Monday, September 22, 2008

Export of Mexican wines to Switzerland and Germany


We import wine to Switzerland and Germany and we'd like to print a vintage chart of Mexico’s 2007 vintage for:

Mexican White Wine
Mexican Red Wine

Could you please provide us with this information (1 = regular, 5 = excellent).

Thank you and best regards,
Andreas Florin


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Andreas Florin
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Mexican wines in Washington DC

“We are delighted to bring A Taste of Mexico to Washington, D.C.
collaborating with fantastic local restaurants and culinary experts
joining us from Mexico. This journey through travel destinations,
culture, gastronomy, music and history will be a benchmark for
Mexico’s presence within the US. We are confident that this experience
will allow Washingtonians to have a better perspective of what the
Mexican culture is comprised of”, said Mexico’s Ambassador to the
United States, Arturo Sarukhan.

On September 6th, A Taste of Mexico in D.C. kicks off with an Open
House at the Mexican Cultural Institute. This day-long program will
give guests the opportunity to have a better taste of Mexican products
and travel destinations. Visitors will know why corn is so commonly
used in the Mexican cuisine, how Mexican chiles, salsas and guacamole
can be prepared. Also, they will learn about the traditional chocolate
beverage, the wide variety of Mexican wines as well as the origins of
Tequila and Mezcal. Special demonstrations, tasting sessions, lectures
and a temporary exhibition of Mexican artist Ricardo Mazal will be
available too. Admission is free.

* Mexican Chocolate Day at Rosa Mexicano will dedicate a special menu
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Thursday, September 18, 2008

The Rise of Mexican Wineries

The Treasure of the Guadalupe

The Mexican wine industry as a full-scale marketing entity is still in its infancy. But the quality of some its wines suggests that it is only a matter of time before it successfully get their act together.

by Alan Goldfarb
September 3, 2008


It must have been about 20 years ago – when the American Viticultural Area (AVA) system was in its nascent stages – that Cecil DeLoach forcefully parried a wine journalist who suggested, “Your wines will never be accepted in the world market unless they exhibit a sense of place.”

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Discover the Wine Cellar “Vino de México” in Cancun

The Wine Cellar “Vino de México” was formally opened on June 27 at Xcaret. Representatives from the most prestigious wineries of the country, as well as other celebrities, attended the opening.

The wine cellar “Vino de México” is designed to share the history of Mexican wine with visitors of the park who will also be encouraged to try the wines. It is the only wine cellar in the world that stocks Mexican wines exclusively.

This amazing place was built under the Park’s Main Plaza by Architect Antonio Portillo, and it represents a one million dollar investment. It is split into three sections :

1. The Sommelier’s office: Here is where the most exclusive vintages are kept. For the real wine buff you can reserve a small table for 10, specifically designed for private tastings.

2. The Round Room or Region’s Room: Here you can admire an exhibition of museum pieces of winemaking, along with the history of wine in México and see all the wines, organized according to their history and geographical origin.

3. TheTasting room: it holds up to 25 people, and it is where the Sommelier will explain the criteria for tasting the wine, the glasses, etc. in more detail. Around 5 different labels, with matching Mexican hors d’oeuvres will be offered for tasting.

The wine cellar will be open to the public this Summer with three guided tours a day each lasting 1.5 hours. “Vino de México” is pleased to stock nearly 3500 bottles in more than 160 proudly Mexican labels thanks to the invaluable support of the main Mexican wineries, like Casa Madero; which has the oldest vineyards in the continent, Monte Xanic, L.A Cetto, Santo Tomás and Domecq.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Wine Viticulture in Northern Baja

Mexico is a diverse and mostly arid country with several areas appropriate for vineyards. Mexican commercial winemaking dates from the 16th century and now is producing several very good wines at competitive prices. In the past few years, the country's leading wineries have collected an impressive array of accolades, gaining a following among wine lovers excited by the prospect of finding excellent vintages in unexpected places. Visitors to Baja California’s beaches and marinas find its wine country a pleasant side trip while visiting the beautiful seaside town of Ensenada, 90 miles south of San Diego. Ensenada’s Vendimia Wine Festival in August is annually eagerly awaited and better hotels and yacht marinas partner local wines with wine tours year-round.

The vineyards are situated in coastal valleys on the western side of the long narrow Baja peninsula, facing the Pacific Ocean. The main production area is close to the American border south of San Diego. This region has become the leader in reviving the reputation of Mexican wines. 95 percent of Mexican quality wine comes from northern Baja California, centering around Ensenada. The three wine-producing sub regions, all located within 60 miles of Pacific coast, from north to south are the Valleys of Calafia and Guadalupe, San Antonio de las Minas, and the Santo Tomás Valley and San Vincente Valley. For the last thirty years new generations of ambitious vintners have been laboring to finally put Mexico on the winemaking map. Having decided that the time has come to develop a proper wine industry that competes with California and even France, they have begun to produce a number of surprisingly good table wines. These are accumulating good reviews, international awards and serious export interest.

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Denominations of Origin for Mexican wine

Mexico is now setting up appellation (Denominations of Origin) names to give their wines some distinction from each other. All is not plain sailing. There are a good few wine makers who will find themselves in less fashionable A.O.C’s.

Any one who knows even a tad about wine will know the whole A.O.C./DO regulations are just a load of rubbish. They have no bearing on quality or good practice. They just show a region and the level of wine that can be produced per hectare and the harvesting/ management system. Neither of which are of a high standard.

You only need to look at France and the fact that Vin de Pays/Table wines are often far better then a lot of classic A.O.C. wines. In a modern world the whole idea of this kind of branding is pointless. I say let the market decided

Source: The wine connoisseur

Thursday, September 11, 2008

How to build a wine room ?


I am building a house in San Miguel de Allende and want to build a wine room (10 sq. mt), the house will be constructed of cinder block and plaster.

Do you know of or can recommend someone in Mexico that can design the wine room and ensure proper insulation and refridgeration?

Thank you for your assistance.


Mike Pearce