Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Mexican wine country south of the border


Touring Mexico's wine country is quite enjoyable and very easy to do. If you find yourself in the San Diego area and have nothing to do for a day or so, consider touring the verdant Guadalupe Valley which lies approximately forty road miles south of the border at Tecate (which is thirty-eight miles east of San Diego). Three major wineries (Pedro Domenq, LA Cetto, and Monte Xanic) are separated by a scant seven miles so touring all three is a simple matter for a day's itinerary.

How to get there

From San Diego, take Interstate 8 (I-8) East to El Cajon. Exit at Second Street, and turn right at the signal at the bottom of the ramp. This is Jamacha Road. Follow Jamacha for about eight miles until you arrive at Rancho San Diego. Turn left onto CA 94 (Highway 94), which will be the second twin left turn lanes that you'll encounter on Jamacha Road. A sign marks the intersection (Tecate, Campo).

Follow highway 94 as it winds it's way up into the hills (Note: This is a very scenic drive especially in deep summer). Twenty two miles up CA 94 turn right at the marked intersection to Tecate. This highway is numbered CA 188. A scant two miles later you will encounter the border. On the left just before the border is a gas station that sells Mexican Automobile Insurance. Your US policy does not cover Public Liability and Property Damage in Mexico. Crossing into Mexico is about as hard as crossing a state line in the USA. For driving tips refer to the mini series "Rv'ing Mexico". After you enter Mexico, you will need to dogleg left at the first traffic light. So make a left and then a right at the next block.

You will be on the main road to the wine country and Ensenada (Hwy 3). Watch for stop lights and stop signs as you progress through the urban sprawl. When you encounter the traffic circle, all oncoming traffic turning in front of you has the right-of-way (important so please don't forget this rule). After you dodge a couple of cars keep going straight. The road will wind up a hill and soon the urban congestion will ease. Soon you will be in the midst of boulder studded grassland and chaparral. Keep your eyes open for slow trucks ahead and fast buses behind. After winding your way up and down a series of grades (about thirty-five miles worth) grape vineyards will appear on both sides of the road.

The LA Cetto winery is on the left about two miles down a well-graded road (there's a highway sign). The Pedro Domenq winery is on the right, near the highway in an imposing concrete structure.

A nearby full hookup RV park

On the way to Pedro Domenq, LA Cetto and Monte Xanic, you passed by a well-run RV park (Rancho Sordo Mudo). Retrace your steps just a little past LA Cetto. There will be a billboard type sign on the right for Rancho Sordo Mudo. Turn right and pick out a spot. The park is verdant and green. The restrooms are clean with hot water and showers. This rural park is administered by the Rancho Sordo Mudo (Deaf Mute Ranch) across the highway. Someone will be around to collect a donation in the morning--this is a charitable organization to assist the disabled, please reach deep into your billfold.


Continue south to Ensenada, or return back to Tecate? The choice is yours. Really smart RVers would have brought steaks to barbecue to go along with that "extra" bottle of Monte Xanic. One liter per person is the allowable limit to bring back into the states. Perhaps a bottle of Merlot to go along with some Chateaubriand grilled over shimmering mesquite coals? This is a fine adventure and fine booty to stock your wine cellar. If you have pretentious friends who claim to be wine snobs, imagine the look on their faces when you announce an occasion special enough to enjoy a bottle of "Mexican Red". I wish I could be there with you to enjoy the spectacle.

Author: David Eidell

Discover the Capricho’s Restaurant & Wine Bar


Capricho’s in Ensenada Mexico is a very unique restaurant. The food is a fusion of French and Mediterranean with original flavors of Mexico. The menu is extensive featuring pastas, fresh local Ensenada fish and meats. The recipes are created to be Mexican wine friendly. Outstanding entrees include filet of sole accented with a Roquefort cheese sauce, the savory chicken breast stuffed with red fruits and blue cheese, and the grilled rib-eye steak.

Their Mexican Wine list is extensive using Riedel crystal glassware and they have many Mexican wines by the glass utilizing WineKeeper’s nitrogen preservation system to retain freshness. The service is outstanding.

Contact Information
Contact: Carlos Garcia Travesi
Phone: 011 52 646 178 3433

Other informations:
Tues -Sat 1:00pm to 12:00am
Sun 1:00pm to 8:00pm

Credit Cards: Visa MC Amex
Corkage: $10.00

Source: BajaFoodandWines

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Wines to drink with Mexican Food

Chef and Mexican food authority Rick Bayless, owner of Chicago's award-winning Frontera Grill and Topolobampo recommends some wines to pair with Mexican dishes.

• With dishes having spicy red chile sauces pour a Merlot or a fruity red like a Sangiovese.

• With dishes having tomatillo-based sauces go for a Sauvignon Blanc or Merlot.

Rick also likes La Cetto Petit Syrah and Nebiolo.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

LaFarga Wines, Wine Editors Tasting Notes

Tasting Notes

2004 Equinoccio Nebbiolo
Aromas of plum black fruit, with a hint of spice. This wine is very dark in color and Full-bodied. Coats your palette with cherry, black currants and a hint of cedar. Chewy tannins and a long finish. Hard not to drink now, but better after 2008.

2003 Equinoccio Syrah
Offers blackberry, smoke tar and a hint of cedar – Followed by vibrant mineral, coffee and spices. Very long finish with silky tannins. Fleshes out in the glass. Super effort and excellent syrah. Sold Out

2004 DQ
Cabernet – Syrah blend with aroma of cherry, plum and a hint of cedar. The sweet fruit is soft, but vibrant with a nice finish. Nice color easy drink red. Drink now


Testimonial about Wine Country Tour in Ensenada

One of the best excursions on our cruise was the Wine Country Tour. They took us by bus about 45 minutes outside the city of Ensenada, Mexico, to two different vineyards. The first was Cetto, started by an Italian man who moved to Mexico and started making wine in the 1800s. It is the largest vineyard in Mexico and makes 60% of the country's wine. We took a tour of how they make the wine and then tried several of their varieties and also some brandy and tequila. Luckily, they gave us bread, cheese, and olives to soak up all the alcohol!

