Thursday, June 18, 2009

Mexican Wine: Adventures in Wine Tasting



I had a great time staying out at Pueblo Bonito Emerald Bay in Mazatlan. They put on a Wine & Cheese Tasting class on Thursday afternoon featuring Mexican wines. First up was a 2007 Casa Madero Chardonnay from Coahuila which was light and crisp with a light pear flavor. We moved on to a NV La Cetto White Zinfandel from the Guadalupe Valley in Baja which had a strawberry and cranberry flavor. Last up was a Casa Madero Merlot that was light a fruity with flavors of plums and red cherries. I can honestly say that all three of these wines produced in Mexico are very enjoyable. The Casa Madero Chardonnay was my favorite of the afternoon and is perfect for those sunny 80 degree days lounging by the pool or with dinner.

Source: woodinvillewineupdate.com

Enjoy the Wine Festival 2009 in Baja California, Mexico

Want to discover the Mexican wineries in Baja California ?

Want to enjoy a good wine or a good mexican meal with appropriate wine ?

Want to have a dance or participate at a cultural event in a nice - winery - environment ?

All this is offered to you by the organisators of the Mexican Wine festival 2009 in Baja California.

More information (program) here: http://www.fiestasdelavendimia.com/programa.php

Baja's exotic wine country since the 1990's



The Fiestas de las Vendimias—Wine Harvest Festival—in and around Ensenada, takes place every summer in August. Because I was writing an article about the festival during the summer of 2000, Terry and I were invited to the kick-off celebration at the Ensenada Cultural Center. We donned our party duds and headed north to sample wines from all the wineries, along with appetizers from Ensenada’s finest restaurants. The next night was the Street Fair at the Bodegas de Santo Tomás. We brought Gayle, Chelsea, Derek and Gonzo to this event with us. We were planning to meet Keith, from the Spanish language school. Trouble was, he was on Mexican time and we were on camp time. The kids got bored and as whiny as two-year-olds, so we left by 8:30—which was about five minutes before Keith arrived.

Article continues here:http://www.bajamagic.com/storyshow/WineFestival.html

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Monte Xanic, “Flower which blooms after the first rain”



Proudly Mexican, this brand is well positioned in the Premium market, producing wines of consistent quality.
“Xanic” name is originated from the Cora Indians, that continue to inhabit parts of Nayarit (the state where i was born, soon will talk about it) on México´s Pacific Coast and it means “Flower which blooms after the first rain”

20 years have passed since Monte Xanic started producing wines in a time where many others were closing their doors for the flood of low cost wines and modest quality. This winery took the challenge and yes they really took it to the next level!!

Article continues here: http://www.g-naya.com/2009/04/11/monte-xanic/

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Paralelo, an Innovative Winery for a Contemporary México!



Hugo D´Acosta, one of the star winemakers of Ensenada started Paralelo Winery thinking on the people that wanted to make it´s own wine.

It was born as a property/partnership project that allowed people to participate directly in the wine industry and experiment what it is to be part of it.

The name Paralelo is used because it´s a Parallel project to Casa de Piedra, the other winery from Hugo D´Acosta; it uses the same varietals, the same assemblage, but at the same time it´s completely different. What makes it different? The essence of the valley, each peace of land transmits to the wine it´s own characteristics: the terroir.

Continues here: http://www.g-naya.com/2009/05/22/paralelo-an-innovative-winery-for-a-contemporary-mexico/

Sunday, June 07, 2009

Discover the wine region of Baja California, Mexico

One region has become the leader in reviving the reputation of Mexican wines, and, perhaps tellingly, it lies just above the 30th parallel. 90% of Mexican quality wine comes from northern Baja California, centering around the city of Ensenada.

The major winegrowing subregions – the Guadalupe, Calafia, San Vincente, and Santo Tomás Valleys – all lie close to the Pacific where they can benefit from the cooling ocean breezes and mists. Hot days and cool nights is a classic winegrowing combination throughout the world, allowing grapes to develop their sugars without a corresponding drop in acidity. All the valleys feature a mix of alluvial soils and decomposed granite.

More, here: http://mexicanwines.homestead.com/REGIONBaja.html

Saturday, June 06, 2009

Discover the wine region of Durango, Mexico



Durango is the perfect place for a wine experience. We have multiple Wine Spectator acclaimed restaurants, over 50 licensed establishments, 600+ hotel rooms, almost 200 boutique galleries and shops, all right downtown. We truly have the perfect environment for a wine event. There is more to do in this county than any other county in Colorado.

More, here: http://www.durangowine.com/

Friday, June 05, 2009

Discover the wine region of Sonora, Mexico


This region is situated in the Coahuila and Durango States. It has a desert climate with an average annual temperature of 64.4 ° F (18 °C.)

Two very distinct periods occur in this region; the first one from April to October, has an average annual temperature of over 68 ° F (20 °C ) and the second one, from November to March, has temperatures that vary between 56.48 ° F (13,6 °C) and 66.92 ° F (19,4° C). The lowest average annual temperature occurs in January and the highest in July and August.

The relative humidity varies seasonally. In spring it is 31 %, in summer 16 %, in autumn 53 % and 44 % in the winter.

Wine production, including quality wines, continues in these areas of Mexico as well, most notably in the La Laguna region, which straddles the states of Coahuila and Durango in the northeast; this is the home of the Parras Valley, the first appellation recognized by the Mexican government. Half of Mexico’s vineyards are in Sonora.

More, here: http://mexicanwines.homestead.com/REGIONLaguna.html

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Discover the wine region of Zacatecas


Founded in 1546, Zacatecas offers a rich historical culture combined with 21st century living.

From fascinating museums and cable-car rides of ancient mines, to villages where traditional silversmiths still live and work, the state of Zacatecas is a place where centuries of history meet modern-day elegance and commodity.

Smaller high elevation vineyards are planted at Zacatecas and go as high as 7,000 feet on the plateau of Aguascalientes...

Continues here: http://www.chiff.com/wine/n-america/zacatecas.htm