Quetzal Chardonnay Chenin Blanc Mexican Wine

By | May 24, 2017

I’d never had a Mexican wine before, which is not that surprising, as I’ve never been to Mexico either.  I’ve eaten a lot of TexMex food which I’ve enjoyed a lot, but I suspect the closest I’ve ever come to eating Mexican food is in Detroit, just north of Canada!  Detroit’s West Side has a little Mexican restaurant zone with little local grocers selling fresh cactus as well as Mexican pop, the good stuff, made with the real cane sugar*, and the chocolate, oh my, the chocolate, but I digress from my digression.

Xochimilco’s in Detroit’s “Mexicantown” was my favourite, despite having no windows.  The food was a delight and whilst I waited for it they’d bring me fresh tortilla chips with the most amazing salsa known to man.  A thousand tiny devils danced on my tongue, so if you do find yourself on Detroit’s West Side, and why wouldn’t you, do drop in, although as it’s been ten years since I set foot in the place it could have changed, just a little.

Now that that little trip down memory lane is complete, on to the wine.  The colour isn’t quite up to the standard of the label, which in turn isn’t quite up to the standard of the actual Quetzal bird, which is a thing of beauty.  The wine smells fresh and tropical, with some light peach blossom.

It tastes fresh too, although the blossom is replaced by more tropical fruit and a bright, lime-y acidity.  The alcohol level is on the low side of medium at 12%, which is probably a good thing, because you will want a second glass.  This isn’t the most exciting wine you’ll ever taste, but it’s a nice change and it’s fun to play “guess the wine” with people, possibly for money, as they’re unlikely to guess it’s Mexican.

The £9 price tag does reflect the long travels it has had, particularly as it is bottled in Mexico, but look out for special offers.  I bought this ’14 wine when I had a “20% off wines” deal on my M&S Sparks Card.

Fun fact.  If you were to drive from the actual city of Xochimilco, near Mexico City, to the vineyards in Baja California where this wine is made, and on to the restaurant in Detroit, your vineyard stop would be not far off your half way point.

*If you no longer have your own teeth, so don’t have to worry about them rotting away, then you can get Jarritos sodas at Mission Burrito outlets in the UK.  Try the guava flavour, don’t let the colour put you off, it’s a treat.