About Mexican Wine

About Mexican Wine
Vineyards were first planted in Mexico in the late 18th century, but it is only in the last thirty years that there has been much of a wine industry, as small as it is. The best wines are from Baja California in northwestern Mexico; as this area is close to the Pacific Ocean, the temperate climate allows for proper ripening conditions, unlike much of Mexico, which is too hot for proper viticulture.

The best wines are the reds, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and Tempranillo; top whites include Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier. Quality is very good on few upper end wines; most wines are good, but lack structure for long term aging. Once can imagine that with time, overall quality will increase.

Top Picks for Mexico

El Paseo NV Margarita Wine Cocktail Mexico
89 points
$9
Best Buy
Golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of lime salt, lemon lime syrup, and pickled pepper with a satiny, tangy, fruity medium body and a warming, amusing, agreeable finish that presents nuances of lime, prickly pear cactus, and lemon salt. Order up a taco platter, gather a few friends and pour freely.
89 points $9 Best Buy
El Paseo NV Paloma Wine Cocktail Mexico
87 points
$9
Best Buy
Emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of grapefruit and peach sorbets and orange blossom honey with a supple, crisp, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy finish with accents of peaches and mangos, seltzer water, grape fruit, and lime zest with no oak flavor. Nicely balanced citrus fruit flavor with acidity for a ready-to-go Paloma, but could use some additional carbonation or a sparkling wine addition.
87 points $9 Best Buy
El Paseo NV Strawberry Margarita Wine Cocktail Mexico
85 points
$9
Silvery pink color. Aromas and flavors of pickled and sweetened strawberry watermelon and mixed nerds candy with a round, soft, fruity medium body and an interesting, snappy finish with notes of candied artificial strawberry. Fruity and crushable, this would be a crowd pleaser at tailgates.