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We at Puerto-Peñasco.com are striving to make our blogs more useful in answering your questions that have been sent in.  I welcome your questions and will do a posting a couple of times a month to answer them.  When you send me a question please tell me if it is OK to use it along with just your first name and city you are from.  These are frequently asked questions on other forums but I will not bother you with sarcastic answers but rather try to help make your stay in Rocky Point enjoyable.

Sonoran Resorts
Beaches and Pool.

Q: First from Cherilyn

My family and I visited Puerto Peñasco at the end of June. We enjoyed ourselves. We are thinking of coming back soon. I wanted to see if you knew of the best months to come and visit Puerto Peñasco. Please do explain some down times so that I would have a better understanding on which months would be best. 🙂 I am aware that there various opinions on when it’s a good time to go and when it’s not.  Since you’re a resident of Puerto Peñasco, I thought I’d ask you! 🙂 Many thanks for responding.

A:  The weather here in summer is very much like Phoenix.  Our humidity right now is higher than June and will remain this way until usually near the 21st of September. That is when the weather seems to change.

If you don’t mind the humidity you can enjoy the summer months.  In June and July there are some Jellyfish so that is a concern, but they should be gone pretty soon. From October through June are great months with warm days and cool nights.  The Sea of Cortez starts to get cold in November and warms back up again in March/April.
Thanksgiving is a great time to be here as there are so many things going on like art festivals, Mermaid Market, etc.  Between Christmas and New Year it usually slow.  You should avoid Spring Break weeks and Semana Santa (Easter Holy Week), Memorial Day, July 4th and Labor Day as the town is packed.  Also the weekend of Veterans Day November 8th – 12th is packed as we have our 18th annual Bike Fest and the city is packed with motorcycles.  We don’t mind the bikers as they do contribute a lot to the economy and help support our 7 charities.
Glad you enjoyed your selves.  One other thing, there is no longer a off season and if you come you may want to consider arriving on Thursday and leaving on Mondays as even with out a holiday weekend, there have been long lines crossing back to the US.
Passport
Simple Application for getting your Passport

Q: Do I need a passport to get back in to Mexico?

A:  You do not need a passport to get into Mexico but you should have one to get back into the United States.  It is the LAW.  Also by law if you are a United States citizen, you have to be admitted back into your own country, however, immigration can make your life miserable and your wait time a little longer by putting you through the secondary check point.  Not only that, while everyone in your vehicle is fumbling around for a birth certificate, you are holding the law biding folks up behind you.  Please read our blog “PASSPORT or PASSPORT CARD.. it is the LAW

Sonoyta
Crossing from Lukeville, AZ to Sonoyta, Mexico

Q: Do I need a car permit to go to Rocky Point?

A:  Currently we are part of the FREE ZONE as is the Baja Peninsula, meaning no permit needed.  However if you are planning on traveling south of Empalme  you will  need one.  These can be gotten about 15 miles south of Sonoyta or can be gotten at the Mexican Consulate in Arizona or California.  The cost for this is about $44.00 USD.  You must have a valid US credit card to pay with and there are also some refundable temporary import fees that are refunded when you turn our permit in.  This permit is called TIP or Temporary Vehicle Permit.  Banjercito is a Military Bank that helps tourists traveling beyond the FREE ZONE to obtain a TIP.   Make 3 copies of everything as many times their printers don’t work or you have to pay to have them done at the bank there.  You will also need a credit card from the United States or cash.

You will need your Passport or passport card plus these additional items.

  1. Driver’s License issued outside of Mexico
  2. If you are not a Mexican citizen, a Mexican immigration permit-such as a tourist (FMM), business or immigrant permit/visa.
  3. Original and photocopy of Bill of Sale, Deed to Property and Vehicle Registration issued by a foreign authority in the applicant’s name. If the title of the vehicle is in the name of a spouse, child, or parent – a birth certificate or marriage license must be presented.
  4. Proof of temporary or annual Mexican auto insurance policy for your vehicle.
  5. Certificate of cancelled import permit for any prior temporary import permits.
  6. In addition, if you have a leased, financed or company car you will also need the following:
    • Leased Vehicles: Lease contract and notarized letter of permission from the leasing company.
    • Financed Vehicles: Credit contract and notarized letter of permission from the lienholder or lending institution.
    • Company Car: A notarized letter of permission confirming the employment relationship and authorizing the employee to import the vehicle into Mexico.
    • Above information from MexPro.

Q: Am I required to get a visa to go to Puerto Peñasco?

A: Only if you are planning on going farther south or staying longer that 7 days, then you need to get a 180 day temporary tourist VISA at the INM office to the right of where you get the red light/green light.

  • Easily obtained at an INM office at the border or online (online still requires a stop at INM at the border for the official stamp).
  • Requires a valid passport or passport card
  • The stamped FMM is valid for land travel throughout Mexico
  • Cost as of January 2017, $533 Pesos (appx U.S. $24) per person; FREE if the trip is 7 days or less and you cross by land
  • May be issued for up to 180 days.  This price varies due the floating peso.

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PASSPORT or PASSPORT CARD.. it is the LAW

Years ago, the only time there were back ups going into Mexico at the Lukeville, Arizona crossing would be on the major United States holidays and  the return would be the same issues, long lines for hours.

Fast forward to 2018 and you will find long lines on nearly every weekend coming and going.  Tourists use to leave Sunday morning to cross back to the US, but then they found long lines, so they would leave later on Sunday.  That worked for a little while, but longer lines.  Then they started going back on Monday morning early and that also worked for awhile.  Last week there was still a back up on Tuesday morning.  We are a popular destination.

Cactus
The scenery through Organ Pipe National Monument

My suggestion to avoid long weekend lines is to come either mid week or Thursday afternoon and leave on Monday morning at 6 – 7 am or after 5 p.m. Another good reason to come mid week if possible is the hotels and condos are usually a little cheaper.  If at all possible, I would avoid traveling the week of Easter weekend and Memorial Day weekend as these seem to be the busiest of all the holidays. There is no guarantee as to the travel times, however this is a good estimate.  If you are here and have internet, go to www.USBorderWaitTimes and it will give you some idea on the day you are leaving.  As for lines coming in there really is no way to tell.  I did notice on the U.S. side, they have put out signs that say there may be slow traffic ahead.  Please remember not to speed through Organ Pipe National Park as the Park Rangers can and do ticket people and please don’t put other people’s lives in danger by passing in no passing zones on both sides of the border.

