Friday, March 1, 2013
Wine exists in Brasil and they have some nice wines from the center of Santa Catarina state. You can find a very good producer of wine on the drive from Jaragua do Sul to Barra Velha called Sinuelo. They have the traditional sweet red wine from the muscadine grape, which I do not prefer, but they also have some very good dry red and white wines. Some of the better restaurants in larger cities such as Curitiba (Coo-ri-chi-bah) will offer wines from Argentina and Chile, both of which are a bit superior to Brasilian wines.
As for beer (cerveja--sir-veh-zha), it comes very cold and in very big bottles--600 ml. Brasilians will get quite annoyed if their beer is not cold, cold, cold. In fact, the beer coolers in Brasil have a display on the outside of the door indicating the inside temperature of the cooler so everyone can see that the beer inside is cold. Everyone drinks beer in Brasil from kids to seniors. No wonder the Oktoberfest in Blumenau is the second largest in the world, coming in slightly behind Germany's. See my post on Blumenau if you want to check out exactly how big that festival is.