Sunday, 20 June 2010

World Cup Wines. The full list, including Palm, Pineapple and Plum

Every country competing in the football World Cup has something to offer the wine lover. Of course, it may be an offer too good to refuse, or an offer you can't refuse, even if it's something quite unexpected, unusual or virtually undrinkable. 

Here's my full alphabetical list of suggestions of wine styles that might be thought representative of all the competing nations if the World Cup was a World Cup of Wines:

Algeria: Look for the wines of Robert Skalli. Bit of a cheat this - Algerian descent.
Argentina: Malbec.
Australia: Chardonnay - pumped and blowsy, often over oaked and nowadays overlooked.
Brazil: Miolo Alisios do Seival Tempranillo/Touriga Campanha shows what Brazil can do.
Chile: Carmenère - the ancient grape of Bordeaux, previously thought extinct.
Cameroon: Palm wine from palm wine capital, Batibo.
Côte d'Ivoire: Palm wine.
Denmark: Skærsøgaard Vin Don's Cuvée sparkling wine wins prizes.
England: Ridgeview Sparkling wine.
France: Madiran - see Uruguay below.
Germany: Riesling.
Ghana: Palm wine.
Greece: Retsina.
Holland: Campsite wine.
Honduras: Imperial or Port Royal Gold Reserve (OK, I know they're both beers).
Italy: Chianti is as unpredictable as the Italians, drink with food.
Japan: Koshu is white wine made from the eponymous light purple native grape.
Mexico: Cabernet Sauvignon is what the Mexicans do best, Tequila aside. 
New Zealand: Sauvignon Blanc.
Nigeria: Pineapple wine - with a bouquet of pineapple, apparently.
North Korea: Korean Plum wine, made from the Japanese apricot.
Paraguay: 'Par'  is red wine & cola. Lovely?
Portugal: Tinta Roriz is Portuguese Tempranillo.
Serbia: Prokupac.
Slovakia: Tokaj.
Slovenia: Rebula.
South Africa: Pinotage.
South Korea: Cheongju is clear Korean Saké, or rice wine
Spain: Rioja.
Switzerland: Amigne.
United States: Zinfandel, without blushing.
Uruguay: Tannat. How Madiran (see France above - currently receiving footballing lessons too) could be.

For a full run down please see my preceding articles in the above archive and do keep coming back for specific recommendations as the contest progresses. 

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1 comment:

  1. Valpolicella I find better than a Chianti, but I like Chianti in Italian


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