There are many factors that come into play with long lines.  There has been a strong military presence at the border on the Mexican side to help look for drugs or other contraband headed north.  As of late, however, both coming and going, they mainly just wave you on through.  This compounded with so many tourists and not all 5 lanes are open on the United States side creates a real log jam.  On busy weekends for those of you coming to Puerto Peñasco, be patient.. the Sea of Cortez will be waiting for you, so no need to speed or pass in no passing zones.  Remember all the nice people you may have met in line on the way in will probably be traveling with on the way home.  Smile and hang in there.

Passport
Simple Application for getting your Passport

One of the hold ups are that many tourists  feel they don’t need a passport or a passport card. YES YOU DO… It is the law!  Fortunately for these people it is also the law that if you are a US Citizen, they have to admit your back into your country.  However, the border people can make your life very difficult and make you go through the secondary check point, causing you both a delay and creating a hold up of law abiding folks behind you.  The law is everyone no matter what age must have a PASSPORT or PASSPORT CARD.

It is a very simple process.  1)If you are an adult, fill out the form DS11, 2) Get supporting documents (citizen evidence such as birth certificate), 3) Provide photo 4) calculate fees and submit. The cost for the PASSPORT is $110 for the Application and $35 for Acceptance Fee. The cost for the card is $30.00 for the Application and $35 for the Acceptance Fee.  If you want both the book and the card the fee is $140 for the Application and $35. for the Acceptance fee.  Bear in mind these are non-refundable fees if for some reason you are denied.  Remember the adult Passport is good for 10 years.

US Passports
Choose from a Passport or Passport Card or both.

If you are renewing your passport or passport card you will need form #DS82.  Follow the steps on the form and mail in payment.  The renewal fee for the Passport is $110.00,  Passport Card is $30.00 and the combo is $140.00.  You have already been accepted so you do not have to pay the additional $35.00. For renewals you will need 1) Fill out form, 2) Submit most recent passport (make a copy of it in case it gets lost in the mail, 3) Include name changes if applicable, 4) Provide photo 5) Calculate fees, 6) Mail forms.

Passport Card
Front and Back of the US Passport Card

If you have children under 16 they also need a Passport or Passport Card.  The charges are as follows: $80.00 for the Application and $35 .00 for Acceptance Fee, Passport Card Application is $15.00 for the Passport Card and $35.00 for the Acceptance Fee or if you want both it will be $95.00 for the Application and again the $35.00 for the Acceptance Fee.  The children must appear in person and their Passports or Passport Cards are only valid for 5 years.  For the children you will also use form #DS11. 1) Fill out form, 2) Provide US Citizen evidence, 3) take a copy of the US Citizen evidence 4) Show parental relationship,  5) Present parental/guardian evidence, 6) Bring photocopy of ID, 7) Show parental consent in case of divorce bring a copy of the decree, 8) Provide photo, 9) Present fees and finish the application.

If you have additional questions or need more detailed information please go to https://travel.state.gov  Remember the wait time to get your 1st passport or renewal back will take 4 – 6 weeks. You can expedite it with additional fees.

Registration Volunteers
25 local residents volunteer for 2 days of fun.

Rocky Point Rally
The Old Port packed with bikers.

There are so many events going on currently with benefits for getting the necessary items for a child to go back to school, to new restaurant openings, fishing, golfing or just sit back and relax.  Come fall the Mermaid Markets will start up again.  Don’t forget about Bike Festival by the Sea of CORTEZ is coming up the weekend of November  8th – the 12th.  If you haven’t gotten your room reservation by now, you had better do it as many places are already full.

Come out and join the fun while enjoying the beautiful weather in Puerto Peñasco and the stunning  Sea of Cortez views.  Remember Rocky Point is only a 4 hour drive from Phoenix or Tucson.
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Sweet treats and Sonoran Style Hot Dogs in Puerto Peñasco

Welcome to Puerto Peñasco.  We know it is hot and muggy but let’s check out a couple of places you must go to when you are here. You need to treat yourself to a Piña Colada or try some of the best Sonoran Hot Dogs anywhere.

Chon's
These Sonoran Style Hot Dogs are the yummiest.

Hot Dogs
Chon’s son giving his papa a day off and serving up the dogs

Hot Dogs
Check out this fully loaded dog at Chon’s.

Our first stop will be to Chon’s Sonoran Style Hot Dogs on Constitution, across from the ABC Bus Line.  He has been serving up these dogs for as long as I can remember.  When I arrived today his son was working the stand and I asked if his papa was OK and he said “Day Off”.  There were several people eating the dogs there as well as people waiting in line for dogs to go.  When I spoke with the papa one day, I asked him how many dogs he sold a day and said it was somewhere between 200 and 300.  WOW.  He has a simple cart that he tows everyday and this is where he cooks the dogs on a flat top after they have been wrapped in thin bacon.  How could this not be good?  Bacon on anything is good.  Then he grills onions and whole jalapenos for your enjoyment.  The cart has a warming bin for the tender buns.  Now he prepares your order by putting the  crispy dog on the bun and starts to build from there with either the grilled onions or chopped raw ones, pickles, peppers and more.  There are several things to add next such as mayo, ketchup, mustard, a thin avocado sauce and you are good to go.  If you want , just ask for the Jalapeno on the side.  When my husband and I go, we have 2 dogs each and a small Coke Cola.  Nothing better than a REAL Mexican Coke Cola to top of your lunch and all of this will not break your wallet.

Pina Colados
Lupe Castro has been on this site for over 10 years.

Lupe Castro
This Pineapple truck is also available for private parties

Pineapple drinks
Pineapple Pina Colada from Lupe Castro.

Next stop is on the corner of Calle 13 and Plutarco Elias Calle.   Here you will find Lupe Castro making those yummy Piña Coladas served in a fresh Pineapple, complete with slices of fresh Pineapple on the side, a little umbrella and a cherry.  This goes on the top of the fresh mixture of cream of coconut milk and pineapple juice which has been blended.  Lupe has been on this corner for over 10 years come spring, summer, winter or fall.  He says he sells on average of 25-30 of these delightfully refreshing drinks a day. He blends everything up in front of  you and when he made ours he also had enough to gives us 2 10 oz. cups in addition.  Lupe has a great smile and every time we pass him he always waves and smiles, so how could we not stop.  Two drinks were only 180 pesos and well worth it.  This corner is very busy this time of the year, as everyone is wanting to rent those quads and rhinos.  Perhaps this would be a great stop  after you have been out on the quads and rhinos in the heat to cool off.  Lupe is also available for private parties.

