Thursday, February 22, 2018

Celebrity Chef Sighting: Marcus Samuelsson

Marcus Samuelsson at Finca Altozano
Photo credit: Fernando Gaxiola
My friend Fernando Gaxiola hosted a group touring Tijuana, Ensenada and Valle de Guadalupe that included celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson. They made stops in the Valle at Deckman's, Finca Altozano, Adobe Guadalupe and Doña Esthela's.

Fernando's pictures can be viewed here: Fernando Gaxiola Facebook

Sunday, February 18, 2018

3 More Wineries With Spectacular Views

Almost 3 years ago I wrote a post for Notas del Valle about 5 wineries with spectacular views.  It is still one this blog's most popular articles.   In the mean time, a lot has changed in the Valle, so it's time for an update.

3 More Wineries With Spectaular Views

Driving northeast on HWY 3 towards Tecate, Cieli is located on the right just past Mogor Badan and Deckman's.  Ron McCabe has restored an old adobe building and added a covered patio which gives visitors a stunning panoramic view.

As an added bonus for wine tasters whose palates are wrecked from perhaps too many tastes, he makes and serves beer  as well.

Leaving Cieli continue driving on HWY 3 towards Tecate. Very shortly you will see a sign on the right indicating the exit for Viñedos Lafarga.  A mile or so down the maintained dirt road you'll find Lafarge.  The tasting room in the large warehouse-like building has huge windows showcasing a stellar view.  

Keep heading northeast on HWY 3 and around km 71 (past L.A. Cetto) you'll see one of the Valle's newest wineries on the left.  The architect for the project oriented the winery's tasting room to take advantage of a striking view of the eastern end of the Valle.  

Probably my favorite thing to do in the Valle is to drink wine in a lovely setting with a group of friends.  The three wineries listed above would make a great place to do so.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Event: Drink Pink at El Corcho Rosa - Feb. 17

If you haven't already heard, we're celebrating women and especially breast cancer survivors and women winemakers at El Corcho Rosa Valle Girl Vino this Saturday! We'll have wood-fired pizzas, karaoke and are featuring friend and neighbor, Damaris of Bodegas del Paraiso who will be offering free tastings of their delicious wines and olive oil. Come join us and tip a cup to the women you love!

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Sprudge Wines: Valle de Guadalupe - Natural Wines

There is certainly a lot of interest among wine drinkers about natural wines.  Jackie Bryant takes an in depth look at how a small handful of winemakers in the Valle are incorporating natural winemaking methods in the production of their wines.  As always this Jackie Bryant article is well researched and an interesting read.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Eco-Dome Project

They hope to finish these unique structures which will provide an additional Valle lodging option later this year.