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An easy drive down the beautiful coast from San Diego is the up and coming LA RUTA DEL VINO.

For more information on the over 50 wineries, Gourmet Cheese stands, and world famous restaurants:

Here are images from recent trips by IMO:

The Bibayoff Vineyard::

Toros Pintos is a century-old farm owned and operated by brothers David and Abel Bibayoff Dalgoff, descendants of a group of Russian Molokan families who emigrated in the early 1900s to Valle de Guadalupe via California after winning release from imperialist Russia where they were harshly persecuted by tsarists and the Russian Orthodox Church for their Christian pacifist views. 

The Molokans believed in peace and harmony with all brothers and sisters and refused to fight for the Russian Army. Due to this they were routinely tortured, imprisoned or forcibly conscripted into military service.

 Although initially denied permission to leave Russia by Tsar Nicholas, their steadfast faith and conviction so impressed novelist Leo Tolstoy that he arranged the necessary permissions for their exile.

Driving across the valley floor of Valle Guadalupe and LA RUTA DEL VINO:

A visit to Vena cava......

Phil Gregory, productor de vinos de su bodega Vena Cava, representa una nueva generación de vinicultores en el Valle de Guadalupe, Baja California explorando nuevos métodos de hacer vino y creando una armonía entre vinos de alta calidad para el gusto del mercado emergente y la sustentabilidad de las tierras del valle.

Con poco más de 4 años como vinificador, Phil lanza su nueva producción deVena Cava 2007 ofreciendo vinos del Nuevo Mundo como su Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon/Grenache y su Reserva, una mezcla de Cabernet Sauvignon/Syrah que son uvas orgánicas de las hectáreas que tiene sembradas rodeando su casa que también es el hotel La Villa del Valle.

El hotel y sus parras están en el centro del Valle de Guadalupe, Baja California, México rodeadas de colinas y paisajes dramáticos. Las brisas marinas sirven para proteger los racimos y para enfriar las uvas al anochecer. El microclima del Valle es único y junto con el suelo de carga mineral crea un lugar ideal para el cultivo de la uva.

A visit to via de la valle.......

More of the Valley Floor......

A visit to Cuatro Cuatros......

Welcome to Cuatrocuatros: a community development interrelated with its environment. 

With its 700 ha and 1.9 kilometers of coast strategically planned to offer the guests and residents the most varied living options, Cuatrocuatros makes up an impressive integral proposal: contemplation, fun, entertainment, intensity, balance and learning; carried out thanks to the efforts of field workers, architects, enologists, conservationists, agronomists and engineers, to demonstrate Mexico's full potential. 

All of this is in a setting of contrasts, where the architecture is based on the region's flora and materials.

A visit to vinos de Garza.....

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While "Flavor" is very subjective, and each country that grows mangoes is very nationalistic, these are the mango varieties that are the most sought after around the world because of sweetnesss (Brix) and demand.

The Chaunsa has a Brix rating in the 22 degree level which is unheard of!
Carabao claims to be the sweetest mango in the world and was able to register this in the Guiness book of world records.
Perhaps it is time for a GLOBAL taste test ???

In alphabetical order by Country....



Alphonso (mango)
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Alphonso (हापुस Haapoos in Marathi, હાફુસ in Gujarati, ಆಪೂಸ್ Aapoos in Kannada) is a mango cultivar that is considered by many[who?] to be one of the best in terms of sweetness, richness and flavor. 

It has considerable shelf life of a week after it is ripe making it exportable. 

It is also one of the most expensive kinds of mango and is grown mainly in Kokan region of western India.

 It is in season April through May and the fruit wei…

Mangoes date back 65 million years according to research ...

Experts at the Birbal Sahni Institute of Palaeobotany (BSIP) here have traced the origin of mango to the hills of Meghalaya, India from a 65 million year-old fossil of a mango leaf. 

The earlier fossil records of mango (Mangifera indica) from the Northeast and elsewhere were 25 to 30 million years old. The 'carbonized leaf fossil' from Damalgiri area of Meghalaya hills, believed to be a mango tree from the peninsular India, was found by Dr R. C. Mehrotra, senior scientist, BSIP and his colleagues. 

After careful analysis of the fossil of the mango leaf and leaves of modern plants, the BISP scientist found many of the fossil leaf characters to be similar to mangifera.

An extensive study of the anatomy and morphology of several modern-day species of the genus mangifera with the fossil samples had reinforced the concept that its centre of origin is Northeast India, from where it spread into neighbouring areas, says Dr. Mehrotra. 

The genus is believed to have disseminated into neighb…

DHL (INDIA) makes gifting mangoes as easy as 1-2-3-....

Gifting mangoes is now easy with DHL
Announcement / Corporate

 May 19, 2011, 14:04 IST

Come this summer pamper your loved ones abroad with a box of delicious mangoes through DHL’s Express Easy Mango service, a unique one-stop-shop and hassle-free service for gifting mangoes all across the world.

This unique service by DHL Express, the world’s leading express company, allows customers to send mangoes from India across the world to the following countries Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Hong Kong, Italy, Luxemburg, Maldives, Netherlands, Norway, Oman, Qatar Singapore, Switzerland and Sweden.

Mangoes can be availed of free of cost by merely paying for the Air Express service. In addition, DHL Express assists customers with the necessary paperwork along with procurement of quality-grade Alphonso mangoes.

Commenting on the new service, Mr. R.S Subramanian, Country Head, DHL Express India said: “With the advent of the mango season, it is no wonder that DHL Express Ea…