I hope you will support these 2 gentleman as they are so hard working and I know they appreciate our business.

Come out and join the fun while enjoying the beautiful weather in Puerto Peñasco and the stunning  Sea of Cortez views.  Remember Rocky Point is only a 4 hour drive from Phoenix or Tucson.

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SONORA.. Where Agriculture meets the Sea of Cortez.

Sonora happens to be the 2nd largest states in Mexico.  Because of it’s size and terrain it is a very diverse state.  It has in some area the feel of the old west whereas in others it is filled with modern development and condos such as Puerto Peñasco.   The best description of the region would be to compare it to the bread basket of Central California from Bakersfield to Mendocino and every place in between.  With regards to the meats and foul grown it is much like parts of Texas and Arizona.  Here, as you drive through Sonora, you will see cowboy’s working the cattle ranches while other workers are picking crops.

Grapes
Thompson Grape fields all over the drive to Caborca from Puerto Peñasco

Asparagus fields
Asparagus fields as far as you can see.

Thompson Table Grapes
You will pass acres and acres of Thompson table grapes.

Olives everywhere
Olives and Asparagus are 2 of the internationally known exports from Mexico.

Let’s start with the region of Caborca which is located only 90 miles from Puerto Peñasco.  It is probably best known for it asparagus and olives which are internationally shipped.  Here in Rocky Point in winter and spring we get an abundance of asparagus that is sold on the street corners and in the fish market and it is wonderful. A kilo will cost you about $1.50 USD.  This area is known for its grapes, snow peas, oranges, fig, dates, pecans (10% of over 76.000 tons in Mexico) and other nuts as well as hay.  If you do a day trip to Caborca in the winter months, you can find the oranges being sold everywhere and that holds true in Puerto Peñasco.  You will also find vendors selling pecans and peanuts all over.  At Christmas time you will find truck loads of corn which come from the Obregon area and these are used in the making of Tamales.  Do not confuse it with sweet corn as it is not.

Figs
Luscious figs are grown in the Caborca region

Pecan Trees
Pecan tree ranches alongside the rural roads.

Pecan clusters
Pecans waiting to be harvested

Years ago as you drove to Caborca and Pitiquito, there were several distilleries on the highway.  They are now long gone sadly.  The grapes are shipped to the Mexico City for distilling into brandy and the Thompson seedless grapes are either dried for raisins or packaged as grapes for eating.  In the Caborca region  there are  DOLE processing plants for the asparagus and raisins and it that is fun to stop and visit them.  If you do go to Pitiquito, please stop in and visit the leather factory to find some stunning hand made leather purses, jackets and vests.

In Puerto Peñasco, we are  of course known for our shrimp, manta ray, squid, crab, snapper and other fish.  Much of our shrimp and crab are exported as well.  Generally speaking Mexico does a huge exportation business with the United States, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Russia, Korea, Canada, Singapore, New Zealand and China.

Shrimp Boats
These are the boats that bring in the Shrimp in Puerto Penasco. A mirror reflection.

Handful fo shrimp.
Here you will find the blues and the browns. Both are delicious. Photo from cometorockypoint.com

In Hermosillo, the capital of Sonora you will find that they are know for the beef, pork and Chicken.  Bachoco is the largest grower of chicken in Mexico and it exports a lot of it to Tyson Foods in the United States. Bachoco also grows Turkeys here and in this area is where you will find the egg farms. In Mexico you will find many stores do not refrigerate the eggs and one of the reasons is that they sell them so fast.  Remember that once they are refrigerated you can not let them sit out.  Sonoran Beef is without a doubt some of the best beef anywhere.  It is not injected with a lot of hormones thus you don’t always have a lot of marbling in it. It is however, full of flavor and tender.  We have a meat market here in in Rocky Point called JC’s and here you will find briskets, beautiful choice or select steaks, roasts and they will grind your hamburger your way.  They will also cut steaks to your size except for the filet (which you need to buy the whole filet) and then if you want they will cut it. One of the largest and most popular beef producers is a company called Rancho El 17.  The company started in 1991 and are based out of Hermosillo.  In 2004 they started exporting their choice, prime and natural beef to Asian countries. They are known for their well marbled tender steaks and you can actually order online and have them shipped to Rocky Point.  They offer everything from New York, Filet, Rib Eye, Prime rib, Hamburger, Carne Asada, Arrachera  and even dried Machaca and Carne Asada.

Chicken and eggs.
Bachoco is one of the largest producer of chicken in Mexico.

Rancho el 17 in the beginning
Photo by Rancho el 17

Premium Steak by Rancho el 17
Photo by Rancho el 17

 The next largest growing region would be Obregon which is located approximately 3 hours from Hermosillo.  This is the heart of the growing region in Sonora.  Here you will find Broccoli, Squash, Pumpkin, Scallions, Chilis, Cauliflower, Watermelon, Cucumber, Radish, Cabbage, Tomatoes, Cantaloupe, Honey Dew along with Wheat, Cotton and Corn.  As you take some of the back roads you will see the fields growing full of crops.

Produce
Summer Squash is just one of the delicious vegetables grown in Sonora

In this region is also where you will find Bacanora the drink of Sonora.  Please read the blog Bacanora vs. Tequila parts 1 and 2 to learn more.

Come out and join the fun while enjoying the beautiful weather in Puerto Peñasco and the stunning  Sea of Cortez views.  Remember Rocky Point is only a 4 hour drive from Phoenix or Tucson.

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GARUFA Argentinian Steak House..GRAND OPENING is October 5th

grand opening

The  long awaited GRAND OPENING of GARUFA will be October 5th.  Mark your calendar.  Prepare to have your taste buds be happy.  The menu offer something for everyone and you won’t be disappointed.

I recently sat down with Jorge Valdes along with his partner Aurelio Arguelles to learn about their new venture and about GARUFA and what it will mean to Rocky Point.  Jorge said they had been thinking about this for many years and were nearly ready to start when the economy collapsed a few years ago.  But they see a future here with the still on the drawing boards Home Port project as well as more development coming in along with a strong real estate market.

