The first ever tasting of the Napa Valley Mexican-American Vintners Association was held Saturday July 30, 2011 at Maldonado Vineyards in the far northern reaches of the Napa Valley. This was the best tasting we’ve attended so far this year in Napa. Very personalized, great wine – dignitaries came up from Los Angeles, a historic tasting.
The association is fairly new (2010). It was formed after a number of vintners poured their wines in Mexico at the Michoacan State Fair and collaboratively recognized the need to have an organization that would promote their own wines, support Mexican Americans in the wine industry and be educational.
NVMAVA was spearheaded by Rolando Herrera of Mi Sueno Winery and he is the current President.
This was a rare opportunity to taste wine from the following mostly Napa producers at one venue – Alex Sotelo Cellars, Ceja Vineyards, Delgadillo Cellars, Encanto Vineyards, Maldonado Family Vineyards, Maritas Vineyards, Mi Sueño Winery, Renteria Wines, Robledo Family Vineyards, Rios Wine Company and Voces Wines.
A highlight of the afternoon was the unveiling of their new logo – afterwards all the vintner members personally signed it.
Cristina Londono from Telemundo International gave a passionate speech – listen to part of the speech below:(Cristina Londono)