February 26 – March 1, 2014
Little is known about wine production in Mexico. But slowly, the world seems to be catching on. For good reason: Mexico is one of Latin America’s oldest wine-producing countries.
The Latin Kitchen and Wine Enthusiast, together with Mexico Tourism, Baja Tourism, Instituto Cultural de Mexico, and Delta Airlines, are pleased to announce the launch of Baja Meets New York! A series of Mexican wine and food events from February 26 through March 1, Baja Meets New York will take place in venues throughout downtown Manhattan. Tickets on sale now!
“We are thrilled to support the inaugural Baja Meets New York event,” says Lauren Michaels, President of Latina Media Ventures. “The timing for this type of event is perfect, given that Latin cuisine dominates the ethnic food market and food culture continues to capture the imagination of both Latino and non-Latino audiences. Helping the world discover new experiences in the Latin culinary space is a vital part of our mission at The Latin Kitchen, and Baja Meets New York is an organic extension of our evolving brand.”
Though vines have existed in Baja since the 1700’s, poor practices and sub-standard techniques led to poorly produced wines. That all changed in the 1980’s, when better vineyard maintenance and modern oenological advances helped Mexican wine production improve, particularly in Baja California. Hugo d’Acosta, a French-trained winemaker from Mexico City, inspired the movement and has since become a champion of Guadalupe Valley’s independent winemaking community. This region, essentially a diamond in the rough on Mexico’s Pacific Coast, has some enthusiasts calling Valle de Guadalupe the next Napa Valley. With over 50 wineries and some of Mexico’s top chefs populating the region, Valle de Guadalupe has been covered by such esteemed press as the New York Times’ T Magazine, New York Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Wine Enthusiast and Conde Nast Traveler’s website.
“Wine Enthusiast is committed to travel and wine is the ultimate entrée into the world’s most amazing destinations,” says Executive Editor Susan Kostrzewa. “This year’s list represents the best—and in some cases still unknown— places in which to marry a love of wine, food and culture right now. We are very excited to name Baja one of this year’s Top 10 Wine Destinations based on its rich history in viticulture and consistent cultivation of quality wines over the last two decades.”
A series of multi-day, multi-format culinary events, Baja Meets New York will welcome five Baja winemakers, led by Hugo d’Acosta of Casa de Piedra and Aborigen and include Amado Garza (Viñas de Garza), Phil Gregory (Vena Cava Winery), Joaquin Prieto (Vinas Tres Valles), and Mauricio Cantú (Cava Aragon 126).
Additionally, three of Baja’s most successful chefs, including Diego Hernández of Corazon de Tierra, Javier Plascencia of Mision 19, and Drew Deckman of Deckman’s en el Mogor, will be creating regional pairings for all events.
The Baja Meets New York program includes an opening cocktail party at Hotel Americano’s Artico rooftop space, dedicated wine tastings at the Mexican Consulate‘s Octavio Paz Gallery and Casa Mezcal, and paired multi-course Baja wine dinners hosted by NYC chefs Roberto Santibañez, Julian Medina, and Danny Mena.
An 8-course paired wine dinner, or cena maridaje, featuring all Baja chefs and winemakers will close out Baja Meets New York on Saturday, March 1st. All events will be ticketed and sold on the dedicated website: www.bajawinefoodfestival.com. Prices range from $60 – $200.
ABOUT THE LATIN KITCHEN:
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Wine Enthusiast Magazine educates and entertains readers about wine and the wine lifestyle in an accessible and user-friendly way. Published 13 times per year, the magazine’s readership is more than 800,000. The magazine and its Buying Guide with more than 100,000 ratings and reviews are available online. The magazine hosts signature Wine Enthusiast events for both consumer and trade.