For the World Cup, fill your cup with South American wines

 

Our wine guy recommends nine south-of-the-border wines to try. 

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By Fred Tasker | FredTaskerWine@gmail.com

U.S. foodies love wines from South America. We think of them as rich, fruity, friendly to our palates and pocketbooks.

With the World Cup upon us, you might expect to find some hearty red Brazilian wines. But they’re hard to come by in South Florida. Most Brazilian restaurants instead carry big reds from Chile and Argentina.

That’s about to change. Brazil is making a major push to export more of its wines. Importer Vinicola Perini has Brazilian wines at Global Liquors in Miami, Bistro Mezzaluna in Fort Lauderdale and elsewhere. Café Boulud in Palm Beach is holding a Brazilian Wine Dinner on June 26, featuring cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc and merlot ($75 a person; 561-655-6060).

Here are nine South American bottles to try. For more on the continent's wines, see the full column at MiamiHerald.com

Argentina

• 2010 Trapiche “Finca de Escobar” Malbec, Mendoza: soft and lush and intensely fruity, with aromas and flavors of black cherries, mocha and mint; $50. (Highly recommended)

• 2013 Alamos Torrontés, Salta: floral aromas, flavors of lychees and white peaches, crisp and light; $13. (Recommended)

• 2013 Alamos Cabernet Sauvignon, Mendoza: aromas and flavors of black cherries, dark chocolate and herbs; $13. (Recommended)

Chile

• 2012 Santa Rita “Medalla Real” Chardonnay, Leyda Valley: hint of oak, aromas and flavors of citrus and vanilla, lush fruit; $18. (Highly recommended)

• 2009 Santa Rita “Medalla Real” Cabernet Sauvignon, Maipo Valley: (95 percent cabernet sauvignon, 5 percent cabernet franc): hint of oak, aromas and flavors of black cherries, vanilla and spice; $20. (Recommended)

• 2012 Concha y Toro “Casillero del Diablo” Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva, Central Valley: toasty oak, aromas and flavors of black plums and spice, hearty and full-bodied; $11. (Recommended)

Uruguay

• 2012 Bodega Garzón Tannat: powerful and aromatic, with flavors of red raspberries and bittersweet chocolate; $20. (Highly Recommended)

• 2013 Bodega Garzón Albariño: steely and lean, with floral aromas and citrus flavors; $17. (Recommended)

• 2013 Bodega Garzón Sauvignon Blanc: crisp and lively, with aromas and flavors of white grapefruit; $17. (Recommended)

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