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Aug 28, 2007 11:18 AM

Wine shopping in Mexico City

Just had a thought - we will only be in Mx City for a few days before we go by bus to Morelia and then Patzcuaro. We are devoted wine drinkers and don't know what to expect in Morelia or Patzuaro as far as availability. Any recommendations for a place in Mx city to buy two or three interesting bottles to take with us? Thanks for any suggestions.

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  1. Morelia is actually a fairly sophisticated city. I don't think you should have too much difficulty finding good, drinkable wine there. Like the U.S., Costco in Mexico also has a pretty good wine selection. Morelia has a Costco. If you're taking a taxi into town from the bus station just have the driver stop at Costco, run in get a couple of bottles and then head for your hotel. There are also numerous liquor stores around town.

    1. One suggestion I would have is to definitely try some of the Mexican wines. In recent trips to San Miguel I have had the opportunity to try quite a few of the wines that are now being produced in the Baja. I was very impressed. You can buy many of them at Costco and most, if not all of them, are not available in the USA. There are quite a few very reasonably priced wines along with some more high-end offerings too.

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      1. re: RoyRon

        Depends upon where you are in the U.S. Baja wines are extremely hard to find in California where there are pretty stiff import regulations to protect the local wine industry. And when you find them they are terribly expensive. Good, but expensive.

        1. re: DiningDiva

          We are familiar with the Mexican wines - we live in Todos Santos, BCS. We have found that the low end wines are rather nasty - few mid-priced available and the high end very good. We tend to go for the Argentina and Chile wines that are available here and there is a pretty good selection at mid-range prices. The Malbecs are very affordable and quite good Casillero del Diablo makes four or five varieties that are drinkable and affordable. I especaillly like thier pinot noir - not fond of their cabernet, but I don't much like cabernet anyway. It will be fun to see what is available on the mainland. I'd be interested in learning what your have had and liked in the mid-range. To me mid-range is between $8.00 and $12 U.S.

      2. If you don't have a Costco card, I'd try Tierra D'Vinos in La Roma on Alvaro Obregon across from Contramar. They have a nice selection of nicer Mexican wines, which are always fun to try. Also, La Europa (various locations) and La EspaƱola in Polanco have decent selections. Le Bouchon in Polanco has a small wine shop next door with a larger French selection. In La Condesa, La Naval (corner of Michoacan and Insurgentes, right by a Metrobus stop) has a large selection of wines - larger than Costco, even.

        1. The absolut best place to buy wine in Mexico City is at the Vinoteca store in Polanco. This is the only company in Mexico who is dedicated to wine with wine professonals.

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          1. re: wineman1

            Maybe Wineman could be more address for the Vinoteca would be appreciated by all.

            1. re: Elchilango

              Wineman1 has been unresponsive to e-mails and otherwise. From what I could learn on the internet, the only Vinoteca retail store in Mexico City opened in January of this year, at Darwin 37 in colonia Anzures. It seems to be more of a wine club and distributor. I'm sure he'll be around to tell me if I'm "wrong".

              1. re: Veggo

                El chilango........Veggo is correct about the address but also it is a full retail store with a huge selection.

                1. re: wineman1

                  Hi Wineman1 - While this thread is devoted to mexico City -- I wanted to ask you to recommend a spot in Playa del Carmen to purchase wine. Additionally, what do you recommend we purchase locally in a bold Cabernet and an oaky Chardonnay. Are there any special wine merchants or wine shops that you would recommend in the vicinity?Thanks!