Monday, February 25, 2008

"Viñas de Camou" wines from Chateau Camou

In the classic style of the wines of Bordeaux, the Sauvignon Blanc wines have been fermented 100% in new French Oak Barrels (225 lts Seguin Moreau) for 12 months. Yellow green in color, great transparency and brightness, tropical fruit (passion fruit, guava, apple, peach, melon). Citrus and toasted oak aromas provide a character with great balance, unctuous body and a nice fresh evolution followed by a long aftertaste.

The micro-climate, the sandy-clay soil of Cañada del Trigo, as well as the mixing of 60 year old vines with young ones from the variety of Chardonnay produce this great wine. Made in the most traditional way, fermentation in new French barrels (225 lts Seguin Moreau) during nine months. Golden - Yellow in color, clean and brilliant. Delicate aroma of tropical fruits, peach, butter, honey and toasted oak, a complex and balanced flavor; oily body and a long - lasting aftertaste.

Wines and Wine Tastings - Sancho Panza Wine Bistro and Jazz Club - Cabo San Lucas

The following are some of the wineries that we carry when available. (Product availability is one of the aspects that make our lifestyle here in our ocean side desert paradise of Cabo San Lucas more interesting, and our selection of wine is no exception. Therefore, our wine list is constantly evolving. This list is only a sampling of wineries we carry. At any time there may be more or fewer wineries in stock for your enjoyment.)
A note to our wine loving friends: You are entitled to bring 3 liters (or four 750 ml bottles) of wine or alcohol into Mexico duty free.

We are adding a page to chronicle your winery memories. We want to share all of our travels through the world of wine with other wine lovers. If you have any special wine notes, winery experiences, or wine events that you would like to share with us please email us your comments, notes, and we will include them here for all of us to enjoy.

Mexican wines:
Chateau Camou
Flor de Guadalupe
Monte Xanic

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Searching wine from Mogor Badan


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Thursday, February 14, 2008

Mexican Wine in Chicago, by Oscar P Chavez

We have wine from Cavas Valmar and Vinisterra:

  • Cavas Valmar, Chenin Blanc 2000 $ 15.99
  • Cavas Valmar, Tempranillo 2005 $ 16.99
  • Cavas Valmar, Cabernet Sauvignon 2003 $ 20.99
  • Cavas Valmar, Cabernet Sauvignon 1999 $ 21.99
  • Vinisterra, Cabernet-Merlot 2003 $ 25.99
  • Vinisterra, Tempranillo 2004$ 25.99

Please contact Oscar Chavez at 630-640-0247 or


Vinisterra mexican winery and their Macouzet range

How to get there ?

Vinisterra winery is a great spot to start wine tasting and is located on the west end of Guadalupe Valley in the village of San Antonio de las Minas at Km 94.5 off Highway 3. If you are coming from Ensenada, turn to the right in the center of this small village onto Calle Benito Juarez. Follow the only paved road in town thru the fifth stop sign and continue about 500 yards to the first left turn, go about 1/4 mile and turn right at the stop sign. The winery is ahead about 200 yards on the right side. Open Saturdays from 11:00 a.m to 4:30 and Sundays 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Abelardo and Patricia Macouzet Rodriguez manage the winery and host the tasting room. Arrangements can be made for private tasting, large tour groups and special events. For information please call 646-178-3350 email:

What mexican wines to taste there ?
Try their Macouzet Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot blend, aged 30 percent in new French oak for 18 months with one year and six months bottle aging. Garnet color with aromas of ripe red berries with velvety balanced flavors. The end result is a soft, smooth wine with light hint of wood, ripe fruit, medium acidity, mid-soft tannins and good structure. Their Tempranillo is an outstanding wine aged 40 percent in new American oak with almost two years bottle aging. Dark ruby color with aromas of black cherry, vanilla and a hint of oak. Flavors of black stone fruit mix with good mid-mouth mild tannins, good acidity with a balanced finish. Rated 84 points in Copenhagen competition. This winery is one of the "best" wine producers in Mexico!

Mexican wines from Pedro Domecq

White wines from Pedro Domecq

Domecq’s 2006 XA Blanc de Blancs made from Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay and Riesling was the “value” find of the trip. It was slightly buttery on the palate with hints of apricot and honey. The finish had just enough acidity so that it wasn’t cloying. Widely available, it only costs $18 in most restaurants, and it is often available in a half bottle (for a little less than half the price).

The reds from Pedro Domecq

The 2003 XA Cabernet Sauvignon is like the dozens of average Cabs you see from Chile. Medium bodied, it has flavors of lush ripe red berries with soft tannins. In all, it is a flabby but very drinkable wine for only $20. Moving up the quality scale is the 2003 Chateau Domecq Cosecha Seleccionada. This wine is round and supple with flavors of wild berries. Made from a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Niebbelo, it is a better deal at $23; I only saw it twice on the wine lists however.

