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The Old New World: A Wine & Food Adventure Through Parras

Wines from Mexico's Valle de Guadalupe have been gaining more attention lately, but another region of Mexico has been producing wine for over 400 years. Join sommelier Daniel Rodriguez, founder of wine travel program Wine Our World, for this very special class on the Parras Valley, the oldest winemaking region in the New World.

Learn how vitis vinifera arrived to this continent from Europe, why Spanish conquistadors planted the vines despite laws forbidding winemaking in the New World and understand how these groundbreaking passages in history affected the wine production methods used today in the Americas.

On this wine journey, you’ll start by watching a short documentary our instructor made while studying in Parras. You’ll sample six wines from the 6th oldest winery in the world, which has been producing since 1597 without interruption. You’ll also get to try several traditional dishes that our instructor learned to cook from chefs in Parras, and discover the historical significance of the ingredients used in each dish.

Reminder: These classes will start promptly at 4pm and 6pm. If you arrive late we'll do our best to accommodate you but we cannot guarantee that you will be served all of the wines.

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About the Instructor:

Certified sommelier Daniel Rodriguez Gonzalez is a lifelong traveler, filmmaker and general enthusiast of life and its diverse cultural manifestations. His passion for wine was born while he listened to his grandfather’s tales of winemaking in Spain. After studying film in college, he traveled around the world and worked in a wine bar in Madrid before venturing to the States to become tasting room manager at Spicewood Vineyards in Austin, Texas. After studying the history of winemaking in both the Old and New Worlds, he created Wine Our World as a forum for educating people through multisensory experiences combining documentary film, food, wine and music. This spring and fall, he will be hosting culturally immersive, wine-focused trips to Spain. For more information, visit