On 9 February, through the Business Development Group, the Chamber held a wine tasting, under the direction of Mexican Sommelier Tatiana Torres Medina, followed by a networking-cocktail event. Prior to the wine tasting, three members were given three minutes (3X3) to speak about their respective companies describing the services they offer. On this occasion, Mauricio Aguilar from La Galeta Catering Services, Herman Nettel from International Travel Group, and Lloyd De Villamor, an independent business- and legal consultant, spoke.
Mexican Sommelier Tatiana Torres Medina
After the 3X3 member presentations, Tatiana began the wine tasting event by giving a brief but detailed account of the historical perspective of wine production in Mexico. To summarise, Spanish conquistadors, lovers of wine, planted and harvested grapes in Mexico to assure a continuous supply of wine in the region. However, wine production in Mexico was soon halted when Spain ordered wine production in the New World to cease, as it was competing against domestically produced Spanish wine. This sets the historical background in Mexico in terms of Mexican wine, where popular belief is that Mexico is not a wine producing country. This, Tatiana said, is a misconception. In modern times Mexico has become a boutique wine producer, making high quality wines in limited quantity. To that backdrop, approximately 60 attendees had the pleasure of tasting two red wines and one white wine, all from the Mexican winery Bodegas Torres Alegre, located in the north western state of Baja California. Throughout the wine tasting, and under the guidance of Tatiana, we learned, amongst other tips and hacks inside the world of enology, how to identify a wine’s tannins and their interaction with other natural chemicals in the wine, giving the wine its distinct colour, flavour, and texture.
Following the wine tasting, attendees enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and fine Mexican wines, mingling and interacting, creating a good moment for opportune networking. The sommelier was more than willing to answer questions and dialogue with members, obviously wine aficionados.
The event, a success on all accounts, lasted well into the evening. The British Chamber of Commerce in Mexico would like to thank Sommelier Tatiana Torres Medina, and the Business Development Group’s active participation in helping create this cocktail-networking opportunity. We encourage you to stay tuned for future events!
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