Then we went to the Santo Thomas vineyard, which was much older and had a somewhat different process for making their wines. They use some French techniques, like using only naturally split oak pieces for the oak barrel aging process. We tried some of their wines as well and enjoyed the beautiful countryside.

Then they dropped us off in the downtown area so we could do some shopping. I really didn't see much I wanted to buy since it was so touristy and expensive. I had been to Mexico several years ago to the less touristy areas and had bought many, many beautiful arts and crafts then.

The tour guide on our bus was also great and very funny. He kept us entertained the whole time with jokes and trivia about Mexico (like why we celebrate Cinco de Mayo in the U.S. when they hardly care about it in Mexico; it isn't even their Independence Day after all!) and other fun stuff.

All in all, we thoroughly enjoyed this tour and would highly recommend it to anyone on this cruise.


Looking for wine in Mexico


Does someone know what is the cost to ship wine to local places in Mexico?
And how long does it take to ship the wine once it’s purchased?
If you have some information please contact Lillian Szutoo

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Vancouver, BC V6E 1B5
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Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Tasting of Macouzet Tempranillo 2002

Grapes: Tempranillo 100%
Regions: San Vicente

Tasting notes:
Red fruit, spices and tobacco.It is full bodied and balanced, with a good structure and with a long finish.

Maridate with:
Red or dark meat, seasoned fish or shell.

Source: Vinisterra

Tasting of Macouzet Cabernet/Merlot 2001

Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon (60 %), Merlot (40%)
Regions: Valle de Guadalupe and San Vicente

Tasting notes:
Dark ruby color, aromas of cherry, redf fruit, coffee and tobacco. Elegant and structured to the palate, ripe fruit with a back of coffee and cocoa.Reminiscence of aging in French oak barrels, balanced in acidity, tannins and alcohol, with long finish

Maridate with:
Red meat, seasoned or broiled fish or shell, light cheeses.
Source: Vinisterra

Tasting of Viña Domino Tinto 2003

Grapes: Tempranillo, Grenache and Mision
Regions: Valle de Guadalupe and San Vicente

Tasting notes:

Ruby red with aromas of red fruit, plum and spices. Confirms it's fruitiness in pouth with vanilla notes, soft tannins, medium body and good lenght at it's finish

Maridate with:

Drink alone to socialize, or during cocktails, fish and seasoned shell fish. Aso with pasta and red meat.

Source: Vinisterra

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Tasting Viña domino blanco 2001

Winery: Vinisterra
Grapes: Chenin Blanc, Colombard
Region: Valles de Guadalupe y San Vicente

Hay yellow color with gold tones. Aromas of apple, grapefruit and green mango. Fruity and fresh, with spicy mineral notes.Balanced, medium body and good acidity.

Combine with:
As an aperitif, with fish and shells ord with white meat or poultry. Cold dishes.

Source: Vinisterra

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Tasty Mexican wine history

While Mexico's wine industry has boomed rather recently, winemaking dates all the way back to the Spanish conquest, with the Spaniards surprised to find how well the vines they brought from the homeland adapted to the New World climate. In 1597, the Spaniard Don Lorenzo Garcia made the town of Santa Maria de las Parras in the northern Mexican state of Coahuila home to his Casa Madero, the oldest winery of the Americas. By the mid-17th century, however, the Spanish crown determined that the vineyards were doing too well for its taste: fearing future competition from New World wineries, it banned all vine planting and brought wine production in Mexico to a halt. Many Spanish missionaries refused to abide by the new rules, though, continuing to plant vines and produce wine on a small scale.

The Saint Thomas Mission (Mision de Santo Tomas), founded in the northern area of Baja California Norte State by Jesuit priests in 1791, reactivated the production of wine in Mexico. The mission grape brought over and planted by the Jesuits found its perfect home in an area that compares in climate to California's Napa Valley and France's Rhone Valley. In 1834, Dominican priests began growing grapes at the nearby Northern Mission of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Mision de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe del Norte), now known by the abbreviated name of the Guadalupe Valley (Valle de Guadalupe). The Guadalupe Valley is one of the few places in the world where premium wine grapes can be grown.

In 1857, after Mexico's War of Reform, the Catholic Church was stripped of its holdings and all church property became part of the state. The small wineries formerly tended to by missionaries were eventually abandoned. In 1888 the government sold the former lands of the Santo Tomas Mission to a private group, which established the Bodegas Santo Tomas, the first large-scale winery in Mexico.

In 1904, the region received an influx of immigrants known as the molokans, a pacifist religious group which opposed war and fled Russia so its men would not be drafted by the Czarist army. The Russian families purchased about 100 acres of land and dedicated a considerable portion of it to harvesting grapes for wine. They encouraged others to do the same, helping the area acquire a reputation for making good wine.

Monday, November 19, 2007

The 2008 Cabo San Lucas International Wine Festival

Dear Wine Lover,

You’re Invited! The 2008 Cabo San Lucas International Wine Festival
January 16 to 19, 2008

Wine Country Network and Pueblo Bonito Oceanfront Resorts & Spas cordially invite you to participate in the first ever, Cabo San Lucas International Wine Festival.

Located at the tip of Mexico’s 1,000-mile long Baja California peninsula,and just a short flight from most U.S. international airports, Cabo San Lucas offers a perfect combination of warm, balmy weather, a wealth of outdoor activities, and spectacular scenery, creating the perfect tropical location for hosting this exciting new event.

