Sunday, October 21, 2007

What about Mexico Wine Country ?

Baja Wine Country
Mexico’s Baja wine country offers unique spirits worth exploring—an easy trip from Southern California.
By Frommer's Portable Los Cabos & Baja

Admittedly, Mexico is not the first country to come to mind when thinking of wine, but the emerging wine country in Baja does make for a memorable exploration and a unique and easy trip from Southern California. Take a long weekend and indulge in an exploration of the spirits here.

Day 1: Tijuana to Ensenada

Cross the border into Mexico, and make a stop in Tijuana for a generous sampling of Baja's wines at the Cava de Vinos L.A. Cetto (L.A. Cetto Winery). Cava is big and commercial, but it will give you an introduction to what Mexican wines have traditionally been known for. The cork-covered building is certainly a sight to see in and of itself. When you're finished (making sure you're sober enough to drive), head down the coast to Ensenada, but not before enjoying a truly wonderful meal at La Embotelladora Vieja at the Bodegas de Santo Tomás winery, which crafts its menu to complement wines. Be sure to book a room in advance at the Adobe Guadalupe if you want to truly immerse yourself in the wines of the Valle de Guadalupe. You also can stay in Ensenada, as it's just a 29km (18 mile) drive between Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo along Highway 3.

Days 2 & 3: Valle de Guadalupe

To orient yourself and ensure that you start your explorations with some knowledge of the area's unusual history, pay a visit to the Museo Comunitario del Valle de Guadalupe and the Museo Histórico Comunitario. Try lunch at the Museo Communitario's adjacent Russian restaurant. Fill the rest of your days with visits to the various wineries where you can view bottling processes and partake in tastings. My preference are visits to the smaller, boutique wineries, such as Monte Xanic, Chateau Camou, or Mogor Badan, but you may also enjoy visiting one of the large establishments at L.A. Cetto or Domecq. Be certain to plan a meal (reservations are recommended) at Laja before heading back.


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