Deckman’s en El Mogor & Mogor Badan Winery | El Valle de Guadalupe – Baja, Mexico

It’s official… Baja’s Valle de Guadalupe wine region has stolen my heart.  I recently spent a long weekend in the area, soaking up all the food, wine and scenery the Valle has to offer.

Deckman's en El Mogor

Deckman's en El Mogor

One of my favorite stops along the Valle’s Ruta del Vino was Deckman’s en El Mogor restaurant and the Mogor Badan Winery – both of which are on the same gorgeous piece of property.

Deckman's en El Mogor

Deckman's en El Mogor

Deckman's en El Mogor

The view from Deckman's en El Mogor

Deckman's en El Mogor

Deckman's en El Mogor

Deckman's en El Mogor

Michelin starred chef Drew Deckman prepares his dishes in a rustic outdoor kitchen without the use of electric or gas appliances.  He uses the freshest local ingredients – seafood, meats & vegetables – and prepares everything on a stone hearth, artfully creating culinary masterpieces you would be lucky to find in any of LA’s finest restaurants.

Rustic outdoor kitchen at Deckman's en El Mogor

Deckman's en El Mogor

Fuel for the grill at Deckman's en El Mogor

Deckman's en El Mogor

The "oven" at Deckman's en El Mogor

Deckman's en El Mogor

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Deckman's en El Mogor

I was in awe of our storybook surroundings – the vineyard and mountain views for miles, the rustic outdoor dining room that was built using elements only mother nature could provide, the estate’s dog and her pup napping in a shady corner near the kitchen, the delicious, estate-grown food and wine prepared in the coolest Michelin starred restaurant I’ve seen.  It was all just perfect.

We enjoyed an incredible chef’s tasting menu, accompanied by a bottle of Mogor Badan’s estate Bordeaux blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot.

Chef's tasting menu at Deckman's

Chef's tasting menu at Deckman's en El Mogor

Mogor-Badan red Bordeaux blend

Chef's tasting menu at Deckman's en El Mogor

Chef's tasting menu at Deckman's en El Mogor

After our meal, we took a short walk up to the Mogor Badan Winery tasting bar and enjoyed a couple more glasses of wine.

Deckman's en El Mogor & Mogor-Badan Winery

Deckman's en El Mogor

Mogor-Badan Winery

When we arrived for our tasting, we had the good fortune of meeting Natalia Badan whose father Henri Badan founded El Mogor farm and winery in 1952.  Natalia now directly oversees both operations, producing some of the best organic wine and produce in the Valle.

We sipped a refreshing white ’13 Pirineo Blanco and another glass of the juicy, slightly spicy ’11 Mogor-Badan blend while we took a quick tour of the El Mogor caves.

Mogor-Badan Winery

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Inside the wine caves at Mogor-Badan Winery

Mogor-Badan Winery

Mogor-Badan red blend

The organic garden at El Mogor

Deckman's en El Mogor

We eventually made our way home after a magical afternoon with a few bottles of Mogor-Badan in tow.  El Mogor is a little slice of heaven … I can’t wait to return.

DECKMAN’S EN EL MOGOR & MOGOR BADAN WINERY
Km. 85.5 Highway 3 Tecate-Ensenada, 22766
San Antonio de las Minas, Baja California
Phone (Deckman’s): 646-188-3960
Email:  mogor@deckmans.com

 

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