Mexican Wines Gaining Popularity

One of the hottest culinary scenes in the world is Mexico where a new generation of residents are demanding more creativity and quality from its restaurants. That spirit has created an emerging restaurant community and in turn has inspired a renewed commitment to wine.

A growing interest in wine and all things local has resulted in new attention on Mexico’s wine producers who are quickly making a name for themselves in the world of wine. Mexican wines have not always been considered to be high quality, but strong showings in numerous wine festivals and awards have brought new attention to wine produced south of the border.

“Serious international wine and food lovers have awoken to the stark reality that Mexico is more than tacos, beer and tequila,” said Steve Dryden in “2010 is the year of discovery for the distinct wines being produced by talented winemakers in Baja California.”

A 2009 Tempranillo from Jorge Cortes or Rancho Cortes has become a popular Mexican wine, so has a 2008 Almixia Grenache.

The increase in quality from Mexico is a result of continued traditions among families that have been creating hand-crafted wines for several centuries but it is also a result of newcomers to the wine industry that have begun showcasing their talents.

This emerging wine scene can be best found at the annual Guateque artisan wine exposition in Valle de Guadalupe. The growing region of Baja California is well represented at this festival with Tempranillo, Carignan and Nebbiolo wines making a strong showing. Mexican Cabernets and Merlots have also been credited with great improvement by several wine experts.

With Mexican wines still flying somewhat under the radar, now is a great time to find great values. Researching Mexican wines can allow the wine novice to be ahead of the curve on what may become one of the most popular wine regions in the coming years.

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