Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Tasting Viña domino blanco 2001

Winery: Vinisterra
Grapes: Chenin Blanc, Colombard
Region: Valles de Guadalupe y San Vicente

Hay yellow color with gold tones. Aromas of apple, grapefruit and green mango. Fruity and fresh, with spicy mineral notes.Balanced, medium body and good acidity.

Combine with:
As an aperitif, with fish and shells ord with white meat or poultry. Cold dishes.

Source: Vinisterra

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Tasty Mexican wine history

While Mexico's wine industry has boomed rather recently, winemaking dates all the way back to the Spanish conquest, with the Spaniards surprised to find how well the vines they brought from the homeland adapted to the New World climate. In 1597, the Spaniard Don Lorenzo Garcia made the town of Santa Maria de las Parras in the northern Mexican state of Coahuila home to his Casa Madero, the oldest winery of the Americas. By the mid-17th century, however, the Spanish crown determined that the vineyards were doing too well for its taste: fearing future competition from New World wineries, it banned all vine planting and brought wine production in Mexico to a halt. Many Spanish missionaries refused to abide by the new rules, though, continuing to plant vines and produce wine on a small scale.

The Saint Thomas Mission (Mision de Santo Tomas), founded in the northern area of Baja California Norte State by Jesuit priests in 1791, reactivated the production of wine in Mexico. The mission grape brought over and planted by the Jesuits found its perfect home in an area that compares in climate to California's Napa Valley and France's Rhone Valley. In 1834, Dominican priests began growing grapes at the nearby Northern Mission of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Mision de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe del Norte), now known by the abbreviated name of the Guadalupe Valley (Valle de Guadalupe). The Guadalupe Valley is one of the few places in the world where premium wine grapes can be grown.

In 1857, after Mexico's War of Reform, the Catholic Church was stripped of its holdings and all church property became part of the state. The small wineries formerly tended to by missionaries were eventually abandoned. In 1888 the government sold the former lands of the Santo Tomas Mission to a private group, which established the Bodegas Santo Tomas, the first large-scale winery in Mexico.

In 1904, the region received an influx of immigrants known as the molokans, a pacifist religious group which opposed war and fled Russia so its men would not be drafted by the Czarist army. The Russian families purchased about 100 acres of land and dedicated a considerable portion of it to harvesting grapes for wine. They encouraged others to do the same, helping the area acquire a reputation for making good wine.

Monday, November 19, 2007

The 2008 Cabo San Lucas International Wine Festival

Dear Wine Lover,

You’re Invited! The 2008 Cabo San Lucas International Wine Festival
January 16 to 19, 2008

Wine Country Network and Pueblo Bonito Oceanfront Resorts & Spas cordially invite you to participate in the first ever, Cabo San Lucas International Wine Festival.

Located at the tip of Mexico’s 1,000-mile long Baja California peninsula,and just a short flight from most U.S. international airports, Cabo San Lucas offers a perfect combination of warm, balmy weather, a wealth of outdoor activities, and spectacular scenery, creating the perfect tropical location for hosting this exciting new event.

The four-day 2008 Cabo San Lucas International Wine Festival, to be held January16-19 at Pueblo Bonito's Pacifica, Sunset Beach, and Rose Resorts, will feature a welcome reception, six educational seminars, guided-tastings of limited release wines, mixology lessons, cooking demonstrations, a Wines of Mexico Grand Buffet & Tasting and a Grand Tasting of International Wines. In addition, participating vintners will host optional Vintners Wine Pairing Dinners at Pueblo Bonito's fine dinning restaurants.

Festival Resort Rates: Pueblo Bonito Oceanfront Resorts & Spas is offering aspecial four to seven day resort discount for festival attendees, from $255 per night, double occupancy. Beyond aesthetic beauty and spacious suites, guests of Pueblo Bonito are lavished with incredible cuisine at a choice of fine restaurants, impeccable service, a wide variety of activities, spa and fitness facilities, whale watching and an endless amount of unabashed pampering.

Four-Day Festival Pass:
Festival attendees may purchase a value-packed, 4-day pass, which permits access to all festival events.

