Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Casa de Piedra, Pioneers of a New Era in México´s Wine Scene

Casa de Piedra is a familiar, warm, beautiful winery that was literaly made stone by stone.
This winery was born in 1997 and as his owner Hugo D´Acosta say it was “Inspired on the freedom of doing”
Casa de Piedra has a building, that has not only a home warmth, it has also the enologic sensitiveness and the technology needed to give the wine the taste of the terroir.

The article continues here.

Casa de Piedra, Winery – Vineyard – Boutique

This discreet vineyard, located at Km 93.5 in the valley of San Antonio de Las Minas, is considered by some as Mexico’s most innovative and ground-breaking winery. Its red Vino de Piedra and white Piedra de Sol are considered among the best wines in Mexico. They are exclusive, expensive and hard to find, but many who have tried them say it’s worth it.

Article continues here.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Baja California's Wine Country is a Place Worth Visiting!

The wine country is only 65 miles away from San Diego and it's really close to Ensenada. Driving through it has become one of the most delightful activities for United States visitors in Baja. It might sound odd if somebody recommends to you to visit Mexico for its wine, but I have to say that Baja California wines are well known for their good quality and flavor complexity.

Interested ? The article continues here.

Mexican Wines Win Gold

Premium wines from Baja California will be presented in San Diego during southern California’s largest wine and culinary event held along the shores of beautiful San Diego Bay. In addition, wines from ten of Mexico’s top wineries were recently poured at the Alex Restaurant in the Wynn (Las Vegas) Hotel, thus achieving rave reviews from the top wine sommelier in the United States, Master Sommelier Paolo Barbieri.

Interested ? The article continues here.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Mexican wines on Facebook

If you have a Facebook account, you can join this interesting english/spanish group.

Published on Twitter

Do you have a Twitter account ? Well then have a look at interesting messages about mexican wines

SouthwestWines: Inspired Mexican Wines are Now Being Served in Las Vegas http://dld.bz/3uxX

AwsmPackaging: Cool Mexican wines http://ow.ly/2WFx2 #packaging #design #wine

BajaVino: We're filming "The Grapevine" TV Show at the Wynn in Vegas, Chef Alex is the star, will pour Mexican wines: www.bajawineandcuisine.com

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Tasting Limited Edition “Vinos Mexico 2010″ – Puebla, Mexico

Last night we got lucky. After enjoying our very first Chiles en Nogada (a delicious seasonal regional specialty) at his acclaimed hotel and restaurant, Mesón Sacristía de la Compañía, owner and director Leobardo Espinosa invited us to join him at a private tasting of a very special wine.
As usual in Mexico, we are so glad we said yes.
Interested ? The article continues here: http://trans-americas.com/blog/2010/09/vinos-mexico-2010/

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

BAJA - Mexican Wines Scored High in International Competition

The 18th annual International Wine Competition "Ensenada, Tierra del Vino," took place at the Hotel Coral and Marina, in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico.

The winners for the 2010 competition were:

Vitivinicola Emeve , SA de CV, of Baja California won four gold medals, including the Grand Award for their Malbec, the top wine of 2010.

Bodegas de Santo Tomas also won four golds; Viñedos Las Nubes SA de CV won four golds; Viñedos La Farga won three gold medals; Fresno State Winery won three golds; Robledo Family Winery of Sonoma, California won three golds; Hacienda Las Lomita won a gold and two silvers; Vinicola Torres Alegre won two golds; Viñas de Garza won two golds; Azienda Vinicola Rivera won two golds; Bodegas de Baron Balch’e won two golds; Bodegas Vinicola Real S.L. won two golds; Cavas Valmar won a gold; Vinart won a gold; MD won a gold; and Casa Pedro Domecq won a gold.

Of the gold medals awarded 23 went to Mexico

Monday, September 27, 2010

News - "mexican wines"

Fine Mexican Wines at Adobe Guadalupe Vineyards and Inn
Tru and Don Miller were the first major California investors in Mexico's premier wine country, located in the Valle de Guadalupe of northwestern Baja ...

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Tasting Mexican Wine: San Lorenzo and Monte Xanic

Mexican wine is something I haven’t devoted much time to up to this point in my wine journey. Over the years, I have tasted a few of the LA Cetto wines, but that had pretty much been it. So, when I received an email through this site from Eduardo Ramirez asking if I’d like to try a few Mexican wines, I jumped at the chance. I met Eduardo a while later to chat about the wines he represents and to accept 4 samples.

