The Daily Sip™: Wine-Minded Mexico

13May09

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Untitled1Cinco de Mayo was last week and while we all enjoyed our margaritas, guac and chips, we thought we might also take the opportunity to spotlight a region already well-known for fun in the sun and tequila, but lesser known for wine: the Baja Peninsula!

Located just 50 miles south of San Diego, the Baja wine region’s history has its roots in the 16th century when it was actually mandated that all landowners in what was then called “New Spain” must plant grapes.

It was from Mexico that Jesuit missionaries then spread grapes and winemaking to South America and what is today California.
While their history of making wine is long, Mexico has only recently begun to emerge as a reputable growing region; they now produce millions of cases a year!  



With three major wine regions, beautiful scenery, great local food, and a hop, skip and a jump from the beach, why not use Cinco de Mayo as the perfect excuse to plan your next trip to Mexico, and weave a little wine into the Fiesta while at it? Salud!



Recommendations for your wine-minded visit to Mexico:

Stay at one of the six rooms at the charming, reasonable priced La Villa del Valle and enjoy beautiful vistas from your private balconies, wine tastings on the veranda, a jacuzzi under the stars, and traditional Mexican breakfast prepared from their own organic produce and livestock. www.lavilladelvalle.com

Go wine tasting at the magnificent L.A. Cetto.  The winery produces over one million cases per year, including some very good Cabernet’s and a Nebbiolo that rivals the best of Piedmont.  That’s right, a Nebbiolo from Mexico.  www.cettowines.com

Visit La Casa del Dona Lupe, who produces wine from her small vineyard outside the casa.  The real treat however is her locally produced jams, olive oils, honey, and the incredible hot sauces. www.donalupe.com



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