In what I tasted from Pedro Domecq, the 2005 Reserva Real was by far the best. Made from Merlot and Petit Syrah, the wine has a burnt cherry taste with firm tannins. We definitely drank this one too young, but, at $26 a bottle, it did not hurt the pocketbook.

Three fine Mexican Wineries

Bodegas Santo Tomás

Established in 1938, Bodegas Santo Tomás was Mexico’s first commercial winery. It is also one of the largest and has a wide range of products. You are more likely to find the “reserves” in the U.S. and, if you’re lucky, the prized Unicos, which is a blend of cabernet sauvignon and merlot. The wines are varietally correct — i.e., the cab tastes0 like cab — and can give some California wines a run for the money. Reserves are about $15 to $20.

Château Camou

Chateau Camou in the Guadalupe Valley is one of the easier Mexican producers to find in California. Michel Rolland, the traveling French oenologist, consulted here for a while. Chateau Camou has three labels: Château Camou, Flor de Guadalupe and Vinas de Camou. The Flor de Guadalupe Zinfandel ($18) has been surprisingly good in the past, but look for a vintage that is fairly young, as this wine does not age very well. The Gran Vino Tinto Merlot ($30) is also worth seeking.

Monte Xanic

Monte Xanic, also in the Guadalupe Valley, is rumored to be former Mexican President Vincente Fox’s favorite Mexican winery, whatever that means. I often enjoy the Vina Kristel, an inexpensive sauvignon blanc/semillon blend ($12). The winery is also known for their Bordeaux-style red blends.

More information about Mexican wineries ?

Monday, February 04, 2008

Buy Mexican wines

Dear visitor,

It is sometimes hard for us to know precisely where you live and thus where you want to buy Mexican wines. A special webpage (see indication underneath) gives you already some hints.
On other pages of our the Mexican wines' website you will also find more usefull information.

The wineclubs in Mexico mostly have a wine shop or a sales activity that can be of your interest. Look here for a complete list of them.

Another way to get Mexican wine is contacting each individual winery in Mexico. You will find their complete contact data (addresses, phones, e-mail etc) on this webpage.

And if you visit (or live in) the city of Guadelajara, Jalisco in Mexico, we advise you to have a look at the shop 'Sommelier Vinos Finos & Accesorios'.

Visiting Mexican wineries in Baja California Norte

The following is a partial list of Mexico's wineries, many of which conduct tours:

Monte Xanic:

Located near the town of Zarco, 25 miles northeast of Ensenada, this winery is less than two decades old, but has quickly gained a reputation as one of Mexico's finest and is credited with putting the country's wine on the map. The winery produces three lines: Monte Xanic, Calixa and the Gran Ricardo, which has a limited production of 1,500 bottles and is only bottled in Magnums. The winery has received many awards, among them a bronze medal at the 2000 Challenge International du Vin in Blaye-Bourg, France for the 1998 Monte Xanic Chardonnay. The 1995 Monte Xanic Cabernet Sauvignon received a Gold Medal and the Civart Prix d'Excellence in the 1998 challenge. For more information, call (011-52-555) 545-1111 or visit

Chateau Camou:

Inspired by what he saw in the Monte Xanic winery, Ernesto Alvarez-Murphy Camou took his mother's maiden name, bought 1000 acres in 1995 and created Chateau Camou. Like Monte Xanic, Chateau Camou aims at creating top-quality wines and is considered one of Mexico's most modern and sophisticated wineries. It is best known for El Gran Vino Tinto, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. The 1995 vintage won a silver medal in the 1998 Challenge International du Vin in Bordeax, France and the 1997 vintage picked up a silver medal at the 2000 Concours Mondial de Bruxelles in Belgium and a gold medal at the 2000 Wines of the Americas fair in Los Angeles. Chateau Camou offers tours Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. until noon for US$3. For more information, call (011-52-646) 177-3303 or visit

Casa de Piedra:

This discreet vineyard, located at Km 93.5 in the valley of San Antonio de Las Minas, is considered by some as Mexico's most innovative and ground-breaking winery. Its red Vino de Piedra and white Piedra de Sol are considered among the best wines in Mexico. They are exclusive, expensive and hard to find, but many who have tried them say it's worth it. For more information, call (011-52-646) 155-3097 or visit

Bodegas Santo Tomas:

Open since 1888, this winery has been producing wine longer than any other winery in Mexico. It is best known for having joined California's Wente Vineyard to produce Duetto, a 50-50 Santo Tomas/Wente blend. It is also known for its Santo Tomás Reserva Unico. The winery is open daily from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call (011-52-646) 178-3333 or visit

A great way to get to know these wineries and others is to attend the Vintage Festival (Fiesta de la Vendimia) in Ensenada, Baja California Norte, which takes places in August every year. The festival's wide variety of attractions-including wine tastings and contests, winery tours, fishing tournaments, cook-offs, gourmet food and concerts-are sponsored, organized or subsidized by area wineries. For further information about the events, contact the Winemakers Association (Asociacion de Vinicultores) at (646) 178-3038/3136 or 175-7233, e-mail or

Source: Mexican Tourism Board