Thursday, August 24, 2006

Baja California Mexico Wine Tour



9 hours
Starting from USD $75.00 per person

Commences: San Diego, CaliforniaDeparting from San Diego, this tour is the perfect one day weekend getaway tour. Anticipate a wine and culinary adventure that will take you to new heights on how Baja California wine is made and produced in the beautiful Valle de Guadalupe, north of Ensenada, Baja California Mexico. Visit famous wineries Domeq and L.A. Cetto and afterwards, travel into the city of Ensenada and enjoy a Mexican inspired lunch.

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Friday, August 18, 2006

Mexico's 'boutique wine' renaissance



The school band practises noisily outdoors in the sleepy town of Porvenir, where olive trees line the dusty roads.

By Matthew Wells In Baja California, Mexico

Some people are calling the place the "next Napa valley"Directly opposite, there is a school of a different kind, where locals are learning the true value of the grape vines that festoon the landscape in the beautiful but rugged Valley of Guadalupe.

Wine arrived in Baja along with the Spanish colonial-era priests.
But the collapse of trade barriers since the late 1980s, opened up Mexico's small wine industry to foreign competition, and the market began to wither.
Some wild enthusiasts are calling this place the "next Napa Valley" - a reference to the hugely profitable centre of the Californian wine business.
But though the climate is similar, locals are unconvinced it can ever attain that growth, or whether they even want it to.

"The wine industry is going through a renaissance in Mexico," says Don Miller, one of the few foreign wine-makers in the area, who has moved lock, stock and barrel to Baja.
Boutique wineries
This former Californian banker runs an upmarket inn and equestrian centre, alongside his large winery.

But the more profound development is happening on a smaller-level: through the wine school.
If this region were to have no problems with water, without a doubt we would be growing 10 times faster

Josef BackhoffMonte Xanic winery
There is a realisation that micro-managed, boutique wineries can make a profit and draw discerning tourists to the area.
"You can see 20 people making wine here on any particular day," says Phil Gregory, who has just started to enjoy the heady flavours of his first mini-harvest, down at the school.
Local schoolteacher Juan Carlos Bravo was one of several small-scale producers who brought some of his latest crop along to a tasting at Phil's newly-completed and locally crafted guest house.

Until he attended the wine school, Juan Carlos was going to tear-up his mature Carignan vines. Now he will produce around 7,000 bottles of wine this year instead.
The best known organic producer in the valley is Dona Lupe, whose grapes nestle alongside the country's largest winery, LA Cetto - which even has its own bullring for special festivals.

The article continues here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/4555238.stm

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Winery tour at Chateau Camou, Baja California


Discover at Chateau Camou, a premium Mexican Winery, situated in Baja California different winery tours:

A) CLARET: tour the winery (25-30 min), wine tasting at the end of the tour (3 wines from our “flor de guadlaupe” label and 1 of our “chateau camou” label) . Keep the glass.

$ 5.00 USD ea.

B) BOREAUX: tour the winery (25-30 min), wine tasting at the end of the tour (3 wines from our “flor de guadlaupe” label , 2 of our “chateau camou” label and our dessert wine “el gran divino”). Keep the glass.

$ 10.00 USD ea.

C) MAGNUM*: tour with winemaker and/or owner. Tour the vineyards (15-20 mins), tour the winery with a comprehensive tasting of our wines, including barrel sampling (35-40 mins). Lunch at the end of the tour with your choice of paella, quails, ostrich or carne asada. (glass of wine included w/lunch)

$ 40.00 USD ea.

* FOR A MAGNUM TOUR, PLEASE MAKE RESERVATIONS. PAYMENT IN ADVANCE AND PARTIES OF TEN AS A MINIMUM, WILL BE REQUIERED.
** ALL PRICES ARE SUBJECT TO EXCHANGE RATES.

When can one visit Chateau Camou ?

BUSINESS HOURS
Monday - Saturday 8:00 a.m. 3:00 p.m.
Sunday 9:00 a.m. 2:00 p.m

More about this winery here: www.chateau-camou.com.mx

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Tasting Mexican wines in a good restaurant


El Gusto! Restaurant
Our cuisine is Mexican Gourmet with an international fusion. Our Chef has the highest of standards. Using the best of local organic produce , meats, and a myriad of the freshest seafood, it just doesn't get any better. There will also be a tapas menu available on the whale deck/sunset terrace.

El Gusto! is open:
Lunch: 11:30 - 15:30
Tapas Menu 15:30 - 18:00
Dinner: 18:00 - 21:00
(Closed Thursdays)

El Gusto Restaurant takes great pride in presenting you one of the most complete wine lists of Mexican wines. After a personal visit to the medium and smaller winemakers of Ensenada, all the wines presented have been individually selected with great care.

More info here: http://www.lapoza.com/menu_wine.html