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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  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • Syrah

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

  • Merlot

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

  • 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...

  • Pinot Noir

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

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  • Cavas Valmar

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

  • Tularosa Vineyards

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

  • Baron Balch'e

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

  • Asombroso Tequila

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

  • Casa Madero

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

  • Milagro Vineyards

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

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  • Don Jose Lopez Portillo Blanco

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    This is a phenomenal tequila from La Cofradia, could not believe such high quality for outstanding price. Highly recommend - excellent in a margarita Read More

    Wine review by 1958pri


  • Don Jose Lopez Portillo Blanco

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    This is a phenomenal tequila from La Cofradia, could not believe such high quality for outstanding price. Highly recommend - excellent in a margarita Read More

    Wine review by 1958pri


  • Hello, my wife will travel to New Jersey for business; as US wine supply in Mexico is very limited I thought she should bring me a few bottles of Californian Cabernets.Any suggestions on great values???- Limit should be around $ 30 / bottle (or slightly higher if its really a great value)- Wine should be broadly available, as I don´t want her to... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Good value Californian Cabernets


  • Casa Madero Cabernet Sauvignon NV

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    Smokey, oaky, full body, hints of vanilla if memory serves. Right up my alley. Read More

    Wine review by mshaw50g


  • Don Luis Cetto Terra Selección Reservada 2004

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    Excellent, Bouquet of wild berry (frutas del bosque) and licorice. Nice long finish. Read More

    Wine review by Degrandcru


  • Cavas Valmar Tempranillo 2009

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    No written review

    Wine review by KFAEHN


  • Sierra Blanca Vino Blanco 2007

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    Very intense, fruity bouquet - peachVery fruity in beginning, peach and green apple... fruit taste fades quickly and leaves... nothingnothing special, but OK for the price (under US$ 10). Read More

    Wine review by Degrandcru


  • Ridge Monte Bello California Premier 1997

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    Huge, super concentrated, black ink, with a nose of ripe boysenberries, tar, and taste of a big grapey fruit. Not as vibrant when it was young( I tried this 8 years ago, and just now), but after some air, it gives a hint of its youthful past. Low acidity, but lush, good finish, and almost sinful.If you can find this one, let me know! Read More

    Wine review by edub


  • Marqués del Valle Sauvignon Blanc 2007

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    Bouquet: pearFruity with nice acidity. Nice wine for a summer night. Nothing out of the world, but great value for the price. Read More

    Wine review by Degrandcru


  • L. A. Cetto Zinfandel 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by Majikk


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