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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  • 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...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • 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...

  • 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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  • Santa Fe Vineyards

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

  • Casa de Piedra

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

  • Tularosa Vineyards

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

  • 1921 Tequila

    We use the highest quality Agave in the production of our Tequila. Cultivated in the red soils of...

  • 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...

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Mexico on Snooth

  • Wines of the San Juan White Blend Pale Morning Dun NV

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    This is a very nice sweet white wine. It's very nice for drinking at the end of the day. There is a nice citrus aftertaste, very subtle. We recommend this one to our friends. Read More

    Wine review by Rodr88


  • Gruet Syrah Rouge NV

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    Gruet's Syrah is a beautiful wine that exhibits the flavors of a classic Rhone. Red fruits, preserves, coffee, hints of tobacco, leather, and oak. On the nose, the wine is not so pleasant as there is too much dark earth and farm field on the nose, but once you get past that, there is a very good wine and all the other scents will show Read More

    Wine review by Alexr79


  • Gruet Winery Pinot Noir Barrel Select 2004

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    Gruet's Barrel Select Pinot Noir has more character and flavor than their standard pinot noir. It has a broad range of flavors. Cherry, raspberry, strawberry, hints of dried red fruit, and a touch of oak. It is a bit thin compared with many pinot noirs from Oregon and California Read More

    Wine review by Alexr79


  • Gruet Winery Pinot Noir Barrel Select 2003

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    Where Grut shines is their sparkling wines but they do make a pinot noir, pinot noir reserve, and a syrah. Gruet's pinot noir is light, fruit forward without much flavor or depth. You'll notice hints of classic pinot flavors such as raspberry and cherry. This wine is thin and watery Read More

    Wine review by Alexr79


  • Yumano Fruta Rústica Del 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by Degrandcru


  • 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


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