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September 02, 2008


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Hi Phil, thanks for blogging my picture. I took it at a Rosa Cha fashion show sponsored by Leblon. The caipirinhas were excellent:

I agree cachaça and caipirinha could have as bright a future here as tequila and margaritas. Speaking of which, I've never had a frozen caipirinha, I wonder what that's like?

We've got a few contacts/friends in common, including Leah Jones. Please let me know if you're ever in Miami.

By the way, I'm jealous you went to Brazil, I'm hoping to visit my family there in a couple of months ;)

-Alex @alexdc, @startpr

Hi Phil,
I know that you live in US but I am proud to tell you that Cachaça Leblon is recently available in Québec, Canada as well!
I just discovered it and I love it soooo much!!!
Caipirinha = so simple to make and so flavorful!
Since, I tried different brand and Leblon is definitively the best one, even in cocktails!

Thank you for sharing your experiences with us!



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About Cachaçagora

  • Hi. My name is Phil Gomes. By day, I work at a public relations firm as its senior vice president of digital integration. I'm a proud SF East Bay native who currently lives in Chicago.

    I was introduced to cachaça by my wife, a Carioca. Her mom, in turn, is the president of the Confraria de Cachaça do Copo Furado, a group that meets monthly to talk about Brazil's indigenous spirit. I participated in one of their meetings when I vacationed in Rio in July 2008.

    This started me thinking about the basic question of whether cachaça in the U.S. is today where, say, tequila was some decades ago.

    So I decided to start this blog as a means to record and share the cachaça-related items I've been seeing day-to-day. I hope to be sharing recipes, impressions, and random thoughts as the U.S. continues to catch on to the potential for this particular spirit.

    Oh... The name? "Cachaçagora" is a portmanteau of "Cachaça" and "agora", which is the Portuguese word for "now". In Greek, "agora" also means public square. I hope to meet the expectations of both.


    cachacagora~~ at~~ gmail~~ dot~~ com

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