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Hugo D’ Acosta featured in San Diego Union Tribune


One of the joys of being young is experimenting and taking risks, and that’s exactly what winemakers in Mexico’s nascent Valle de Guadalupe are doing, often to great success.

A line of sparkling wines from Casa de Piedra, the flagship label from celebrated Valle winemaker Hugo D’Acosta, epitomizes this devil-may-care spirit.

In Champagne and regions around the world where sparkling is produced, the only three grapes used (alone or in blends) are chardonnay, pinot meunier and pinot noir.

The Espuma de Piedra Blanc de Blancs? It’s 50 percent chardonnay, 50 percent sauvignon blanc and 100 percent rebellious deliciousness.

With soft aromas and flavors of warm, buttered brioche and toasted nuts buoyed by big, sturdy bubbles, this is a luscious, complex and surprising wine.

“Blinded, I would not know this is not from Champagne, let alone guess it to be a Mexican sparkler. Bravo,” said one online reviewer.

On a recent trip to the Valle de Guadalupe, we popped open the Espuma for a pre-dinner toast and enjoyed the last sips with our first bites of succulent super-fresh Baja camarones. But it could have easily worked with any of the courses to come — the sign of a quality sparkling wine.

The winery also produces a blanc de noir (from zinfandel) and sparkling rosé (from barbera). I look forward to trying those rule-defying bottles. And at about $23 for any of the Espumas, it wouldn’t be such a big risk to take.

Where to buy it: Krisp, downtown San Diego, krispsd.com; Vintage Wines, Miramar, vintagewinessd.com; and bajawineusa.com.

Read the full article by Michele Parente on the San Diego Union Tribune’s website. Click here

VYVA Wine Tour

Hugo D’Acosta, the “Mondavi of Guadalupe Valley” presents some of the best wines of “El Valle” on our VYVA Tour. Our next scheduled tour will be taking place May 28-29th, 2016. We are encouraging you to book immediately as the number of seats are limited. Book now!

By |May 5th, 2016|Baja Wine Time|0 Comments

Tijuana – “The New Frontier”

I love living right next to the Mexico border! We get two amazing yet extremely different cultures/ people, food, beer, wine…..WORLDS to explore! Born and raised in San Diego I am still finding and learning so many fantastic things on both sides of the fence. And now with San Diego and Tijuana growing and changing rapidly we are in a Mecca of entertainment, craft beer, Mexican wine and a culinary explosion!


Eight of us set out Sunday afternoon for a day of beer and food in Tijuana Sunday. You will always find more than what you are looking for in this bustling city of 1.7 million – definitely more adventure than one day can hold. Now with Sentri/Global ID we can hop over n back anytime without the sometimes -enduring border wait.

Keep Tijuana tasty!

First stop HAD to be Telefonica since this group had never been and one cannot keep this taste bud orgasma to oneself! AND I had recently been recommended the best breakfast in TJ within this lil food truck oasis. We all ordered something to share family style as to take in as much flavor lovin’ as we could and grabbed some local craft beer to top off our indulgent Sunday beginnings. As you can see (photos) it was a grand symphony….what you will run into this side of the border.

Then to walk off our blissful food coma there is no shortage of aesthetic pleasures up and down Revolucion and the surrounding area. You can find markets full of local treats, spices, crafts, local grown fruits and veggies and of course much more.

We found an artisan chocolate shop full of goodies where I also tried crickets for the first time last year – not bad really! Ugh! …then the center of TJ with the huge arch overhead found out where the party was! Margaritas, shopping, music and Mexico dancers in full – flowing color and vibrance! A few blocks from here we found a local hang out playing some local, slow music. This was Sara’s queue. She dropped her stuff at the table nearby and flew up the stairs for a DJ request. Next thing we know, some of the crew has taken over the dance floor busting out their spicy professional salsa moves…with a very captivated audience!

It is always an adventure! Last but definitely NOT least….an entire mall of breweries all in the same place! Most of Baja’s established breweries have a presence here in this upscale, rustic hang-out. What great way to wrap up the day before heading back.

By |April 28th, 2016|Baja Wine Time|0 Comments