Interested ? Article continues here: http://www.vinifico.com/?p=2368

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Wines from Mexico introduced to India

The other day I had the opportunity to taste what was in effect the first introduction of Mexican wines to India at the residence of Ambassador Jaime Nualart of Mexico. And if these examples are anything to go by, I hope we'll see more of them in future, says Reva K. Singh.

Interested ? Article continues here: http://www.sommelierindia.com/blog/2010/08/wines_from_mexico_test_the_wat.html

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Mexican wines gaining popularity

One of the hottest culinary scenes in the world is Mexico where a new generation of residents are demanding more creativity and quality from its restaurants.The Wine Fugitive - http://winefugitive.com/

Friday, August 20, 2010

International Wine Event in Mexico « wine and food guide

The 24 international judges were guided out to the wine country to visit Monte Xanic and Bibayoff wineries. Varivision Cable TV of Ensenada, sent crew members from The Grapevine:Mexican Wine and Food Adventures, to film the event
More: wine and food guide - http://www.winefoodguide.com/blog/

Importing Mexican wines to the NorthEast of the USA

I have been in the wine business for 30 years and I have started my own Importing Company. I am requesting information regarding the potential of importing Mexican Wines into Northeast US. Would you please send all information that might beneficial to that goal?


MGZ Associates

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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Finding Fun Fine Food and Mexican Wines at Punta Banda

La Buf offers quality cuisine from starters to full dinners, seafood dishes, Mexican style dinners, and more, all served with homemade soup, beans and rice.

More information here: www.mexidata.info/id2749.html


Where do I buy Mexican wine to supply my online wine store?

I can not find a resource to refer me to a good wine distribuitor of wines from Mexico in the US for me to ship to rest of the world! Can anybody give me any.Wine - http://wine.hirby.com/

Mexican wine tatsting with EatMexico

Few people outside Mexico realize that Mexico does indeed produce wine, and a good amount of it. Currently Mexican wine-makers manufacture more than 300 labels, andMexican wines have won more than 450 medals in contests around the world.
More:  Eat Mexico - http://www.eatmexico.com/

Monday, July 12, 2010

Guateque 2010: Year of Discovery

Every vintage of Mexican wine brings pleasant surprises as this wine growing region evolves into a global phenomena. The real news about Mexico is that the wine and culinary culture is advancing at a rapid pace, thus fueling our “silent revolution” in creating premium wine. However, we’ve been discovered by serious connoisseurs who are finally listening to what many of us local promoters, wine makers and vineyard managers have been saying for years: “Mexico has the potential to, and is making world-class wine.” In fact, this country has received over three hundred international awards for quality in global wine competitions held in the best wine regions of the world. Serious international wine and food lovers have awoken to the stark reality that Mexico is more than tacos, beer and tequila! 2010 is “the year of discovery” for the distinct wines being produced by talented winemakers in Baja California. The word is out, the secret has been revealed, prepare yourselves.

This year the popular Guateque artisan wine exposition was held at Bibayoff winery in Valle de Guadalupe. The “stars” were the handcrafted, artisan wines created by a diverse collection of passionate people who have recently embraced the art of making wine. Some of these “rising stars” are self-taught, many are graduates of our local wine school at La Escuelita, with a few certified by the new wine making program at UABC in Ensenada. Winemakers at all levels of accomplishment in Mexico are blessed with ripe fruit of superior quality, giving them an important element needed to create high quality wine. The task is to take this “treasured juice” and implement artisan techniques to make drinkable wine. Lately, it seems most folks are getting good with the art form of making good wine from great fruit.

Sometimes it’s hard to get serious and “go to work” at these events, especially after a plate of seafood paella and a few glasses of wine. Despite that, I didn’t come across any wine that wasn’t drinkable, in reality most were emerging in quality from better than average to very good. One outstanding wine comes from Encino or Jorge Cortés of Rancho Cortés. His 2009 Tempranillo is excellent with a nose of plums, black and red cherries flavors, soft and balanced, with hints of vanilla. A little time in the bottle will make this a superb example of what artisan winemakers in Mexico can achieve. Samples of his 2007 Tempranillo simply explains to your palate why Tempranillo is becoming a “star” varietal in Baja California. Jorge has stood out in past events for his high quality handcrafted wines, most likely he’ll go on to become another “star” among Mexico’s best winemakers. In addition, his family produces superior cheese and olive oil in Valle de Guadalupe. Another popular wine and beer maker is handcrafted by Almixia. His passion for producing a diversity of quality products is amazing. Almixia 2008 Grenache shows great promise, nose of sweet, lush cherry with black raspberry, followed by the same flavors ending with an elegant finish. 2009 Almixia in a remarkable blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Tempranillo and Zinfandel.

