Recently, Bodin Street welcomed 7 producers and winemakers from across Mexico for a 3-day event series called México en Xicágo to showcase and celebrate Mexican wine. The series kicked off on Sunday, November 6th at City Winery with a wine tasting for everyone- wine pros, wine curious, and wine enthusiasts alike. The visiting producers poured wines for guests, some of whom came from Boston and Detroit to taste the wines and meet the producers. Some of the attendees had visited the wineries in Mexico, and others were studying for their diploma in wines and sought to improve their palate and wine knowledge through attending the tasting. The wines we tasted are available for purchase at Perman Wine Selections on Division in Old Town. On Monday, we gathered at the National Museum of Mexican Art in Pilsen for an educational seminar followed by a walk-around trade tasting, exclusively for wine industry professionals, sommeliers, chefs, and the like. The seminar was fully booked, standing room only. Each producer gave an overview of their region, geology, viticultural practices, and varietals. Many of the producers use sustainable agricultural practices in the vineyard, such as dry farming or biodynamic farming. Following the panel discussion, we tasted their wines and mingled with some of the finest in the hospitality business. On Tuesday, we visited Big Star Marisco's in West Town for a delicious lunch and wine pairing. That evening, Lulu Martinez of Bruma Winery and Jaime Palafox of Palafox Winery headlined a wine dinner at Rick Bayless' Topolobampo, which immediately sold out. Meanwhile, our Central Mexico producers, Toño, Hans, Lucía, Mauricio, and Alfredo, dined with the Mexican Consulate at Tzuco in River North. It was a phenomenal way to wrap-up three days of events!
Participating producers included Tres Raíces from Guanajuato; Pozo De Luna from San Luis Potosí; San Juanito, El Bajio, and Vinaltura from Querétaro; Parvada from Coahuila; Adobe Guadalupe, Bruma, and Palafox from Baja Norte.
We're deeply grateful for the partnership with our producers, retailers, and venue hosts. Thank you to all the wine professionals and enthusiasts from across Chicago who came out to learn more about Mexican wine, support the producers, and connect with the community. We're looking forward to hosting many more wine tastings and educational seminars next year!
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