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Story and photos by Susan A Mahalick

June 3, 2015 (Cantamar, Mexico)--Robin MacKenzie, proprietor of Black Cross winery in Cantamar up in the hills helps to support Pretty Horse Rescue owned by Krystal Redmon. Robin had her first anniversary party on a fine May afternoon overlooking the hills surrounding the property where both businesses coexist.

The hills are decorated with yellow grasses. The marine layer that has permeated this area for the last few weeks lifted to support a fine day for the event which was attended by about thirty people, including an Italian chef, Christian Gritti, who treated us to some Limoncello. He can come to your house and cook for your guests if you like, as well as selling some of his sauces and hand-made pastas.

Robin’s Tempranillo, Repent, is one of my favorites of her efforts. She is growing Sauvignon Blanc grapes which just turned one year old as well. In two years she should be able to turn some of them into wine. No one else is growing grapes in this part of Baja and the vineyard looks tidy and healthy from what I could see of it. I promise myself to tour her vineyard next time I am up that way.

She filled some small bottles that were for sale to treat her guests for the low price of only $2. Her glasses of wine were just $3. The food was gratis and we were treated to hot dogs on the grill with toasted buns as well if we preferred. She had her now famous sugared jalapenos which are not spicy at all, merely tasting of the chili flavor and sliced to either put on the dogs or eat by themselves which is how I prefer them. Peanuts in the shell, red licorice and potato chips were served at either the food table or in the tasting room along with grapes to munch on. She makes small round brownies iced with rich chocolate frosting and topped with a dollop of caramel to delight the senses and compliment her wines as well.

Pretty Horse Rescue

Robin MacKenzie        Black Cross Wines

Susan A Mahalick has written for the BajaTimes, the Secretary of Tourism and has the third edition of her book coming out in June called My Gold Coast—Baja, A Practical Guide.

Christian Gritti     Facebook: Pasta y Basta


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