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Snooth User: AbottleAday

Mexico Vineyards/Wine?

Posted by AbottleAday, Apr 20, 2010.

I am very curious to find more information on current winemaking, vineyards, in Mexico. It would seem to me that they have some of the most ideal grape growing regions in the world. Some information is available on the www., but I am curious if some of the more educated & sophisticated wine drinkers on snooth have information to share? Thank you for comments/links/suggestions.


Reply by MarkAse, Apr 20, 2010.

I don't have much experience with wines from Mexico, but there has been some bbuzz here in San Diego about the Guadalupe Valley.  From friends that have gone tasting they've said the wine is pretty good (think better then Temecula, not as good as Paso or Northern California) but probably overpriced based on selling much of it to American tourists.

That being said, I tried a blend made of 3 Italian varietals being grown down there and was fairly impressed.

I'll see if I can dig up some more information from friends that have taken tasting trips.

Reply by chadrich, Apr 20, 2010.

If I recall correctly, I read an article a few months back about good promise coming out of the Guadalupe Valley (I think it was in Food & Wine or one of the big 2 wine mags).

Specific to New Mexico, I enjoy the wines being made by Gruet.  I've tasted at least 3 sparklers from them, as well as a still Chardonnay.  Good value for the price.

Reply by banni822, Apr 20, 2010.

I have always had good luck with the wines of L.A.Cetto when I'm in Mexico. Their Petite Sirah and Chenin Blanc used to be available in the Seattle area. The zin is also good.

Reply by Degrandcru, Apr 20, 2010.

I live in Mexico City and tried quite a few Mexican wines. The wine industry in Baja California (thats where most Mexican wines are from) is very promising and the quality is improving. Still, I find many Mexican wines overpriced, but there are some great values out there. Some of my personal favourites are:

- L.A. Cetto Nebbiolo Reserva Privada, may very well be the best Nebbiolo I tried outside of Italy

- L.A. Cetto Petite Sirah, great value for about US$ 6 in Mexico

- Santo Tomas Cabernet Sauvignon - careful, Santo Tomas also has a lower quality label which is branded ST, which aren't very good

- Cavas Valmar Cabernet Sauvignon - impressive.

- Casa Madero, Shiraz

- Adobe Guadalupe Kerubiel

If you want to know more about Mexican wines, I highly recommend "Mexican Wine Guide" by Arturo Bodenstedt, which gives an overview of the Mexican wine industry in general, the different mexican wineries and a rating of most mexican wines out there. It is in Spanish language and available in most mexican book stores or wine shops.

By the way, its also a great time to tour the Baja Californian wineries (around Ensanada), beautiful landscape, great food, ocean and not as overun by tourists (yet).

Let me know if you have more specific questions.


Reply by AbottleAday, Apr 21, 2010.

This is exactly what I was hoping for. Thank you so very much! Certainly I am going to purchase the "Mexican Wine Guide" and try and order the Nebbiolo & Cavas Valmar cab. 

Mucho Gracias!

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