RAISE A TOAST TO BAJA WINES!
BY CONNIE ELLIG
PHOTOS BY CONNIE ELLIG & DAVID HOPPS
Saturday, July 26
Friday, August 1
Saturday, August 16
Friday, August 1
Saturday, August 2
9am - Visits To The Winemakers: Winemakers personally host visitors at their wineries to taste and describe their wines. Guests tour four different wineries. Cost of $20dlls. includes lunch and transportation.
4pm - "Russian Memories," a folk festival and country luncheon with house wines at Rancho Toros Pintos Bibayoff (Bodegas Valle de Guadalupe) off Highway 3. Cost is $40dlls.
7pm - "Aranjuez Concerto" in Guadalupe, a gala performance of Spanish chamber music featuring soloists from the Orchestra of Baja California at the ruins of Misión de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe in Valle de Guadalupe. Cost is $20dlls.
Sunday, August 3
1:30pm - Mexican Country Luncheon with lamb, house wine and music at Viña de Liceaga Winery in San Antonio de las Minas at Km. 93 on Highway 3. Cost is $40dlls.
6pm - Sunset Concert at Monte Xanic Winery in Guadalupe Valley, just off Highway 3 to Tecate. Enjoy Latinamerican classical music while sampling fine cheeses and house wines. Cost is $40dlls. Tickets ONLY at Monte Xanic, tel. (646)174-6155.
7pm - A Night at Casa de Piedra with gourmet dinner, music and house wines at Casa de Piedra Winery in San Antonio de las Minas at Km. 93.5 on Highway 3. Cost is $60dlls. SOLD OUT!
Monday, August 4
Tuesday, August 5
7:30pm - Wine Tasting, Music & Winemaking Seminar with a culinary exhibition at Restaurant La Candelaria, Tijuana. Cost is $40dlls. Tickets ONLY through Cofradia del Noble Vino de Tijuana/Luis Gallardo, e-mail
Wednesday, August 6
Thursday, August 7
7:30pm - "Mexican Delights," a fiesta with regional foods, house wines, mariachis and folkloric dancers at Cavas Valmar Winery in downtown Ensenada at Av. Riveroll #1950. Cost is $40dlls.
Friday, August 8
Saturday, August 9
2pm - Santo Tomás Street Fair at the Santo Tomás Cultural Center in downtown Ensenada on Av. Miramar #666. House wines, food, live music, games, art exhibits and cultural presentations. Perfect for the whole family! Free admission.
5pm - Domecq Vintage Festival Calafia Valley with wine tasting, tour, formal dinner and special entertainment at Casa Pedro Domecq Winery at Km. 73 on Highway 3. Cost is $65dlls. SOLD OUT!
6:30pm - Romantic Sunset Concert with house wine and hors d'oeuvres at Chateau Camou Winery in Guadalupe Valley, just off Highway 3 on the road to Tecate. Cost is $45dlls.
BY CONNIE ELLIG
SCOTT KENNEDY AND HIS CITY BY THE BAY
BY COTY DOLORES MIRANDA
PHOTOS BY JOHN RYND & DAVID HOPPS
This is no caricaturist at work for a couple pesos; no, this is the renowned maritime artist Scott Kennedy, refocusing his artistic eye and skills inland as he completes two large artworks that capture the ambience and gusto of each Ensenada establishment. Both works evince the artist's love for his new hometown of Ensenada, where he has resided for more than three years. Kennedy grew up on and around the ocean waters of Newport Beach, California before packing his paints and easels to live and work in central, southern and Baja California, Mexico, then more than ten years in Denmark, Germany and Holland.
He chronicled five America's Cup Races on location in Australia and San Diego. He's also been the official artist for the past fourteen Newport Beach-Ensenada International Yacht Races. This year the prominent cliff at the entrance to Ensenada known as El Vigía served as the backdrop for the marine artwork that was reproduced on official race programs, posters, clothing and mementos.
