Wednesday, April 22, 2009

No Mexican wines in neighbouring United States ?


I work for Robert Whitley, who in addition to being a wine writer and publisher of acts as Director for several international wine competitions. During the recent San Diego competition (March 21;, I noticed that no wines from Mexico were entered. From all over the US, and from Europe, South Africa, Chile, Australian, even Korea, but none from our neighbor Mexico.

We are now working on the Critics Challenge competition, which will be held on May 23 and 24. The website is What makes it unique is all the judges are professional wine writers and reviewers. This might be a great way for Mexican wineries to expose their wines to these writers, as well as to the public through the medals they would win. Results of the competition will also be posted on

Could you please pass on information about the competition to wineries you feel might benefit, or suggest ways in which I might do that? I would appreciate any assistance. It just seems a shame that the fact that fine wine is being made in Mexico is completely unknown to most wine lovers in the U.S.

Thanks in advance for any help,

Felicia Forbes

Competition Coordinator and Assistant to Director Robert Whitley
Critics Challenge International Wine Competition

May 23 and 24, 2009

Entry forms and fees:
1034 W. Quince Street ,
San Diego , CA 92103

Or fax to 619-294-4878,
Or email to

1 comment:

Felicia Forbes, Sommelier Challenge said...

Sorry to say we got no Mexican wine entries in Critics Challenge, but we have now launched a new competition, Sommelier Challenge International Wine Competition (, and hope some Mexican wineries will enter. The judges will be professional sommeliers whose backgrounds include restaurants such as Charlie Trotters, French Laundry, Per Se, Sona, Addison, Mossa and Vela. The Director is Robert Whitley, syndicated wine journalist and publisher of The competition will be held in September, entry deadline is August 31, 2009. We are in San Diego, California, just across the border.