Letting themselves be carried away by their senses, hundreds of men and women practice wine tasting with the guidance of a specialist who indicates, step by step, how to follow this ceremony.Learning to taste wine has aroused furor in Mexicans, who pay to start in a world of colors, flavors and aromas that increasingly has more and more followers. The tasting classes were a success in previous years and still continue this year.
Like the wines, the reasons that explain this fashion are very varied. But there is something they all agree: wine tasting is an activity that gives pleasure. It is an anti-stress moment, in which good customs are worshiped.
People also seek to expand their knowledge because the pleasure of drinking wine increases when you start knowing more. The more you learn, the more you can appreciate the beautiful violet color of the red wine Chateau Domecq, its nuances with tiles and its notes of fresh red fruits with dried plums and chocolate. By learning more, it is easier to detect their soft tannins that feel delicate in the mouth, along with an interesting bouquet. Even with practice, it is easy to identify why it is a wine that is paired with all kinds of red meats and delicate cheese.
The courses last between two and four days. Surrounded by glasses, corks and bottles of elegant presence, the students learn -in a two-hours class, on average- the basic tools of tasting.
Another reason that leads people to take up tasting courses is that wine is a good topic of conversation. Those who know about wine become true opinion leaders and the center of all meetings. This fascinating trend has left the local borders to move towards wine vacation: the Mexican vineyards are becoming a magnet for tourists. There is a good reason that in recent years the owners of wineries are beginning to build reception areas, to offer guided tours and sell products, such as Casa Madero and Monte Xanic.
Casa Madero is part of the countrys history as it was the first winery established in the national territory, the first to have a royal mercy to plant vines and the first to produce wines. During the visit to the hacienda and with a glass in hand, one can discover its centenarian identity based on the love for wine, such as the Casa Grande Cabernet Sauvignon, which is ideal to pair it with mole, marinades and lasagna.
Visiting Monte Xanic, in Valle de Guadalupe, turns into a memorable moment in which you get to know the production processes accompanied by the tastings of their wines. The Valley is surrounded by a copper-colored mountain range, which protect the varieties of grapes that produce wines such as Gran Ricardo, the first ultra premium Mexican, Calixa Syrah and its Cabernet Sauvignon.
Those who do not approach this hedonistic world for the pleasure of wine or tourism, do so for their own health: scientists say that drinking wine, in a moderate way, is good for your health. It is proven that wine has antioxidant substances that reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases.
Therefore, if we face the dilemma of taking daily a capsule of resveratrol or having a good glass of red wine, the scale will be leaning towards wine, especially when it comes to Ensamble de La Santsima Trinidad, a tribute to the wine tradition of Dolores Hidalgo, in Guanajuato. The Tempranillo, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes that are sown in some parts of their 40 hectares, remind us of the violet tones of the lavender fields that flood the atmosphere with their aromas. In addition to its benefits, this wine tastes delicious and invites you to share a conversation with friends.
The best way to start is with a good glass of wine: the rite of tasting is only the prelude to an exciting world. And the fascination begins when the initiates are surprised with a sublime sound, the one they hear when a bottle is uncorked and the liquid begins to fall gently into the glass.