South American Cuisine and Complementary Wines
Each region of the world has its own unique cuisine that is often formed by historical culture and geographical location. And for every dish, there is also a preferred selection of wine that adequately complements the dish.
People in the northern region of Brazil cook tacacs no tucupi; a mixture of pasta and cassava flour with sauce, dried shrimps, and jumbo. White wines like Chardonnay and Sauvignon go hand in hand with this dish.
In the west region of Brazil, people cook lombo de porko, basically a fried pork fillet and jakar that is made with alligator meat. The exquisite flavors of this meal can be further enhanced with the pairing of red wines like Merlot or Cabernet.
Meat in South America is often cooked with a large amount of olive oil, an ingredient that is common in many salads as well. Brazilian dishes are very sharp and salty, which is normal in regions with a hot climate.
Feijoada is a national dish of Brazil and is one of the most popular dishes in all of South America. The amazing taste of this dish was praised by the Brazilian poet Vinicius de Morais. Feijoada is prepared from beans, various types of meat, spices, and cassava flour; it is served with cabbage, orange slices, pepper sauce, and rice. This national dish was invented three hundred years ago by slaves who mixed their master's dinner together, which consisted of black beans and pieces of pork. As time progressed, the Portuguese added more ingredients like sausages to this dish. Feijoada can be complemented with light red wines such as Pinot Noir or Zweigelt.
Among the meat dishes in South America, it is very easy to distinguish churrasco as the most popular. It's traditionally seasoned with tomato, onion, pepper, vinegar, olive oil, and salt sauce, and cooked on sticks like a kebab. This rich and tasteful dish will suit Carménère wine very well.
On the more exotic side of South American cuisine is Sarapatel, a which is the liver or heart of a pig, cooked with tomatoes, peppers, onions, and the fresh blood of animals. This savory meal goes perfectly with Riesling and Gruner white wines.
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