Yes you read that correctly. On my second night Oaxaca I went to the famed Casa Oaxaca restaurant. The chef Alejandro Ruiz got his start at the hotel of the same name where I was staying, but got so successful he had to move to bigger digs. Casa Oaxaca Restaurant has become an institution and Chef Ruiz is considered one of the top chefs in Latin American.
The night I went the place was packed, if you go make sure you get a seat on the rooftop terrace. What surprised me most of all about my experience here wasn’t the food it was the wine list. Sure I knew there were a few Mexican wines, but I didn’t think they were much more than just basic red table wines. Turns out I was very wrong. The wine I had that night by the glass was so good I bought two bottle to bring home! A Nebbiolo that was from a vineyard in Baja California (which sounds American but is actually in Mexico). That was medium body, complex and delicious. Turns our the folks at Astor Wines agree with me as I see they carry the 2008 vintage (I got 2009). They describe it as being almost Zinfandel like, which makes me think fruit forward and heavy which is not my experience of the 2009, but hey I’m not wine expert, all I can tell you is try it for yourself, the next time you are making a Goat Mole for your friends, get a hold of some Mexican wine and have a real Mexican Feast wine and all.