I love summer weddings almost as much as I love wine tasting. Two of my loves recently combined in Baja California. We celebrated the beautiful union of two friends, while enjoying the best of Mexico’s food and wine.

I’ll start by saying that the Valle de Guadalupe is one of my favorite (and still underrated) wine regions. I love sipping great wine while taking in the phenomenal views of the mountains and vines. Not to mention the fantastic, innovative cuisine. The winery to end all wineries was La Lechuza, It is the only winery in the world to have all of their wines served at the French Laundry. It is small and charming, with personalized service. Reservations are a must, but so is visiting. I am obsessed with their Amantes red blend, the first Mexican wine to be served in seven Michelin start restaurants. I also love their Nebbiolo, bold and aged in French oak.

We also really liked Casa Frida, a super fun winery where we met up with other wedding guests. Creatively designed as an homage to Frida Kahlo, a visit to Casa Frida feels like being inside a piece of art. The wines are pretty good, but it’s really worth a visit to explore the grounds.

Honorable mention goes to La Carrodilla, the first all organic winery in the Valle. I loved their rose. It’s fresh, crisp, and perfect for drinking on a hot summer day.

We capped off our day of wine tasting with dinner at Animalon, where we had an incredible six course meal under a 300 year tree. The highlight was their perfectly charred interpretation of aguachile. The smoked chicken with mole sauce was innovative and delicious too, as was our warm nutty dessert, topped with tequila spiked cotton candy.

We enjoyed the Baja sunset at adjacent Finca Altozano (another of my favorites), before heading back to our hotel to crash for the night.

The day of the wedding, we swam and mingled with other guests, before grabbing lunch in Rosarito. Our tradition is to get grilled lobster served with warm tortillas, beans and rice. With margaritas, of course. After a quick nap and wardrobe change, we headed to the wedding. It included a beautiful ceremony, cocktail hour with mariachis, and fun reception.

It was so nice to celebrate with our friends and make new ones. It also reminded us how much we love this part of Mexico. I want to go back soon, and stay a little longer. After all, it’s just across the border…