Recommending a wine to seek out in Valle de Guadalupe is hard. The first complicating factor is that there are more than 60 wineries in the Valle producing 100s of different varieties. Factor in the subjective nature of taste combined with the hard reality of cost you have a task way above my pay grade. So, I'll leave the job to others.
First up is Valle resident and wine maker Sitara Monica Perez of Valley Girl Baja Wines. In this post from February 2013 she recommends wines from the Valle that sold for $20 or less.
As noted earlier (Restaurant News - Adobe Guadalupe - Encuentro) Adobe Guadalupe is building a tasting room. They updated its status on Facebook today with a picture and prediction that it would be open before the Vendimia in August.
Chef Miguel Angel Guerrero - @bajamedbymiguelangel - posted these picture of his new restaurant, La Esperanza, on Instagram today. Located on the LA Cetto property La Esperanza is scheduled to open in June.
Join Javier Plascencia, Troy Johnson and a cadre of other creative and culinary leaders from both sides of the border for a harvest workshop, discussion forum and feast beneath a sprawling oak tree at Javier’s Valle de Guadalupe farm and restaurant, Finca Altozano. Enjoy a hyper-local prix fixe menu paired with a series of beers created by Monkey Paw, made specifically for the event with ingredients from Javier’s farm.
Have the opportunity to kill part of your own dinner in a quail harvest workshop. Hear presentations surrounding the topic of fully connected eating, and intimately converse with project contributors and other notable participants. Experience new work by Jaime Fritsch for Death For Food, curated by Set & Drift and showcased in an installation by renowned architect Manuel Martinez.
Valle de Guadalupe is home to a multitude of excellent restaurants helmed by powerhouse chefs, but any self respecting foodie who misses having a meal at Esthela's should have their epicurean card revoked.
According to an email I received from Scott there are 4 seats left for the tour on May 24th.
Join El Gringo, (W. Scott Koenig) and his wife Ursula on a three vineyard tour and late lunch in Baja's beautiful wine country, the Valle de Guadalupe. A comfortable 90-minute van ride away from the San Diego/Tijuana border, the "Valle" was recently named one of the 10 BEST Wine Travel Destinations of 2014! It's wines, food and breathtaking landscapes are on par with Napa, but with a south of the border flair.
Our tour includes:
Wine tastings at three wineries (Vinos Fuentes, AlXimia & L.A. Cetto)
Late lunch at Vinos de la Ruta restaurant, known for their Argentinian Barbacoa
Includes Arrachera, Short Ribs, Chorizo Español, Chistorra and Grilled Quail, accompanied by a a salad and a glass of wine
Round trip transportation from Tijuana to Valle de Guadalupe in a comfortable passenger van with a friendly, local, knowledgable tour guide.
Sasha Benny y Erik - Saturday, May 24 - LA Cetto
Mariachi Vargas and Susana Zabaleta - June 14 - LA Cetto
Kenny G - Saturday, June 28 - Santo Tomas @Vinedos San Gabriel Facebook
Filarmonica Rock - Saturday, July 19 - Santo Tomas @Vinedos San Gabriel
Alejandro Fernandez - Saturday, August 30 - El Cielo
Margarita Parte - Saturday, September 6 - Santo Tomas @Vinedos San Gabriel
Emmanuel - Sunday, September 28 - LA Cetto