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CONCHAS DE PIEDRA (9 pics total)
One of the reasons you go to Valle de Guadalupe is because it evokes a feeling like none of the other California wine countries you've been to. Charming without being too rustic or wagon wheely, chill without being too hip, quirky without being kooky, a little upscale without being douchey, and still undeveloped enough to make you feel like you've discovered a thing that the hipsters and millennials haven't ruined yet.
I'm just kidding. About the millennials, I mean. The hipsters really do ruin everything.
And the food. The level of execution you can get for the prices you pay? Still an amazing value.
Conchas de Piedra is a simple and marvelous concept. Mostly just conchas (shellfish) and bubbly. Well, and some delicious pulpo (octopus) as well.
A dozen oysters on the half shell, a delicious smoked abalone with lightly five spiced pickles, tender pulpo seasoned with what tasted like achiote and maybe a smoked salt with a creamy slaw to make delicious tacos (to which we added some of that fantastic house tomatillo salsa - riquísimo!), and a bottle of bubbly for around $60 including tip.
Valle de Guadalupe is pretty much 360 degrees of gorgeous views, some of them made all the more rewarding by the long dirt road drives (some smoother than others, like the one up to Cava Maciel, for instance) you have to make to get to them.
@cavamaciel is a lovely little winery perched atop a hill with views to go with that location, as you can see.
Ivan, a young oenologist in training, skillfully guided us through our tasting and gave us lots of great tips to enjoy the valle. Chill, friendly, easygoing vibe, lovely wine, gorgeous views... our kind of winery.
I tend not to get too specific in discussing or reviewing wine because, even in its simplest expression, it is a quite complex thing, the enjoyment of which is very much dependent on so many uniquely personal factors, plus I've learned over the years in working with food that the more particular you get when you talk about it on a public platform, the more blowharding you tend to attract to the conversation. ;) So I'll just say that we enjoyed our tasting very much and came away with a bottle of their Vino de Luna Chardonnay and their Alba Cab. Lovely place.
Gorgeous #freshproduce at the little farmers market held at the vineyard owner's home at Mogor Badan.
There are also fresh quesos, yummy jams and jellies made from native fruits, olive oil, pickles, and tortillas, among other things.
Only Saturdays during on-season. First hour (from 10am to 11am) is for local chefs only, then the rest of us can shop at 11.
The second pic is the porch at the front of the home. You find such charming sights everywhere in Valle de Guadalupe. (Not the least of which is seeing a farm hand chasing after a dog muttering, "Pinche Perro!!!") :) #mexico#baja#valledeguadalupe#farmersmarket
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