Baja, Paradise for Wine Lovers and Foodies

Who would have thought a short trip south down from California would lead to an authentic paradise for foodies and wine lovers? Well, south of the border is much more than awesome margaritas and tequila shots in Tijuana.

Baja, or better said, Baja California, stretches from the border with the US to the thin strip of land between the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortes. It comes as no surprise that seafood is world-class here, but Baja is much more.

Blue shores, white sands and whale watching hot spots are reasons enough to come visit, but you know we’re here for the food, right?

Let’s Start with a Glass of Wine

Mexico makes wine, and it’s getting better every year. The country’s wineries might not be as known worldwide, but the vineyards share similarities with sunny California.

Drive down to Ensenada and take a detour across the wine route. You’ll eventually see the vegetation change as you arrive at a Mediterranean oasis in Valle de Guadalupe, the source of over 90% of Mexico’s wine. There are over 100 wineries here, and these are some astounding estates.

Baja, Paradise for Wine Lovers and Foodies

Nebbiolo, Sangiovese, Cabernet, or Chardonnay, everything goes here, and most wineries offer more than wine tours; they host five-star restaurants, spas, horseback riding and hot air balloon rides.

Mexican food is wonderful, but you won’t find your usual tacos here. The name of the game is Baja-Med, one of the trendiest and hottest cuisines right now. European culinary skills meet Mexico’s fine produce at the hands of true star chefs. From octopus tacos to duck confit, food in Mexico’s wine country is one of the finest in the country.

It’s Time to Hit The Coast

Once you satisfy all your wine cravings, drive down Baja’s coast until you reach Rosarito and the famous Puerto Nuevo district. Here, freshly caught char-grilled lobster, served with rice, beans and enormous wheat flour tortillas abound.

You think you know lobster, but you don’t until you try these. Don’t expect fancy restaurants, though, these are small-town fishermen’s eateries, but what they lack in decor, they have in freshness and culinary talent.

While you’re at it, you might want to wake up early to try the country’s most celebrated ceviche in Ensenada, La Guerrerense. Even star chefs have made a pilgrimage to try this fresh seafood concoction served on the family-owned street food stand.

Baja is More Than Partying Coyote Ugly Style

Of course, Mexico is tons of fun, and partying is a given, but Baja is now a food and wine capital. From street food to fine dining and everything in between, Baja is a paradise for foodies and wine lovers.

The perfect weekend getaway just across the border where hospitality is a core value, and where food is as colorful as it is intensely flavorful. Make the call, invite that special someone or put together a road trip with friends. Spice up your life in Baja; you won’t regret it!

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