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Got Blight? (Part I)

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My last post about the elotes vendors on the Copper Canyon train made me think of another interesting corn-related dish in yet another location: huitlacoche in Baja, Mexico.

In 2003, I had the distinct pleasure of attending the annual Wine Society of America Conference in Anaheim, CA. For a little extra, you could go on a pre-conference field trip–an overnight hop through some of the vineyards and wineries of Baja, Mexico. Sign me up!

We departed Anaheim on a bus to Baja, driving down the coast past San Diego and Tijuana and farther along the Baja peninsula. We had lunch *somewere* on the coast at a neat little spot with amazing views. Our guide (a wine expert) said all the new construction in the area was based on second homes for SoCal residents.

Entrance to our brunch destination overlooking the Pacific...

Entrance to our brunch destination overlooking the Pacific...

Another view of the spot where we ate.

Another view of the spot where we ate.
 
 

Our first tasting stop was Casa de Piedra; a boutique winery specializing in a few fabulous vintages and a very appealing shooting star logo. Then we traveled to Mogor Badan for an outside tasting in the vineyard–all windy, flapping tablecloths and a Chasselas that I never forgot. (It’s a wine of Swiss origin, believe it or not, and I still have a bottle and can’t bear to drink it because I’ll probably never have another. Yes, that’s a stupid reason, but…)

On to another family-owned winery whose name I cannot remember, but there was a friendly black dog in the tasting room. Then we fetched up at Adobe Guadelupe, which combines its vineyard and winery with an amazing guest house/bed & breakfast-type accommodation. The place abounds in primitive angel forms, from the light fixtures and the hardware to an enormous metal angel sculpture in the vineyard itself. (I should add my photographic evidence to flickr.com.) I don’t remember the wine as much as the setting: enormous baskets of bougainvillea spilling over the walls; shadows of angels and arches falling on tiled floors; the sunsetting sky stretched overhead and burning down to ashy grape and pewter colored-clouds…fabulous!

Beautiful bougainvillea!Metal angel sculpture at Adobe Guadelupe.

You know what? I think I’ll save the next part of the story for the next post. I want a glass of wine before I continue!
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About ltbrwnhare

A real Ashevillain, from the fabled town of Asheville, NC. There aren't too many of us "from here" any more, but don't ask about the secret handshake. Few people know I blog; they think I work for corporate America. I do. Both. There's probably a secret handshake for that, too. You can think of me as a "locavore," if you like: someone who consumes local food and culture. I'm not just local, though--I like finding out interesting stuff from all over the place, traveling, tasting, reading, writing fiction (actually, I write non-fiction--I just don't let my family read it and get mad at me for spilling the beans. There are some pretty funky beans to spill, sometimes, but that's just a fact of life in the South...), and lots of other things. If I think of them, maybe I'll blog about them.

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