium class.

Best in this range is in my opinion Forrestier. It comes as Cabernet, Riesling and Sauvignon blanc (around R$15). A bit less is Almaden (choice of Cabernet, Merlot, Riesling and Gewuertstraminer) (around R$12) and the cheapest, still good for "daily use" is Saint Germain (assemblage, red and white) for around R$9.

 

 

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Thanks for the tips Maarten! I'll keep an eye out for these...
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By far Saint Germain (assemblage, red and white) for around R$9 as noted by Maarten is the best buy.  St. Germain Merlot is my favorite for drinking a glass everyday.  Brazilians, in general, don't like seco (dry) wines, but mostly suave or sweet. 

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote zappa Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 December 2006 at 21:15
So i'm not the only one with a wine problem in Brasil. After a little search,
i found two brazilian wines worth drinking: MIOLO and TERRA NOVA.
They're not super high class wines, but affordable and tasty (about 15 to
20 reais).
My other problem is cheese.... (although Minas is doing a good job)

But this is nothing compared to the brazilian tings I have to miss when I
am in Belgium.
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Brazilian wines are known by the locals as "ox blood".  Drink at your displeasure.

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Well there's actually a brand known as "Ox blood" so I assume it's more tongue in cheek. It's actually not so awful, in that at least it doesn't burn your throat. It's just very sweet, but not a real wine in that sense.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote MonicaB Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 December 2006 at 09:13
Ha ha ha Sangue the Boi as Russel said is a brand of very cheap "wine". Actually to call it wine is a little bit far fetched... I would call a beverage made of a mix of food coloring, sugar and alcohol.

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Well there's actually a brand known as "Ox blood"

Thanks Russell... I missed the reference on this. 

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