Welcome to Brazil ... and not just for footie

Now that the FIFA World Cup (June 12 - July 13) has started, footie fans should try quenching their thirst with some of these.


The official champagne of the FIFA World Cup, Taittinger, has a limited edition souvenir bottle of Taittinger Brut Reserve NV (£38.99, Waitrose), in a gift box with balls of bubbles and the winners’ trophy. Generously fruity, with 40% chardonnay for minerally overtones, it’s light, lively and fresh.


A sugar cane-based Brazilian spirit that’s sweet and fruity with honeycomb notes, cachaca (pronounced ka-SHAH-sa) is the power house behind a caipirinha (kai-pur-EEN-ya) cocktail, the national drink of Brazil. Typically fresh with light grassy notes, Abelha Organic Silver Cachaca ( £25, 70cl, 39% abv, Marks & Spencer) is a good all-rounder. It is easier on the palate than some with a complex, sweet nose and whiff of coconut.


Limited Edition Absolut Rio vodka (£24.50, Sainsbury’s) is dedicated to the people of Rio de Janeiro, and the combination of tropical orange, mango and passion fruit will stir the taste buds in a V&T.


An exotic alternative to prosecco, Coconova Brut NV, Vale do Rio Sao Francisco, Brazil (£8.99, Marks & Spencer) is a blend of sauvignon blanc, chenin blanc and verdejo grapes from a semi-tropical vineyard surrounded by mango and coconut trees.


A sweet sparkling fizz that’s lower in alcohol but still manages to taste fresh, fruity and grapey, i heart Brasil Sparking Moscato, Brazil (£9.99, 8.5%, Tesco) should be served well chilled and makes the perfect partner with summer pudding.