The four-day 2008 Cabo San Lucas International Wine Festival, to be held January16-19 at Pueblo Bonito's Pacifica, Sunset Beach, and Rose Resorts, will feature a welcome reception, six educational seminars, guided-tastings of limited release wines, mixology lessons, cooking demonstrations, a Wines of Mexico Grand Buffet & Tasting and a Grand Tasting of International Wines. In addition, participating vintners will host optional Vintners Wine Pairing Dinners at Pueblo Bonito's fine dinning restaurants.

Festival Resort Rates: Pueblo Bonito Oceanfront Resorts & Spas is offering aspecial four to seven day resort discount for festival attendees, from $255 per night, double occupancy. Beyond aesthetic beauty and spacious suites, guests of Pueblo Bonito are lavished with incredible cuisine at a choice of fine restaurants, impeccable service, a wide variety of activities, spa and fitness facilities, whale watching and an endless amount of unabashed pampering.

Four-Day Festival Pass:
Festival attendees may purchase a value-packed, 4-day pass, which permits access to all festival events.

•Welcome Reception, Wednesday January 16, 2008, 6:00-7:30pm
•Educational Seminars & Demonstrations, Thursday & Friday January 17-18,2008
•Wines of Mexico Luncheon on Saturday January 19, 2008, 12-2:00pm
•Grand Tasting of International Wines on Saturday January 19, 2008, 2-6pm
Cost:$275 per person
$350 per person (after 12/01/07)

*Event is limited to 450 guests

We hope that you will join us for this very special celebration of International Wines & Food. Pueblo Bonito’s Oceanfront Resorts & Spas in Cabo San Lucas offer the perfect backdrop for escaping the winter.

For detailed information about the Cabo San Lucas International Wine Festival, please visit or call 303-664-5700.

Christopher Davies
Wine Country Network, Inc.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Wine Country News from Guadalupe Valley (3/3)

Wine Country News from Guadalupe Valley
by Steve Dryden (end)

Mourvèdre grapes often are very late to ripen, so ripening is helped with stable weather often provided by proximity to a large body of water such as the Mediterranean or the Pacific Ocean. We’re fortunate here in this region because our wine region is situated in a similar manner as the southern Rhône Valley in France, very near to a large body of water. Mourverde berries are medium-sized and blue-black in color, with thick skins. The intense gamey quality of Mourvèdre is often improved by the rich fruit of Grenache and the structure, spice, and power of Syrah. This fact just might be what inspired Christoph Gartner to create his latest amazing blend of Syrah and Mourverde.

Vinisterra’s new 2004 Syrah/Mourvedre is a premium wine that stands out among the best wines from Baja California. The label was conceived by Patricia Macouzet and drawn by Tanya Denise Gulliver to reflect one particular evening in Valle de San Antonio de las Minas. The Sarah (67%) for this blend was harvested on September 2nd at 24.5 brix and is a blend from two distinct regions. The Mourverde (33%) was harvest later in the season on November 6th at 26 brix with and is also a blend of grapes from two distinct regions. All of the grapes used for this wine were grown on the wineries own five year old vineyards in Santo Tomas and San Antonio de las Minas where they have 750 acres of which 35 acres are currently under cultivation. Christoph Gartner, the winemaker. actually manages the vineyards himself. This style of intense and focused grape management is one important factor that allows him to provide such amazing wine. The primary fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks with secondary fermentation in French oak for 18 months, 50 % of which was new oak, with no filtration of the wine.

This rich and complex blend of Syrah and Mourverde is brilliant in jewel-like color with a elegant and delicate body, soft tannins that provide a relaxed long-lingering finish. Fruit forward blackberry and black currant fruit flavors with butterscotch, carmel, cocoa, coffee and leather on the nose, well balanced acid and a slight hint of sweet vanilla wood. After decanting and about forty-five minutes the wine opens up and settles down into rich licorice flavors and strong blackberry and black currant fruit aromas. The Mourverde adds some spicy, savory structure that compliments the richness of the Syrah. The Syrah adds some black pepper, licorice, clove, thyme with a slight hint of truffle. This high quality “classic” blend sells at the winery for $40 per bottle with a 10% case discount.

And, don’t miss out on the 2004 Vinisterra Grenache /Termpranillo blend. Christoph has created another stunning wine. It is deep purple in color with flavors of boysenberry, candied cherries, red berries and hints of chocolate, cocoa, cloves, nutmeg with smooth and soft tannins mid-palate and on the finish. This well balanced wine with refreshing aromas of red fruit, spices, white pepper and mocha is a great addition to the portfolio of Vinisterra wines.

Patricia, Abelardo and myself paired up both wines with gourmet cheese produced here in Guadalupe Valley by Tito Cortez. The wedding party was kind enough to offer some fabulous paella to highlight our evening. As I gazed out the window towards the wedding group I thought about blends of grapes coming together in harmony, each bringing individual qualities that provide character, depth and richness. I realized that an artisan like Christoph Gartner is creating something like a marriage between grape varietals, similar to the blend of individuals, unique people and families coming together in the marriage on the patio at Vinisterra. Creating good wine and good love is similar to orchestrating classical music, you have to bring all the individual players into harmony in order to produce a masterpiece. And, hopefully over time everything just gets better. I hope that happens to “the little old wine writer!

Steve Dryden is a wine, travel and Native Peoples writer living in Guadalupe Valley. He manages a new wine bar, Destino del Vino, at Km 88 on Scenic Highway One, 7 miles south of Baja Mar. He can be reached at or NexTel 152*187162*15.

Wine Country News from Guadalupe Valley (2/3)

The Fine Art of Blending Premium Mexican Wine
By Steve Dryden (continued)

The southern Rhône sub-region is similar to Valle de Guadalupe, Valle de Santo Tomas and Valle de San Vicente, all having a more Mediterranean climate with milder winters and hot summers. Drought can be a problem in these areas, so drip irrigation is common. The southern Rhône's most famous red wine is Châteauneuf du Pape, a blend containing up to 13 varieties of wine grapes, both red and white, as permitted by the Châteauneuf-du-Pape AOC rules. Depending on the specific AOC rules, grapes blended into southern Rhône reds may include Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre, Carignan and Cinsaut. White wines from the southern Rhône sub-region, such as in Châteauneuf-du-Pape whites, are also typically blends of several wine grapes. These may include Roussanne, Bourboulenc, Picpoul, and Clairette.
Vinisterra Winery has been designing their line of premium wine over the last several years with many of their wines derived from southern Rhône varietals grown in Baja California.

