Tequila & Cerveza Not The Only Delicioso Mexican Libations: Mexico Has a Thriving Wine Culture

on 16/09/10 at 9:16 pm

BoozeBlog, Wine

Welcome to our special guest blogger, Steve Dryden, a wine, food and travel writer living in Mexico’s premier wine country located about 70 miles south of San Diego, California. In addition to writing about Baja California wines and culinary delights, he hosts a TV show called The Grapevine at: www.bajawineandcuisine.com. Steve lives in Mexico full-time where he grows Nebbiolo grapes, handcrafting a barrel of wine for family and friends.

Steve tells us that when he moved into Guadalupe Valley seven years ago, there were seven wineries making about 90% of all Mexican wines. “Today, there are over 45 wineries within a 100 mile radius, with a few making wines of world-class quality. Mexican wine production is limited to 2 million cases per year, barely meeting local demand as more people transition from a traditional beer and tequila drinking culture towards more wine consumption.”

“Few people know that Mexico was the first country in the America’s to plant European grape cuttings and make wine in 1521 via the Spanish.  Despite a long tradition of wine production, Mexico didn’t make quality wine until about twenty years ago when internationally trained enologists introduced modern technology; and, today, Mexican wines are winning international awards and receiving rave reviews as the quality of the wines evolve. The “varietal stars” here are: Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay,  Chenin Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Syrah, Malbec, Grenache, Tempranillo and Nebbiolo. In fact, Mexican Tempranillo and Nebbiolo wines are gaining the attention of serious wine lovers, connoisseurs and wine critics around the world of wine. Nebbiolo wines grown and made in Mexico are considered by some experts to be “the best in the world, outside of Italy.” As testament, watch James Suckling, European editor of The Wine Spectator, and Steve talk about the quality of Mexican wine.

Steve will be providing the BoozeNews blog with updated and accurate articles about Mexico’s “Silent Revolution” and the creation of Mexico’s premium wines. For international wine and gourmet cuisine lovers looking for adventure, he guides small group wine tours in this region and can be reached at: sbdryden@hotmail.com.

Stay tuned…more to come!