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A Trip to Baja, Mexico | February 2-5, 2023

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February 2-5, 2023

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Join for a very special travel engagement to Baja - Valle de Guadalupe!  

When we travel, we travel with a passion for wine and a purpose. This isn’t a booze cruise to Baja (although there will be plenty of adult beverages), this is an immersion in all things wonderful about Baja! An attempt to turn you, “the savvy wine traveler” into an ambassador for the region, to show you, the most passionate wine lovers about the wonders of Mexico and Valle de Guadalupe. We will drink with the finest wineries, stay in top accommodations, dine with the greatest chefs, and meet the Captains (He’s and She’s) of the wine industry that only top wine professionals can gather.

This year we have an amazing Sommelier expert; KCRW radio regular; Author and Baja Mexico specialist Stacie Hunt leading our efforts! Stacie knows Baja like the back of her manos (hands) and has worked and represented the wine region for years at all types of media, education and association gatherings.

Here is our Trip Outline: The outline is generic for now, but please feel free to view the list of wineries and restaurants we aim to choose from (there will be no shortage of wine).
Vena Cava (many awards) and possible Troika Food Truck 
Bruma (Women Winemaker -  Lulu) 
Bodegas Casa Magoni (Italian varieties & amazing Nebbiolo)
Mogor Badan (woman-owned/winemaker)
Tres Mujeres (garagiste) & woman-owned/winemaker
Monte Xanic 
Sol y Barra (garagiste) 
Lechuza (woman-owned/winemaker)
Mina Penelope (woman-owned/winemaker)
Bodega Jose Durand
Bodega Zanzonico (former 100 pt winemaker at Del Dotto, Napa (Gerard Zanzonico) & participating winemaker for wine in the Judgment at Paris)
Vino de la Reina (Tempranillo)
Cavas Valmar (Chenin Blanc )
Fratelli Passini
La Lomita
Las Nubes

Target Restaurants: We will work on the best trip experience selecting from the below
Finca Altozano (Javier Plascencia wood-fired foods, farm and Instagram delight)
Animalon (Javier's newest)
Fauna (located at Bruma)

Ticket Prices Junior Suite
Master Suite
Solo Traveler $4,195  $5,595
Double Occupancy $7,295 $8,695

Commitment Levels:
(a)  Maybe; I want to be on the interest list only (Click Here to Join Our Interest List)
(b)  YES; I want to pay a deposit of $1000/per person and agree to the terms and conditions - refunds only when your deposit is repurchased by another or I may gift/sell my spot to friends/family

How it works:
- Pay a deposit to reserve your spot* (see cancellation notice below) or join the interest list** to get news alerts 
-  A registration packet will be emailed to you with further details

Trip Outline

Thursday, Feb 2nd 
We meet our luxury transport (big bus) at the San Diego AMTRAK Station (TBA) in time to bus to our first winery for lunch arriving at approx. 1pm. From there we continue to tour, taste, and dine.
Dinner will be organized that night at a top venue.  

Friday, Feb 3rd
We go hard!!! Drink lots of bottled water.
Breakfast at your leisure at the hotel; In Baja, Breakfast is MAJOR 
11am - We depart for a great winery experience 
1pm - Lunch Baja style 2+ hours, we dine at one of Baja's great local restaurants or a winery 
4pm - Visit winery #2 for the day and hit a few great legendary stories and sites. It's common for us to pull into one winery and meet several brands as they all want to see you. I think we will taste 20-30 wines on day one (estimate).
Rest - Nap - Massage - Rebuild 
8:30pm - Dinner - In Baja, dinner starts late. 

Saturday, Feb 4th 
Breakfast at your leisure at the hotel.  
11am - We depart for winery experience #4
1pm - We dine at one of Baja's great local restaurants or a winery 
4ish - We arrive at a top wine producer for an organized tasting and discussion.
- Break -
8:30 - Finale dinner/ big party night. A special spot with a possible stop at an after hours spot. 

Sunday, Feb 5th (RETURN HOME) 
Breakfast at your leisure at the hotel 
11am - Check out and back to San Diego - avoiding border traffic  
1pm - at AMTRAK for our return 

Stacie is a Certified Silver Pin Sommelier, AIS/WSA, Dame de las Rotisseurs and
Co-ounder of SPLASH Productions, producers of Wine, Cuisine & Art exhibitions,
courses and video documentaries, as well as producing/hosting corporate and
aficionado live streaming events for wineries and regions.* As an Emmy and Belding -
Award winning journalist, she contributes her column to the award-winning online
magazine, MY LA Lifestyle, Huffington Post, Forbes Magazine, SOMM Journal and other publications. Additionally, she is an international wine judge and a taster for Wine & Spirits Magazine. Stacie is the author of the book, Zinfandel 101: A Beginners Guide.

As a specialist in Italian and Latin American wine regions, she enjoys discovering lesser-
known areas and educating about hidden gems. To that end, she is a spokesperson for
the Baja winemakers and chefs bringing attention to this vibrant region, through media,
education and expositions.

Stacie serves as Vice President of the National Association of Wine Retailers and is an
adjunct professor at Cal Poly, USC and UCLA. In this capacity Stacie co-created the
Certified American Wine Specialist course for the North American Sommelier
Association. The sound of a cork being pulled makes her grin out loud. Her passion is
communicating and encouraging accessibility and knowledge in wine and food.
Because she works in both video and wine, Stacie relates to the quote from Francis Ford Coppola regarding similarities between the wine and film businesses:

*Along with her work in the wine industry, Stacie is the founder and CEO of Point Media, a digital video production firm specializing in the music industry which develops music videos and multi-cam concert productions. At times her two passions of wine and video production cross over. Stacie is producer of the one-hour award-winning documentary for Wine Spectator magazine and producer of dozens of Satellite Media Tours featuring wineries. She is an Emmy and Belding Award winner for her news and journalism work with NBC. As a product/brand spokesperson she has conducted international webcasts and shows for Bertolli Foods and Saeco and spokesperson for the Baja Winemakers.