Thursday, April 30, 2009

Fiestas de la Vendimia 2009 (3/3)

Monday August 10th at 6:00 p.m is the second Monte Xanic “Sunset Concert.” They present works from classical repertoire, accompanied by fine cheeses and house wine in a beautiful valley setting!

Friday August 14th offers Jazz at EL Mogor winery at 5:30 p.m with house wines and Mediterranean empanadas.

Friday August 14th at 6:00 p.m. 18:00 Hrs Vinícola Viña de Liceaga, San Antonio de las Minas presents a variety of local cheeses, accompanied by house wine and music.

Friday August 14th at 6:00 p.m in Manzanilla Restaurant near the Ensenada harbor will present gourmet tapas matched with premium Viñas Pijoan wines. Popular event!

Saturday August 15th at 9:00 am is another “Winemakers Visits” held in most Valle de Guadalupe wineries where winemakers host visitors at their wineries to taste and describe their wines.

Saturday August 15th at 4:00 p.m is an event, NOT TO BE MISSED! You won’t need a bank loan to enjoy this wonderful Russian family. “Russian Memories” at Bibayoff Winery with Russian music, dancers, food and wines. All people are welcome!

Saturday August 15th at 6:00 p.m is the Malagon Family Celebration held near the village of Francisco Zarco. Horse show, live jazz and mariachi with authentic Mexican/American cuisine and large samples of all of their premium wines.

Saturday August 15th at 1 p.m come party “To the Sounds of Vinisterra” held at the winery featuring gourmet food, music along with some of Mexico’s best wine.

Sunday August 16th at 6:30 p.m is “Velada Italiana en Villa Montefiori” with Italian soirée at Villa Montefiori, opera music in the vineyard, italian cuisine (traditional italian food) wine tasting, music.

Tuesday March 18th at 6:00 p.m is my favorite event of the season! “la Noche de Cofradia en Ensenada” held this year on Tuesday August 18th at 6 p.m. This is the most reasonably priced event and exposes your palate to about 30 wineries and local culinary establishments. Held at the seaport terminal this competition matches wines with regional gourmet cuisine.

Thursday August 20th is the only FREE event held at the Park in Ejido El Porvenir at 4:00 p.m with music, local food and wine.

Friday August 21st at 7:00 p.m is a presentation of artisan wine, olive oils, and other handcrafted products. Held at the “La Escuelita” wine school in El Provenir.

Friday August 21st at 7:30 p.m is “Mexican Delights at Valmar Winery” in Ensenada. 19:30 Hrs. Deluxe dinner with a great variety of delicious Mexican dishes, paired with the best house wines, along with music and dancing.

Saturday August 22nd at 9:00 am is the final “Winemaker Visits” where winemakers host visitors at their wineries to taste and describe their wines.

Saturday August 22nd beginning at 2:00 p.m is the FAMOUS Santo Tomas Winery Street Fair with numerous artistic expressions, games, music, food and house wines.
19:00 Hrs.

Sunday August 23rd is the Grand Finale at 12:00 Noon with 18th annual “Paella Cooking Contest.” Held at Rancho San Gabriel, San Antonio de las Minas, Ensenada. A very popular (always sold out well in advance) country contest for cooking rice paella style, sampling of paella and wines, dancing and music.

Have fun, be safe, don’t drink and drive, hydrate during the events! It’s probably a great idea to get on the waiting list ASAP, as tickets sales are usually chaotic, confusing and presented at the last possible second before the events.

Steve Dryden is a wine, food and travel writer living in Valle de Guadalupe where he guides private and small group wine tours. He also books lodging and can be reached at: or

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