Friday April 21, 2016 marked the date of this years Rompehielo (Ice Breaker) event produced by ProVino. Unlike the other events during Festival de las Conchas y el Vino Nuevo, the Ice Breaker event is not open to the public and is reserved for those in the Mexican wine industry. The 2017 Rompehielo was held at Mixtura, the onsite restaurant of Relieve Vinicola.
The event started at 7:00 PM. I wanted to arrive early in order to photograph the venue during the daylight hours. Everything looked amazing and a great deal of thought was put into the small details. Lounges with fire pits were created to not only foster conversation but to keep guests warm as the sun set behind the mountains. Several food stations in the form of Ensenada's best food carts were positioned around the venue. Once again wine flowed freely and this was an excellent opportunity to taste a large number of labels that may be otherwise hard to come by.
As this was an industry event, I want to respect the privacy of those who attended and not publish their photographs. It was a beautiful evening and I enjoyed talking with my friends and in true ice breaker fashion I had the opportunity to make several new friends. A special thanks to my buddy Jorge Maciel and his lovely wife Ana. Their kindness and generosity is truly appreciated.