•Welcome Reception, Wednesday January 16, 2008, 6:00-7:30pm
•Educational Seminars & Demonstrations, Thursday & Friday January 17-18,2008
•Wines of Mexico Luncheon on Saturday January 19, 2008, 12-2:00pm
•Grand Tasting of International Wines on Saturday January 19, 2008, 2-6pm
Cost:$275 per person
$350 per person (after 12/01/07)

*Event is limited to 450 guests

We hope that you will join us for this very special celebration of International Wines & Food. Pueblo Bonito’s Oceanfront Resorts & Spas in Cabo San Lucas offer the perfect backdrop for escaping the winter.

For detailed information about the Cabo San Lucas International Wine Festival, please visit or call 303-664-5700.

Christopher Davies
Wine Country Network, Inc.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Wine Country News from Guadalupe Valley (3/3)

Wine Country News from Guadalupe Valley
by Steve Dryden (end)

Mourvèdre grapes often are very late to ripen, so ripening is helped with stable weather often provided by proximity to a large body of water such as the Mediterranean or the Pacific Ocean. We’re fortunate here in this region because our wine region is situated in a similar manner as the southern Rhône Valley in France, very near to a large body of water. Mourverde berries are medium-sized and blue-black in color, with thick skins. The intense gamey quality of Mourvèdre is often improved by the rich fruit of Grenache and the structure, spice, and power of Syrah. This fact just might be what inspired Christoph Gartner to create his latest amazing blend of Syrah and Mourverde.

Vinisterra’s new 2004 Syrah/Mourvedre is a premium wine that stands out among the best wines from Baja California. The label was conceived by Patricia Macouzet and drawn by Tanya Denise Gulliver to reflect one particular evening in Valle de San Antonio de las Minas. The Sarah (67%) for this blend was harvested on September 2nd at 24.5 brix and is a blend from two distinct regions. The Mourverde (33%) was harvest later in the season on November 6th at 26 brix with and is also a blend of grapes from two distinct regions. All of the grapes used for this wine were grown on the wineries own five year old vineyards in Santo Tomas and San Antonio de las Minas where they have 750 acres of which 35 acres are currently under cultivation. Christoph Gartner, the winemaker. actually manages the vineyards himself. This style of intense and focused grape management is one important factor that allows him to provide such amazing wine. The primary fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks with secondary fermentation in French oak for 18 months, 50 % of which was new oak, with no filtration of the wine.

This rich and complex blend of Syrah and Mourverde is brilliant in jewel-like color with a elegant and delicate body, soft tannins that provide a relaxed long-lingering finish. Fruit forward blackberry and black currant fruit flavors with butterscotch, carmel, cocoa, coffee and leather on the nose, well balanced acid and a slight hint of sweet vanilla wood. After decanting and about forty-five minutes the wine opens up and settles down into rich licorice flavors and strong blackberry and black currant fruit aromas. The Mourverde adds some spicy, savory structure that compliments the richness of the Syrah. The Syrah adds some black pepper, licorice, clove, thyme with a slight hint of truffle. This high quality “classic” blend sells at the winery for $40 per bottle with a 10% case discount.

And, don’t miss out on the 2004 Vinisterra Grenache /Termpranillo blend. Christoph has created another stunning wine. It is deep purple in color with flavors of boysenberry, candied cherries, red berries and hints of chocolate, cocoa, cloves, nutmeg with smooth and soft tannins mid-palate and on the finish. This well balanced wine with refreshing aromas of red fruit, spices, white pepper and mocha is a great addition to the portfolio of Vinisterra wines.

Patricia, Abelardo and myself paired up both wines with gourmet cheese produced here in Guadalupe Valley by Tito Cortez. The wedding party was kind enough to offer some fabulous paella to highlight our evening. As I gazed out the window towards the wedding group I thought about blends of grapes coming together in harmony, each bringing individual qualities that provide character, depth and richness. I realized that an artisan like Christoph Gartner is creating something like a marriage between grape varietals, similar to the blend of individuals, unique people and families coming together in the marriage on the patio at Vinisterra. Creating good wine and good love is similar to orchestrating classical music, you have to bring all the individual players into harmony in order to produce a masterpiece. And, hopefully over time everything just gets better. I hope that happens to “the little old wine writer!