Several good wines were found in “bottled treasures of delight” from: a delicious 2007 Petite Sirah from Terra Nostra, a “sweet” Zinfandel from Temptation, a full-flavored 2009 Tempranillo from Aledu with smokey notes, and racy tannins, a nice 2009 Cabernet/Petite Sirah blend from Vino Sant Jordi, aka: Vinicola Parres. Winemaker Laura Chanes has another winner with her newest 2009 Algo Petite Sirah, spicy fruit flavors, black cherry with hints of caramel and vanilla, aged in toasted French oak barrels for eight months. Paulette 2009, a wonderful !00% Cabernet Sauvignon, fruit forward with hints of cocoa followed by soft tannins. I also enjoyed the wine from Plata .925, a blend of Zinfandel 33% and Tempranillo 67%. In addition, I was impressed with Tardio 2008 Merlot and wine from Vayu 69. Finally, on my way out the door, I tasted two delightful wines from Abel Bibayoff and an awesome Tempranillo from Eva Cotero Altamirano of Tres Mujeres winery. I do want to mention a newcomer to the Baja California wine scene, Madera 5. Their 2008 Tempranillo/Cabernet blend is a palate pleasing wine of good balance with lots of depth and character. The Tempranillo comes from old vines in Valle de San Vicente adding some structure and complex flavors. This blend was aged for ten months in new American and French oak barrels. Madera 5 is one of those wineries that you might want to follow as they continue to improve and evolve with each vintage.

Guateque 2010 presented a collection of handcrafted wines that further illustrates the vastly improving quality of wines coming from Baja California. Zinfandel,Tempranillo, Nebbiolo, Carignan and Petite Sirah appear to be gaining popularity with winemakers and growers as well. Furthermore, the quality of local Cabernet and Merlot continues to improve with intensive vineyard management, the use of new technology, and the creative skills of innovative winemakers.

Serious wine lovers from around the world are now discovering Mexico’s premium wines, so it might be time to fill your cellar with your favorite local wines while you can still find them. Hopefully, the rest of the world won’t discover that Ensenada has become the Wine and Food capital of Mexico. Due to the proximity of the wine country from Ensenada, our chefs have established personal relationships with winemakers and wineries, tasting the available wine inventory daily, while perfecting their skills at matching regional culinary delights with our best wines.

Now that our well-kept secrets are out, let’s hope that the US finishes their border wall, before we’re invaded with wine fanatics and food junkies craving our best wine and gourmet cuisine. Thankfully for us locals, foreigners are only allowed to take one liter of Mexican wine across the border into the US. Otherwise, we may have to call out the troops, check papers of suspected wine drinkers (possibly using profiling techniques) to stop the illegal smuggling of our best wines:)

Steve Dryden is a wine, food and travel writer living in Mexico’s wine country where he guides small group wine tours. He can be reached at: sbdryden@hotmail.com. To find detailed information about Baja wine and gourmet food, please visit: www.bajawineandcuisine.com

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

The growing popularity of Mexican wine

Don’t get me wrong: You can find Mexican wine in Mexico City. It’s just very hard to find the smaller, less-commercialized varieties. Near Reforma where I live, the supermarket sells a handful of big-label brands for around $15 to $35 USD each. La Naval, a high-end liquor store and gourmet deli in Condesa, has a larger selection, but they still tend to concentrate on the Big Mexican Heavies: L.A. Cetto, Domecq, Monte Xanic, Santo Tomás.

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Monday, June 07, 2010

Mexican Vintner Revolutionizes Wine

A vintage black-and-white photograph of pistol-packing rebels in big sombreros is an unlikely image to find on your bottle of wine, unless, of course, you plan to drink to the revolution. And that’s exactly what Mexican wine maker Casa Madero has in mind.

Mexico’s oldest winery unveiled this week a special limited edition red wine to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Mexican Revolution. To make 3V Edicion Centenario 1910-2010, Casa Madero “combined three of the best grapes of the region – cabernet sauvignon, merlot and shiraz,” said Daniel Milmo, the company’s director of sales. “The wine was then aged for 18 months in fine oak barrels, bottled with no filtration, and aged for another nine months to achieve a truly top-tier product.”

