Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Discover the 2005 Barón Balch'é Reserva Especial

The Roommate doesn't drink, but she was kind enough to snag me a bottle of Mexican wine during a summer trip to Cancún. I told her, "I don't really care what it is, I just want to be able to say I've tasted a Mexican wine." She found a shop with a helpful proprietor. To use a baseball metaphor, I was expecting a foul ball or perhaps a single. Instead, The Roommate knocked it out of the park.

The wine she got was the 2005 Barón Balch'é Reserva Especial from the Valle de Guadalupe in Baja California, Mexico (just south of the US border). This is a beautifully restrained 12% abv--it drinks like silk. I've had similar low alcohol wines from places like Israel and Turkey, which runs counter to the conventional wisdom that the closer you get to the equator, the higher the alcohol must be.

Article continues here: http://wine-by-benito.blogspot.com/2009/09/2005-bar-balch-reserva-especial.html

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Tasting Mexican wines

Hey guys, sorry for getting back so late with another wine blog. Recently, I had the pleasure of attending the wine tasting of some of northern Mexico’s wines. I found a couple excellent choices. A chenin blanc, and a petit syrah.The first being a Chenin Blanc is from the winery of Santo Tomas. A refreshing wine with citrus notes, a refreshing bouquet, and pale wheat in colour. The taste is refreshing on the palate, and posesses a delightful finish. This wine would be great pared with Coquilles St. Jacques, any light white fish.

Article continues here: http://wineandfood.wordpress.com/2009/04/07/mexican-wines/

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Laboratorio gastronomico de Vino Club en Mexico

Preparando una nueva galería. "1er laboratorio gastronómico de interacción entre el vino mexicano y la gastronomia de vanguardia" en www.vinoclub.com.mx

Puerto Vallarta real estate offers the best of Mexican boutique wines

Puerto Vallarta real estate offers incredible variety when it comes to food. In addition to many other options, this city is well known for its place that it holds in the world of high cuisine. A part of this culture is the fine selection of wine which Puerto Vallarta offers. Not only does Puerto Vallarta offer its residents the best selection of wine from around the world, but it also offers the finest selection of Mexican “boutique” wines, coming from Baja California.

Article continues here: http://www.alanbolen.com/?p=14473

Mexican wines on Wikipedia

Mexican wine has a distinguished history. Mexico is the oldest wine-making region in the Americas:[citation needed] production began in 1597 when Spanish missionaries and settlers came across the gifted Parras valley in what is now the northern state of Coahuila, where they found abundant water and profusion of native vines. Today, the Valle de Parras in Coahuila is the country's second larger wine-making region after the Valle de Guadalupe in Baja California. Although it is mostly produced and consumed in Northern Mexico, the wine industry in Mexico is believed to be one of the world's fastest growing in the next years, however is still limited and less consumed in the Central and Southern Mexican states, where the wine industry never had the same success than in the northern part of the country.

There are several Mexican wines which have achieved important international recognitions and received medals for their outstanding quality, such as Santo Tomás, Monte Xanic, L.A. Cetto, Chateau Camou and Vinos Casa de Piedra.

Article continues here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mexican_wine

Greetings from California,

My parents recently visited a winery for the wine festival a few weeks ago. They loved it and really want me to visit. I live in Humboldt County in Northern California. We are a small community with a few local wineries and the giant Redwood Trees. I love wine and visit every winery I can in California--Both Napa and Sonoma Counties are very close by.

My mother also mentioned the dinner served to everyone. I am really excited and can not wait. My only concern are the Styrofoam cups that were given to my parents to drink wine out of--yuck. I am hoping when I visit I am not drinking wine out of one of these cups but severed the proper way, one can not swirl the wine and smell the nose, look for legs, and taste it effervescence in a plastic cup. I would love to learn more about your wine club. I have yet to drink your wine. My mother has purchased a bottle for me and I cant wait. I am very happy to know that Mexico has been growing grapes overfive hundred years. Viva Mexico y la pan dulce!

Thank You,Lorena Perez