Monday, June 20, 2011

Tasting Monte Xanic, wines from Mexico

Eduardodelvino is tasting for you:

 Monte Xanic Viña Kristel Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon (2001): It's a beauty. Definitely Bordeaux style but with new world taste.
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Monte Xanic Chenin Colombard (2007): It is so nice to drink in summer with food or alone. Light, clean, refreshing and just juicy enough. I had some 2009 in Minnesota last summer and people were smiling after the first sip.
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Monte Xanic Gran Ricardo (2004): I was fortunate to have visited the vineyard on the day the winemaker, Hans Backoff was pouring this Gran Riserva for a press luncheon from a Magnum. Smooth, rich, powerful and memorable red.
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The perseverance of Mexican wine makers!

First introduced to Mexico by missionaries in Baja California, Mexican wine had a rocky start. A Jesuit priest, Father Juan de Ugarte, took charge in 1701 of the Loreto mission, and it was he who planted the first grapevines on the northern baja peninsula, which is well within the large wine growing region shared by California wineries.

Until recently, the only reputation that Mexican wines were able to establish around the world was that they were inconsistent at best. Over the past decade or so, big Mexican wine industries such as Pedro Domecq, Bodegas de Santo Tomás and L.A. Cetto, concentrated their efforts into the production of fine Mexican wines with an emphasis on quality and consistency. More recently, small boutique Mexican wineries, such as Cavas Valmar, Monte Xanic, Bodegas San Antonio, and Chateau Camou, started making very fine Mexican wines in small batches, attaining a level of excellence never before seen in Mexican wine. It appears that the new standard in Mexican wine quality is working, as some of the finer Mexican wines are now being exported to the United States and Europe.

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Find out the wine that tastes best with your favorite mexican food dishes.

To begin with, Mexico offers some top quality wineries. The Cavas Valmar winery, one of the newer, more experimental Mexican winegrowers located in Ensenada, has been producing robust wines since 1985. Their wine menu includes Chenin Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon and a Tempranillo grape style grown in the San Vincente valley. This winery also produces a hearty, fruity Chardonnay and Merlot.

Another Mexican wine producer topping the list includes the oldest winemaker from Mexico, known as Casa Madero. Located in the Parras Valley in the state of Coahuila, Mexico, Casa Madero first started producing wine in 1597 under the San Lorenzo label. In 1893, the current owner, Don Evaristo Madero, purchased San Lorenzo. Since the 1970s, the winery underwent a major facelift, taking a backseat to their brandy production and putting their wine producing techniques at the forefront of their business. Currently, Casa Madero produces a top-notch Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. All three styles are available in the United States, and are primarily sold in the restaurant markets.

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Friday, June 17, 2011

Discover the Mexican wine professionals

1. Mexican wine profesionals

Discover our profesional website about Mexican wines:
restaurants, wineries, sommeliers, wineclubs and other Mexican wine profesionals
2. The Mexican wine market
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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Where to buy Mexican Wines ?

Where can you buy Mexican wine in Mexico and in the US ?
How to buy these wines on the Internet ? 
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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Visit Mexico this summer !

Like to visit during the summer holidays the Mexican states where the vineyards are grown, from Baja California to Queretaro, from Coahuila to Durango ?
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Wednesday, June 08, 2011

A toast to Mexico's undiscovered wine country

One of the earliest casualties of the drug-related violence in northern Baja California has been its wine valleys, particularly the Guadalupe Valley, northeast of Ensenada, which has single-handedly put the country on the wine connoisseur's map and earned the moniker, "Mexico's Napa Valley." Monte Xanic, Santo Tomas and L.A. Cetto are among its best-known brands.

Mind you, we have heard from legions of oenophiles who have made tasting trips in the past year without encountering any of the types of problems currently grabbing headlines, but with Baja Norte officially outside the comfort zone, this might be just the time to sample Mexico's undiscovered wine regions.

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Mexican wineries available on your smartphone

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