During the last few months Vinisterra winery has been introducing their 2004 Syrah/Mourverde and their 2004 Grenache/Tempranillo blends. Historically, Syrah is the only grape used to make the famous Rhône wines of Côte Rotie and Hermitage, but also forms the backbone of most Rhône blends, including Chateauneuf du Pape. Although cultivated since antiquity, competing claims to the origin of this variety gave credit to it either being transplanted from Persia, near the similarly-titled city of Shiraz or to being a native plant of France. Research completed at the University of California in Davis and at the French National Agronomy Archives in Montpellier has proved that Syrah is indeed indigenous to France. Actually, DNA profiling proved Syrah to be a genetic cross of two relatively obscure varieties, Mondeuse Blanc and Dureza.

More than half the world's total Syrah acreage is planted in France, but it is also a successful grape in Australia, South Africa, California, Washington and Baja California. Syrah is a fairly new variety in California, Washington and Mexico and is one of the most rapidly increasing varieties in these regions. Syrah vines seem to love growing in Mexico because these vines require heat to get fully ripe, bud fairly late and are considered to be a mid-season ripener. The berry is thick-skinned and dark, almost black, often allowing for intense wines, with deep violet, sometimes nearly black in color with a chewy texture, richness and spicy aromas.

Mourvèdre is a variety of red wine grape grown around the world with some new and old vineyards planted in Mexico. In some parts of Europe and the New World it is known as Mataró, Generally these vines produce tannic wines that can be high in alcohol, and are usually most successful in Rhone-style blends. Mourverde blends well with Grenache and Syrah, softening and giving more structure to these varietals. Typically the taste of Mourverde grapes vary greatly according to area, but often have a wild, gamey or earthy flavor, with soft red fruit flavors. Recent DNA fingerprinting and research has shown that Monastrell is, in fact, the Graciano of Rioja. Mourvèdre is widespread across the Mediterranean coast of southern France, where it is a notable component (like Syrah) of Châteauneuf du Pape. It is sometimes used to produce a fortified red wine in Languedoc-Roussillon and is being rediscovered in some older vineyards and planted in new vineyards throughout Baja California.

To be continued (next week)

Wine Country News from Guadalupe Valley (1/3)

The Fine Art of Blending Premium Mexican Wine
By Steve Dryden

Last night, during a wedding event held at Vinisterra winery in San Antonio de las Minas I sampled some wonderful new releases of wine. Lately, I’m been so busy working that I’ve missed the finer things in life, so it was nice and refreshing to spend some quality time with friends, sharing “wild” stories and unsurpassed hospitality. Abelardo Rodriquez and his beautiful wife, Patricia Macouzet often host friends and special events at the winery and are two of the few folks in the Mexican wine industry who fully understand hospitality, courtesy and have the patience to provide basic wine education and local history to inquiring visitors. They are masters in creating refined and relaxed ambiance, a rare skill and treasured virtue in today’s fast paced world.

The Rodriquez family has the advantage of being long time Baja California residents with a family history of higher education and hospitality, perfected by their grandfather, Abelardo Lujån Rodriquez, interim President of Mexico from 1932-1934. President Rodriquez was a champion of the Mexican wine industry and well known for vastly improving Mexico’s educational system. Some of his other accomplishments included “the establishment of several financial institutions, the restoration of public education, and the implementations of laws related to private charity and monopolies. He joined the Mexican revolution in 1913 and began moving up the ranks soon after. He became a Colonel in 1916, and following his involvement in the Plan de Agua Prieta, he was named Military Commander of Northern Baja California in 1921. In 1923 he became Governor of Northern Baja California, and continued as both Military Commander and Governor until 1929. He also lengthened the presidential term length from four to six years. After his term ended on November 30, 1934, Rodríguez returned to private life until 1943, when he was elected governor of Sonora, where he had a significant impact on education. He promoted university education, establishing Sonora's state university and at one time owned Santo Tomas winery where he is credited for bringing classic varietals of grapes into Mexico’s vineyards.

Thanks to Patricia and Abelardo, the Vinisterra winery is known for their hospitality and for creating some incredible wine. Their winemaker and co-owner, Christoph Gartner, is a Swiss trained enologist with a driving passion to create premier wines in Mexico. Some people think it’s unusual for Swiss to make wine, but in fact, the tradition of wine and viticulture in Switzerland is very old, at minimum going all the way back to the Roman era. The first evidence of early Swiss winemaking and consumption (stored in ceramic) were discovered and dated back to about 150 A.D. If you are “old” like myself and you still have some memory left you might remember in the 1960’s a little old man (voice of Jim Backus) known as the “Little Old Winemaker” from TV promotions by the Italian Swiss Colony wine producers. His favorite closing phrase was "That little old winemaker...Me!" This is not Christoph Gartner by any means! Christoph is more comparable to biblical David, who challenges and conquers the giant, Goliath. To be more exact, he has slowly and silently evolved into one of Mexico’s top winemakers. He didn’t boast or make false claims to be the “best” - he just does it! He simply creates fantastic wine and is focused on using grape varietals from southern Rhone valley in France.

To be continued (next week)

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Buy Mexican wines in Zacatecas

Cachola has a small store in a shopping center across the street from the cathedral in Zacatecas where you can buy wine (red or white).

Interested in other shops in Zacatecas ? Here is a list.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Buy Mexican wines in the Netherlands


If you're on a business trip in the Netherlands or if you are living in the Benelux, you can take advantage of the trade activities of Corny Bakers. They have the following Mexican wines:

White wines
- San Isidro 6 x 750 ml.
- L.A. Cetto Sauvignon Blanc 6 x 750 ml.

