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Wine Flush? No, I Am Just Drinking Faces Red, The Official Wine Of 2014 FIFA World Cup™! What a kick-off!

The boutique winery Lidio Carraro has been chosen by FIFA t produce the official wine of the 2014 World Cup .
The name of the wine is “ Faces ” to reflect the diversity and many faces of the Brazilian people: many faces,
in one heart. As a result, no single-varietal wines for Faces whether it is “ branco” (white) , “ pink” (rosé) or “ tinto” (red ) .
The white Faces is a blend of Chardonnay, Italian Riesling, and Moscato, whilst the rosé is a combination of Pinot Noir, Merlot and Touriga Nacional.
Touriga Nacional is considered by many to be Portugal’s finest red wine grape and one of the five traditional port grape varieties.

What draws the most attention is the red Faces .
To make Faces Tinto, the young Italo-Brazilian winemaker Monica Ros s etti assembled a team of 11 kind of grapes, just as you find 11 players in the field. She followed the tactical “tática” formation used in soccer today, 4-4-2:
- 4 defenders: Tannat, Nebbiolo, Alicante Bouschet and Ancellotta
- 4 strong midfielders: Tempranillo, Pinot Noir, Teroldego and Touriga Nacional.
- 2 robust attackers: Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon (28% and 22% respectively)

and the goal keeper is Malbec.

You can play this fun interactive game on their website and line up Your Team according to the characteristics of each grape here (click on YOUR TEAM).

Faces wines are made in Serra Gaúcha (Gaucho Hills), the main area of production of quality wines in Brazil, located in the southern state of Rio Grande do Sul, along the Uruguayan and Argentinian borders. Vines there are the El Dorado, an open “gold mine” for a region that produces about 85% of Brazilian wines. The terroir benefits from the basaltic soil and humid temperate climate of Serra Gaúcha, with mild evenings, which favor the cultivation of grapes with strong character.

Serra Gaúcha is nicknamed “Little Italy” because many Italians immigrants settled there in the mid-19th Century like the Carraro family who originally came from Venice. Lidio Carraro was founded in 1998 and the winery started producing its first wines in 2002. Lidio is the fifth generation of Carraro grape growers.

For the 2014 World Cup, Lidio Carraro had to produce 600,000 bottles, far more than their usual 200,000 bottles produced each year. The winery had to purchase additional grapes from selected partners. A challenge that South African Nederburg wine estate did not have when they were selected by FIFA in 2010: they produce 20 million bottles annually. Interestingly, the Lidio Carraro winery does not use any oak for aging, just stainless steel to allow maximum expression of the grape with minimum interference.

Now, is the result matching Sunday’s game between France and Honduras? Probably not, as France played so well with a 3-0 victory over Honduras proved robust team. I did not taste Faces yet, but this is what Alexis Goujard wine taster and writer for La Revue du Vin de France has to say: “The attack is fairly straightforward and willowy, the middle is vivacious and tonic, but things go wrong on the back end with defenders who should be more active to gain in brightness and energy”. He still recommends Faces red as a good companion with pizza while enjoying the World Cup soccer games with friends.

In any case, let’s raise a glass of “Faces” and let the wine go to your face. Now we know that Brazil is not just the land of beers and caipirinhas. Wines can be included in our list of fantastic reasons to visit Brazil. Whether you have an old world palate or you prefer new world wines, get ready for the unexpected. Brazilian wines are the perfect fusion of old and new world wines according to Patrica Carraro!

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Lidio Carraro Vinícola Boutique Estrada do Vinho, RS 444, Km 21
Linha 40 da Leopoldina, Vale dos Vinhedos
Bento Gonçalves - RS - Brasil

+55 54 2105 2555

Lidio Carraro Vinícola Boutique - Estrada do Vinho, RS 444, Km 21 - Linha 40 da Leopoldina, Vale dos Vinhedos, Bento Gonçalves - RS - Brasil
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