Friday, March 30, 2012
Mexico's best kept secret is being exposed! Mexican wines are fast becoming a prized commodity among the most refined and sophisticated wine lovers around the world. Discover the secret of Mexico’s international award winning wines and explore this beautiful valley with it's excellent wineries, inns, restaurants and gracious people.
Guadalupe Valley is northeast of Ensenada on Highway 3 that leads to Tecate. You can find Highway 3 ( 70 miles south of San Diego) two miles south of the last toll station before Ensenada. About six miles from the start of Highway 3 at El Sauzal you drop into the western end of Guadalupe Valley at San Antonio de las Minas. This is the beginning of the wine country which is about two-thirds the size of Napa Valley, fourteen miles long and about three to five miles wide. The valley is blessed with ideal conditions for growing and producing world-quality premium grapes and wine. The soil is rich, the climate is Mediterranean, water is abundant, and the winemakers and growers are very creative and innovative. In fact, Camillo Magoni, winemaker for L.A. Cetto Winery, was named as the best winemaker in the world by the Dutch wine magazine, Vinbladet.
Today there are over sixteen established wineries in Guadalupe Valley and four wineries in Ensenada which together produce over eighty percent of all Mexican wines. Many superior wines are being created to include both white and reds. L.A. Cetto Winery is the largest wine producer in Mexico and is mostly responsible for giving Mexican wines international attention through winning global awards and with aggressive, ingenious marketing tactics. Several boutique wineries: Vinicola Suenos, Monte Xanic, Chateau Camou, Dona Lupe, Bibayoff, Mogor-Badan, Baron Balch'e, Vinisterra and others make award-winning wines of distinct character. Dona Lupe Winery has a wonderful selection of premium organic wines, natural jams, jellies, salsa, cheese, herbs and more.
You can enjoy the wine country during an overnight stay at the Rosarito Beach Hotel. It's about a one hour drive to the wine country from the hotel down along the beautiful coastal highway towards the seaport of Ensenada. The new Baja wine country maps are available at the front desk of the hotel or at the Baja Tourism offices in Tijuana and Ensenada.
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
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Saturday, March 10, 2012
MEXICO CITY — A drought that a government official called the most severe Mexico had ever faced has left two million people without access to water and, coupled with a cold snap, has devastated cropland in nearly half of the country.
The government in the past week has authorized $2.63 billion in aid, including potable water, food and temporary jobs for the most affected areas, rural communities in 19 of Mexico’s 31 states. But officials warned that no serious relief was expected for at least another five months, when the rainy season typically begins in earnest.
While the authorities say they expect the situation to worsen, one of the five worst-affected states, Zacatecas, got a reprieve on Sunday. Heriberto Félix Guerra, head of the Ministry of Social Development, saw the rain, the first in 17 months, as a guardedly reassuring sign.
Among the more seriously affected communities are tribal areas of the Tarahumara indigenous community in the Sierra Madre, in the north. Known for endurance running and self-reliance, the Tarahumara are among Mexico’s poorest citizens. When false reports of a mass suicide brought on by hunger surfaced recently, journalists and aid organizations poured in to shed light on the situation.
“I think it has really become extreme poverty,” says Isaac Oxenhaut, national aid coordinator for the Mexican Red Cross. Mr. Oxenhaut recently visited the Indian communities where, he said, the land was too dry to grow any crops the Tarahumara usually depend on for their livelihood. “They don’t have anywhere to harvest absolutely anything,” he added.
Nearly 7 percent of the country’s agricultural land, mostly in the north and center, has suffered total loss, according to Victor Celaya del Toro, director of development studies at the Agriculture Ministry.
The drought, which has been compounded by freezing temperatures, has already pushed up the cost of some produce, including corn and beans. The governor of the Central Bank, Agustín Carstens, speaking last week at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, cautioned that it might cause inflation to rise later this year.
But government officials have said they do not expect the price of exports to be affected.
Some of the most devastated areas are hard to reach, slowing the flow of aid to a trickle. The Red Cross is sending 70-pound sacks of rice, beans and sugar, as well as winter clothing.
“A cargo bus will not fit,” Mr. Oxenhaut said. “You have to do it with four-wheel drives or donkeys, or the people who take it on their backs.”
Even illicit crops have suffered in the drought. Pedro Gurrola, army commander in the state of Sinaloa, told reporters on Monday that many marijuana crops had dried up but that the harvest of what remains has continued.
Friday, March 9, 2012
They analysed samples extracted from the Late Classic Maya period (600 to 900 AD) using gas chromatography mass spectrometry (GCMS) and
liquid chromatography mass spectrometry (LCMS) which can find faint chemical remains.
Gabriela de la Garza is a well-known actress in Mexico with an impressive portfolio of work, from modeling to television, film and theatre to taking an active role in the community. Recently I had the opportunity to meet with her, thanks to Aida Bernal of Spellbound Entertainment, to discuss her activity in the community and what Mexico means to her.
Friday, March 2, 2012
In Celebration of International Women’s Day Conference on Transforming Women’s Lives: We Move Forward 2012
ISLA MUJERES, MEXICO – On March 8, 9, & 10, marking both International Women’s Day and the end of the old Mayan calendar, Mexico’s Isla Mujeres will host the 3-day We Move Forward 2012 Women’s Conference. Mayans
believe that 2012 is an auspicious time to move forward, to evolve, to grow. We Move Forward 2012 is a transformational event that brings together internationally renowned speakers; organizational and personal facilitators; and mind, body, fitness, and meditation experts who will offer participants opportunities to shed what no longer serves them and inspiration to move forward into the next chapter of their lives.
We Move Forward 2012 begins on International Women’s Day. Isla Mujeres – Spanish for Island of Women – is home to the Temple of Ix Chel, the Mayan Goddess of women fertility, healing, and abundance. Known for its white sand and calm beaches on one side, roiling ocean and volcanic rock coastline on the other, and easy access from Cancun, Isla Mujeres is the ideal place to host a celebration
of the feminine, moving forward in one’s life, and rejuvenation of the spirit.