Red wines
- Monte Ania Cabernet Sauvignon 6 x 750 ml.
- Cortesa Cabernet Sauvignon /Malbec 6 x 750 ml.
- Calixto Cabernet Sauvignon / Malbec 6 x 750 ml.
- L.A. Cetto Cabernet Sauvignon 6 x 750 ml.
- L.A. Cetto Petite Sirah 6 x 750 ml.

Here are their address and website:

Corny Bakers First Mexican Food
Middenweg 31. Nederhorst Den Berg
Tel +31 (0)294 - 417897 . Fax +31 (0)294 - 411826

Find Mexican wines in Chicago, IL


My name is Osacar Chavez, I am a distrbutor of Mexican wine in the area of Chicago IL.
Those interested in buying wine from Cavas Vamar and Vinisterra please contact me at


Oscar Chavez
Phone: 630-640-0247

Vintage Business Card

"El Burrito Cafe"


Approximate Measurements: 3.5" x 2.25"

Great used condition. Some tip & edge wear.

Authentic vintage business card ... not a reproduction.

Several lots of business cards from the same serviceman are being listed at this time. Be sure to view our other listings.

Combine purchases to save on shipping.

All Antiques & Vintage Collectibles are "Sold As Is".

We usually do not clean the estate items we list other than a little dusting; therefore, everything is in "AS FOUND CONDITION".

The Antiques & Collectibles are old & have been used; therefore, there will be some wear & scratches that come from use. We will describe everything else to the best of our ability. Please ask questions in advance of bidding if there is something that has not been covered in our description.

Most antiques & vintage collectibles that are being listed at this time are estate fresh & have not been offered for sale previously.

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Sunday, October 21, 2007

What about Wine shopping in Mexico City ?

In order to do some wine shopping in Mexico City, the best way is to have your buddies giving you some advices.

Just had a thought - we will only be in Mx City for a few days before we go by bus to Morelia and then Patzcuaro. We are devoted wine drinkers and don't know what to expect in Morelia or Patzuaro as far as availability. Any recommendations for a place in Mx city to buy two or three interesting bottles to take with us? Thanks for any suggestions.

Morelia is actually a fairly sophisticated city. I don't think you should have too much difficulty finding good, drinkable wine there. Like the U.S., Costco in Mexico also has a pretty good wine selection. Morelia has a Costco. If you're taking a taxi into town from the bus station just have the driver stop at Costco, run in get a couple of bottles and then head for your hotel. There are also numerous liquor stores around town.

More information here:

What about Mexico Wine Country ?

Baja Wine Country
Mexico’s Baja wine country offers unique spirits worth exploring—an easy trip from Southern California.
By Frommer's Portable Los Cabos & Baja

Admittedly, Mexico is not the first country to come to mind when thinking of wine, but the emerging wine country in Baja does make for a memorable exploration and a unique and easy trip from Southern California. Take a long weekend and indulge in an exploration of the spirits here.

Day 1: Tijuana to Ensenada

Cross the border into Mexico, and make a stop in Tijuana for a generous sampling of Baja's wines at the Cava de Vinos L.A. Cetto (L.A. Cetto Winery). Cava is big and commercial, but it will give you an introduction to what Mexican wines have traditionally been known for. The cork-covered building is certainly a sight to see in and of itself. When you're finished (making sure you're sober enough to drive), head down the coast to Ensenada, but not before enjoying a truly wonderful meal at La Embotelladora Vieja at the Bodegas de Santo Tomás winery, which crafts its menu to complement wines. Be sure to book a room in advance at the Adobe Guadalupe if you want to truly immerse yourself in the wines of the Valle de Guadalupe. You also can stay in Ensenada, as it's just a 29km (18 mile) drive between Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo along Highway 3.

Days 2 & 3: Valle de Guadalupe

To orient yourself and ensure that you start your explorations with some knowledge of the area's unusual history, pay a visit to the Museo Comunitario del Valle de Guadalupe and the Museo Histórico Comunitario. Try lunch at the Museo Communitario's adjacent Russian restaurant. Fill the rest of your days with visits to the various wineries where you can view bottling processes and partake in tastings. My preference are visits to the smaller, boutique wineries, such as Monte Xanic, Chateau Camou, or Mogor Badan, but you may also enjoy visiting one of the large establishments at L.A. Cetto or Domecq. Be certain to plan a meal (reservations are recommended) at Laja before heading back.


Monday, October 08, 2007

Setting standards of excellence in Mexican wines

The "Big Three" wineries may provide good, affordable wine for the mass market, but the small wineries are providing the enthusiasm in sophisticated wine circles. These elite vintners are
elevating the quality and the reputation of Mexican wine, As the excitement grows, several wineries and winemakers are well on their way to achieving cult status.

Hugo D'Acosta at Casa de Piedra, whose first vintage was in 1997, is the standard-bearer for the small boutique wineries in the valley. The unique winery is new, but looks old and was
designed to look like a stone house as the winery name implies. "We wanted to keep it
simple," says Hugo, "like our wine." While the winery makes a subdued architectural statement, the "simple" wines, as it turns out, are elegant and concentrated.

Casa de Piedra produces only two wines: a white, Piedra de Sol, made from Chardonnay grapes grown in high-density vineyards, and a red, Viño de Piedra, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Tempranillo. Production currently sits at 1,250 cases, which D'Acosta hopes will soon double, as he is optimistic about the future of Mexican vines, especially the old vines
he's bringing back to productive life. "Old vines planted many years ago by the Russian emigrants may take on a new life.... The roots go very deep on these head-pruned plants and they are better adapted to the arid conditions. They could make beautiful wine," smiles D'Acosta.

