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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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Baja Wines Come To A Puerto Peñasco Wine Tasting

Everyone knows about Napa, Sonoma, Paso Robles and Lodi  wines, but many people do not know about the wines of the Valle de Guadalupe, San Antonio, San Vincente and other regions in the Ensenada area of Baja Norte, Mexico until Laura Palacio opened El Tapeo, a wine and tapas bar.  In the past 3 years she has done several wine tastings all pared with small plates to compliment the wines.  In this region there are well over 200 wineries and including those south of Ensenada.

El Tapeo Wine Bar in Rocky Point
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

The Valle de Guadalupe, San Vicente and others are known for their award winning red wines as well as their Chardonnay/Chenin Blanc blends.  On March 16th, Alex Macias of Vinos ATP y Familia introduced over 40 people to the wines of Iker Turcott (Terra Turcott) and Kruger Wines from San Antonio de las Minas.  No one was disappointed. Three of the four wines could be put up against California wines any day.  Iker did an outstanding job of teaching the guests how to hold the glass, smell the wine and sip the wine.  He also did a great job of talking about how the wines were aged and for how long and in what type of barrels.  Although many of the guests  already knew some  of this it was great as  refresher.

Wine Tasting in Rocky Point

About 3 years go, El Tapeo put on it’s first wine extravaganza and it was a huge success.  Although it was delightful and fun, it is nice to be able to spend quality time with the wine makers and learn of their techniques and how they got started.  Sr. Macias has introduced Puerto Peñasco wine drinkers to the wines of Mundano, Luneo, Dubacano, Alximia, Las Nubes, Vinos ATP y Familia and many more.  We also learned that unlike California wineries, they are taking what is normally used to blend like Chenin Blanc and Nebbiolo for example, are being used as a stand alone varietal. Vinos ATP y Familia is doing a  2013 Nebbiolo that is without a doubt one of the best we have ever had.

Wine Tasting in Rocky Point
Wine Tasting in Rocky Point

If you go to www.bajamexicowines.com, you will be able to see the map and find pictures of many of the beautiful wineries.  There are a couple of the large bulk wineries in that area like L.A. Cetto and Domecq, but these small boutique wines have so much to offer.  We learned that in these growing areas there are places for lodging as well as getting a sandwich to take and have a picnic in the vineyards.

Wine Tasting in Rocky Point
Wine Tasting in Rocky Point

Ensenada, Tijuana and Mexicali have also come into their own with micro breweries.  Many people from  Rocky Point spend time in the region of Ensenada in summer as it is cooler than Rocky Point.  It also gives them a chance to tour the wineries frequently.  From what I have been told, the wineries of this area do not charge outrageous tasting fees unlike what every area other region in California other than Lodi, CA do.

Wine Tasting in Rocky Point
Wine Tasting in Rocky Point
Wine Tasting in Rocky Point

After the event, several people have talked about chartering a bus to go over and spend a few days tasting the wines and sight seeing.  If you choose to drive over, it is only about a 7 hour drive from Rocky Point to Ensenada and it is a beautiful drive.  Russ Black from Puerto Peñasco also has guided tours traveling in a van.  The one thing beside wineries that is a must see is La Bufadora which is about a 20 minute drive south of Ensenada.  The La Bufadora also means “blow hole” which is the sound the water makes as it enters the blow hole and is awesome.

Puerto-Peñasco.com blogs will also keep you updated as to the upcoming wine and beer festivals here at El Tapeo so that you can plan  your trip around them.

Enjoy the best of Baja wines and beer at El Tapeo

El Tapeo Wine Bar in Rocky Point
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

When we first started coming to Puerto Peñasco in the ’80’s, your choice of wine was Padre Kino and it remained that way until El Tapeo opened up about 3 of years ago. All that changed under the plan of Laura Palacio from Laos Mar Hotel. After speaking with her, I learned a great deal about how it evolved. She had many who said, “it’ll never work, people here don’t know or care about wine and craft beers”. She has proved them wrong!
El Tapeo Wine Bar in Rocky Point
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