Sunday, June 06, 2010

Mexican Wine uphill

In the past 15 years, our country has received over 350 awards and international recognition to support its world class quality
Some years ago, the very idea that in our country were wine and, above all, quality sounded like a naive illusion for others, under which Mexico always considered essentially producer and consumer of beer and tequila.

Of course, one must admit that wine is a drink of Mexican origin since it was not until the 16th century that the Spanish brought with him.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Wines from Freixenet Mexico

Freixenet of Mexico has two lines of product: Frothy Wine, which is 80 % of the total production and 20% remaining are wines of table.

More: http://www.mexbest.com/companies/view/freixenet

Discover the Adobe Guadalupe winery

Adobe Guadalupe is a working winery, plus a bed and breakfast with six guest rooms. We are located in the Guadalupe Valley near Ensenada, Baja California. The successful wineries in the Guadalupe Valley today continue the tradition begun by the Russian immigrants who, arriving with their vine cuttings in 1904, planted the valley's first vineyards.
The Guadalupe Valley is about two-thirds the size of Napa Valley and weather conditions there are quite similar to those in southwestern France. Grapes are looked after with the utmost of care, and the wines rival any produced in the new world.
We have 60 acres of vineyards where we grow Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Nebbiolo, Cabernet Franc, Tempranillo, Shiraz and a bit of Viognier grapes. We started our vineyards in 1998 and had our first harvest in 2000.

VIÑAS PIJOAN a tribute to women and family

Viñas Pijoan started as a hobby, a desire to make wine and share it with family and friends, but Pau Pijoan, a Catalan settled in México, made a hit with his hobby and had no choice than to keep it going and growing!!!

I visited this winery a little while ago and i was very well impressed, not only for the quality of the wines, but also for the personality of Pau, the owner and winemaker. But most of all, i was impressed to see the love of this man for his family and his wines; such love that as a tribute to the women of his family, each wine have their names.

The article continues here: http://www.g-naya.com/2009/09/18/vinas-pijoan-a-tribute-to-women-and-family/

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Short news about Mexican wines

Bonus Rains could mean a Banner Year for Mexican Wines
The 2010 vintage is off and running with a large dose of rain soaking the soil in vineyards across Baja California, Mexico; and the above average rainfall ...

Monday, April 19, 2010

LA Cetto's olive oil


I was looking for information on L.A. Cetto Winery, which is in the Guadalupe area.
My husband and I visited the winery a few years ago, and bought some wine, but we really fell in love with the olive oil that they sell there. I live in Southern California, but due to all the security issues with American tourists, I can not travel back to purchase more. I was wondering if you know of a place I can buy it from on the web, or another way to get some.

Thank you for your time,

contact: rosiebug79@hotmail.com

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Tasting of an Adobe Guadalupe wine

2007 Adobe Guadalupe Uriel Rosé
Cost: $16
Grapes used: Tempranillo, Barbera, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah and Muscat in the blend in order of proportion.
Is this Rosé or Chianti?!? form mt:asset-id="512" class="mt-enclosure mt-enclosure-image" style="display: inline;">It is fruity, floral, rich and masculine as rose's go. One of the most appealing pinkies tasted this summer.
200 cases made.
11.1% Vol Alc

Discover the Mexican winery Adobe Guadalupe

Adobe Guadalupe is a working winery, plus a bed and breakfast with six guest rooms. We are located in the Guadalupe Valley near Ensenada, Baja California. The successful wineries in the Guadalupe Valley today continue the tradition begun by the Russian immigrants who, arriving with their vine cuttings in 1904, planted the valley's first vineyards.

The Guadalupe Valley is about two-thirds the size of Napa Valley and weather conditions there are quite similar to those

More details here: http://www.adobeguadalupe.com/en/adobe_about_en.html

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Visit Monte Xanic

Baja Mexico Winery Guide, Wine Tours, Pictures & Information
Monte Xanic - We include this Spanish-only site because it's a winery that you
will hear about if you look anywhere for Mexican wines. If you don't habla, ...

Production of wine in Mexico


Do you have any idea of how much wine was produced in M
éxico in 2009 (or 2008)?

Also, I see the Censo Agropecuario is out but it doesn't give much infomation on grapes (just hectares and production by leading states). Do you know of anyone who has a list of the major wine, table and raisin grapes and the number of hectares planted to each? Thank you.