Ice wine and beyond: Monte Xanic

Another star leading the quality charge is winemaker Hans Backhoff of Monte Xanic. The winery produces a Calixa line offering high quality, oakaged white and red varieties at a reasonable
price. There's also the premium or Monte Xanic line. The biggest surprise, however, comes from
Backhoff's Mexican ice wine. He found the nearby refrigerated lockers used by the local fishing industry perfect for freezing the grapes despite the Mediterranean-like climate.

While Mexican ice wine may seem a little out of place, so too did the idea of producing wine in Mexico, period. To the chagrin of skeptical critics, the commitment by Mexican winemakers
to produce quality wine is paying off. A growing number of wines now compete with top-tier winemaking regions around the world. And the best is yet to come, as is evidenced by the enthusiasm, dedication and confidence found throughout the Baja Peninsula. Says Christian MacKay of L.A. Cetto Winery: "With over 100 international awards, we are showing the wine drinkers of the world our best. Our wine is great; we only need to spread the word."

A freelance writer and retired international airline captain, Thomas J. Reagan Jr. travels extensively seeking great wines of the world.

A little Bordeaux inMexico

Deeper into the Valle de Guadalupe is the small town of Francisco Zarco. Driving down the bumpy, unpaved road toward wineries Château Camou and Monte Xanic is like stepping into an old Mexican movie set. Horses, goats, dogs and people roam the streets and on both sides of the road, houses and buildings have an authentic "well-worn look."

Entering Château Camou at the edge of town, dusty clay gives way to lush green. Winemaker Dr. Victor Torres is one of the fathers of the wine revolution in Mexico and his Bordeaux-style
wines reflect his time at the University of Bordeaux, where he obtained his doctorate in enology.

"One of the miracles here at Château Camou is the presence of very old vines; many over 60 years old–they are our treasure," says Fernando Favela, whose family owns the winery. Jesus
Rivera oversees this entire process with fanatical pride and guards the esteemed reputation of the winery, whose bottles grace the tables at haute cuisine restaurants throughout the U.S.

A freelance writer and retired international airline captain, Thomas J. Reagan Jr. travels extensively seeking great wines of the world.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Discover the Cetto Winery

We cannot speak too highly of L.A. Cetto wines, as verified by wine writers Joanna Simon, Oz Clarke, Paul Levy and many others. The winery has just celebrated it's 75th Anniversary and is now, more than ever, producing wines of top international quality at different price points.

Cetto wines have been snatching medals at wine challenges all over the world for the past couple of decades. Most recently the 2002 Petite Sirah was highly recommended at the London International Wine Challenge 2004. The 1996 Nebbiolo won a silver medal at the London International Wine Challenge 2003 and the 1999 won a gold medal at Vinitaly 2004 competing against some of the top Barolo's in Italy!

Getting to Know Mexican Wine and Russian History

“Vino-Tourism” by Steve Dryden

Russian wine maker and grape grower David Bibayoff will present his wine and Russian Molokan history during a special evening of wine and gourmet delights on September 7th, at Chabert’s Restaurant in Rosarito Beach, Baja California, Mexico. Come and experience a rare opportunity to learn about the community of Russian Molokan immigrants who moved into Guadalupe Valley around 1905.

In addition to good wine and gourmet culinary delights we'll be featuring handcrafted woven wine cooler baskets from the Kumiai Indians during a fundraiser for the medical needs of the Kumiai of San Antonio Necua. This evening 85 lucky guests will experience some unique wine, meet an entertaining and charming Russian, and discover custom-made handcrafted items created by the native people of Baja California. The event begins at 6:30 pm and will be hosted by David Bibayoff, Laura Torres and Steve Dryden.

Taste a wonderful mexican Syrah

Petite Syrah, La Cetto. Year : 2002/03

What a surprise, a Mexican wine of quality! This is a really interesting wine, complex, full, a smooth texture, rich with aromas of dark chocolate, fruity flavours of cherries. A real talking piece!

Want to buy it ?

Price Per Bottle : £6.84

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Do you know the mexican wines from Adobe Guadalupe ? (2/2)

Miguel 2004 Red

Assemblage: Tempranillo 74%, Grenache 14%, Cabernet Sauvignon 10%
In barrel : 11 months
Ageing: half high

Production: 14,224 bottles
Enologist: Hugo D 'Acosta

Do you know the mexican wines from Adobe Guadalupe ? (1/2)

Uriel 2005 Rose

Assemblage: Cabernet Franc, Tempranillo, Grenache, Chenin Blanc, Moscatel, Viognier, Syrah
Production: 4,800 bottles
Enologist: Hugo D 'Acosta

Come and discover mexican wines at the Sheraton

The 24-story Sheraton Centro Historico Hotel, Mexico City, Mexico is two blocks from Paseo de la Reforma Avenue, two miles from Zona Rosa, and approximately six miles from Mexico City Benito Juarez International Airport.

Hotel amenities include the fitness and business centers, El Cardenal Restaurant, Los Dones (gourmet restaurant), Sedevino Wine Bar, and Lobby Bar.








Friday, September 07, 2007

Export/Import opportunity for Mexican wine


My name is Oscar Chavez, I am a distrbutor of Mexican wine in the area of Chicago IL.

Those interested in buying wine from Cavas Vamar and Vinisterra,
please contact me at630-640-0247

I will be happy to assist you

Oscar Chavez

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Picture exhibition about mexican wines and wineries

Come and enjoy the picture exhibition about mexican wines at Valla de Guadalupe
Pictures from Enrique Fuentes
17 pictures in big sizes in the open aire
KM39 of the motorway between Ensenada and Tecate

Tourism in the wine region of Baja California

Mexican wines and wineries from Mexico suggest you three ways of touring around the wine regions of Baja California:

Do you want to visit the Baja California Vintners ?
The "Comite de Turismo y Convenciones de Ensenada" offers you an opportunity...

