Monday, October 08, 2007

Ice wine and beyond: Monte Xanic



Another star leading the quality charge is winemaker Hans Backhoff of Monte Xanic. The winery produces a Calixa line offering high quality, oakaged white and red varieties at a reasonable
price. There's also the premium or Monte Xanic line. The biggest surprise, however, comes from
Backhoff's Mexican ice wine. He found the nearby refrigerated lockers used by the local fishing industry perfect for freezing the grapes despite the Mediterranean-like climate.

While Mexican ice wine may seem a little out of place, so too did the idea of producing wine in Mexico, period. To the chagrin of skeptical critics, the commitment by Mexican winemakers
to produce quality wine is paying off. A growing number of wines now compete with top-tier winemaking regions around the world. And the best is yet to come, as is evidenced by the enthusiasm, dedication and confidence found throughout the Baja Peninsula. Says Christian MacKay of L.A. Cetto Winery: "With over 100 international awards, we are showing the wine drinkers of the world our best. Our wine is great; we only need to spread the word."

A freelance writer and retired international airline captain, Thomas J. Reagan Jr. travels extensively seeking great wines of the world.

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