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Dear Dr. Vinny,
What do you think about Brazilian wines?
—Caio T., Belém, Brazil
Well, Wine Spectator focuses on wines that are available in the United States, and there aren't many Brazilian wines imported here. However, we recently reviewed two bottlings from a producer called Rio Sol that offered decent value. (Subscribers to Wine Spectator Online can view our Rio Sol tasting notes.) Here's a curious fact: the vineyard is located so close to the equator that they can actually pick grapes all year round, in a kind of continuous harvest.
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