April 15, 2016
“It all started over dinner one night,” says McCandless Sutton, as so many gastro success stories do these days.
Mac, as he’s known, is referring to the GastroVino Festival de Todos Santos, a celebration of the food and wine of Baja, which this year runs from April 22-24.
Mac and his partner Perla Garnica own the Bodega de Todos Santos, and the festival was their way of drawing attention to the culinary richness of Baja, still largely under the radar. (The shop offers wine tastings from 5-8 Monday-Wednesday.)
Photo Credit: La Bodega de Todos Santos
The duo are the perfect pair for the job because Bodega de Todos Santos specializes in top-notch food and wine from Mexico: mono-varietal olive oils, hand-picked bottlings from the four major wine-making valleys in Valle de Guadalupe, and cheese from local ranches. “When there’s good cheese we get it,” he says.
The event kicks off on Friday, April 22nd, with a food-and-wine pairing (cheeses, cured meats, artisanal breads, oysters and regional products) at the Hotel California, followed by live music. On Saturday, April 23rd, the day starts with a blind tasting of 12 Mexican wines, and concludes with a gastro-tour of 10 of the town’s best restaurants from 6-9pm. The high point of the festival, Sunday, April 24th, takes place in the plaza from 2PM – 6PM: wine tastings, food demonstrations, live music, and art for sale. Thirteen wineries will be pouring this year and 14 local restaurants will be offering tastings.
Mac says the wine tastings are a particular trip into history. “Mexico’s viticultural history dates back to the missionaries,” he says. “It’s where it all began in North America.”
That said, here’s to another flavorful celebration of Mexican vino… We’ll see you at the festival!