Saturday, January 28, 2012

Explore Mexico's wine country (NY Post)

SEVERED heads. Mass graves. Kidnappings. Drug wars. The grim news pouring out of Mexico these days is starting to make Yemen look like the Italian Riviera.

And so it was with sweaty palms on the steering wheel that I crossed the border last month just south of San Diego, at the start of a visit to the wine country of the Baja peninsula.
I checked the State Department travel warning and learned that, in sketchy places, it’s best to “keep a low profile” and “don’t wear expensive jewelry.”

I rented a “low-profile” black Nissan at the San Diego airport and slipped my Swiss Army watch into my pocket. I thought about buying a sombrero at the border so that I’d blend in with the locals. But the one that caught my eye — lapus lazuli blue with pink fringe — didn’t make me look like a Mexican. It made look like a pinata. So I wore my low-profile yellow “Lion King” baseball cap instead.

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Sunday, January 22, 2012

History of Mexican wines 4/4

Chapter 4: After the second World War

Only in the period of stability post-1940 did a modern winemaking industry emerge, helped by rigorous protectionism. There was revived interest in table wines in the twentieth century. 
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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

History of the Mexican wines 2/4

Chapter 2: The first downturn

The vines from Europe adapted well to their new environment and were so productive that one could make wine and brandy. The development of the industry was nipped in the bud however when Madrid totally prohibited the making of wine in order to protect Spanish home-grown product.

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Monday, January 16, 2012

History of the Mexican wines 1/4

Chapter 1: The beginning and the developpment

The Mexicans are the oldest American wine producers. In the pre-Columbian age (before the arrival of the Spanish conquerors) the Indians used the vine to produce a drink to which they added other fruits and honey.

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Monday, January 02, 2012

Vine and red wine varietals

Discover here the wine grapes and varietals of vines raised by the Mexican wineries. There is a list of vines at the left and of wineries at the right. These wine grapes can be used for sole varietals wines in Mexico.