… Pick up!
But seriously– come visit C² in Petrolina.
This Holiday season, I had the immense pleasure of hosting my dad, William, and twin brother, Nathaniel for a weekend. As I approach year two of life in Petrolina, Pernambuco, they came to see what the hype was all about. Should you, too, choose to venture into the Sertão, which I highly recommend you do, here are some places you may go and people you may see.
In the morning I’ll make you breakfast and you can drink out of my special mug.
We can head to the São Francisco river, where you will get your first introduction to bode, the Portuguese word for goat.
We’ll take a ferry-boat to a near-by island, Rodeadouro, to spend the morning cooling off and eating delicious river fish.
… and sunning our you-know-whats.
In the afternoon we can have a churrasco, a Brazilian BBQ, at my best friend Jeziel’s (pictured here) lovely home.
You can meet some of my closest friends.
And, if you are lucky, get an arrocha or forró— two regional dances– lessons with Petrolina’s finest teacher, Jessica!
The day after we could do a VIP tour with wine-specialist, Professor of Viticulture, and very dear friend of mine – Ana Paula Barros at a vineyard where she worked called Ouro Verde (Green Gold) in the state of Bahia.
Here in Petrolina is the only place in the world where you will see a variety of grapes growing with all four stages of development happening at the same time. Thirteen hours of sunlight and the year-round hot, dry, climate allow up to four harvests per year. The growth of grapes is at the complete whim of irrigation cycles and pruning, creating, as my brother noted, the perfect conditions for science experiments.
Wine science… yummmm.
Being with Ana Paula, we got to see the process every step of the way, from the growing to the aging…
…to the bottling
…to the best part, which is, of course, the tasting of innumerable distillates, liquors and wines all produced in the San Francisco Valley!
My personal Ouro Verde favorite is the brandy, a distillate of wine, that uses the Spanish mark Osborne, but is made right here in my back yard.
We make a quick stop at the hydroelectric dam in Sobradinho to see the impressive largest artificial lake in the Americas.
Then home, where after a tiring day of wine drinking, you will probably want to relax in my hammock with Chels’ and my lovechild – Liverpool (and the mosquito racket handy).
Em fim, we can say our até logos (see you laters) to Petrolina by eating mouth-watering goat at the bodoromo (the goat drome).
So, tempted to sojourn? You should be.
I can’t wait for you to visit!