Columnist Robin Abcarian took her Los Angeles Times readers to the beautiful Guadalupe Valley, the growing grape-growing and wine production area south of Tecate, in this great story on a recent food festival. 

The photo above, courtesy of the Los Angeles Times, shows this year’s Concurso de Paellas, as pro chefs and amateurs create the tastiest or prettiest paella. The area wineries have restaurants and tasting rooms that are open even when there’s no special festival. 

Abcarian also writes about Ensenada and the unique Baja vibe and some Norte Americanos reservations about visiting Baja. 

Wine fans, in 90 minutes or less from central San Diego, can be in this, one of the great wine regions of the world. There are a few ways to get there.

  • Highway 94 east to Highway 188 south to Tecate, then Mexico Highway 3 south to the wineries. 
  • Crossing the border at San Ysidro or Otay Mesa in San Diego, then Mexico Highway 2D to Tecate, then Mexico Highway 3 south to Guadalupe. 
  • The long but beautiful way is south from Tijuana on Mexico 1D, taking the toll road along the coast to Ensenada, then north on Highway 3 to Guadalupe.

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