Garufa Steak house
Garufa Argentinian Steak House will soon be in Puerto Peñasco.

With the opening of GARUFA, an authentic Argentinian Steak House, it will be a first for this chain of 19 restaurants across Mexico to be locating in a not only a tourist area but a beach city in Northern Mexico.  It will also be a first for Puerto Peñasco to have a first class chain restaurant. The planned opening is late August of 2018 so watch for it.

Garufa was founded in 1995 by Marcelo Windler in Zacatecas, Mexico.  Since then it has grown to 17 store open with 2 more set to open soon.  Up until now the restaurants have been in the south of Mexico and in large metropolitan cities. They are know for the prime imported beef as well as the fantastic beef from Sonora.  They are located in Zacatecas, Aguascalientes, Chihuahua, Ciudad Juarez, El Paso Texas (the only one outside of Mexico), Torreon, Saltio, Monterrey, Irapuato, San Miguel de Allende.  Some of these cities have multiple locations.  Coming soon will be Puerto Peñasco, Ajijic Lake Chapala and Leon Gto.

Garufa
This will be a must on your dinner list.

GARUFA  in Rocky Point will have pretty much the same menu as all of the other locations, with the exceptions of adding fresh fish, shrimp, Octopus which are our regional specialties as well as Salmon and Tuna.  Also on the menu will be the famed Empanadas.  GARUFA  will be serving  USDA Prime and Sonoran beef  will be a mix of high select and prime.  The menu will consist of Prime Rib, Filet, Rib Eye, aged Short ribs and Sirloin.  The Argentinian menu is influenced by Italian cuisine.The restaurant will have seating for 120 people including the patio.  It will also feature a banquet area that will seat 60 and a VIP room that will seat 10.  They will be open 7 days a week and open at 1:00 p.m.  The menu will be the same for a late lunch or dinner.

Garufa
This Argentinian restaurant menu is influenced by Italian cuisine as well as the famous Empanada

Garufa
Enjoy wonderful Empanadas and a nice bottle of wine.

Garufa
Wrap your taste buds around this piece of meat.

Besides all the wonderful entrees, they will have a very large wine selection for Baja (Valle de Guadalupe), California, Coahuila, Chile, Argentina and some French wines and possible a couple more from some of the smaller wine regions that have been gaining in popularity in the South of Mexico.   This is especially good news for those of us wine drinkers.  Lastly, from what I have been told, the desserts are to die for.

GArufa dessets
Enjoy a slice of heaven with this dessert.

Come out and join the fun while enjoying the beautiful weather in Puerto Peñasco and the stunning  Sea of Cortez views.  Remember Rocky Point is only a 4 hour drive from Phoenix or Tucson.

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Which hotels/condos offer the best swimming pools? You decide!

One of the questions that I get asked most frequently is if are staying in a hotel or condo in Puerto Peñasco, which has the best amenities and pools for a family or just my husband and my self.

On Sandy Beach every property has a swimming pool and all except the Sonoran SPA and Esmeralda have swim up bars.  Let me do a run down starting with the Penasco del Sol Hotel.  This property has a very large pool area and a shallow area for small children.  There are plenty of lounge chairs and an outside bar for your pleasure.  Next door is the Pinacate Condominiums which offer condos or villas. It features a nice pool and faces to the Old Port. Close to restaurants and shopping. From here you are only a few steps from the beach if pools aren’t your thing.

Pinacate Condos
Locate right next to the Penasco del Sol Hotel. Centrally located pool with great views.

Penasco del Sol
Penasco del Sol Hotel has a great pool areas and drinks available.

Moving around to the west you will come to Playa Bonita Hotel which has been undergoing a renovation project.  Although the pool is not huge, it is conveniently located right out the door of the hotel and is close to the bar and restaurant. The pool area features lots of seating either in beach chairs or under the umbrellas at the beautiful tiled tables. One of the first properties  in Puerto Peñasco, it has always been properly maintained and has been a local family business for over 30 years.  Across the street, you will find Laos Mar . Again it is a locally family run and oriented property.  The swimming pool is located ground level with access to the rooms and bar and wine bar named El Tapeo

Laos Mar
Laos Mar An inviting pool for the whole family

Playa Bonita
Lovely pool area overlooking the Sea of Cortez at Playa Bonita.

Now starts the row of 11 condo complexes. All if the developments have rentals except Puerto Privada.  The Sonoran SKY  is the newest of the developments.  It consists of 1 tower. Here you will find something for the whole family to enjoy.  From the small water slide to the large pool and Tiki Bar, parents can swim, have a drink and just watch the children. Lots of seating and right on the beach. It also has a Spa as well as a little store for all those things you forgot at home. The Tiki bar is open to the public.

Sonoran SKY
The newest of the Sonoran Resort Group, the Sonoran SKY

Next is Puerto Privada east and west towers.  They do not offer daily or weekly rentals but do feature a beautiful pools and landscaping. They do offer long term leases if you want to try it before you buy it.

Adjacent to that is Las Palomas Condos and Golf Resort.  This resort is quite large so you will do a little walking.  The pool area is beautiful and it features a lazy river for everyone to enjoy.  This place is very family oriented and like the others is right on the beach.  If you have a family, you won’t be disappointed here.  Pools and beach not your thing, venture over to the Las Palomas Golf Course for a challenging round of golf.

Las Palomas
COme enjoy the pool afrea and the Lazy River.

Las Palomas
Las Palomas features a very large pool area.

Next is a residential home development called Coasta Diamonte. It has a small community pool as well as tennis courts.  Again just a short walk to the Sea of Cortez.  Renting a home has it’s good points and number 1 being it is a smaller development and a little more intimate for your enjoyment. To enter the development you make a left just before Casa Blanca and the Princesa Resort.  Both Casa Blanca and the Princesa feature pools as well as a miniature golf course at Casa Blanca. Again you are only a short walk to the beach and Casa Blanca has a pool right near the beach as well within the development.

Costa Diamonte
Costa Diamonte feature private home rentals with a lovely pool area.

Princesa Resort
The Princessa was the 1st development built on Sandy Beach features great pool areas.

