L.A.Cetto wines of Mexico were poured at the visit of Mexican President Calderon to Washington. President Obama’s state dinner menu was created in part by guest chef Rick Bayless, founder of Chicago's Frontera Grill and Topolobampo. The four-course meal featured Oregon Wagyu beef in Oaxacan black mole as the entree. Mr Bayless has been a long time fan of the L.A.Cetto winery serving their wines in his restaurants for many years. At a recent conversation at the Fancy Food show in NY, Bayless spoke about his recent trip to the winery and the tasting of the newest vintages. Twenty cases of L.A.Cetto wine were sent to Washington for the guests of Obama and Calderon to enjoy with the Ambassador . The Double Gold Award winning L.A. Cetto 2004 Nebbiolo was poured in crystal stemware.
Most of us have never heard of L.A. Cetto. Nor Guadalupe Valley or any of the more than 30 wineries located just an hour outside of Ensenada, Mexico. But you should get to know La Cetto wines. I know you are thinking what kind of wine will I get coming out of Baja, well if you try La Cetto, great wines, fantastic values!
L.A. Cetto (pronounced Chet-toe) is one of Mexico's largest wine producers. Founded by an Italian, Angelo Cetto and located at the top of the Guadalupe Valley, Cetto has been producing wines (and good ones at that) for almost a century. Wines that are easy to drink, relatively inexpensive to purchase, and have earned many gold medals over the years.
The vineyards surround the producing facility and are nestled in a beautiful location at the top (northeastern end) of the Valley. The Baja peninsula has a semi-desert climate, but also a cold marine current producing a Mediterranean style climate ideal for growing. Warm summers and mild winters are complimented by sunny days and cool nights.