Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Meet the Winemaker Dinners at Bracero

Photo credit: Fernando Gaxiola - Facebook

Traveling to the Valle is one of life's great pleasures, but it's also great when the Valle comes north of the border.

Last night we attended the Meet the Winemaker with Lechuza dinner at chef Javier Plascencia's San Diego restaurant, Bracero. Interesting people, delicious food and world class wine made for a spectacular event.  

The next Meet the Winemaker dinner is on Tuesday, October 4 and will feature the wines and winemakers from Adobe Guadalupe.  Information here:  Adobe Guadalupe Vintage Dinner

And for additional information about Valle de Guadalupe events I highly recommend following Fernando Gaxiola's company, Baja Wine + Food on Facebook.  

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Valley Wine Life VIP Card

Valle Wine Life is now selling a  "VIP Member Card" that is currently valid for 2 for 1 wine tastings at participating wineries.  According to a Valle Wine Life representative,  restaurant and lodging discounts will be available soon.

Here is the current list of their partner wineries:  

Alximia, Bodegas F. Rubio, Castillo Ferrer, Cava el Laurel, Emeve, JC Bravo, Kruger, Nativo Vinicola, Quinta Monasterio, Rey de 3, Sol y Barro, Tres Valles, Vina de Frannes, Vina Emiliana, Vinos Pijoan

The price of the card is $35 ($42 with shipping).

Friday, August 19, 2016

Lodging Report: WINEormous - Adobe guadalupe

I was with the author of this piece, Noreen Kompanik, on her first visit to Valle de Guadalupe.  She liked the area so much that she returned the very next weekend and filed this report.

New Lodging: Casa Urbina Wine Resort

I've been keeping an eye on the construction of this project located in the western end of the Valle for over a year.  They have very recently listed their rooms on Airbnb.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Javier Plascencia at the James Beard House

Baja cuisine will be showcased on September 30 in New York City where Javier Placencia will be the featured chef at the James Beard House.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Doña Esthela Receives Her Trophy

Here's W. Scott Koenig's account of the presentation of Foodie Hub's "Tastiest Breakfast" award to Doña Esthela.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Restaurant Report: Expat in Baja - Finca Altozano

Photo credit: Zank You

I'm more than a little bit jealous I didn't think of this - dinner under the stars during the Perseid meteor shower.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Restaurant Reports: Miles Geek - La Cocina de Doña Esthela - Sabina Restaurante

Last week I was a member of a group that took a trip south where we made stops at two restaurants helmed by icons of the Baja Norte culinary scene, Doña Esthela and Doña Sabina Bandera.  

My new friend and travel companion Noreen Kompanik provides the details in her post on Miles Geek.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Foodie Hub's "Tastiest Breakfast in the World" Trophy Presentation

On Tuesday I was part of a group of travel writers and bloggers who spent the day in Valle de Guadalupe and Ensenada. One of the primary reasons for the trip was to present Doña Esthela with FoodieHub's trophy for the "Tastiest Breakfast in the World".

The trophy was actually awarded in 2015 at a ceremony in London and then went on a long and winding journey before W. Scott Koenig took possession of it a couple of weeks ago.

Scott and Fernando Gaxiola of Baja Wine and Food were finally able to present the trophy to Esthela on Tuesday with family and friends proudly gathered around her.

Elaine J Masters put together a cool video of our visit and the presentation ceremony.

You can find links with additional information here:  La Cocina de Doña Esthela

Fiestas de la Vendimia Starts Today!

Fiestas de la Vendimia, a series of events spanning 17 days in celebration of the grape harvest, begins tonight.

Here is the complete festival calendar:  Fiestas de la Vendimia 2016

I've highlighted many of the events here: Calendar of Events

You can view a segment one of the local San Diego TV stations did about Vendimia here:

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Shout Out: New Worlder - La Villa del Valle

Kristin and Antonio Diaz de Sandi (Club Tengo Hambre) provide the details.

Sleep & Eat (& Drink): La Villa del Valle

Monday, August 1, 2016