The Mexico Tourism Board offers also details on how to visit these interesting region of wineries in the north of Mexico.
Look at it here :

Baja California Tours of San Diego provides a variety of guided Baja winery tours that includes transportation to and from San Diego.
More info here:

Even More about tourism
- visit the wineries
- visit Chateau Camou
- look at our wine book

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Summer Day Trip to the Baja Wine Country

"Summertime with wine and the living is easy".....didn't someone write a song about that? This August is the perfect time to visit the premier wine country of Valle de Guadalupe, as long as you don't mind temperatures in the 90's and 100's. The heat is on and so is the excitement as August marks the month long Harvest Festival celebration in the valley and in regional towns throughout Baja California. Harvest event information and tickets can be found at: www. Mexico has always been known as one of the unique and captivating culinary capitals of the world and now the wines of Baja are awakening and surprising the most sophisticated wine enthusiasts in the region and internationally. Guadalupe Valley is a beautiful rural area filled with interesting and scenic wineries, high quality wine, friendly people and an amazing assortment of fine dining opportunities and excellent lodging possibilities.

The wine country is located about seventy miles south of San Diego and can be explored by heading south on the Tijuana-Ensenada toll road to the last collection station before the seaport of Ensenada. About one mile south of that toll station look for the sign Tecate Highway 3 or Ruta del Vino (Wine Route) and travel east on Highway 3 for seven miles until you drop down into the Baja wine country at San Antonio de las Minas. This is the western end of the Guadalupe Valley wine region which extends fourteen miles east towards Tecate ending near Km 73.5 at L.A. Cetto and Domecq wineries.

Source: Steve Dryden

Hurry up to reserve for the Mexican wine festival

La Vendimia mexican wine festival, Aug 2, 2007 through Aug 19, 2007, is a must for wine enthusiast and gourmet food lovers. Spend a weekend in Ensenada Mexico and go to a few Mexican wine festivals.

You will have fabulous time and experience the new Napa wine country. Completely safe and all the Ensenada hotels and resorts will assist in direction or taking a taxi. Contact us for any help in selecting events or recommendations. Hurry tickets and Ensenada hotels and resorts go fast.

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

August, month of the wine festivals in Mexico

In the wine region of Queretaro, the Freixenet winery (Fiesta de Vendimia) invites you from 3 to 5 August, 2007.
Discover more here (in Spanish) ...>>>>

August 3 to 19, 2007. Ensenada, Baja California, Fiesta de Vendimia - Wine Grape Harvest Festival.
Taste wine from Mexico's largest and most famous vineyards of the Santo Tomas Valley in this delightful coastal city on the Bahia de Todos Santos. The festival also offers a variety of comida corridas, traditional Mexican main meals.
A great time of year to enjoy the Pacific coast side of the Baja peninsula.
Detailed program here ...>>>.

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Mexican wines updates its websites

In this period of Wine Festivals all over Mexico, from Baja California to Queretaro, Vino Mex has the pleasure to present you its websites about Mexican wines in English.

Discover the new websites with updated information and look. You will find three different sites with a rich variety of information and a blog with weekly updates and news.
Discover the fine wines made in Mexico through regional visits to the vineyards, tasting Mexican wine or learning about their history. You will also find an interesting way to combine tipical plates with Mexican wine.
Meet the winegrowers of Mexico from Baja California over Sonora in the North to Queretaro in the center of the Mexican Republic. Visit the wineries of Baja California and taste their wines.
A lot of professionnals take advantage of the Mexican wine boom: restaurants, wine clubs, tour operators. This website is dedicated to them.

Looking for news or updates about the Mexican wines and the wineries from Mexico? Every week you will find it on this weblog:
Have a look at our websites and enjoy Mexican wines.


H. Van de Vyver Salazar
Mexican Wines

Chabert's Wine-Dinner and Art Auction on August 3rd

Contemporary Artist Stephanie Clair of La Jolla, California will be
featuring her “Romantic Cubism” wine-related art during a special “Artisan
August” wine dinner and art exhibit on Friday August 3rd at Chabert’s
Restaurant in the Rosarito Beach Hotel. Eighty lucky guests will enjoy
dinner reservations along with a silent auction of four pieces, two
originals and two embellished giclees prints.

Stephanie creates amazing art using the matrimony of emotion, cubes and color while sharing her
inspiration from happy, dreamy moments in life that we can all relate to,
but so easily forget. Her inspirations often focus on “ a first love, a last
love, a memory, lovers sipping wine, being enlightened, inspired by sweet
music... those moments are ours to remember- but the speed of time can erase
the memories we all take for granted.” She tries to capture a snapshot of
that moment on canvas. Each painting has a feeling; each feeling tells a
story. Her eyes in the paintings allow the viewer to reach in and connect.
She feels they are the windows to ones soul. In addition, her technique is a
delicate blend of color, technique, imagination, and cubism meant to evoke
mystery and emotion. Her goal is to challenge the viewer’s eye and mind, as
you get lost in a three-dimensional world of people passion and beauty.

Stephanie Clair was raised in upstate New York where she drew her way
through those cold winter days of her youth. After high school she moved to
Virginia where she earned a BFA in painting/design at Old Dominion
University. Influences in her work include Picasso, Matisse, Chagall,
Modigliani, and Kandinsky – hence the bright colors, dreamy people, and
cubist perspectives. To preview her work go to:

The wine dinner and exhibit begins at 6:30 p.m. with advance reservations.
Some proceeds from the event will be used for the medical needs of the
Kumiai in the village of San Antonio Necua. The artisan wines featured at
the “Artisan August” event will be Chardonnay from Roganto (Vides y Vinos
Californianos .S.P.R. de R.L), a clean and elegant wine created in stainless
steel tanks with no oak, paired up the a surprise from the culinary wizards
in Chabert’s gourmet kitchen. Another wonderful artisan creation featured
during this event comes from JC Bravo of Valle de Guadalupe. Mr. Bravo will
present his “famous” Carignan, one of the most stunning artisan red wines to
come out of Mexico’s premier wine growing region of Baja California, paired
up with one of Chabert’s best culinary delights. The evening will conclude
following a superb chocolate dessert matched with an incredible (rare
limited production) Port (Oporto) from Moreno of Baja California. Don’t miss
the exciting, educational wine dinner and art exhibit hosted my Steve
Dryden, Rosy Torres, and JC Bravo.

