When thinking of Mexico, most people think of our beaches, sun, arts and crafts, tacos, tequila, … not many know that Mexico is getting more and more famous for our excellent wines and renowned vineyards. The wine culture is growing nation wide, and I thought August, the time of wine harvest, would be the perfect time to talk about wines with Capella Ixtapa’s Food & Beverage Manager, Miriam Vazquez. Read our conversation about Mexican wines and food pairings she and our Chef recommend for summer and fall.
Miriam, can you share with us some insights into Mexican wines?
Because of Ixtapa Zihuatanejo’s tropical climate, our guests tend to opt in more often for tequila and mezcal, but they do love a good glass of wine as well. Some of Mexico’s best-known wine varieties are Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Nebbiolo and Tempranillo. In the last few years, especially in the tropical areas like Ixtapa, refreshing and light white fruity wines and rosès have become popular.
What are your favorite Mexican wines this summer?
At Capella Ixtapa we have an extensive wine list. Among the Mexican wines I’d highlight two of them; one is Madero 2V, from Casa Madero, which is aromatic and fruity, and perfect for pairings with salads and fish. The other favorite this summer is Gabriel from Adobe Guadalupe, which is intense, well balanced and is wonderful for pairings with selected dishes and cuts that we offer at A Mares restaurant.
What is your guiding principle when selecting wines for our wine cellar?
We are always looking for young, fruity and light wines; and from there we complement the selection with wines that can satisfy even the most demanding palate and pair with complex dishes. Of course wines that are best enjoyed in the warm climate of Ixtapa are always a priority. Seasonally we add new wines that will perfectly accompany new seasonal dishes on our restaurants’ menus as well.
Which food and wine pairings do you recommend at Capella Ixtapa’s restaurants this fall?
I would recommend the Short Rib of A Mares, a delicious dish cooked slowly in its own juice, and accompany it with a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon by Casa Grande. Or taste the complexity of Chardonnay from the same vineyard, together with seafood offered at the Seafood Market.
How do you enjoy wine?
For me personally the best way to enjoy a good glass of wine is during dinner, on a very nice evening, and most important: good company.
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