In April we head across the Atlantic Ocean and for the very first time we focus solely on Brazil and Uruguay.
Brazil is the third most important producer in South America behind Argentina and Chile but the vast majority is consumed domestically.
Quality, however, has been on a steep upward curve since the 1990’s and export markets have started to develop. With a range of microclimates to choose from, Brazilian winemakers are finding success with Merlot, Chardonnay, Sauvignon and Pinot Noir as well as lesser known hybrid varieties.
Uruguay is the fourth biggest producer and already has a great reputation for Tannat. A substantial immigration from South West France in the 19th Century has developed a small but sophisticated wine producing culture with fresh whites and reds being the hallmark.
As ever, we will taste a bold selection of wines designed to showcase these two nations.
Be prepared for a surprisingly high level of quality.
Tim Syrad, who has 25 years experience of running wine tastings, runs Richmond Wine Society, which meets (generally) on the last Tuesday and Wednesday of the month at the Britannia Pub, Brewer’s Lane, Richmond. Tim is a fervent advocate that wine is to be enjoyed without snobbery. Whether you are a complete novice or an experienced taster, there will be plenty to learn and enjoy. Tim also runs the monthly Teddington Wine Society and hosts fine wine tastings and dinners in local restaurants.