Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Imports of Mexican wines to Washington DC


I am interested in knowing who imports Mexican wines to Washington DC and what wines are available. I would like to have all Mexican wines on our wine list.

425 8th Street, NW #1131
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 638-1910 EXT. 27

Monday, May 14, 2007

Touring and tasting Mexico's undiscoverd treasure

The first comprehensive book on Mexican wines published in English. Dimitri Tchelistcheff was technical director at Bodegas Santo Tomas, oldest winery in Baja.

A historical Prologue is provided by Dr. Enrique Ferro. Each winery is described in an “Essentials” section listing location, contacts, size, production and winemaker. History, winemaker notes and vineyard and fermentation techniques are included along with tasting notes and suggested food matches. Chapters on Wine Terms, Grapes of Baja, Wine Festivals and Events assist the visitor, as well as sections on where to eat, rest and read more about this exciting region; plus how to get there and what to see in the wine producing valleys. Ideal for any wine enthusiast or armchair traveler.

ED : WAG (2003), 14 x 21 cm, 178 pages, broché, Réf.: 9781891267659

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Links to interesting websites about Mexican wines:

1.An overview in a nutshell of the history of the Mexican wineries and some hints on how to visite the wine regions of Mexico

2. Some words about how surprising the mexican wines can be in:

3. Want to combine wines with Mexican plates? Want to offer Mexican wines with international dishes?

The Future Of Baja California Wine

The fundamental problems faced by Baja California (and all Mexican) wineries, are two:
- First, there's little tradition of wine drinking in the country, except among the Europeanized upper and upper-middle classes.
- Second, Mexicans still look to Europe, and increasingly to Chile and Argentina, when they want wine.

Baja California producers must build a reputation for their wines among Mexican nationals, just as California needed to persuade New Yorkers that its wines could compete with European imports. Time and increasing quality will help.

To expand their markets, many Mexican vintners hope to export their wines, particularly to the U.S., with its large population of Mexican descent. In truth, there's little reason to expect that strategy to succeed. Aside from cultural ties, the Mexican foods most popular in the U.S. aren't particularly compatible with wine, and U.S. (and Australian and Chilean) wines are better values and often better quality.

The Mexican wineries need to persuade their own large population of 100 million people to drink their wines, rather than trying to get U.S. consumers to do so.
That said, the many excellent wines coming from a few Baja California wineries show what the region can do. They don't need to take a back seat to anyone--just get the word out and increase production to match.

(Sources of information: In addition to the wineries, Gilberto Salinas, an importer and wine seller, is very knowledgeable and helpful. E-mail him at gsalinas@gsalinasvinos.com or phone + 52-664-971-0953. Gary Sehnert at Wines of Mexico, 619-233-VINO or mexwine@cox.net, is also a good contact.)
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History of the Mexican wines (2/3)

Chapter 2: The first downturn

The vines from Europe adapted well to their new environment and were so productive that one could make wine and brandy. The development of the industry was nipped in the bud however when Madrid totally prohibited the making of wine in order to protect Spanish home-grown products and in later periods the ruling classes' preference for French wines gave little opportunity for it to reestablish itself.

Perhaps the Cortéz edict to the colonists succeeded too well, and early settlers were judged too enthusiastic about the product. In any event, the Spanish crown abruptly forbade the production of local wines in 1699, dooming early Mexican vineyards and forcing the colonials to purchase the Spanish wines of the day or go without. Catholic missionaries in need of sacramental wines did cultivate vines, however, despite the viceroys' determined interference.
After the Independence, the regulations were modified to protect the national production and the import of wines and liquors was taxed very heavily. Humboldt, some years before, had praised on a particular way the vineyards of Paso del Norte and from the Provincias Internas: they flourished, and besides of the general chaos of the time, they grew up.

The Jesuit priest Father Juan Ugarte, the grandfather of Mexican viticulture, worked his way north from Parras to other missions, planting grapevines as the buildings progressed. When put in charge of the Loreto mission in Baja California in 1701, he promptly planted the first vines on that peninsula as well.

In 1791, Jesuit priests established the "Mision de Santo Tomas" in Baja California, about 90 miles south of present day San Diego. They brought and planted vines and produced one of the first wines in the Californias.

In 1834, Dominican priests founded the "Mision de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe del Norte," about 70 miles south of San Diego. This was the last mission established in the Californias and the one that functioned the least time. But the valley retains the abbreviated name "Valle de Guadalupe." Today the valley produces about 75 percent of Mexico's wines, many winning international recognition. The valley was blessed as one of the rare places in the world where premium wine grapes can be grown.

The road to the present wasn't easy for the valley and its wines. In 1857, after Mexico's War of Reform, the Catholic Church was stripped of its land holdings, which included the missions in Lower California that was left to Mexico after the U.S.-Mexico war. All church property became the property of the state. The government sold the former lands of the Mision de Santo Tomas to a private group, which established the Bodegas de Santo Tomas in 1888.

Since the independence of Mexico, the vine were of French origin and since the Porfirian era, not taking into consideration the period of the Revolution, the French wine started to be assimilated to prestige.

Want to see the next part ? Here it is http://mexicanwines.homestead.com/HISTORY19thWW.html

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Where are the Mexican wine stores in Mexico ?

Looking to buy Mexican wines when you are in Mexico?

Mostly one is lost in such a big city as Mexico city, in Ensenada or in Guadelajara. Even worse when you want to bring some good Mexican wine with you.

So please note immediately this interesting list of Mexican wine stores in Mexico:

Design of wine label for Mexican Wines


My Name is Kristina Lopez I am a junior in college getting a degree in Graphic design. I have an assignment to do a wine label and to choose the region etc. for my product. So I choose to do it for Mexican Wine. I am looking to find where and if I may buy one of your products here in the US or if I may purchase it online and the prices and maybe a bit more information on Mexican wine and maybe some brochures if you have any available to be mailed to me. I would appreciate any help you may have to offer. Thank you for your time hope to hear from you soon.

Kristina K. Lopez

Can you help Kristina? Here is her e-mail : krystal_lopez@yahoo.com

Export opportunity for Mexican wines

Dear Sir/Madam:
The reason I'm contacting you is because I would like to know if you currently use a distribution company in New York. I'm looking at starting my own wine distribution company focusing solely on Mexican wines.
I live in Queens, New York.(NEW YORK CITY). Could you give me some information about this type of endeavor ?

With best regards,
Bill H.

Interested ? Contact Bill here: willhagenah@hotmail.com