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Raise a glass of #vino to #HispanicHeritageMonth

2 Oct

It’s Hispanic Heritage Month darlings, and to celebrate the occasion, I invite you to experience a taste of the Hispanic influence on the wine industry. This post originally appeared three years ago when I attended my second East LA Meets Napa event, a charity-oriented celebration of the Latino community’s contributions to food and wine in Los Angeles.

So pour yourself a hearty glass of Mexican Cabernet Sauvignon from Mexico’s Guadalupe Valley, and stay tuned for more stories about Hispanics and vino in the next couple of weeks.

Wines from Mexican-American winemakers were featured at this year's East LA Meets Napa food and wine celebration.

Wines from Mexican-American winemakers were featured at this year’s East LA Meets Napa food and wine celebration.

On a balmy evening I strolled through L.A.’s Union Station to the charanga beat of José Rizo’s all-star jazz band, Monograma, a wine glass in one hand, a plate of food from the area’s finest Latin American restaurants in the other. This, chicas y chicos, is living.

Vanessa Robledo, president and managing partner of Black Coyote Wines, at this year's East LA Meets Napa.

Vanessa Robledo, president and managing partner of Black Coyote Wines, at this year’s East LA Meets Napa.

About 30 wineries were represented at this year’s East L.A. Meets Napa, some of them Latina-owned and operated. Ladies, if you’ve ever dreamed of getting into the wine business, there’s no better place to get a little inspiración. Vanessa Robledo started working in her family’s vineyard when she was 8 years old. Today, she’s president and managing partner of Black Coyote Wines.

Gustavo Brambila was on hand to talk about his wines at this year's event.

Gustavo Brambila was on hand to talk about his wines at this year’s event.

Speaking of inspiration, Gustavo Brambila of GustavoThrace attended this year’s event. Brambila is one of the first Latinos to earn a degree from the prestigious viticulture and enology program at UC Davis. In 1976, the winery where he worked put California wines on the map when its Chardonnay scored higher than a French wine at an international competition in Paris. Brambila was not directly involved in the competition, but actor Freddy Rodriguez played him in the 2008 film, Bottle Shock, based on the historic event.



To come full circle, this year’s tasting held one more reason to be proud of things hecho en México. A certain winery from Coahuila, Mexico made the journey to L.A. Established in 1597, Casa Madero is the oldest winery in the Americas. Still going strong after 415 years, the winery gives Mexico a significant place in the history of wine.

So raise a glass to Hispanic Heritage Month and to the contributions that Latinos and Latinas through the centuries have made to the wine industry, enhancing our ability to get more SABOR out of life. ¡Salud!

This #vino’s for you

26 Sep

Darlings, Señorita Vino is feeling muy sentimental today, and I wanted to take this opportunity to extend a heartfelt gracias to all of you for your support, comments and enthusiasm for this blog over the past two years.


Slowly but surely, Señorita Vino is growing (the blog, not–ahem–my person), and so is the focus on Latinos in the U.S.,  thanks to our culture, buying power, and damn fine taste in food and música.

As the first and only Latina to blog exclusively about wine, I like to keep my wineglass on the pulse of wine industry trends and marketing efforts to reach us as current and potential wine drinkers. ¿Porqué? Because I value your trust in me and I vow to respect that trust by ensuring that the path along your wine discovery journey is paved with unbiased, snob-free information, and the occasional gratuitous Diego Forlán image:

Don't say I never give you eye candy. Credit: Fotitos21.

Don’t say I never give you eye candy. Credit: Fotitos21.

My goal is to continue sharing useful (but not crazy-technical) wine tips and tidbits, wine discoveries, and stories about Latinas and Latinos who are making strides in the vino universe.  But this is a two-way calle, and I want to know what you’d love to see more or less of in Señorita Vino.

Yesterday,  Señorita Vino was featured on NBC Latino’s “Food Blogs We Love”.  This couldn’t have happened without your readership and support. Let me know what you think of the article, and if you like what you see, please do Señorita Vino a huge favor: “Like” the story and share it across your social networks.

Regardless of who you are, where you’re from, how much–or how little–you know about wine, and how you spend your hard-earned dólares, the kingdom of vino is yours to explore. It’s an honor to hold the gate open for you. Until next week, ¡Salud!


Señorita Vino guest blogs on Flanboyant Eats

7 Sep

Chicas y Chicos!

It’s time to get your Hispanic Heritage Month on. Señorita Vino is a guest blogger on the fabulous  Flanboyant Eats blog today as part of the culinary “All Around Latin America Tour.” Here’s an appetizer:

Seco de Pollo – Peruvian comfort food

Picture Los Angeles, circa 1970. A pale blue ‘64 Chevy Impala is cruising north on L.A.’s I-5 freeway. In the front seat, a striking couple from Perú argues in Spanish about whose family has produced the best cooks. In back, a little girl in a fuzzy white alpaca sweater gazes out the passenger side window. The destination: One of a handful of Peruvian restaurants in Southern California.

(See 9/30/11 post for update)

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