Monday, May 27, 2013

Mexican Wine Tasting Opens Spring Festival

Guests may sample Mexican wine, tequila, beer and sangria, Maloney said.
“What’s funny about it is it’s Mexican, but it’s from Baja California, which is in Mexico. But people are like, ‘Oh, California.’ No, it’s in Mexico,” he said.
“They actually produce some really nice wines.”
The selections will include Campo Azul tequila, Negra Modelo beer, and white and red Senor Sangria.
Representatives of the breweries, distillery, and wineries will attend as well, Maloney said.
“It can be informative and fun,” he said.

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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Can you help?

I am an MBA student at Sonoma State University and am trying to find some information on the costs for grapes and wine in Mexico, specifically Baja. For example, if a grower is selling grapes to a winery, how much is the going price depending on variety? And if a winery sells wine to another winery who intends to bottle it, how much is a typical price per liter for that?

Thanks in advance for any help you can offer.

Nate Weis, Winemaker
Antica Napa Valley - Antinori Family Wine Estate
3700 Soda Canyon Rd.  | Napa, CA 94558
707.265.7596 (direct)  |  707.227.8186 (mobile)  |  707.265.7651 (fax)

Monday, February 18, 2013

Where to Drink Wine in Mexico City

Colorful, vibrant Mexico City (it's no wonder why Frida Kahlo lived here) is home to a lavish wine scene hidden beneath the exteriors of many of its hotels and restaurants. I recently pushed aside images of Mexico's capital as merely a good place for tequila and tacos and went in search of the best wine-sipping spots. I drank wine—including many Mexican wines, a treat considering so few are exported to the United States—alongside delicacies like huitlacoche, empanadas, mole, plantains, and ceviche.

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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Mexican Wines by Zin Valle Vineyards

When you think of where good wine comes from you’re probably thinking of the usual areas – France, Italy and California. But other countries are emerging as excellent producers in the wine industry. One country that might be last on your mind when it comes to wine is our Southern neighbor – Mexico.
In the 16th century, long before Napa and Sonoma, the Spaniards coming into Mexico brought wine with them. While Mexico had some indigenous grapes, the Spaniards quickly found that their own varietals were well suited to Mexico’s warm, generally sunny climate.  Wine has been made in California by the missionaries with vinifera from Mexico since the 1770’s.  Even before, Spanish grapes from the Juarez area and the Senecu Pueblo in Spanish controlled areas of present day New Mexico found their way to the Missions in the Paso del Norte Region in the late 1660’s.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Top Mexican Winemakers 2012

Written by Steve Dryden. Posted in Baja Wines

We’ve been selecting this award for the last eight years, and this is the first time we’ve had a tie. The Wine Persons of the Year for 2012 are Anthony Escalante of Roganto winery and Christoph Gartner of Vinsiterra winery. 

Both of these boutique winemakers are intensely focused on creating “World Class” wine in Mexico, resulting in premium bottles of wine that validate their efforts. Rognato is a partnership of Anthony Escalante and Rogelio Sanchez del Palacio, Vinisterra is a partnership between Christoph Gartner and Guillermo Rodriguez.

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Discover the Mexican wineries on Facebook

Many mexican wineries are on Facebook nowadays. Here are some examples.

La Cetto:

Latest publication:
Baja California's Valle de Guadalupe, experience the fruits of founder Don Angelo's Cetto hard work, sacrifice, and dreams!

Monte Xanic:

Latest publication: "Un vaso de vino en el momento oportuno vale más que todas las riquezas de la tierra."
-Gustav Mahler

Adobe Guadalupe:

Visit also our pages (in Spanish) on Facebook:
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Sommeliers from Mexico:

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

My Biased Guide To Mexican Wine Country

Explanation and disclaimer: this is written at the very beginning of 2012, and is current to that time. Be advised that things can change rapidly around these parts.
Ensenada and the Valle de Guadalupe compose what I think is the premier wine country destination for Southern Californians, but finding an initial handhold in the area can be a little tricky: much of the best stuff is hard to get to and requires a little upfront knowledge. The flip side of this coin is that the region is small and the people are very familial, so it’s easy to personally meet a lot of the people driving the gastronomy and culture.
The Origin Story
First, a little background. The Valle de Guadalupe and surrounding areas are one of the oldest wine growing regions in California. However, its current era is considered to have started in the late 80′s, when winemaker Hugo D’Acosta came to Santo Tomas winery with a program to develop the region via wine, food and culture. He brought chef Benito Molina from Mexico City to helm Santo Tomas’ restaurant in downtown Ensenada, and Hugo’s brother, architect Alejandro D’Acosta, designed the new Santo Tomas winery faciltiy south of town.

Monday, January 07, 2013

Wines Down Mexico Way

In both the Northern and Southern hemispheres the area from 30° and 50° latitude is generally held to represent the outer limits for winegrowing; to the north (in the Northern hemisphere) the growing season becomes too short and cold, while the more equatorial climate is generally too tropical. Most of Mexico lies south of the 30th parallel, but when Cortés defeated the Aztecs in 1521 he and his conquistadors exhausted their supply of wine in celebration, he wasn’t about to let this geographical detail end the party – so one of his first acts was to encourage the planting of vineyards in the land that was soon to be named New Spain. By 1524 he had put in place a law which required every recipient ofVineyards at Casa Madero
a land grant to plant 1,000 vine shoots each year until they reached 5,000 vines. The Catholic Church was also active as it needed wine for the sacraments, and it was they who introduced the Mission grape to Mexico. This varietal grew with only minimal tending and adapted well to the hot, dry environment. It was also widely planted in what is now California, and made appearances in Chile and Argentina where it became known as País and Criolla, respectively. By the end of the 16th century the oldest surviving winery in the New World had been established, operating today as Casa Madero, in the Parras Valley.

By Jim Clark

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Thursday, January 03, 2013

The Mexican Wine Revolution

Cross the border from San Diego and you’re in Baja California, Mexico, home to a historic wine region that’s reinventing itself via boutique wines, top-flight restaurants and attractive lodging options.

One hundred years ago, Francisco Madero, Pancho Villa and Emiliano Zapata led the Mexican Revolution. Today, Mexico is going through a different sort of upheaval, a wine revolution in which small producers largely concentrated in Baja California’s Guadalupe Valley are charging ahead with the declaration, “Viva El Vino!”
The major force in this movement, the most significant evolution in Mexican wine since Spaniards first planted vineyards at the Santo Tomás Mission in 1791, has been Hugo D’Acosta. An internationally trained winemaker who came to Baja from mainland Mexico in the late 1980s to work at the large Santo Tomás winery, D’Acosta soon began to explore side projects in the Guadalupe Valley, including his family’s winery, Casa de Piedra.

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Source: Wine Enthusiast