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06 Feb2016 Monte Xanic Calixa Cabernet Sauvignon/Syrah (80/20)


My experience with the Cabernet/Syrah blend comes primarily from Australia, where the two grapes are commonly planted in the various regions of South Australia, both as single variety or as blends. Perhaps the most commercially renowned wine of Australia, Penfolds Grange, is a bold, intense blend of Cabernet and Syrah. The wines of the Valle de Guadalupe, likewise, tend to be big on fruit, oak, body, and general intensity. My expectations for this wine…

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05 Feb2016 Monte Xanic Vina Kristel Sauvignon Blanc


I’m not new to wines from the Valle de Guadalupe, and Monte Xanic’s wines are not new to the region, either. The winery just turned 30, making it one of the oldest in the Valle de Guadalupe (and, let’s be honest, older than the majority of wine labels up and down the California/Baja California coastline!). The Valle de Guadalupe is an arid climate with warm, sunny days throughout much of the year. Breezes and cool air sucked in from the Pacific Ocean cause a pretty shocking diurnal shift…

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25 JanIs This The Next Napa Valley?


Monte Xanic Winery is the reason I believe people ask me if the Valle De Guadalupe is the next Napa Valley. Monte Xanic was the first to produce a luxury wine from Mexico recognized around the world. They have a state of the art facility with the wine to back up any and all claims.  In order to get…

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25 JanWho Let The Dogs Out?


“Make a right and two left turns down a dirt road and you are there,” I am told by the waiter at the Russian Empanada restaurant down the highway. Of course, his definition of a dirt road driveway vs. mine is completely different. But you cannot mistake the rustic signs and the gate that keeps the dogs inside at Valle Girl Vino. Although at first…

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25 JanLas Nubes. You’ll Be Glad You Have Your iPhone.


One thing that I really love about traveling through the Valle De Guadalupe is that it’s not too big, which means you can see from one side to the other at the right vantage points. Part of the adventure is to spot something in the distance and just point your car in that direction. It’s not exactly how I discovered Las Nubes but as a first-time visitor, the property can easily be seen from just about anywhere in the Valle…

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25 JanRelieve. (The Name I Get Wrong Every Time)


I admit that after 30 years visiting Mexico, I’ve still yet to learn the language. However, that has never stopped me from having a great time. When a local told me about Relieve Winery, located down a long dirt road, I was all in. I’m a sucker for dirt roads and a “hidden” location. As you pull into the front gates, the first thing you see is a beautiful water reservoir with a winery set against the hillside…

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