Saturday, July 18, 2009

Guataque wine event, Mexico (4/4)

When you put this wine event into the proper perspective, acknowledging that these dedicated, artisan and smaller producers, with limited resources and training are making a diverse mixture of drinkable wines, it’s very impressive. In deed, some of these winemakers from this event and local winemaking schools have moved up the chain and become known nationally for their artisan and boutique wines. In reality, Mexico’s wine industry is still emerging in quality and production, but it is an exciting time as the industry evolves. Due to the low production of wine, and with a growing national market for regional wine, many artisan winemakers are having success in selling their products. Handcrafted wines have the advantage of bringing to the consumer, the “bottled spirit and passion” of the individual winemakers and their intimate relationship to the vines and land. As we grow and gain experience with our craft, we offer great value for the quality, and a personal expression in the art of making small quantities of wine.

Several regional food venues were present with an abundance of gourmet delights for this event to include: Capricho’s, Casa Plasencia, Tres Misiones Cheese and Olive Oil. Cafe Tomas, Bodegas del Arte, and Hogaza pastries. The event organizers were able to artfully blend a combination of wine, cerveza, food, music, dancing and good times into a successful day in Mexico’s premium wine country. For those winemakers and wineries I didn’t mention in this article, don’t worry, I’ll be featuring several artisan operations in upcoming articles for this publication and others. Please contact me if you want further coverage of your wines and your passion for the art. Thankfully, ViƱa de Liceaga came through again as a graceful host for this event. Serious wine and food lovers, please note that as of July 1st, Saverios Restaurant (one of the best in the region) will be setting up their summer tent galley as Asador Campestre at Liceaga Winery in San Antonio de las Minas. They’ll be open Tuesdays through Sundays from noon until 10 p.m.

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

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