Thursday, April 16, 2015

New Winery: Viñas Tierra Santa

A couple weeks ago my friend Colleen and I spent a day in the Valle de Guadalupe exploring.  We had no real plan other than to check out places we had never visited before.  Meandering the Valle's dirt roads is one of my favorite things to do in the Valle.  Without fail the Valle always reveals something special.  

Just before lunch I pulled off Highway 3 onto the dirt road that leads to La Villa de Valle (I may of been thinking of Troika's Lechon) and noticed the sign for Viñas Tierra Santa (VTS).  Neither of us had heard of VTS before and since the gate was open we headed towards a couple buildings on the property.

We were immediately greeted by Gloria who along with her husband Dr. Mario Nomura own and run the winery.  Gloria was more than a gracious host.  She gave us a tour of the place, shared their story and their wine. The VTS is their passion project .  They both have full time jobs and they operate winery in their "spare" time.

Open only on weekends VTS is definitely worth a visit.  They currently produce three wines that are very drinkable and reasonably priced.  It is also worth mentioning that their barrel room has a beautiful mural painted by Liliana Molins.  It is one of my favorite art pieces in the Valle.         

Monday, April 13, 2015

Itinerary Report: Chipotle (Me)

encuentro antiresort

We picked up some friends on Friday morning and headed towards Valle de Guadalupe. The main reason for the trip was to attend the History of Carnitas fiesta at Doña Esthela's ranch. But, since our friends had never been to the Valle, I wanted to show them a few of the Valle's gems.

I had three goals.

•  You can't see everything in a couple days, but I wanted to show a cross section of what makes Valle de Guadalupe special.

•  Even though we were spending the night our time was limited.  It was important to plan the tour to maximize our time enjoying the valley and minimize the time bouncing around on dirt roads.

•  My friend John comes from the world of environmental design.  I wanted to show him some of the best and most unique examples of design in the valle.

With those goals in mind here was our itinerary.


Poco Cielo (right next to La Fonda) -- We made a quick stop here to sit on their patio and watch the dolphins play in the surf. (Mimosas may have been consumed).

Alximia -- Our first wine tasting stop was at what many locals call the flying saucer winery.

Finca La Carodilla -- We tasted their wines and snacked while enjoying the view from their second story deck.

Vena Cava and Troika -- We walked through the upside down boat roofed winery and ate lunch at the food truck.

Encuentro Guadalupe -- Unique architecture and one of the best views in the Valle.

The History of Carnitas  -- A fiesta of major proportions at La Cocina de Doña Esthela


Clos de Tres Cantos -- Looking like a medieval castle,  Clos de Tres Cantos is perhaps the most unique winery in the area.

Sol y Barro -- Aime Desponds makes some of my favorite wines in the Valle.

El Piñar de 3 Mujeres -- A LLL (Long Leisurely Lunch) at one of my favorite places in the Valle, after which we pointed the car north.

Is this my definitive tour of Valle de Guadalupe?

Heck no.

The next time I bring people to the Valle there's a very good chance our plan will be totally different

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Highly Recommended: LLL (Long Leisurely Lunch)

We enjoyed a lovely LLL (I guess that would be a LLLL) at El Pinar de Tres Mujeres on Saturday. Sitting around a table in a beautiful setting for a few hours with friends, drinking wine, and eating delicious food is truly one of life's great pleasures.

Thanks Chef Ismene.