Cuban Wine Creates A New Buzz

Categories: Booze Hound
Cuba isn't known for its wine, but a Cuban neurosurgeon is giving expatriates a taste of something other than rum to fuel their nostalgia.

Mauricio Collada Jr., who came from the island in 1962, has turned a patch of Oregon soil into a vineyard for wines stamped with a Cuban label that is flying off the shelves in Miami, according to an article today in El Nuevo Herald.

Cubanisimo Vineyards is making a Pinot Noir that is said to be the perfect accompaniment to a lechon asado or paella. Bottled in October, the wine will be sold later this year.

The vineyard, which produces 2,000 cases of wine a year -- also makes Pinot gris. Bottles go for between $16 and $30.

"The wine coming out this year has a taste of raspberry and cherry," says Collada. "It has a silky aftertaste and medium body that makes it ideal for Cuban cuisine."

While cherry and raspberry aren't exactly native Cuban fruits, the label resembles those on classic Cuban tobacco boxes and Collada's vinyard is said to be the gathering place to dance salsa and talk politics.

What could be more Cuban than that?

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Mr. Collada,The information of your wines was forwarded to us via email and honestly it was because our last name is also Collada. Our father was Segundo Collada born in Nuevitas, Cuba who married Alina Grimany of Camaguey. Our grandfather was Segundo Collada also of Nuevitas, Cuba who married Eulalia Soler. We now live in West Palm Beach, Fl. Where is your wine sold? We are very interested in tasting it and having family and friends taste it.Alina Collada Henriquez3159 Riddle RoadWest Palm Beach, FL 33406(561)


Jorge, enjoyed your comments, and your style. I do hope folks get to enjoy our wines, and know I am fastidious about our wine making, but equally detailed in making sure our Cuban culture is well represented. Initially folks thought this was a pure gimmick, calling our wines Cubanisimo. Anybody who knows me, and what I am all about would tell you I am about making the best wines we can tease out of our vines, and making sure the quality merits the name!!!


jees lady, now everybody on the internet knows your goverment name, your ancestry, your address, your phone number, your email, and where you work. CAN YOU MAKE THE IDENTITY THEFT ANY EASIER? you should really be more careful.

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