Friday, July 17, 2009

Guateque wine event, Mexico (3/4)

Alvaro Alvarez and Hortensia Riesgo, brew-master and winemaker, have been focused an creating premium handcrafted beer and in Ensenada since 1992.
Zinfandel seems to be a “rising star” among the artisan winemaking movement. One reason for the presence of Zinfandel is that there was a small surplus left over this last season that made its way to the artisans and smaller producers who have to purchase grapes from growers. Pau Pijoan of ViƱas Pijoan empowered one of his beautiful daughters and her friends to pour his Mare, a 100% Zinfandel which was a “stand-out” (the wine) at this event. Another notable Zinfandel poured is being produced by Agosto. This 2008 Zinfandel is a team effort by Laura Chanes, Monica Chanes, Gloria Guisa and Juan Antonio Fernandez. Quinta Liz Arraga, Laura Chanes was a fellow graduate of mine at the “world renowned” La Escuelita, the artisan winemaking school in El Porvenir, Valle de Guadalupe. She is one of many women in Mexico who are taking part in our emerging wine industry with great results and progress. Another 2007 Zinfandel from Serena, is another prime example for the potential of Zinfandel in the region.

To be continued

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