Sunday, August 31, 2014
Bill Esparza, a long time supporter of Valle de Guadalupe, wrote a rebuttal for the OC Weekly of Lettie Teague's piece that appeared in the Wall Street Journal.
For what it's worth, I'm on Esparaza's side although I have to admit that there are wines from the Valle that are a bit salty (euphemistically referred to as strong mineral notes) and some of the blends are down right weird.
You can read both articles here
Lettie Teague: The Best Wines of Mexico's Burgeoning Baja Region
Bill Esparza: The Wall Street Journal's Critic Spits on the Mexican Wine Industry with Unusual Saltiness
Saturday, August 30, 2014
Friday, August 29, 2014
Rumor has it that after a private event (Senor Cetto's birthday party) Chef Miguel Angel Guerrero's restaurant, La Esperazs Baja Med, will open soon thereafter.
Photo credit: @bajamedbymiguelangel on Instagram
Thursday, August 28, 2014
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
La Ruta - VCC+ is the leading provider of information about Valle de Guadalupe. They have just added to their lead by releasing an English version of their smart phone app.
Additional information here: La Ruta - VCC+
Based upon the size and scope of December's landslide I thought it would take a year or more to reopen the toll road. It appears my estimation skills could use some work. Officials continue to say that the road will open on September 15.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
As I've written several times, a web site that contains comprehensive information about Valle de Guadalupe and is updated regularly is a sorely needed resource.
Every couple a months a new site pops onto my radar that promises to fill the void. They all seem to get off to promising starts and and then they stagnate into uselessness. Visit Valle de Guadalupe and Mexican Wine Valley are just the latest two examples of sites that started ambitiously and have since fizzled.
So, in that context I'm curious to see what becomes of Bajatourist.com. The site looks slick though the user interface is a bit clunky and difficult to navigate. And as of today, there is very little useful information on the site. But who knows, maybe these web entrepreneurs will be the ones who pull it off.
Monday, August 25, 2014
Traveling with a large group takes flexibility. Zen Girl, Mandy Burstein, takes it to a whole new level.
Over a year ago we wandered onto the Rancho El Parral property and were immediately greeted by Albert the owner. He graciously gave us a tour of his lovely bed and breakfast and when we asked about the construction taking place at the back of his property. He replied, "That's my winery." And, although it was a complete construction zone Albert gave us a tour of it as well.
We were blown away.
The winery is built into the side of a small hill and could easily been used as a set in a James Bond movie. Lots of concrete and glass. In a region with many fantastic wineries, Albert's Rondo del Valle stood out.
In the meantime, we have visited the Valle on many occasions and looked to see if Rondo del Valle was open to the public. We were always disappointed to find that it had not.
Based upon today's Facebook post it looks like that has changed.
Rondo del Valle's Facebook page:
Rondo del Valle
Tasting Saturday and Sunday 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Rondo del Valle email
A couple months ago we were wined out after a full day of wine tasting in the Valle. We asked Kristin, our host at our final tasting at Lechuza, where we could find a cold beer and some good food. She hesitated about a millisecond and pointed us toward Cerverceria del Valle.
Cerverceria del Valle is easy to find. It is located right on Highway 3 at km 91. It has an extensive selection of craft beers from Baja and San Diego. The food is elevated pub grub (sliders, tostadas, etc.) that belies the humble setting.
As we were leaving we spotted Kristin and her husband, Adam, enjoying a cold beer and some wings. Confirming that winemakers really do have excellent taste.
Cerveceria del Valle - Facebook
Valle de Guadalupe - Restaurant List
Sunday, August 24, 2014
Saturday, August 23, 2014
Yes, Valle de Guadalupe is one of the best wine producing regions in the world, but there are plenty of places in the Valle where you can enjoy a cold beer. I thought I would highlight some of those places this week.
First up - La Malta del Valle.
First up - La Malta del Valle.
Friday, August 22, 2014
Thursday, August 21, 2014
Baja Wine Club - Inaugural Wine Tasting
Thursday, August 28
6:00 to 8:00 pm
Savoie French and Italian Eatery, Chula Vista
RSVP (310) 871-5705
(I'm probably not the right person to point this out, but someone's graphic designer needs to use spell check)
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Saturday, September 20, 2014
Javier Plascencia is continuing the cross pollination of Baja and San Diego food culture with his new restaurant in Little Italy, Bracero. He offered a glimpse into his plans and team today on social media.
Photo credit: @javierplascencia on Instagram
Photo credit: @javplascencia on Twitter
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Not quite in time for Las Fiestas de Vendemia, but the Valle now has another place to enjoy a glass of wine and eat some food.
Monday, August 18, 2014
Sunday, August 17, 2014
La Terraza Parilla is the campestre at Vinicola Torres Alegre y Familia. I'm sure the menu changes daily, but this picture from their Facebook page will give you an idea of their offerings.
Saturday, August 16, 2014
Unlike Tahal and Costa Oeste that seemed to open over night, La Esperanza Baja Med has taken its time. Based upon the pictures they recently posted on Facebook it looks like they might be serving up some of Chef Miguel Angel Guerrero's food soon.
Friday, August 15, 2014
Thursday, August 14, 2014
So, whose brilliant plan was to schedule this job during Valle de Guadalupe's biggest weekend of the year?
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Looks like Vinas de la Erre is getting into the campestre business.
Here's what I know so far:
Name: Costa Oeste
Chef: Erik Alcazar (formerly worked at Latitud 32)
Location: Vinas de Erre (directly across Highway 3 from Vinas de Garza)