A taste of the extremely limited 2012 Vinhedos Hood pinot noir (by Mario Geisse). Photo: © tablehopper.com.
Bom dia! Yup, someone has been going through all her notes and pictures from her visit to Brazil last year, and I am suddenly very thirsty for some Cave Geisse sparkling wine. Today’s issue brings you my mega report from touring the southern Brazilian wine country. Weekend reading for you?
I must confess, these kinds of recaps are hard to write—our hosts packed soooo much into each day, and then each tasting is a thing unto itself (some wineries poured us 15 wines at a time). It’s intense. You want to do justice to all the places you visited and wines you tasted, and many people are unfamiliar with wine from Brazil (as I was), but distillation is the name of the game here. I hope my piece helps pique some interest! It’s such a cool area to explore, with fascinating heritage, great people, a number of fantastic wines, and a lot of promise. And I hope you have some wine in your near future/within reach, because my piece may make you a bit thirsty. Five o’clock is mighty close. Oh, and I’ll be posting my recap of my visit to Fortaleza and to gorgeous Rio next!
Meanwhile, I continue to be totally, grossly sick. As I sit here sniffling over my spicy tonic and sausage and greens soup (I’m working my way through Julia Della Croce’s Italian Home Cooking this week), I am reminded of the amazing cappelletti in brodo I had during my time in southern Brazil. Such a restorative soup. So good.
Since all I want this week is soup, soup, soup, I was inspired to write this piece for 7x7.com on my six favorite spicy soups in San Francisco. I hope it helps, my fellow snifflers! And feel free to add your own faves to the comments, we could always use more to try!