For Laura, this all began as a dream of owning a wine and tapas bar and at the encouragement of her daughter Bernadette, Martin and her family she has pulled it off. She said in my home, I have a huge kitchen and when I had friends over, I would always make tapas and wine. They also encouraged her to open her own place.
El Tapeo Wine Bar in Rocky Point
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

When the market hit a down turn here, the little breakfast restaurant in Laos Mar could not sustain itself, so being a good business woman, she said “I already own the liquor license so why not make use of it?” So from going to visit her daughter who was working in Ensenada and encouragement of her friends and family, she began checking out what Ensenada and the Valle de Guadalupe was doing and thus began El Tapeo.
El Tapeo Wine Bar in Rocky Point
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

El Tapeo Wine Bar in Rocky Point
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

She admits that when she first started going to the Valle de Guadalupe (wine region of Baja), the wine makers were hesitant and also did not think people in a little fishing village could succeed. She explained that she wanted a place where people could go for the fine wines of Baja (there are many of them) and the local cheeses and other products of Baja in a quiet relaxed setting, without having big screen tv’s, and noise. Well she has had our attention since she opened here in Puerto Peñasco. We can take friends and sit inside with the quaint wall sayings and rustic but comfortable surroundings and when it starts to cool down now, we can sit outside and watch the sunset over the Old Port while sipping fantastic wines and enjoying tapas. When we met last night the place was pretty much packed and everyone was having a great time.
El Tapeo Wine Bar in Rocky Point
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

When she first opened, she had several wineries coming over here for wine and food pairings. This is a great way to learn not only about wine, but how to pair food with those wonderful wines. We took friends, who were not wine snobs, and they had a wonderful time. It was exciting for us as the wineries realized that we did know what they were talking about as my husband Bill and I love our wine. They made a point of translating for us and telling us about the climate where the wines are grown and produced. These wine tastings will resume now that it is cooling down and she is planning a “Wine and Beer Festival” in the very near future. The 1st wine festival she put on in the Laos Mar parking lot had over 500 people in attendance and with the fabulous music, has left us all still talking about it. The east wall of Laos Mar makes the perfect back drop for the music as well as videos, etc. When she selects a date, we will be sure to let you all know about it.
El Tapeo Wine Bar in Rocky Point
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

I talk about a “Wine and Craft Beer Festival” as that is the other part of the dream. Laura and her partner Martin always wanted to have a bar and their ideas were the same on how to make it and because both of them love craft beers, they added that to the mix. Baja has many micro breweries with more coming all the time. Their beer like their wines can be put up against anything in Califonia and El Tapeo shares the best of both of them with you.
El Tapeo Wine Bar in Rocky Point
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

If you enjoy wine and micro beers at all, take the time to stop by and enjoy the perfect end to a perfect day here in Puerto Peñasco… we don’t have bad days here. You will find wines in all price ranges. You can also purchase your favorite wine there to take to your home or condo.
El Tapeo Wine Bar in Rocky Point
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

Check out the wonderful wines from Cava Maciel, MD Wines, Dubacano, 101 Wines, MD Vinos, and many other new wines that she is bringing in. Try the cheese and meat sampler and the great Olives Palacio style and don’t miss the chicken rolls and Paella on Thursdays.
El Tapeo Wine Bar in Rocky Point
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

Last before I close, I want to remind you of the “Tribute to the Beatles” on Oct 3rd. The group is from Cananea, Sonora Mexico and has played at El Tapeo several times before. They impersonate the Beatles in complete costume and will start off the show with a 30 minute video on the big wall to set the mood for their performance. Food and beverages will be available and if you have not already reserved your table I would contact Laura after 5 daily at El Tapeo. The cost is only $150 pesos and starts at 7 with the Beatles playing at 9:30 to 1.
El Tapeo Wine Bar in Rocky Point
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

You will also be able to see famed muralist Mauriel Morejon from Scottsdale, AZ exhibit his talent. He is noted for his huge wall murals all over the country.
El Tapeo Wine Bar in Rocky Point
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

Make El Tapeo in Puerto Peñasco your wine bar away from wherever you are from, you will not be disappointed. As the saying goes “Wine a bit, you’ll feel better”.
El Tapeo Wine Bar in Rocky Point
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

El Tapeo Wine Bar in Rocky Point
Photo by Beverly Arrowood