Steve Dryden is a wine, travel and Native Peoples writer living in Guadalupe Valley. He manages a new wine bar, Destino del Vino, at Km 88 on Scenic Highway One, 7 miles south of Baja Mar. He can be reached at or NexTel 152*187162*15.

Wine Country News from Guadalupe Valley (2/3)

The Fine Art of Blending Premium Mexican Wine
By Steve Dryden (continued)

The southern Rhône sub-region is similar to Valle de Guadalupe, Valle de Santo Tomas and Valle de San Vicente, all having a more Mediterranean climate with milder winters and hot summers. Drought can be a problem in these areas, so drip irrigation is common. The southern Rhône's most famous red wine is Châteauneuf du Pape, a blend containing up to 13 varieties of wine grapes, both red and white, as permitted by the Châteauneuf-du-Pape AOC rules. Depending on the specific AOC rules, grapes blended into southern Rhône reds may include Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre, Carignan and Cinsaut. White wines from the southern Rhône sub-region, such as in Châteauneuf-du-Pape whites, are also typically blends of several wine grapes. These may include Roussanne, Bourboulenc, Picpoul, and Clairette.
Vinisterra Winery has been designing their line of premium wine over the last several years with many of their wines derived from southern Rhône varietals grown in Baja California.

During the last few months Vinisterra winery has been introducing their 2004 Syrah/Mourverde and their 2004 Grenache/Tempranillo blends. Historically, Syrah is the only grape used to make the famous Rhône wines of Côte Rotie and Hermitage, but also forms the backbone of most Rhône blends, including Chateauneuf du Pape. Although cultivated since antiquity, competing claims to the origin of this variety gave credit to it either being transplanted from Persia, near the similarly-titled city of Shiraz or to being a native plant of France. Research completed at the University of California in Davis and at the French National Agronomy Archives in Montpellier has proved that Syrah is indeed indigenous to France. Actually, DNA profiling proved Syrah to be a genetic cross of two relatively obscure varieties, Mondeuse Blanc and Dureza.

More than half the world's total Syrah acreage is planted in France, but it is also a successful grape in Australia, South Africa, California, Washington and Baja California. Syrah is a fairly new variety in California, Washington and Mexico and is one of the most rapidly increasing varieties in these regions. Syrah vines seem to love growing in Mexico because these vines require heat to get fully ripe, bud fairly late and are considered to be a mid-season ripener. The berry is thick-skinned and dark, almost black, often allowing for intense wines, with deep violet, sometimes nearly black in color with a chewy texture, richness and spicy aromas.

Mourvèdre is a variety of red wine grape grown around the world with some new and old vineyards planted in Mexico. In some parts of Europe and the New World it is known as Mataró, Generally these vines produce tannic wines that can be high in alcohol, and are usually most successful in Rhone-style blends. Mourverde blends well with Grenache and Syrah, softening and giving more structure to these varietals. Typically the taste of Mourverde grapes vary greatly according to area, but often have a wild, gamey or earthy flavor, with soft red fruit flavors. Recent DNA fingerprinting and research has shown that Monastrell is, in fact, the Graciano of Rioja. Mourvèdre is widespread across the Mediterranean coast of southern France, where it is a notable component (like Syrah) of Châteauneuf du Pape. It is sometimes used to produce a fortified red wine in Languedoc-Roussillon and is being rediscovered in some older vineyards and planted in new vineyards throughout Baja California.

To be continued (next week)

Wine Country News from Guadalupe Valley (1/3)

The Fine Art of Blending Premium Mexican Wine
By Steve Dryden

Last night, during a wedding event held at Vinisterra winery in San Antonio de las Minas I sampled some wonderful new releases of wine. Lately, I’m been so busy working that I’ve missed the finer things in life, so it was nice and refreshing to spend some quality time with friends, sharing “wild” stories and unsurpassed hospitality. Abelardo Rodriquez and his beautiful wife, Patricia Macouzet often host friends and special events at the winery and are two of the few folks in the Mexican wine industry who fully understand hospitality, courtesy and have the patience to provide basic wine education and local history to inquiring visitors. They are masters in creating refined and relaxed ambiance, a rare skill and treasured virtue in today’s fast paced world.