Casa Blanca
Casa Blanca is a quiet resort with pools, lagoons and mini golf

Now you will come to the Sonoran SPA which has a nice family pool but no swim up bar.  This resorts appeals to families who just want to enjoy and not have the sometime noise of a swim up bar and in summer time is full nearly all the time.  It is not unusual to see 5 -8 tours busses parked in the lot.  It does however, have a great little store to buy beer, wine or alcohol or things you may have left at home . It has a wonderful  gift store that carry items that are made by local artists.  Here you will find apparel, jewelry, artwork and photos of the area.  Right across the entrance to the SPA is the Sonoran SEA. This was the 1st of the Sonoran resorts to be built.  This property has lush landscaping and a one pool  for the east tower and  west tower and  features a swim up bar.  There is a restaurant on the property as well as a small coffee shop/store for your convenience.  This property caterers to families and you are right on the beach. Last in this loop is Las Palmas.  This resort is definitely a great place for families as it offer s condos as well as large beach front villas.  Over the past couple of years they have added a new pool and great waterslide for the children to enjoy.  To reach these 3, make a left where you go to Changos, Banditos and coming soon GARUFA Steakhouse.

Sonoran SPA
Sonoran SPA is a family oriented resort with a great pool area right on the beach

Sonoran SEA
Sonoran SEA features a huge pool with a swim up bar.

Las Palmas
Las Palmas has a nice pool area for the parent as well as the children and features a new water slide.

Bella Sirena is a development that consists of condo towers, town homes as well as beach front villas.  Here you will find a couple of pool area and you also have SWIM a bar and outdoor restaurant.  You can’t go wrong if you stay here as everything is close by.  Don’t want to drive, there are cabs that will take you to the restaurants or into town.  Now we come to the last of the Sonoran resorts, the Sonoran SUN.  This resort is probably the one that most people for some reason like the most of the Sonoran properties other than the SKY.  It consists of east and west towers with a great pool area and swim up bar for each side.  Walk to the beach or just sit poolside and enjoy.  Lastly is Esmeralda Resort. This development is not finished but does have rentals available and a nice large pool.  From here you have great sunset views.

Bella Sirena rsort
Bella Sirena is a combination of condos, homes and beach front villas. Pools with swim up bars.

Sonoran SUN
The Sonoran SUN with the inviting pool with a swim up bar and right at the waters edge..

Come out and join the fun while enjoying the beautiful weather in Puerto Peñasco and the stunning  Sea of Cortez views.  Remember Rocky Point is only a 4 hour drive from Phoenix or Tucson.

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Summer in Puerto Peñasco… sit back and enjoy our city.

Well summer is finally here.  Fortunately thus far it has been quite pleasant.  One thing about living in Puerto Peñasco aka Rocky Point is that there is always a breeze off the Sea of Cortez.

Relax
Poolside at Playa Bonita

Sunset in Rocky Point
Catch a Rocky Point Sunset.

The tourist traffic has been very high for June and shows no sign of letting up for the rest of the summer.  Summer use to be considered low season and one pretty much had the beaches to themselves, but that is not the case anymore. Although we will be at the start of the humid season it is not deterring people from coming down to enjoy the clean water and beaches that this area has to offer.  Schools are out in Mexico, so many of our tourists come from all over the northern part of Mexico.  There will be anywhere from  5 – 10 tour buses parked at the various hotels and condos.

During the summer months a few of the favorite watering holes will close mid week or for the month of July, but there are still many places to go that are air conditioned or have lovely patios to catch the breeze.  Several new places have cropped up in the first part of 2018 for food.  One of newest is  Boulevard 301 which is located on Benito Juarez just south of Pollo Lucas.  It is open for breakfast and dinner and their food and service is excellent.  The presentation of the food looks just like the menu.  The currently do not take credit cards, but the food is reasonable and won’t break your wallet.  Another little treasure is La Cocina de Dona Rosa which is tucked near where Salmos use to be on Sonora.  The feature traditional food from both Sonora and the South of Mexico.  Here you will find Tamales wrapped in Banana leaves.  Although it is all great, the red chili Tamales in Banana leaves are devine.  Here you will find burritos that will serve several hungry people and they are made with the large tortillas that we call “Saddle Blankets”.  You can eat in or they will deliver to your home or business. Locally owned by Javier Carrera and Linda Soto, the food is prepared with love.  Another newcomer is Jerry’s Mexican Tacos “All You Can Eat”  which is located on Calle 13.  It is getting some great reviews and has been open just a short time.  Jerry also has a catering service and has been in Puerto Peñasco for many years.

Boulevard 301
Recently opened Boulevard 301. Food is as good as it looks.

Jerry's
Jerry’s Mexican Taco’s “all you can eat”

Tamales
These are the best Red Chili tamales I have ever had and wrapped in banana leaves Photo courtesy Linda Planted

Once you arrive in Rocky Point, there is a lot to do and see.  Love to fish?  Try Pancho Villa Charters, Big Momma or go out with Aldofo Perez on one of his boats.  All of them will provide you with a memorable day of fishing.  There are many sunset cruises to go on, so check with your hotel or condo front desk to see what will best fit your needs.  You can choose from catamarans,  cabin cruisers, Pirate Ships or sail boats and you won’t be disappointed.  If you are not fond of large groups I would recommend the Pancho Villa, Sol Chaser or any of the smaller catamarans that sail.

Boats
Heading out for a sunset.

Pancho Villa
Pancho Villa is made for fishing or sunset cruises. Photo by Kathy Fredrickson Willits

 If you are a golfer you have 3 beautiful courses to choose from.  Mayan Palace, Isla del Mar or Las Palomas.  Many have summer rates so you can save a lot but still enjoy 1st class golf courses.  You can also go horse back riding on the beaches if golf isn’t your cup of tea.

Vidanta Golf Course
Vidanta Golf Course at the Mayan Palace. Photo by Plinio Rivera

Las Palomas
A challenging beautiful golf course. Photo courtesy Plinio Riverio

Ride the hoses on the beach
Horse back riding

I would like to invite you to come down and enjoy a mini vacation or a whole week.  There is plenty to do and see, so make your reservations today.  Check out Puerto-Penasco.com or any of the many others out there.  Choose from a beach house or condo and sit back and relax.

Real Estate
Sonoran SKY is one of the 4 Sonoran resorts to choose from

If I may add one more thing.  Barb’s Dog Rescue is always in need of dog and puppy food.  The intake of puppies is huge and they eat a lot.  You can bring a bag down from COSTCO or buy it locally or if you want to donate money to buy it, let me know and I will take responsibility for getting it to her.  If you get bored while on vacation, go out and play with these fur babies and show them that they are loved.
Cute puppies
The little cutie on the left is looking for you! Please check them out.

