According to the Wines of Brasil site, that country boasts more than 200,000 acres of vineyards and 1,100 wineries, mostly based on small farms in several regions: Serra Gaúcha; Campanha; Serra do Sudeste; Campos de Cima da Serra; Rio Grande do Sul; Planalto Catarinense, in Santa Catarina; and Vale do São Francisco, in the northeast of Brazil. However, the country's breakout wine -- and the one most likely to make its way to the United States -- could be the crisp, traditional method sparkling wines from the central Vale dos Vinhedos, such as Cave Geisse and Casa Valduga. The latter is available via www.wine-searcher.com.

-- J. Yadegaran, Staff


SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: Ivan Rakitic of Croatia tangles up with Ramires of Brazil in the second half during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group A
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: Ivan Rakitic of Croatia tangles up with Ramires of Brazil in the second half during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group A match between Brazil and Croatia at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)


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