Patrick W Fegan, Director
Wine Columnist,
1942 S Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60608

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Tuesday, February 09, 2010

News about Mexican wines

Mexico's premier wine and food festival a smashing success
Examiner.com - USA
And Mexican wines get better with each vintage. LA Cetto Wines, Latin America's largest wine producer, has received numerous gold medals this year, ...


Monday, February 08, 2010

News about "Mexican wines"

Drinking Mexican Wine with the Locals in My Secret Idaho
Mexidata.info - San Diego,CA,USA
Mexican wines are emerging in quality and production, but they have a good market in Mexico due to their popularity, and a large demand with a short supply. ...


Sunday, February 07, 2010

Saturday, February 06, 2010

News feed about Mexican wines

J.S.Zolliker » Blog Archives » Mexican Wines: Freixenet; Spanish ...
This makes the production much more complicated and gives it some qualities that make it really different than other Mexican wines, if we could relate this ...
The Essential Valle de Guadalupe food and wine! - Mexico - Chowhound
In Polanco, it's about the boutique and cult Mexican wines. ... Baja makes different wines, the best Mexican wines, but you have to drink the right ones to ...
Mexican wine visits Bay Area
The great interest in Mexican wines among Bay Area people is probably not enough for the wineries to work through government regulations and expand their ...
Cabo/La Paz sightseeing, diving and ... - Thorn Tree Travel Forum ...
Also, I am a certified sommelier so I would love to try some seldom exported Mexican wines. Any advice on a knowledgeable wine shop in the Cabo area? ...
Mexican Wine Experiences
Experience six exclusive hand-picked wines and be inspired with the textures, aromas and flavors of the finest boutique Mexican wines. ...

Monday, January 25, 2010

El Vino Mexicano, desafíos y oportunidades: Viticultura Unida 2009

En las instalaciones minimalistas del Hotel Distrito Capital en la zona de corporativos de Santa Fe al poniente de la Ciudad de México, se llevó a cabo el pasado 24 de Noviembre un encuentro directo entre consumidores y los productores de vino, en el que nosotros los enófilos, tuvimos el privilegio de conocer una amplia variedad de vinos mexicanos servidos de mano de sus creadores en el evento Viticultura Unida 2009 (VTU).

En esta ocasión Hugo D’Acosta, el Dr. Pau Pijoan, Juan Carlos Bravo, Trinidad Jiménez, Joaquin Prieto y Alvaro Ptanick compartieron con el público seis interesantísimas pláticas sobre diversos temas relacionados con la producción de vino en los estados de Baja California, Aguascalientes y Zacatecas, además de contar con diversos stands de las bodegas que forman parte de VTU, en los que el público podía degustar sus vinos. Fue una experiencia muy rica en información, con charlas con los productores y los enólogos que se dieron cita en el evento como Christoph Gaertner y Daniel Lonnberg, de las bodegas Vinisterra y Casa de Piedra respectivamente.

The article continues here: http://vinustripudium.blogspot.com/2009/12/el-vino-mexicano-desafios-y.html

Another year, another tasting. Last Wednesday, while most people left their desks before dark, I braved the snow and pigeon-stepped my way to Wahaca in Westfield.

Bibendum were hosting a Mexican food and wine dinner to showcase the wines of Hugo D'Acosta, the Robert Mondavi of Mexico.

Mexico City born D'Acosta, who trained in Bordeaux, owns four wineries in the Guadalupe Valley and consults for a number of others in the region. Widely considered the best winemaker in the country, his influence is almost Kurtz-like.

Article continues here: http://finewineandthecity.blogspot.com/2010/01/hugo-dacosta-mexican-mondavi.html

Friday, January 08, 2010

Fine California & Mexican Wines thanks to Italian Migrants

'Vino-Tourism' by Steve Dryden

Peter Mondavi, Jr., was in San Diego in November for the Sixth Annual San Diego Bay Wine and Food Festival, where I presented him with a bottle of L.A. Cetto’s 2004 Nebbiolo from Baja California, Mexico. Peter is the son of Peter Mondavi, and the nephew of Robert Mondavi.

The parents of Peter senior and Robert (Rosa and Cesare Mondavi) purchased Napa Valley’s first winery, Charles Krug Winery, in 1943.

Article continues here: http://www.mexidata.info/id2491.html