Passion for Mexicano Wine
Text and photos by Antonio De Jesús Aguado
The highlight of the Festival de la Vendimia (Grape Harvest Fest) in Rancho Toyán was the presentation of Mexican soprano and ambassador of wine Susana Zabaleta.
On Saturday, August 11 at Rancho Toyán, attendants to the Festival de la Vendimia reminded the ceremony held in ancient Greek, when the farmers used to thank God by the yearly harvest. Here, the event began with a shamanic ceremony to bless the harvest, and some seeds were thrown to the fire in order to prepare the next year harvest free of bad energies.
Some pre-Hispanic dances were performed by the dance group Venado Azul (Blue Deer) as well as flamenco dance. Samples of local cheeses were offered and cocktails prepared with Toyán wine.
Late at night, an amphitheater with more than 2,000 sits was inaugurated, and Susana Zabaleta sang Mexican classics. The event concluded with a five courses dinner.
Exclusively for Atención, Susana Zabaleta asked not to stigmatize the Mexican wine and give it a chance; she requested to understand the ground and even the water, which has a different flavor and makes the wine different. She also advised to try a red wine with Mexican food, such as mole.
Rancho Toyán is the wine pioneer in the state.