Mexican Wine


The history of Mexican wine production begins in the 1500s, when Hernan Cortes and his conquistadors exhausted their supply of wine while overthrowing the Aztecs. He ordered the colonists to plant 1000 grapevines for every 100 native “employees.” (Needless to say, “that mensch” is not something you hear people say about Cortes.) The Spanish conquistadors had vines brought over for religious mass, and more likely, wash down their food. With failed attempts to grow grapes in the more tropical regions of Mexico, the first grapes, known as Criolla (the mission grape of California and the Pais grape of Chile), were successfully planted in the Parras Valley of Coahuila. Growing in Puebla and Zacatecas soon followed. The first Mexican wine estate, Casa Madero, was founded in 1597 by Lorenzo Garcia in Santa Maria de los Parras in Coahuila and still exists.
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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

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  • Cavas Valmar

    The story of CavasValmar starts when in 1919 arrives to Ensenada Don Federico Valentin, born in t...

  • Casa de Piedra

    This project was born with the desire to produce an excellent wine for the enjoyment of the group...

  • Casa Madero

    Casa Madero is the first official wine estate in Mexico, founded in 1597 by Don Lorenzo de Garc...

  • Vina de Liceaga

    Established in 1983, by an aquisition of 20 hectares of land on the Ensenada Tecate Highway. At V...

  • Milagro Vineyards

    Milagro Vineyards and Winery strives to make fine wine, starting in the Vineyard by raising the f...

  • Tularosa Vineyards

    David Wickham, owner of theTularosa Vineyards Winery, is a native of Watkins Glen, New York. His ...

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  • Chilaquiles are breakfast food down Mexico way. Which are commonly associated with some crappy beer (like Corona) in a michelada that has lime and chili sauce and worcestershire sauce in it (a sudsy version of a bloody mary, obviously) on on the patio overlooking the sea on hangover days. No wine I can think of that I'd want with them even later... Read More

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  • Gruet Blanc de Blancs Brut Sparkling Blend New Mexico 2007


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  • JD, I think my folks drank wines of varying quality.  Ever since I was a kid and we went to Mexico, we've tried to drink locally when traveling.  (Yes, we had Mexican wine in the 1970s, and I cannot remember anything about it except it wasn't bad.) My father said that hardly anything seems to be exported, although I suspect that there are areas ... Read More

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  • "Crianza" just means there has been some aging regimen.  In Mexico, no particular rule, so it's meaningless. I mentioned elsewhere that yesterday I was in Paso Robles and bought a Mourvedre/Cab/Syrah blend from the Asuncion Ridge tasting room.  We drank it tonight--and while those grapes aren't too esoteric in various combinations, Cab and Mourv... Read More

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  • Vena Cava Big Blend 2012


    More blue-purple than red-purple in the glass. Fairly light on the nosesome barnyard hints, some vegetative hints. Under the palate this is a harmless, albeit, non-distinctive wine. Initial tastes are of dried fruitsprunes, raisinswithout the sweetness. An unusual mouth sensationthis wine seems to have the consistency or viscosity of perspir... Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Growing up doing a bit of surfcasting, pier and offshore fishing in LA, Ventura ... ... for the latter down into Mexico, as you also likely would've done better in a smaller, friendlier, more ethnically defined San Diego back decades ago before supermarkets, restaurant chains and mass-food-processing/packaging industries took over the earth.Nex... Read More

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  • Buy Real Genuine data base Registered and Fake Passport, Drivers license,Id ... ... France, Germany, Israel, Mexico, Netherlands, SouthAfrica, Spain, United Kingdom, Japan, China and This list is not full!Our Team has years of experience producing high quality authenticgrade1 fake passports, Real genuine data base registered passports,data bas... Read More

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  • Duncan, I remember your report on the Morroccan wine.  I remember ... the ... the guy who drinks wine from Mexico.  Speaking of which I had another L.A. Cetto last night--a Petite Sirah.  Drinkable but, otherwise forgetable.  It was made from fermented grapes but had no character or structure.Now I know I'm in an Ojai rut, but so be it.  I hav... Read More

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  • L. A. Cetto Petite Sirah 2012


    Two or three times a year my brother-in-law stops off at the Valle de Guadalupe to pick up some B.C. wine on his return from fishing trips down around Santo Tomas. He gives me these wines and I enjoy tracking the progress of the wine industry, down there. This one seems like a step back from older vintages that I have had from this maker. Fir... Read More

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  • v v, 3 or 4 times a year my brother-in-law goes on fishing trips to Baja ... ... store actually has a "Mexico" section.  I have seen (and, actually, bought) L.A. Cetto wines there.  Interestingly, the back label on the Total Wine ones are in English.It is winter, today, in So Cal, and, so, we are having a hearty stew for dinner, tonight.  I'm ... Read More

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