Raise Your Wine Glasses on Cinco De Mayo… Try Mexican Wines, Yes Mexican Wines
Many of us will celebrate Cinco De Mayo in a few days. Cinco De Mayo celebrates the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War. For many Americans Cinco De Mayo is the commemoration of Mexican culture and heritage. For others, it is an exploration of 2 for 1 Margaritas or Corona Beers. (no judgement) Instead of toasting the Mexican army’s victory with tequila, try Mexican wines.
Yes, I said wines. You may be thinking anybody can make wine but is Mexican wine good. The answer is a resounding YES! Recently, I tried L.A. Cetto wines. L.A. Cetto is the largest winemaker in the Guadalupe Valley. Guadalupe Valley wine region is near the Pacific coast in Ensenada area of Baja California. Baja California is an ideal grape growing area because of its Mediterranean climate and its sandy soil. Close to 90 percent of wine is produced in this area. Cabernet Sauvignon, Nebbiolo, Barbera and Tempranillo are popular grapes grown in this region.
L.A. Cetto is one of the oldest vineyards in Mexico established in the 1920s. Cetto family immigrated from Italy bringing old world charm and utilizing modern grape growing techniques to cultivate its vineyards. Over time, Cetto family purchased several smaller vineyards and became the largest vintner in the region.
2016 Sauvignon Blanc
The Sauvignon Blanc has a beautiful cornflower yellow color that magically reflects the light. Traditional aromas, like lemongrass and spring flowers capture your nose. Mexico’s extremely warm temperatures has an influence on the grape flavors producing tropical flavors. Kiwi and earthy flavors, like tomato, are on the palate. This is a departure from New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs, which have fresh cut grass flavors. I love this departure. Pour me more! This Sauvignon Blanc is well balanced with a short finish. It is perfect to drink by itself or pair with your favorite Mexican dish. I enjoyed it with fresh salsa and chips.
2014 Petite Sirah
The Petite Sirah is a gorgeous jewel tone wine. It is a deep ruby color. Smokey and slate aromas are on the nose. Blackberry scents greet your nose as well. The wine is fruity without being jammy. Pomegranate and cherries flavors are prominent. It is a medium body wine with medium tannin. This is a great wine to have with grilled meat, perfect for the summer.
L.A. Cetto wines are reasonably priced. They range from $8.00 – $17.00 a bottle. You can find them at large wine stores in the Washington and Baltimore area. Try a Mexican wine this weekend and let us know what you think. Cheers!