During the wine-dinner on August 3rd we’ll be holding a silent auction of
Stephanie’s work offering originals and two high quality enhanced prints.
Starting bids will be at $600. These paintings normally retail for $2100 in
her gallery. Some proceeds of the sales will go to fund medical treatment
for members of the Kumiai of San Antonio Necua in Guadalupe Valley.

Questions ??: or

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Tasting of Monte Xanic Red Wines

Cabernet Sauvignon
The wine’s voluptuous aroma suggests a combination of black cherry, raspberry, plum, pepper, black currant, and wild strawberries. Intense flavor.A well-balanced wine with medium body, a velvety palate and a long, refined finish.The wine’s intense flavor lends it to be served with classic cuts of beef on the grill, leg of lamb, filet of beef tampiqueña, or to the strong flavors of game and such aged cheeses as camembert, manchego and parmesan. 100% Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot
This wine is the perfect combination of the aristocracy of Cabernet Sauvignon and the smoothness of Merlot. Aromas and intense flavors of red fruits, cassis, chocolate, and oak.Accompanies a wide variety of dishes including cassoulet and Hungarian goulash. Brings out the strong flavors of wild game.Aged in new French oak barrels for 18 months. 60% Cabernet Sauvignon,20% Merlot,10% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot, 5% Malbec

A voluptuous wine that is smooth and velvety with intense flavor and delicious aromas of raspberry and black cherry.A versatile wine that combines well with classic dishes including coq au vin and beef bourguignon. The intense flavor makes it an excellent accompaniment to grilled beef, duck or lamb chops. 100% Merlot

Intense and elegant. From its deep crimson red color to its complex aroma of black fruits (red currant and blackberry) and toasted coffee with notes of white pepper and oak, this is a wine that dominates. Of full body and texture, it is sensuous on the palate with a smooth finish, long and memorable.The intense flavor of this wine recommends that it be served with heavy dishes including game (wild boar, venison and goose), but it is versatile enough to be served with grilled beef, turkey cassoulet or such cheeses as English Stilton or Spanish Manchego.
100% Syrah

Gran Ricardo
A complex bouquet of strawberries and wild raspberries with hints of cedar, chocolate and anise. With a smooth and velvety palate, this wine achieves excellent balance.A refined and harmonic wine, it can be served alone or to accompany classic beef dishes. It also complements strong flavors, such as venison, duck, goose, or aged cheese.The wine is aged in new French oak barrels for 24 months and in magnum bottles for 4 years. 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc


Tasting of Monte Xanic White Wines

An intense wine of complex flavor, it is distinguished by the rich aromas of pineapple, banana, citrus fruits and apples which are confirmed in the round, balanced taste, both sensuous andelegant.An ideal accompaniment for dishes that are lightly seasoned: fish or shell fish in a cream sauce, such as lobster thermidor or salmon in a butter and dill sauce. 100% Chardonnay

Chenin Colombard
Well balanced with a delicate acidity that makes this wine both refreshing and easy to drink.The delicate flavor of this wine enables it to be served as an aperitif or to accompany dishes that are lightly seasoned or spicy, including Indian curry, Mexican adobe or Chinese chicken. 95% Chenin Blanc, 5% Colombard

Viña Kristel
A light wine with a dry palate, full body and a pleasant freshness. It is characterized by its aromas of pineapple and pear and its delicate notes of fresh butter, caramel and vanilla.A versatile wine that complements a variety of dishes including fresh oysters on the half shell, smoked salmon or a Caesar salad. 80% Sauvignon Blanc20% Semillon


Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Tasting Mexican wines from Chateau Camou

Gran vino tinto Zinfandel

A full bodied wine, deep red in color with purple blue tones.
Ripe red fruit, coffee, mint & chocolate aromas.
Good length and a tannic silky finish.

Gran vino tinto Merlot

Great ruby color, floral red ripe fruit nose and oak aromas.
Great balance and backbone.
A magnificent floral , fruity and tannic persistence.
Along , elegant and velvety finish.

Cabernet Franc Merlot

This harmonious blend of our cabernet franc & merlot , made according to he bordelaise tradition of “saint emilion” give us as result this magnificent wine.
Ruby-red in color, floral and red ripe fruit aromas with touches of cassis, coffee, leather and spices.


Tasting Mexican Calixa wines from Monte Xanic

Cabernet Sauvignon

A young wine with a silken palate, Calixa Cabernet Sauvignon is characteristic of the grape variety and is distinguished by its taste and its rich aroma of black cherry, raspberry and black currant.Upon observation against the light, the wine displays a deep, dark, brilliant red tone with violet-colored scintillation.It is an excellent wine to accompany grilled beef and game, including duck, goose, venison and wild boar, pastas with red sauce, or a Mexican mole poblano sauce.
100% Cabernet Sauvignon. Annual production: 11,000 boxes


A young wine marked by intense fruit and hints of vanilla and spices.Both a cocktail wine and a dinner wine, it is ideal to serve with cream-based soups, oysters Rockefeller, wild mushroom risotto, cheese fondue, or chicken in a pipián verde chili sauce.
100% Chardonnay. Annual production: 8,000 boxes

Presents a salmon pink color that is both brilliant and luminous and offers aromas of strawberries and melon and hints of citrus (manderin). It is a fresh wine that is easy to drink.It can be served alone or to accompany light dishes such as fruit plates, pastas, rice, and poultry. This wine compliments both Oriental and Mexican food..
100% Granache Rose. Annual production : 500 boxes