About Camila Xavier
“I grew up in Brazil and, similarly to Europe, wine was always present at our table. I moved to New York in 2001 and started working with wine as a PR and events coordinator shortly after graduating college 7 years ago. After taking a class at the International Wine Center to learn a bit more about wine, I felt in love with all the history and science that comes along with studying it, and I haven’t stopped ever since.
I am currently in the WSET diploma program and have become a insufferable wine geek, always trying to understand particular soils, climate, yeasts, grape varieties, etc. I joined Palm Bay International two years ago as a PR Manager and have loved every minute of it. I feel incredibly lucky to work with such great winemakers and represent such esteemed brands.”
Camila’s 5 Wines to Enjoy
One white wine under $20 and widely available in the US:
- Santa Rita Reserva Sauvignon Blanc
The grapes for this wine come from the Casablanca Valley in Chile where the cooler climate results in wines of great freshness. It is also super food-friendly, and I usually pair it with seafood or chicken.
One red wine under $20 and widely available in the US:
- Sella & Mosca Cannonau di Sardegna
Sella & Mosca’s Cannonau di Sardegna has such beautiful complexity with earthy aromas and notes of plums. I like to close my eyes and imagine that I am sitting by the sea in Sardegna while I enjoy a glass at the end of the day.
One splurge (whatever splurge might mean to you):
- Giulio Ferrari Brut
The ultimate expression of Traditional Metodo Classico sparkling wine. It has delicate yet incredibly intense aromas of honey, vanilla and brioche; on the palate, it is rich and elegant with a finish that just keeps going.
And two others of her own choosing (these may be either easy or hard to find):
- Planeta Carricante
A bit more exotic, this 100% Carricante from Planeta shows all the potential of Mount Etna’s rich mineral soils. It is fresh and mineral with notes of green apple accented by mint and white flowers.
- Faustino I Gran Reserva
Rioja’s Gran Reservas make me understand why it is worth waiting for a wine to age. I recently had a 1964 Faustino I Gran Reserva that was still so full of life, it left me speechless. The more recent vintages are also great food wines. Its cedar and leather notes make it an ideal pairing for roasted meats.
Have you enjoyed any of these wines? Do any sound interesting to you? Tell us what you think…