The Rodriquez family has the advantage of being long time Baja California residents with a family history of higher education and hospitality, perfected by their grandfather, Abelardo Lujån Rodriquez, interim President of Mexico from 1932-1934. President Rodriquez was a champion of the Mexican wine industry and well known for vastly improving Mexico’s educational system. Some of his other accomplishments included “the establishment of several financial institutions, the restoration of public education, and the implementations of laws related to private charity and monopolies. He joined the Mexican revolution in 1913 and began moving up the ranks soon after. He became a Colonel in 1916, and following his involvement in the Plan de Agua Prieta, he was named Military Commander of Northern Baja California in 1921. In 1923 he became Governor of Northern Baja California, and continued as both Military Commander and Governor until 1929. He also lengthened the presidential term length from four to six years. After his term ended on November 30, 1934, Rodríguez returned to private life until 1943, when he was elected governor of Sonora, where he had a significant impact on education. He promoted university education, establishing Sonora's state university and at one time owned Santo Tomas winery where he is credited for bringing classic varietals of grapes into Mexico’s vineyards.

Thanks to Patricia and Abelardo, the Vinisterra winery is known for their hospitality and for creating some incredible wine. Their winemaker and co-owner, Christoph Gartner, is a Swiss trained enologist with a driving passion to create premier wines in Mexico. Some people think it’s unusual for Swiss to make wine, but in fact, the tradition of wine and viticulture in Switzerland is very old, at minimum going all the way back to the Roman era. The first evidence of early Swiss winemaking and consumption (stored in ceramic) were discovered and dated back to about 150 A.D. If you are “old” like myself and you still have some memory left you might remember in the 1960’s a little old man (voice of Jim Backus) known as the “Little Old Winemaker” from TV promotions by the Italian Swiss Colony wine producers. His favorite closing phrase was "That little old winemaker...Me!" This is not Christoph Gartner by any means! Christoph is more comparable to biblical David, who challenges and conquers the giant, Goliath. To be more exact, he has slowly and silently evolved into one of Mexico’s top winemakers. He didn’t boast or make false claims to be the “best” - he just does it! He simply creates fantastic wine and is focused on using grape varietals from southern Rhone valley in France.

To be continued (next week)

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Buy Mexican wines in Zacatecas

Cachola has a small store in a shopping center across the street from the cathedral in Zacatecas where you can buy wine (red or white).

Interested in other shops in Zacatecas ? Here is a list.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Buy Mexican wines in the Netherlands


If you're on a business trip in the Netherlands or if you are living in the Benelux, you can take advantage of the trade activities of Corny Bakers. They have the following Mexican wines:

White wines
- San Isidro 6 x 750 ml.
- L.A. Cetto Sauvignon Blanc 6 x 750 ml.

Red wines
- Monte Ania Cabernet Sauvignon 6 x 750 ml.
- Cortesa Cabernet Sauvignon /Malbec 6 x 750 ml.
- Calixto Cabernet Sauvignon / Malbec 6 x 750 ml.
- L.A. Cetto Cabernet Sauvignon 6 x 750 ml.
- L.A. Cetto Petite Sirah 6 x 750 ml.

Here are their address and website:

Corny Bakers First Mexican Food
Middenweg 31. Nederhorst Den Berg
Tel +31 (0)294 - 417897 . Fax +31 (0)294 - 411826

Find Mexican wines in Chicago, IL


My name is Osacar Chavez, I am a distrbutor of Mexican wine in the area of Chicago IL.
Those interested in buying wine from Cavas Vamar and Vinisterra please contact me at


Oscar Chavez
Phone: 630-640-0247

Vintage Business Card

"El Burrito Cafe"


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