Come out and join the fun while enjoying the beautiful weather in Puerto Peñasco and the stunning  Sea of Cortez views.  Remember Rocky Point is only a 4 hour drive from Phoenix or Tucson.

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Bacanora vs. Tequila… there are distinct difference. Part 1

If you have been following our wine road trip through the Valle de Guadalupewe spoke about how it is only a six hour drive from Puerto Peñasco.  Well the same can be said about finding the Bacanora Trail.  It is 6 hours to Hermosillo where you can spend the night in great accommodations with wonderful restaurants and then venture out to Bacanora.  Another nice thing is if you are a  Tequila aficionado, fly from Hermosillo to Guadalajara and board the Tequila Train or rent a car and spend a few days.

Almost everyone knows about Tequila or at some time or the other have had it, either in  a Margarita or a shot of it.  Many of you will remember if you did shots of cheap Tequila in your younger days by the headache you had the next morning.  One thing Tequila and Bacanora have in common is that they are both meant to be sipped and enjoyed like fine wine, vodka or whiskey.

Sunora
The beautiful bottles of Blanco and Cream Bacanora.

Let’s start with Bacanora as it is still relatively a new kid on the block even though Bacanora dates back over 300 years.  Bacanora got it’s name from where it originated in a little town in the middle of Sonora named Bacanora.  It became very popular and at first and was made of a variety of plants but soon the growers were using an agave type plant called Agave Pacifica as it was a regional agave. The agave Pacifica is a very hardy agave that can deal with the harsh conditions of the Sonora dessert.  As you drive through the State of Sonora in the central mountain region you will pass through cities like Bacanora, Sahuaripa, Arivechi, Tepache, Bacadehuaichi, Nacori, Banamichi, Arizpe or any of the other 22 towns in the area, you will see fields of Agave Pacifia.  This particular agave is a lighter more evergreen in color than the Blue Agave and has thin long leaves that can reach up to 60″ long.  They are harvested between 6-7 years old and the pina will weigh between 44-48 lbs.  A mature plant can grow up to 4′ high by 4′ wide.

Agave Pacifica
The Agave Pacifica is native to the Sonoran region .

The distilling process is simple but takes time.  Once the agave is hand picked  and the people that harvest them, cut the plant right from the trunk.  All leaves are removed from the Agave core.  Most Bacanora is made the traditional way of cooking the pinas in open pits that are made of lava rock and heated with Mesquite charcoal.  This is where you will get that great smokey flavor of Bacanora.  This usually take about 3 days.  After this the cores are mashed and chopped into a pulp.  It is at this point they are put into cement pits and washed while adding fresh water and covering completely so they are not exposed to air.  This fermentation process can take from 6-12 days.  Much of this also depends on the manufacture as to whether or not it is double or triple distilled.  From here it goes into stainless steel tanks where it completes the distillation process.  After a double distillation in which the vapor condenses and it goes through a copper still does it become Bacanora.  At Sunora Bacanora they do a triple still distillation for it’s premium quality.  The team at Amigo Brands through technology and innovation is also working on creating oak barrel aged Reposado and Añejo which has never been done.
Agave roasting
It is here where the agave is roasted

Bacanora fermentation
The traditional way of fermenting the Bacanora

Bacanora distilling
Here the juices are extracted.

In 1915 General Plutarco Elias Calle became Governor of Sonora and he put the ban on Bacanora as it was believed to have properties that were believed to be hedonistic and that drinking it was immoral.  It could not be made commercially nor sold anywhere, hence the start of boot legging began in the State of Sonora.  If caught the makers of the vile drink could be imprisoned or even hung.  During these times, people would go so far as to hide the Bacanora in their secret hiding places in their homes and  it became known as “The Secret of Sonora”.  This continued until 1992 when the ban was lifted and it was mainly due the popularity of Tequila and Mezcals. Imagine nearly 100 years of prohibition on Bacanora. In the year 2000 it was given  the Denomination of Origin (NOM) by the Mexican government.  Bacanora can only be grown in the State of Sonora or else it is called Mezcal.  Currently there are over 38 licensed distilleries in Sonora.  Each has it’s own distinctive taste.  Sadly because it is the drink of Sonora, very little of it is exported to the United States.  However, you can take a road trip from Puerto Penasco, Sonora by driving towards Hermosillo (the State Capital) and go East/Northeast on Highway 14 to reach much of the area.

Bacanora Fields
You will see many fields of Agave Pacifica along the route.

So the once referred to as “The Original Outlaw Spirit” has now gained so much popularity that there is now a huge effort to plant more of the Agave Pacifica in the State of Sonora.  Sunora Bacanora is also doing so making a Cream de Bacanora which is simply wonderful.
Whether you try Bacanora or Tequila, sit back, sip and enjoy them.  Watch our blogs and you can plan a trip down during a Bacanora and Tequila Festival.

Come out and join the fun while enjoying the beautiful weather in Puerto Peñasco and the stunning  Sea of Cortez views.  Remember Rocky Point is only a 4 hour drive from Phoenix or Tucson.

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Research came from Wikipedia and from Sunora Bacanora.

Valle de Guadalupe's Wine Country, Baja Mexico Part 2

In my previous blog, I covered the first two days of wine tasting in the Valle de Guadalupe. Here you will find part 2 of our wine tasting adventure there.   This region is only 20 miles northeast of Ensenada Mexico and is nestled in a fertile valley surrounded by high mountains.  It receives fog in the morning and nights but warm sunny days.  Grapes are grown in this area but also they source grapes from the regions of San Vicente and Oso Negros.  Due to the drought the past 7 years, most growers are using irrigation but many are still dry farming.  From what we learned, land is very reasonable, but it is all about water rights.

This region also holds many wine tasting events with the biggest one coming up July 26 – August 19.  It is called “Fiesta de la Vendimia”.  There are wine and food events  held at many wineries as well as gourmet wine dinners.  You will also find events held in Tijuana as well as Ensenada.  It will showcase some  70 wineries from the region.

Vendimia Festival
The 28th Festival de la Vendimia

WInes
Ultra modern Alexima winery.

Day 3 found us starting out at ALEXIMA WINERY.  It is not only a winery but a restaurant and the building is very modernistic.  I was first introduced to their wines at El Tapeo Wine and Tapas in Puerto Peñasco at a wine dinner.  They were featuring 4 of their wines for tasting and they were very nice.

