Discover a new way to taste Mexican wines
Experience a pairing tasting at Xcaret Cava
Today, the hidden gem of Mexican wines has taken off on the international scene. The wine culture in Mexico has been developed for more than 400 years. In Cava de Xcaret you can learn more about it, but first let’s talk about wines, tastings and pairings in Mexico.
The wine scene in Mexico
In 1597 the first winery was established in Valle de Barras, today known as the state of Coahuila. Here begins our long journey of the Mexican wine culture. The Mexican vine went through many stages within the colony, independence, echoes of resolution, prohibition and freedom.
The renaissance of Mexican viticulture as an international phenomenon occurs mainly in the late eighties. In a second wave of what was called the “New World” wine explosion. The wine scene in Mexico has only strengthened since then.
Today, Mexico is proud of the place and recognition that its wines have received. The constant growth of an industry that is booming day by day and the taste that Mexicans have made us take this product. Mexican wine born from the best of our land.
The enjoyment of the vine
The wine is obtained by natural processes through the fermentation of grape juice. Once a year, they are harvested. Already in the cellars, the clusters are selected and the leaves are removed. Here, red and white wines follow a different process.
For the reds, the grapes are placed in a destemming machine, which separates the grapes from the broom. There the fruit is broken and you get the “must” that incorporates pulp, play and seeds. In the case of white wine, the skin and seeds will be removed, ensuring that the aromas of the fruit do not predominate.
Yes in the fermentation tank, the yeasts of the grape and the environment begin to act on the sugar of the juice, becoming alcohol. Not all wines go through barrels, some are in stainless steel tanks or bottled directly.
To fully enjoy the wines, weddings are held. A pairing means bond; en The pairing tasting is the union of wines with meals. This serves to make both flavors and get a blast on the palate. These are made in wine cellars to be able to live a complete experience.
Pairing with cava “Vino De México Xcaret”
In Xcaret you can enjoy a pairing of five different wines from Mexico. You will explore the magnificent vaults of the cava and embark on a journey of flavors.
The cava is only open for the pairing tours and also for tastings of people looking to get married in this magical place. If you have a special event such as a birthday or anniversary, a little surprise awaits you inside the cellar. If so, don’t forget to let us know when booking.
The maximum blow now for contingency is 12 people. Children can be taken on the tour, although they will not be able to taste the wine. Whether as a family or as a couple, you can live this wonderful experience.
On your journey you will taste five wines in total: two whites, two reds and one dessert with a dish of the chef’s choice. These belong to the Mexico’s most iconic wineries. Without further ado, let’s start the journey.
In La Botica you can appreciate the different glasses inside the cava. You can find the famous Riedel glasses, which were designed for the enjoyment of a specific wine. You can even find a glass of tequila. There are also the wines of a friend of the cava, Ada Stiker. A Mexican who innovated in the wine scene and began pairing with music.
In the first vault you will have a glass of the Monte Xanic House, a chenin colombard white wine. This has a yellow-green color, you can perceive aromas such as grapefruit, green apple, peach. When you drink it you can feel the acidity and freshness, it is a wine that has not passed through the barrel.
This white wine will be paired with a Manchego cheese with a shred of almonds. While the sandwich is on the palate, you have to take a sip of the wine to feel the clash of flavors. The wine helps to add flavor to Manchego cheese, while almonds give us the texture of a sandwich.
The sommelier’s office
The second wine is from the Casa El Cielo, which has innovated in the wine tourism project in Baja California. It is a white Chardonnay wine called Capricornius. It combines a brighter color, like a golden yellow and aromas of flowers like jasmine, a ripe apple and even melted butter.
This wine spent six months in French oak barrels. It’s soft, but it has a lot of body. It has a fresh taste with no acidity and guava connotations. This is going to be paired with a Vallarta style ceviche. The sandwich has carrots, tomato, avocado, jicama and a little spicy.
With a bite of toast and a sip of wine you can feel an explosion of flavors in your mouth. The combination of these highlights the flavors of the dish and the drink. This shows that wines today are easier to enjoy with various dishes at any time.
The Great Hall
Inside the Great Hall is a table of a sapodilla tree that was cut and assembled inside the vault, where you will enjoy the tasting pairing of two Mexican wines.
The third is one Barbera red wine from the Casa de Santo Tomás, it of an Italian grape that has adapted to the Mexican terrain. The wine is a ruby red color, has aromas of red fruits, plum and flowers like Jamaica. The taste meets the smells we can perceive, it is a Mexican wine very easy to drink.
This one is going away to marry with a quesadilla of huitlacoche, a mushroom that grows in the maize and that is representative of the Mexican kitchen. The earthy flavor of this mushroom is complemented by omelette and wine. The combination highlights the flavors of the wine and highlights how delicious the huitlacoche can be.
The Great Hall II
In the same place you will try the following wine, so we recommend drinking a little water to clean your palate. The wine is from the House LA Cetto and it is also from an Italian grape called Nebbiolo. It is a Mexican wine that has won many awards in our country.
This Mexican wine spent 14 months in French oak barrels. The color of this wine is a dark red and has an aroma of straw, wood and slightly red but ripe fruit. this and Mexican wine more dry and with more body.
The pairing tasting is accompanied by beef fillets and three moles. The moles are from different places. The first is on a mass in Veracruz, on a mass in Xiqueño. The one in the middle is a Mole de Chiapas, this one has a more tatemado flavor. The latter is a poblano mass, it is the sweetest and therefore is what it leaves at the end, as its flavor lasts longer on the palate. The wine is what helps us highlight the different flavors of the mole.
The room of the regions
Earth Parrot the name of the latter wine. This is due to the season, when winter ends and spring begins. The grapes begin to thaw and the drops of water fall, as if out of their weeping, hence the name Earth Parrot. It is a red wine from Guanajuato, it has a jam flavor.
The taste is similar to that of chabacano. This is going to be paired with a blue cheese with guava tie. Blue cheese helps to contrast with dessert wine. It creates a new flavor on your palate.
Here comes the end of your tasting, an experience you will continue to record for years. If you are interested in any wine or want to try other recommended Mexican wines, Xcaret cava has 150 labels available. The guides will have different recommendations for you to carry out a pedagogical of the cava.
Pairing with cava “Vino De México Xcaret”
The tour helps you understand the importance of Mexican wines it already enjoys a part of the culture that many are unaware of. It allows you to discover new flavors and learn more about the Mexican wine scene. It is a unique experience and an indescribable fact that men have probably never seen before.
Mexican wines have had a great journey and a journey to reach what it is today. You can try a little culture and 400 years of history of Mexican wines enjoy a magical experience with the pairing in the cava of “Vino De México Xcaret”.
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