InDELible Magazine 2018 - Page 33

South of the Border San Diego is a gateway to adventures in Baja, as the international border is a mere 20 minutes from The Del. Mexico’s glorious wine country, Guadalupe Valley, which Anthony Bourdain likens to Tuscany, is a pastoral paradise, home to patchworks of vineyards (150 and counting), al fresco eateries, organic gardens, world-class chefs and savvy winemakers, just 90 minutes south of Tijuana. Baja Food + Wine tours can create a safe, day-long adventure into this dynamic, up-and-coming epicurean destination. Wineries Upside down fishing boats serve as the roofs at the colorful Vena Cava Winery where you can taste robust reds and delicious Extra Brut Rosé, followed by food truck taco dining while DJs spin. Montefiori Vineyard pours lovely wines from Italian varieties, while eco-friendly Las Nubes serves up floral whites, sophisticated reds and stunning valley views from its hillside perch. Pyramids dot the landscape at Clos de Tres Cantos whose barrel room feels like a place of worship, home to divine red wines. At Vinicola Torres Alegre, the winemaker Travel Tips Bring a valid passport when crossing the border in Mexico Wear layered clothing as it can get cool, especially after sunset in Guadalupe Valley Wear good walking shoes Download the Best Times to Cross the Border app to access wait times to return to the U.S. has a PhD in enology from Bordeaux and his Sauvignon Blanc is as good as it gets. Farm-to-Table Dining Organic farms, local olive oil and fish plucked straight from the sea in nearby Ensenada deliver all the right ingredients to the talented chefs in Guadalupe Valley. Diners relax under the stars, surrounded by gardens and the sprawling countryside at Deckman’s, where Michelin-starred chef Drew Deckman roasts meats, fish, and garden fresh veggies over an outdoor grill. At Fauna, Chef David Castro Hussong, formerly of NOMA and Eleven Madison Park, makes magic with local ingredients, while Tijuana’s famed chef Javier Plascencia cooks over mesquite at his open-air eatery Finca Altozano, the perfect spot for a leisurely lunch overlooking the vines. Homemade pastas and fresh from the garden salads can be found at Tre Galline. Before heading back to Hotel del Coronado, stop by Bar Bura at Cuatro Cuatros, as this cliff top bar is the perfect spot for a craft cocktail, small plates and views of a Baja sunset over the Pacific. Montefiori Vineyard 619.522.8100 | HOTELDEL.COM 33