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When I travel to another country, what I love most is going to the local grocery store. In this case, I went to Walmart. I what you’re thinking: Walmart, really? I’m not kidding you. They have a great wine selection. I’m a bit of a wine snob too. There were wines at Mexican Walmarts you can’t find in the US. Not only that, but they are substantially cheaper because they do not have the tariffs we have in the US.
Valle de Guadalupe
There are few areas in Mexico than can produce a decent wine, and the Valle de Guadalupe has put out consistently good wines. There is an annual wine festival at this Napa, Tuscany, or Bordeaux of Mexico with music and food. Funny to know that this area has existed for over 200 years, and it is just now becoming popular.
L.A. Cetto is the most famous winery from the Valle de Guadalupe, having won some international recognition. Their distinguished chenin blanc is my favorite. Crisp and very clear in color. There’s a hint of lemon and orange and medium in sweetness. Perfect for seafood or a light salad. Fits the seafood coastal region of Baja California quite well.
I will say that this red from L.A. Cetto lacked something. Nebbiolo is one of those wines that reminds of Barolo in Northern Italy. L.A. Cetto’s nebbiolo was dark, ruby red, clean in color. Spicy notes of cinnamon or nutmeg. For the price, it’s not bad, but very far from my tasting memories of Barolo.
When I am in Mexico, I always purchase wines from Argentina, Chile, and La Rioja, Spain. That being said, see that wine next to the Nebbiolo? You can’t find that tempranillo from La Rioja in the US. Tempranillo is full bodied and so pleasant to smell. I love vibrant, aromatic wines like tempranillo and crianza where smelling the wine is almost as wonderful as tasting it. I believe I only paid $6 for it. Love Walmart wine!
Each time I think of rompope, I think of my family’s native Durango, Mexico. There’s a restaurant hidden on the street 5 de Febrero called “El Pasaje.” They make such a good rompope from scratch. If you have never had it, it’s like a Mexican eggnog- thick, creamy, cinnamon. This one has an almond taste. I had to also take a picture of this bottle. Why? Because it says “Coronado.” My island seems to follow me. 🙂
Yes, there was plenty of tequila for all you margarita lovers. BUT, I wanted to show you all the other goodies you can find on a simple trip to Walmart in Mexico.
I’m lucky enough to live close to Mexico. Check out my pictures on Instagram for more.