Taste-Vin

Best Wine List in South America

Based in a two-storey house in the eastern Brazilian city of Belo Horizonte, Taste-Vin is one of South America’s finest exponents of French fine dining. Chef Rodrigo Fonseca is particularly noted for his soufflés—the menu features a dozen of his creations, along with a range of other French classics such as poisson en papillote, lapin à la moutarde, and confit de canard.

To match Fonseca’s impeccable Gallic cuisine, the Taste-Vin wine list is inevitably strong in French wine, with the big-hitters of Bordeaux, Burgundy, and the Rhône (including many old and rare vintages), supplemented by choices from Alsace, Corsica, the Jura, the Loire, the Languedoc-Roussillon, and the South West.

As impressive as the French collection is, however, what really caught the attention of the judges at the World’s Best Wine Lists awards—and what moved them to award Taste-Vin the prize for Best Wine List in South America—is the way it places those classic French wines in the context of intelligent picks from all over the world.

South America is particularly well represented, both by a small set of domestic and Uruguayan wines and, more comprehensively, in choices from Argentina and Chile. But there are deep selections from Italy, Portugal, Spain, and New Zealand, too, in a list that has been chosen with imagination and care.