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Brazil’s Under-the-Radar Sparkling Wine Is a Big Bargain, Too

If you didn’t know that the land of steak and samba also makes excellent wines, it’s high time to find out.

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True story: When former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva served France’s Nicolas Sarkozy a glass of Casa Valduga’s Brazilian sparkling wine, Sarkozy complimented his choice of Champagne. (Awkward.)

The seductions of Serra Gaúcha, the southern wine region where it was made, are pure Brazil—parrots and waterfalls, soccer matches, tangy caipirinhas, sizzling churrasco—but with this big surprise. It’s an oasis of bright, vivacious, festive bubbly, with chardonnay playing a starring role.