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Baja Wine Country News - Upcoming Concerts and Gourmet Cuisine in the Valley

Baron Balché will host another major concert event on August 21st featuring the acoustical guitar music of Paco Renteria. This talented musician has played with Carlos Santana, Luciano Pavarotti, and wrote the original composition, El Mariachi, that was used as the theme song for the film Desperado. In addition, he wrote and performed the promotional sound track for Steven Spielberg’s movie, The Legend of Zorro. Paco has received many international awards including a 2002 Grammy nomination, has performed over 2500 concerts around the world, and has written over 300 original musical compositions for guitar. His style of music is a masterful blend of gypsy, flamingo, African, oriental and progressive jazz.

Paco has performed in the Napa Valley wine country, received rave reviews from concert goers, as well as from the media. According to Napa valley publications: “Profound and electrifying … pure exhilaration, taking tradition as a blueprint for ecstasy.” from the St. Helena News Times. And, the Evening Sun of Napa Valley commented, “Paco’s guitar music is fit for kings…those listening to Rentería were held transfixed as he dazzled and hypnotized with delicious ease…he built a transcendental holding pattern of reminiscent spiritual nourishment”. Paco started playing the guitar at age 7, graduated from the Music School by age 14, holds two university degrees, one in Law and the other in Business Administration. He is the first and only artist of any nature that has been invited to perform at the National Palace of Justice, and the National Supreme Court of Justice, both in Mexico City. You can purchase advance tickets: www.ticketmovil.com.mx or get more details from Alejandro Robles 760-557-3588 or (01152)-664-630-0604.

L.A. Cetto winery will be offering concerts in Valle de Guadalupe on August 14th: Cetto’s Annual Fiesta de la Vendimia in Guadalupe Valley and on October 2nd: Concert Cierre de Fiestas with Raul Di Blasio in Guadalupe Valley. (646) 155-2264 or www.cettowines.com
La Villa de Valle, a popular B&B in the “heart” of Mexico’s premier wine country of Valle de Guadalupe is now offering breakfast, lunch and dinner to non-over night guests who want to sample gourmet culinary cuisine. This is the perfect escape for those wine and food lovers seeking personal attention, privacy, romantic ambience and artisan cuisine in a natural, remote setting with vineyards and a artisan winery.

Talented chef, Jose Maria Garcia Ramos or “Chema” creates elegant meals with a focus on promoting the full flavors of the original or main ingredient. His cooking light style in orchestrating gourmet cuisine is not overwhelmed with spices, herbs or sauces, thus allowing so culinary explorers the ability discover the full flavors of fresh Baja California products. He enhances his art with a blend of local, national and international cooking methods he fondly calls “Mexi-terranean.” The secret to his culinary success is the use of fresh produce from the on-site gardens, local products, and the composition of innovative recipes. The final magical touch is provided with their own wines that pair well with all their culinary delights. Owner/winemaker Phil Gregory makes premium wine from Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo, and various blends of Syrah, Petite Sarah, Grenache and Cabernet Sauvignon.

According to Eileen Gregory, “we can cater to one person or groups of up to forty people, but we definitely need reservations and advance notice. We’ll be hosting our own event for Fiestas de la Vendimia on the 21st of August featuring one of the top 100 chefs in the world, Enrique Olivera from Pujol Restaurant in Mexico City.” You can contact La Villa at www.lavilladelvalle.com.

For those who are still seeking events or want tickets for La Vendimia Festival programs in August 2010 ~ you still have a short time to make that happen. Some tickets are still available for other Vendimia events at: www.fiestasdelasvendimia.com. The concert at Baron Balché will be filmed for The Grapevine TV Series for El Ocho (8) Cable TV of Ensenada and will be broadcasted globally.

Steve Dryden is a wine, gourmet cuisine, and travel writer living in Valle de Guadalupe where he guides small group wine tours. He can be reached: sbdryden@hotmail.com. For current and updated Mexican wine country information please visit: www.bajawineandcuisine.com and www.winefoodguide.com

Posted: Sunday, July 18, 2010 7:06 AM by Herb Kinsey

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