WInery
Located high on the hill is Las Nubes

Adobe Guadalupe
Coming down from Las Nubes through the vineyards on the way to Adobe Guadalupe

Our next stop through the back roads was LAS NUBES which is nestled into the side of a mountain.  This winery is not only built first class, so are their wines.  It was a Saturday when we were there and it was packed but the patio is large and people just joined others at the tables.  It offers a sweeping view of the Valle de Guadalupe to see while tasting the scrumptious wines.  Here we settled on the 2015 Syrah to add to our growing collection.  The young man behind the tasting bar asked if we would like the presentation in English or Spanish and we had to say English.  Even though it was very busy, he took the time to explain about the wines.

Here you will find whites and roses’, young reds, reserves that are mainly 2011 -2012 and a wonderful blends with names like Cumulus and Nimbes,  Syrah, Petite Sirah and Nebbiolo.  Any of them will make a great addition to your wine cellar.

Bineyards
High mountains and vineyards

Adobe Guadalupe
Court yard of the Adobe Guadalupe Winery

Adobe Guadaljupe
Just one of many of their fine wines.only

About 1 hour later we were back on the dirt road in search of ADOBE GUADALUPE.  The tasting room is in an old  Mission style building with several tasting areas.  Although packed with people, the tasting people did a very nice job of explaining things.  As we entered the tasting room there was a Food Truck parked next to it and the food looked so good.. but we were there to taste wine.  After sampling 6 wines we decided on the Jardin Secreto and a blend called Uriel Rosado.  We could not have been more happy with our purchases.

La Frannes
A beautiful setting at Vina de Frannes in the foothills

After making a couple of wrong turns we finally found VINA de FRANNES.  I had previously learned  that an old co-worker of mine was bringing people from Tucson, Arizona to see the region and so we agreed to meet them at 3.  Despite us making a few wrong turns we got there just ahead of them.  They did a tasting with one of the marketing people while we did our tasting by a great guy and Catalina Martinez, who is in sales and marketing.  All of the wines were excellent, so we decided to have lunch there and enjoy the Chardonnay while over looking the vineyards and learning about the history of the winery.  Step into the tasting area where you can choose from 8 wines to purchase such as Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Rosato and an array of reds, as well as olives and olive oils.

My husband Bill choose pasta and shrimp and it was delicious.  I saw Pizza on the menu and it had my name written all over it.  It was done in a wood fired oven, so a nice char on the crust. It was served on a wooden board that had been dressed with Balsamic, so as you picked it up the glaze stayed on the bottom of the crust.  I also ordered a small salad and the dressing had Balsamic and coffee in it and I must say it is the first time I ever finished a salad.  Lastly, I could not resist the Basil ice crèam and it did not disappoint me.

The day ended with the fog rolling in, so we drove back to Quinta Estrella B & B and opened a bottle of wine before getting ready for our last day of tasting.

Clos de Tres Cantos
Lovely glass of Clos de Tres Cantos

Trfes Cantos
Very nice wines here along with a couple of cute casitas

Grape clusters
Within 5 miles the difference in the clusters is noticeable

Olives and Grapes
As seen from Tres de la Cantos

On day 4 we started out the day again with a great breakfast of fresh fruit, chiliquiles, pastories and fresh bread.  Our first stop was CLOS de TRES CANTOS.  It is an eclectic array of buildings and a lot of common areas outside.  It was very foggy and quiet cold, but the young lady in the tasting room made us feel right at home. They do the tasting sitting down at long wooden tables.    We enjoyed all of the wines but the one that we purchased was called Hoja en Blanco and was a crisp white blend.  The vineyard is surrounds also by Olive trees as a great deal of Olive Oil is produced in that region.  They also have 2 Casitas for rent and the view is very nice.  The winery and casitas sit up on a slight hilltop.

L.A.Cetto
Tasting L.A. CETTO wine under the big trees with Alejandro.

L.A. CETTO
This building houses the wines for sale along with merchandise, cheeses and Olive Oil

Next we decided to go to L.A.CETTO, even though it is very large just to say we saw it.  When we arrived after following a tour bus down a long dirt road and past several vineyards, they had a booth set up to pay for the tastings.  I choose the Premium one .. $100 pesos per person so I bought 2, no more sharing.  We only get the less expensive L.A. Cetto here at our local Sam’s Club, so you can imagine our surprise when we found they make some really good wine for the price under the Don Luis label.  They had a Viognier, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and a Merlot.  We purchased the 2 whites and the Merlot.  As were walking around we saw a man carrying a case of Chambruele  Champagne, which we did not know it was made by them.  So that completed our case of wine.  Alejandro, our young man pouring the tastes also had been to Puerto Peñasco and loved it.  They also have a more expensive tasting that includes more, but we were very pleased with ours.  We also found some found some local cheese that had black olives in it and some Olive Oil, all of which are very good.  So glad we gave it a shot.

Magoni Winery
A pleasant tasting room at Magoni Winery

Olive Oil
This is the Balsamic Vinegar barrel Room for Magoni.

Magoni wines
The Magoni line of wines.

Our next winery of the day was a real sleeper called MAGONI.  Beautiful grounds surrounded the tasting room and were greeted promptly as we arrived.  We learned a lot from the gentleman in the tasting room including the fact that they are making Balsamic Vinegar that is being aged for 18 years.  They have it in a barrel room that smelled so good when we walked in.  It is pricey for every day use, however to just have with some crusty bread would be wonderful.  We loved their 2017 Cab and Chardonnay so that was our next purchase. This was the only winery we found, that like California, when you pay for the tasting, you keep the glass. Plus for my birthday Bill bought me a shirt that says  SAVE WATER .. DRINK WINE!  I couldn’t agree more!!!

Cava Maciel
Wine maker Jorge Maciel

Cava Maciel
Just some of the wines at Cava Maciel

Cava Maciel
The entrance to Cava Maciel and the wine dog.

Cava Maciel
Lovely Barrel Room at Cava Maciel

Next stop was to CAVA MACIEL.  We had met the winemaker Jorge Maciel several years ago at a wine dinner and tasting at El Tapeo in Rocky Point.  He was surprised that I had kept his card all this time.  It was so nice to have the tasting done with him personally as he is an excellent wine maker. If you decide to travel to this wine area, make sure you mark this winery as one to stop at.  He does a lot of traveling around Mexico and the United States to promote his wine and the region.  We bought a bottle of Vino Luna and can’t wait to have it.  Next time we will get more reds than we did this trip.  His winery overlooks several vineyards and is very comfortable.  The front opens to the mountains and vines and there are tables out in front for larger groups.

