Jesica and I having been mulling over a new tour lately, and we’re both pretty excited about it.

It’s a preview of some of Mexico’s best-known alcoholic beverages: mescal (a distilled spirit made from the agave plant); pulque (the fermented juice of the maguey plant); tequila (a distilled spirit made from blue agave) and, lastly, Mexican wine.

Few people outside Mexico realize that Mexico does indeed produce wine, and a good amount of it. Currently Mexican wine-makers manufacture more than 300 labels, and Mexican wines have won more than 450 medals in contests around the world.

A few weeks ago, we did a test-run for our new Pulque, Mezcal, Tequila & Wine tour. (That’s the tentative name we’re using.) It was lots of fun. Our first stop was the El Encrucijada wine bar in Condesa, where the owner had set out three great wines for us to try: an Entretanto Carignan Syrah from Aguascalientes, a Miguel Tempranillo Cabernet from Adobe Guadalupe outside Ensenada, and an award-winning Santo Tomás Merlot, also from Ensenada.

As we sipped, we talked about the long history of wine-making in Mexico and where wine is principally grown here. I won’t get into too much further detail, but suffice to say everyone had a great time. (If you want to know more, we humbly ask you to book the tour, once we get the details up on the website. Or you can organize a tasting with us.)

Here are a few more pictures from the event. And a question for you: Do you enjoy Mexican wine? If so, what’s your favorite variety?

  • To read more about popular, low-cost Mexican wines in Spanish, check out wine mag Vinísfera’s recent article: “Cuál es tu ‘vino de diario’ favorito?”
  • To book a tour with us, fill out the form on our Contact page or email us at info@eatmexico.com.
  • More details — including the price of our pulque, mescal, tequila & wine tour — will be coming soon!



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8 Responses to Mexican wine tasting with Eat Mexico

  1. Zoe says:

    Good article. We try to taste as many Mexican wines as we can, since we live here and one we had last night proved to be a super “every day” sort of wine. 2007 Calixa Cabernet Sauvignon from Guadalupe Valley in Baja.

    Also,many people don’t know the oldes winery in the Americas is in Parras de la Fuente-Mexico

  2. Lesley says:

    Hi Zoe: Thanks for the recommendation! I’m always really excited to find everyday Mexican wines — usually (kind of ashamed to say this) I go for a Chilean variety because it’s so much cheaper. I’ll have to check out the Calixa Cabernet.

  3. Rebecca says:

    Your tour sounds like a fun one. I *adore* Mexican wines and drink as many as I can find in Puebla. My favorites include the Santo Tomas tempranillos, L.A. Cetto’s Niebbolo, and anything red from Barón Balché. Have you been to Tierra de Vinos in Colonia Roma? I highly recommend it!

  4. Lesley says:

    I love the LA Cetto Nebbiolo! They stock it at the Palacio de Hierro a block from my house, which can be dangerous. I tried a Santo Tomás tempranillo while in Ixtapa and really liked it — you’re reminding me that I should go purchase a bottle. And yes, I have been to Tierra de Vinos. Nice spot for an upscale dinner.

    There’s another great wine bar around the corner from there that I love — it’s called Pecado de Noe. It’s casual and a great after-work type of spot for a glass of wine and an appetizer.

    Love your website! I’m bookmarking it for the next time I go to Puebla.

  5. Rebecca says:

    Ooh, I’ll have to check out Pecado de Noe when I’m in the DF! And thanks for checking out my website. Next time you’re in Puebla, drop me a line — and I’ll help you plot a food tour down here! :-)

  6. Ysusi says:

    This sounds like a great tour not just for tourists but for mexicans too.

    Pulque and mezcal (with a z) have been set aside for a long time thanks to some myths around them. I don’t like tequila at all (lots of chemicals and up to 49% of it can be sugars from other origins different than agave, even when the label says “100% agave azul”) but there are some wonderful mezcales. Go to La Clandestina in Condesa or Bar Fly in Roma for some good shots.

    Pulque and curados in La Pirata, Escandón. In Los Dinamos, south in DF, they sell some good curados too. They opened a “pulques finos” bar on Insurgentes, close to Alvaro Obregón, but I haven’t been there. Sounds like you’ll have to pay more for a glass of curado than in La Pirata.

    People are drinking more mexican wine now. Most of them are quite expensive for their quality due to taxes and small productions. Not many options for everyday wines less than 200 pesos other than L.A. Cetto and Santo Tomás. Maybe Casa Madero. Some good wines from smaller wineries in the range 200-400 pesos, but not “del diario”…

    Hadn’t visited your blog before. It’s great. Cheers!

  7. Lesley says:

    Thanks Ysusi! I’m a fan of your blog too. Appreciate all of your tips — Bar Fly is a favorite of mine. Haven’t been to La Clandestina yet, which is a shame because I live like four blocks from there. I may go tonight, actually. Saludos!

  8. [...] about Mexican wines, check out my friend Lesley’s blog here or ask her about wine tasting tour options in Mexico City. And I would love to know– what other Mexican wine favorites have I been [...]

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