Per tradition, Kennedy's original oil painting of the 2003 Newport-Ensenada Race was auctioned off at the pre-race Tommy Bahama Charity Reception held April 19 in Newport Beach. The artwork raised $3,500 to benefit the non-profit El Viento Foundation which offers less fortunate youth a chance to earn college tuition through various programs using sailing and other water sports to learn teamwork and responsibility. On April 26 & 27 of race weekend, Kennedy hosted an exposition at Ensenada's race headquarters, the Hotel Bahía, where prints of this year's painting were available for purchase, as well as other original artworks. An exhibit of some of his more recent maritime artworks is currently displayed at La Vendimia Restaurant where they will remain through June 15.
A respected professional artist for 38 years, Kennedy's oils, watercolors, and pen and ink drawings have been featured in museums in Europe and throughout the United States including the Herreshoff Museum in Rhode Island, the Seaman's Church Institute in New York City, the Columbia Maritime Museum in Oregon, the Los Angeles and Ventura County Maritime Museums and the San Diego Maritime Museum. Kennedy enjoyed the unusual opportunity of living two months aboard San Diego's tall ship Star of India at the invitation of the Maritime Museum Board. He produced a vast collection of work, of which an assortment of pen and inks are sold in the museum's gift shop aboard the Berkeley, the restored San Francisco Bay ferry permanently moored on the Embarcadero on San Diego Bay.
It has been more than three years since Kennedy closed his Newport Beach art galleries and moved his studio to a humble abode in Playa Hermosa in Ensenada. "I need a quiet place to work and Mexico has been a part of my life since I attended art school in San Miguel Allende as a teenager," said the artist, taking a break from sketching customers at La Vendimia's elegant bar. "I have found Ensenada to be a great city. I enjoy my quiet time painting outdoors on location and in my courtyard, but being out among the people has also been a great inspiration."
Kennedy said he hopes to have both the La Vendimia and Hussong’s Cantina artworks reproduced in print form for sale by early summer.
didn't you stay out longer and catch more?" asked the American. The Mexican explained that his small catch was sufficient to meet his needs and those of his family.
The American asked, "But what do you do with the rest of your time?" "I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, and take a siesta with my wife. In the evenings, I go into the village to see my friends, have a few drinks, play the guitar, and sing a few songs...I have a full life."
The American interrupted, "I have an MBA from Harvard and I can help you! You should start by fishing longer every day. You can then sell the extra fish you catch. With the extra revenue, you can buy a bigger boat. With the extra money the larger boat will bring, you can buy a second one and a third one and so on until you have an entire fleet of trawlers. Instead of selling your fish to a middle man, you can negotiate directly with the processing plants and maybe even open your own plant."
You can then leave this little village and move to Mexico City, Los Angeles, or even New York City! From there you can direct your huge enterprise."
"How long would that take?" asked the Mexican. "Twenty, perhaps twenty-five years," replied the American. "And after that?"
"Afterwards? That's when it gets really interesting," answered the American, laughing. "When your business gets really big, you can start selling stocks and make millions!"
"Millions? Really? And after that?" "After that
you'll be able to retire, live in a tiny village near the coast, sleep late, play
with your children, catch a few fish, take a siesta, and spend your evenings drinking
and enjoying your friends."
By Ann Hazard
From COOKING WITH BAJA MAGIC
To make meatballs, combine pork, beef and zucchini. In food processor, blend eggs, spices and onions. Mix well into meat and make 24 meatballs, about 1 1/2 inches in diameter.
Cover tomatoes with boiling water in Dutch oven and cook about five minutes. Drain. Skin tomatoes and blend with chiles to make a smooth sauce. Heat oil, add sauce and bring to boil over high heat. Cook for five minutes.
Add chicken bouillon and reduce heat. Add meatballs, cover and simmer for 50 minutes or until meatballs are done.
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