By this time the fog was rolling back in so he headed back to La Doble T for our sausage sandwich which was outstanding.  Fresh bread and the sausage was better than a Wisconsin brat.  Next time we’ll bring some of those back with us.

We can’t wait to go back again to this wonderful region of Mexico and hopefully spend more time and have the chance to go into Ensenada to try out the micro breweries of which there are many. So Monday morning, we got up and had fruit, bread and coffee before packing up the JEEP and saying adios Valle de Guadalupe.  See you soon.

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Valle de Guadalupe's Wine Country, Baja, Mexico Part 1

Vineyards
Young vineyards in the Valle de Guadalupe.

 I normally don’t do blogs on areas other than Puerto Peñasco, but over several years of doing this, I get asked a lot by tourists who winter here, what can I do to see Mexico.  Many of the Rv’ers love wine and have never heard of the Valle de Guadalupe’s Wine Country. So we decided to take an adventure and headed over to see what it looks like.

On May 17th we left Puerto Peñasco and headed over by ourselves and without a map!  If you don’t get off the toll roads it is anywhere from a 5 1/2 – 6 hour drive.  It is 3 1/2 hours to Mexicali and the rest of the trip takes you over La Rumorosa (which is windy step climb) it resembles Highway 8 between El Centro and the Tecate turn off.  This part of the road is called 2D and it is not for the faint of heart or people that have a fear of heights.  As the driver, you can’t enjoy looking around as the bus lines use it and they do fly. Seeing the vineyards, makes the trip worth it. Once you arrive in Tecate, you take Mexico 3 towards Ensenada which will take you through the Valle de Guadalupe.  It is indeed beautiful to see all the green vineyards and the stunning wineries up on the hillsides.

Kruger Winery
From shipping containers to a winery.

Our first stop was to meet our friend and winemaker Iker Turcott (KRUGER VINEYARDS) who also has a cute little sandwich shop (La Doble T) next to the winery and he has some great gourmet sandwiches.  He prepared a couple of the sandwiches, while we relaxed with a glass of Chardonnay and checked out the winery.  He is doing an outstanding job with his new Chardonnay and also does some wonderful reds.  We had time for one more winery before checking into Quinta Estrella B & B, so Iker suggested RETORNO  Vinicola.  The young man in the tasting room was very knowledgeable and helpful.  They were in the process of doing some labeling and it was all by hand.  Here we purchased a bottle of red called Palabra.  Nice wines at reasonable prices.  Most of the small wineries that we went to, do under 2,000 cases and we prefer them to the large wineries.  However, we did find a couple of the large ones that were a treat.  We checked into Quinta Estrella  and were greeted by the hostess Patricia (Beba) Sanchez Dias.  After we unpacked we sat outside with our purchase from RETORNO and some cheese and sausage.  The evenings and mornings were cool and foggy but the daytime was beautiful.  Beba’s husband Benito joined us that evening and we learned a lot  about the area.  He is Director General of Abulones Cultivados in Ensenada.  It is there that they farm raise Abalone.  We learned that an Abalone grows at the rate of 1″ per year.  No wonder they are so expensive!  It was at this winery we ran into a couple from Sonoyta which is the crossing most people use to enter Mexico and he is an architect. She invited us to stop by and say hi when we pass through.
Bruno
Bruno the wine dog at Kruger, eyeing up my dinner.

Kruger Wines
Iker Turcott explains the making of his wine at Kruger Wines

Vineyards
The view from Rancho Velasco

Day 2 of our adventure began with a wonderful breakfast with fresh fruit, pastries from Ensenada, eggs any way we liked and coffee.  Our first stop was a small winery close to the B & B called Rancho Velasco.  When we arrived , we learned that Sr. Velasco had been hospitalized but the winemaker Acessio Bellafiore, took us down to the winery.  It is located in what appeared to once be a basement to the very old Misiones de California and was constructed of thick Adobe walls that had been plastered over.  As we sampled the wines we talked about the area and he explained he had come from Italy a few years ago and was also making some of his own wines there. We purchased 3 bottles of  Misiones de California Vino Tinto Blend. He graciously poured one of his wines out of the barrel and even though it had only been in the barrel about 8 months you could tell how good it is going to be.

Rancho Velasco
Rancho Velasco

Rancho Velasco
Winemaker at Rancho Velasco explaining the process.

Valle de Guadalupe Vineyard

These little grape clusters at Vinisterra will become wine come fall.
These little grape clusters at Vinisterra will become wine come fall.

Wine
Baby grape clusters will be wine come fall.

Our next stop was VINISTERRA that started in 2002.  The young man in the tasting room, Omar, was very pleasant and knowledgeable about his product.  Here we ran into a Canadian fella with a small group, who had been to Puerto Peñasco and was telling them how beautiful it was there.  Ironically the Canadian had taken a wine making class with the girl friend of Iker Turcott and they are splitting a barrel … small world.  After doing the tasting, we decided to sit on the patio and enjoy a bottle of Domino Rosado, while taking in the vineyards and winery. We purchased  both Domino Rosado and Domino Blanco as the warm summer will soon be upon us, making us not drink our favorite reds.  Here again the white wines and Rose’s of the Valle De Guadalupe have come along way and although we are red wine drinkers, really enjoyed the weather, wine and cheese and crackers.  Next stop was TRES VALLES, a 1/2 mile down the road (as the crow flies).  Here were met again by a nice young man in the tasting room, who knew his wines and also knew Rocky PointWe tasted all of their wines and purchased 2 bottles of a red blend called Jada Rosada and Jada Blanco.  My husband and I have spent many years wine tasting in Paso Robles and Lodi, California and if there is one thing we finally learned is that you split tasting or by the end of the day they all taste good.  We did the same in the Valle as it is especially important when you are not familiar with an area.

Tres Valles
Very knowledgeable young man in the tasting room at Tres Valles.

Please see Part 2 to learn about the rest of our mini wine vacation.  I hope you enjoy this and the photos.  It was amazing to see at one winery the tiny fruit had just begun and 5 miles down the road they were about the size of peas.

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