Until recently the best access to wine that I knew about was either Costco, Sam's, or Covi. Yes, there were some smaller neighborhood stores but they don't carry much of a selection.
Merida is an infant in the wine scene. Don't get me wrong, there are wine drinkers here and some with discerning tastes but for the most part they drank red or white. Ok, what others are there besides roses? None, without getting technical! But there was little concern to the varietal (type of grape) that the red or white wine was made from.
Over time the wine culture here has changed and is still changing and I hope it continues.......forever!
I see three main things that have made these changes come about. One, the influx of people moving here to live from the northern parts of the country. They bring with them a better level of knowledge and a more discerning palate. Two, more and more gringos moving here also with a broader base of knowledge and desires for wines they want to have access to. Three, the locals growing knowledge of wines and with that the desire to try other varietals.
I think this is great for numerous reasons with the two biggies being a much wider variety and lower costs.
Things are changing here and not only in regards to wine but many other things associated like food items and restaurants. Go Merida Go!!!!
For a couple of years I have heard about and then came to know people that would drive to Cancun and/or Playa del Carmen to access a liquor store called La Europea. Seems that they are a big chain in MX and they have a variety of wines, liquors, deli items, oils and nuts that puts all other similar stores to shame.
Well guess what? Yep we have one! It just recently opened at City Center.
You may remember my last post about going there but it being closed. It did have a bit of a rough start and even though it is open now it isn't functioning at full capacity.
There is still some construction going on.............
and there is construction dust every where and there are prices missing..........
but it is a work in progress and it will be a great addition when it is finished!
These next two pictures are of the yet to be finished deli area. From the looks of it it'll be quite large. Who doesn't like a big deli!
It really gives me the feel of the large liquor stores in the states.
They have all sorts of gift baskets and gift sets for sale too!
Plus they have oils, and nuts and all sorts of stuff!
So go, browse, snoop, check it out! Who knows what you might find!
I can't wait to see it when it's running on all cylinders. They do have wines I've never seen here before and they have some of the old reliable ones too. However, I was impressed by them not being inundated with the wines you see very where else. Ye they have some bu not shelf after shelf of things like Concha y Toro. Ok, don't anyone get their knickers in a twist! I like some of C yT's wines but I don't need to see them dominating the aisles and shelves.
Give something new a chance.
Last, the prices were disappointing overall. I thought when a big chain store came in that the competition would get a kick in the pants. Not so much. Of course I had to go on the same-o same-o and they seemed to be priced the same as other places.
But, the variety was better than anywhere else in the city so I guess I'll be learning about some new wines! I love it!
Now I have been led to believe that there are case discounts but I failed to ask when I was there. But you'll be going in to see the place I'm sure, so you can ask when you get there. FYI: Roberto's name has been dropped as the go to guy for his knowledge and recommendations.
Regardless, it's worth the trip just to see the place. Kinda' gives you the feeling that Merida is growing up!
PS: I might mention that Cavit Italian Pinot Noir at 150p per bottle is a good wine at a decent price!