Wednesday, October 26, 2011

The Essential Valle de Guadalupe food and wine!

It was another divine couple of days in Baja last weekend.The food, the wine, the people, the scenery.It has now been about 8 years or so since I've been traveling regularly to Tijuana, Ensesenada, and the Valle de Guadalupe.Occasionally Rosarito, and two trips driving all the way to Loreto.Much has changed.

I've also been in a couple of discourses on wine and food in the Valle de Guadalupe here and on the wine board in the past 7 months which got me to thinking recently,thanks ibstatguy and dnamj! "Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in" What is the Valle de Guadalupe and Mexican wine?This is the question that drives the restauranteurs, vintners,chilango wine enthusiasts, journalists,quesotraficos, tourists, and adventurers alike.In Polanco, it's about the boutique and cult Mexican wines.Do you have any Tres Mujeres?Casa de Piedra? For the American media it's Laja, Monte Xanic,Adobe Guadalupe, and Cetto.I mean, every article sends you to the same five places!

Currently, I count 34 wineries in the Valle de Guadalupe(Francisco Zarco,El Porvenir),San Antonio de Las Minas(sub apellation), Ensenada, Santo Tomas, and Ojos Negros.There are an equal number in development in the Valle according to my friend Steve Dryden(Baja Times wine writer/D.F. columnists), and there are people making table wines from their own backyards being sold in restaurants and shops.Yet, where does everyone go?Cetto, Domecq,Santo Tomas,Monte Xanic, Chateau Camou, or Adobe Guadalupe.Where do they eat?Laja.Where do they stay?Adobe Guadalupe or La Villa del Valle.The report, so-so wines, great meal at Laja, wine was expensive, brought my own, I can find better wines cheaper.....

There are good wines at these places, but not necessarily on the tastings.Cetto wines are usually the cheapest in a restaurant and a good value wine with dinner, but they do have better wines not on their tastings in a higher price range.Dona Lupe makes organic wines, but her real talent is in the amazing food products she makes not her wines, which are OK.The Camou tasting has a nice blanc de blancs and chardonnay, but the reds are their cheaper offerings, again their best wines aren't part of the tasting.The more expensive Camou and Xanic wines are not on the tastings and are more of a reflection of their potential.There are wineries just like this in California, and anywhere for that matter.

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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Looking for distributor of Mexican wine in the midwest United States?


I am looking for information on being a distributor of Mexican wine in the midwest United States. In particular, Illinois and Michigan. It is very hard, almost impossible to buy Mexican wines here. I am looking into how to become a distributor and if I can exclusively distribute Mexican wine. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

Mary Ann Mosele

Monday, October 24, 2011

looking for Casa Madero wine


An account of ours in Orange County, CA is looking for the Casa Madero Cabernet Sauvignon, Parras Valley, Mexico (any vintage)

Can you help me find the importer in the USA??


Thank you,

Christopher Coon
Branch Wine Manager- Orange County
Advanced Sommelier
949.226.2129 Cell
714.734.6424 Fax

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Videos about Mexican Wines and Wineries from Mexico on YouTube

Want know more about Mexican Wines without having to read long articles ? Like to look to YouTube videos in order to discover the Mexican Wineries ? Here you will find a lot of videos in Spanish on Youtube about Mexican wines and Wineries form Mexico :

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Amazing Mexican Wines......yeah, they're really good

I was just blind tasted and semi-quizzed on a few wines by a buddy of mine at the shop where I work. Imagine my surprise when after using up all five of my guesses (South Africa, South America, Paso Robles, Australia, and Canada) what he revealed??? Yeah, well you already read the title of the post....wines from our buddies down in Mexico. I don't actually know why I'm so blown away by the high quality of these wines. I mean, Mexico has been providing a large part of our really good quality produce here in the South West for decades or longer. Hell, California used to be part of Mexico.

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Friday, October 14, 2011

Day 29: Mexican Wines! – 30 favorite things about Mexico; September celebrations

According to legend, Hernán Cortés and his soldiers quickly depleted the wine they brought with them from Spain especially while celebrating the conquest of the Aztec Empire in 1521. Because of this, one of Cortés’ first acts as was to order that grapevines be planted throughout “Nueva Espana”, aka Mexico.
There were indigenous grapes before the Spanish conquest, but the new grapevines did very well and by the 17th century, the wine exports from Spain to the New World decreased. It was then that Charles II of Spain prohibited wine making in Mexico, with the only exception being wine that was used for religious purposes which resulted in a small scale production of Mexican wines.
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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Baja Wines: Using a Unique Business Model to Bring Mexican Wines to US consumers

Anyone who has had the privilege of trying Mexican wines can tell you that they are fantastic. The Valle of Guadalupe, just outside of Ensenada in Baja California is home to some of Mexico’s premiere wineries. Every year in September, the Association of Viniculture organizes “Fiestas de la Vendemia”, a month long festival promoting wines from the region. Unfortunately, many of these boutique wineries do not receive the exposure or the distribution that they deserve. The problem has been getting these wines into the hands of consumers on the other side of the border without charging exorbitant import and distribution fees.

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Monday, October 03, 2011

Do you have a smartphone with Android system ? You can now download a guide to Queretaro (and its wine region) in order to visit it :