Last Thursday La Paz Wine Club held its first monthly meeting in Las 3 Virgenes Restaurant. Hosted by owner Jesus Chavez, who´s born and raised in Tijuana Baja California, I was invited to participate in this event by Facebook invitation to a wine introduction course, something that really works for an amateur like me.
I was the first to arrive to our 9 pm appointment and had the chance to talk to with Jesus little bit before the other attendants arrived. Las 3 Virgenes is such a charming place. It is located in the historic district and you can delight with its colonial architecture, especially if you are seating outdoors, enlightened by the candles and enjoying the fresh evening breeze. You can see how meals are prepared outside, beneath fruit trees and if you walk a little bit in the patio, you´ll find a well (no wishes required but feel free to ask for one).
Jesus commented how he has been planning to start the La Paz Wine Club for education in basic levels and catering for more demanding connoisseurs as well as bringing products from international wine stores and vineyards as well. As we keep talking 4 men from Sappore gourmet store join us, average 27-35 years old and from all around Mexico and sat at our table. Each one of us makes a brief introduction of ourselves and why are we interested in La Paz Wine Club.
“The first and most important rule,” he explains, “is to never drink wine alone. Having a good glass of wine is one of those life pleasures in which you definitely have to share it. The experience and talent appreciating a good wine will take many years”. He starts to explain the concepts of aroma, body, harvest, types of wines, characteristics of wines and vineyards around the world.
Next thing I know we´re being served red wine. My first catering was an Argentinean Merlot wine followed by Cabernet Sauvignon, and one by one we are required to explain the characteristics of each one. I can taste flavors such as vanilla, red fruits, caramel… maybe? … hmmm …drinking (and seriously tasting) it´s not as easy I thought, I need to keep practicing. After that we were served different types of cheese with an introduction to the white wines. Starting by Chardonnay and followed by Sauvignon Blanc. At the end of the evening I was questioned which one was my favorite, I definitely chose Merlot (I´ve always liked red wines better). So 2 hours later the first meeting concluded. I met new people, learned something, and enjoyed a quite interesting night in a great place. I wrapped up a good day in a good way.
La Paz Wine Club will be celebrating meetings once a month on Thursday night. For further information contact Jesus Chavez in Las 3 Virgenes at (612)-123-2226 or join Coldwell Banker Riveras to keep posted!
By Anabelle Rossell, Coldwell Banker Riveras Sales Associate and Pedregal de La Paz representative. You can see all of Anabelle’s listings here or ask her for consultation on any other listing we have.