It was a fast and furious trip to Mexico City. The energy of Paseo de la Reforma is the like of Champs-Élysées, with its European-designed park benches, the sight of make-out sessions under #Jacaranda trees, and the impressive monuments that guide your attention as you stroll toward the #AngelDeLaIndependencia. I wish I could take all of you back with me, I really do. Now for a quick history lesson on MX wine. “Boring!” Stay with me, this stuff is actually pretty cool. In the 16th century the Spanish relocated vines from Europe, making Mexico the oldest wine-growing region in the Americas. THE OLDEST. Move over Napa! Wine production in Mexico grew so rapidly that Spanish exports of the juice began to decline rapidly, and as we all know “haters gonna hate”. In 1699 King Charles ll of Spain, was like “Homie don’t play that” and prohibited wine making across Mexico, with the exception of wine for Church ceremonies. Ugghh! After Mexico’s independence things got popping again but then in the early 1900’s they decided to have a Revolution and wine production declined yet again. Double Ugghh! So why are Mexican wines so hard to come by. Well history and taxation has gotten in the way. Today Mexican wine is taxed 40%, which makes it extremely difficult to compete with large producers from Italy ??, France ?? and Spain ??on a global scale. This lack of visibility in the market however, should not be mistaken for poor quality. I just hate that I can’t have easier access to these seemingly underground producers from Mexico.

Here are the wines I tried and recommend:
?Bichi, Rosado 2015, Tecate
?Bichi, Chinon 2015, Tecate (?Fave)
?Vena Cava, Ámbar, Valle de Guadalupe (?Fave)
?L.A. Cetto, Nebbiolo, Valle de Guadalupe
?Casa Madero, Merlot, Parras
?Casa Madero, Shiraz, Parras
?Casa Madero, Cabernet Sauvignon, Parras
?Laberinto, Sauvignon Blanc, Mexico