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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  • Chardonnay

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Merlot

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

  • 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...

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  • Vina de Liceaga

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

  • Asombroso Tequila

    The recipe for the original tequila, AsomBroso, dates to the time the first agave heart was cooke...

  • Santa Fe Vineyards

    "All our wine labels are from original paintings by Amado Peña" We have recently partnered with ...

  • Monte Xanic

    The Valle de Guadalupe is located 30 kilometers inland from Ensenada, on Mexico's Pacific Coast, ...

  • Baron Balch'e

    Barón Balché is a symbol of Nobility. The Mission of the Barón Balché Vineyard is to produce the ...

  • Cavas Valmar

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

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Mexico on Snooth

  • Going back to the Lingcod story I hinted at in the other thread, here's how ... BC, Alaska, and down to Baja Mexico, though a few are caught throughout the CA coast and Pacific Northwest. So anyway, I was predictably stoked when my friend let me know he had some fresh Lingcod for me, fresh off a trip to Baja...forgot the name of the fishing tow... Read More

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  • While looking at the NYTimes food section, I saw a piece for this book by ... ... ... one of their books in Mexico recently, and used them when I hitched across Canada in 1990.  Not sure how deep their expertise is in this area.  I looked through the table of contents and it's fairly basic:  Major wine areas in most countries associated with ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Or Maybe It's Wine Book Reviews?


  • Greetings, Im a wine drinker from El Paso, Texas. Industry is government with a ... festivals in southern New Mexico. I guess all this makes me a novice.   Hope everyone has a great holiday.&nbs Read More

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  • And if you will permit me a tiny bit of thread drift: While we were in Mexico, almost everyone we met from an English speaking country was from British Columbia, including a few from around Lake Okanagan.  Turns out that WestJet flies from Calgary right to Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo airport. Smart move when the days are 6 hours long and the temp is hitt... Read More

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  • Okay, I'm back from Mexico.  JD guessed right.  It's a 2008 Lisini BdM.  And it was on sale, because I love to be fruga, but it was still above our floor.  Lisini is traditional, in the $75-90 range, usually. Some of the recent vintages of really good BdM are on sale because everyone is turning to the hyped 2010s. I wanted to "send" something he... Read More

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  • I will still be in Mexico but I will use my telepathic powers... No, I will use the new app for hiring someone to jimmy your locks for you, open your mail, and generally snoop in your affairs. And miraculously I will know what was sent to me and I will have a blindingly brilliant guess who did it. I swear I did not cheat in any way.  But yes, my... Read More

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  • Settled for a very generic Salice Salentino last night.  We'll drink ... ... when we get back from Mexico.  It's been my fall back for young Nebbiolo for a few vintages, although I found some non-DOCG last summer and a Gattinara that fit the bill, too.  I'm probably a little unusual in liking young Nebbiolo but I could sub it in for lesser Pi... Read More

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  • Since that's half-way between Guadalajara and Oaxaca, categorizing that as ... there other than flying into Mexico Cit Read More

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  • L. A. Cetto Nebbiolo 2005

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  • Y'all are going to have finished yours before mine arrives.  Chill ... my Secret Santa, I leave for Mexico on Saturday.  Just sayin'.&nbs Read More

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