Sunday, July 11, 2010

Ensenada Wine Tour

We have been down to Ensenada Mexico plenty of times and have tried a few of the tours that the cruise lines offer.  Our favorite (adults only tour) one has to be the winery tour.  Depending on the time of year you go, the tour is different. There is going to be more activity near the harvesting season but even in non harvest season you can really have fun.  Most tours whether thru a cruise line or booked as a bus tour from San Diego usually include a minimum of 2 wineries.  Our last trip we had probably one of the best tour guides.  After boarding the bus from the ship, we we off to our first stop.  Not one of the wineries, but a bakery where we got fresh baked bread to take with us.  The first winery we went to was also an olive farm.  The bread was for sampling the olive oil pressed fresh on site.  All I can say is they are smart.  More olive oil was sold because of the bread and this was before the wine started to flow!  And flow it did.  I think the wine was good but I really do not remember to be honest.  The second winery also made brandy.  Brandy is an acquired taste.  Either you like it or you don't.  Most in our group did not.  I thought it was good, on the dry side.  But after half the tour decided they did not want theirs and I ended up with 8 or 10 shots.  Our tour of the second winery ended with everyone getting a gift bottle of wine.  We have done the cruise so many times that we actually pack VERY light for a 3 or 4 day cruise and had no way to bring our bottles home with us.  So the tour guide got enough cups for our bus and our bottles were uncorked for the ride back to the ship.  Its a 45 minute ride and that was plenty of time for a bus of 20 people to polish off 2 bottles of wine even after all the wine that flowed that day.  Our friends who live not far from the port of L.A. bought enough wine from both wineries to make up for our lack of purchasing for sure.  So, if my  long paragraph didn't show it well, what I am trying to say is, when in Ensenada, we recommend the wine tour for adults.  We are going back this fall and will be repeating the tour ourselves.

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