If you don’t know Albert, better known to you facebookers as Vinos Baja California, you should. His enthusiasm for Baja wines, food, and Related events is contagious and was triggered on one his first trips to the Valle de Guadalupe. Albert brought back a bottle of Chenin Blanc to enjoy in San Diego. His quest to track down that bottle led to the idea of helping to import wines, which led him to team up with La Mision Associates or LMA Wines, showcasing Baja Wines throughout San Diego, making it one of his favorite hobbies! Since then he’s partnered with several Baja chefs in numerous regional wine-paired dinners and events. I know what you’re thinking… you would like that hobby too!

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A couple of weeks ago, he had mentioned to me that he had an upcoming dinner with Chef Martin San Roman and Vinicola Torres Alegre, at one of San Diego’s iconic establishments – Dobson’s. It’s been 27 years since I’ve been to Dobson’s… as a strapping ten year old. I jumped at the chance to revisit this San Diego classic and partake of 5 courses and paired wines.

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Chef Martin San Roman

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I jumped at the chance to join because we are talking Chef Martin San Roman, who has almost 30 years of culinary experience. A graduate of L’Ecole Lenotre in Paris, he’s worked in numerous countries and opened, owned & operated multiple restaurants. Chef Martin has garnered more than 250 awards from 12 different countries. As a celebrity TV Chef for 8 years he had his own cooking show and diplomats and leaders alike have savored his dishes. And you might not know this, but he’s also the consulting Chef at Dobson’s. Icing on the cake? He’s extraordinarily humble and incredibly nice – as legit as they come !

The Vino

The wines were just as phenomenal. Vinicola Torres Alegre was founded by Victor Alegre. Víctor graduated as an agronomist, and subsequently received his doctoral degree in Oenology from the University of Bordeaux in France. To date he is the only individual recognized with said designation in Mexico. Victor serves as an adviser of the “International Competition Ensenada Wine country”, and serves as professor of Oenology at the Autonomous University of Baja California. His experience at Lafitte Cork and capsule, Alain Fouquet Chatêau Camou, and Baron Balche serve him well in his Torres Alegre and Family’s most recent venture. Outstanding wines!

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Carlos Mariscal conveyed the passion that the winery puts into producing the wines to the dinner table As he shared what makes Vinivola Torres Alegre wines so special. He walked us through each of the wines as they were being poured, with spot on descriptions with what to expect from each glass.

The Dinner

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Lobster burrito / Seafood Salsa / Balsamic Reduction

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Poached Baja Seabass – Green Olive Remoulade / Roasted herb potatoes

2011 Del Viko Blanco – 70% French Colombard / 30% Chenin Blanc

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Marinated Breast of Duck – Red wine jalapeño risotto / grape red wine sauce

2011 Del Viko Tinto – Indicitave Blend

Grenache, nebbiolo, merlot, cabarnet franc, tempranillo, zinfandel, Syrah, & petit verdot 12 months French oak

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Ramonetti & Real del Castillo Cheeses – Guadalupe Valley

La Cava de Marcelo – 2005 Cru Garache Grenache – Grenache 100% – Only 261 Cases made!

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Cajeta Chilaquiles – Rosemary Vanilla Gelato

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Chef Martin San Roman pops in and does these dinners often, so make sure you follow him or Dobson’s and make it out next time!

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Classic and fantastic!

DISCLAIMER: I was invited as Chef Martin’s guests to dine at Dobson’s. The chef generously picked up the tab for me on this occasion. My opinions are my own, and no compensation was received from the restaurant or its affiliates for writing this article.

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