The LEAST TERN is paired with our Cabernet Sauvignon, a wine with a deep ruby red color that displays red fruit aromas with slight smoky notes. This medium to full body cabernet sauvignon boasts firm tannins followed by a long and pleasant finish. Ideal when served with pastas, red meats, dark chocolate or spicy foods. To order a bottle, go to www.benefitwines.com/CEDO.
The least tern is one of the protected birds that inhabit the wetlands of the Upper Gulf region. This charismatic species nests on the ground on sand bars near the shallow and calm waters of our estuaries. Later in the spring, they migrate to Central and South America. Males do a peculiar courtship dance in which they offer a small fish to the females.
The primary threat to the least tern is the destruction of nesting grounds in Mexico and the United States from the construction of coastal developments. Destruction of nests by off-road vehicles also impacts reproduction of the species.
The VAQUITA is paired with our Chardonnay, a bright golden yellow wine, with clean and bright fruit aromas. This chardonnay has soft floral notes with a touch of oak to highlight its smooth acidity and elegant finish. Ideal when served as an aperitif or as a compliment to dishes such as seafood or fresh fish. To order a bottle, go to www.benefitwines.com/CEDO.
The vaquita is a porpoise endemic to the Upper Gulf of California. The vaquita inhabits the turbid and shallow waters surrounding and to the south of Rocas Consag, close to San Felipe, Baja California Sur. It is the world’s smallest cetacean, measuring only about 4 feet long. It is believed that a female gives birth to one calf every two years, which make their population slow to replenish. They are rarely seen, because they are very timid, and they don’t aggregate in big groups. In 2014 it was estimated that there are less than 100 vaquita remaining.
The primary threat to the vaquita is its incidental catch in fishermen’s entangling or gill nets. These nets are used in the Upper Gulf mostly for fishing shrimp, mackerel, drum, sharks and illegal fishing for the totoaba, among others.
The PACIFIC SEA HORSE is paired with our Malbec, a deep purple red wine, with aromas of blackberry plum and violet flowers with a hint of vanilla. This soft and juicy malbec leads with cherry notes, toffee hints and is followed by a long and pleasant finish. Ideal when served with pastas, white meats, bold cheeses or spicy sauces. To order a bottle, go to www.benefitwines.com/CEDO.
Seahorses are charismatic fishes with global distribution. They are found in various habitats, from coral reefs to estuaries and are associated with seaweed or gorgonians. They are distributed in patches with low densities. Most sea horse species show high site-fidelity with small home ranges, and have only one mate during each reproductive cycle. Male seahorses incubate the eggs in a brooding pouch.
A primary threat to the Pacific sea horse is its consumption in traditional Chinese medicine, as well as its commercialization for ornamental display and handcrafts. Seahorse bycatch in fishing nets and destruction of its habitat are also significant threats.
The CALIFORNIA SEA LION is paired with our Merlot, a deep and bright ruby red wine. This merlot displays ripe red fruit aromas and is soft and well balanced in the mouth with round tannins and a long, complex finish. Ideal when served with pastas and white meats such as roasted turkey, chicken or salmon. To order a bottle, go to www.benefitwines.com/CEDO.
The California sea lion is an emblematic species that has significant resting and breeding colonies on Gulf of California Islands, where they can be seen playing around and emitting loud barks, growls and howls. The males are larger and weigh more than females and sometimes will migrate to other colonies. Sea lions are considered an indicator species for the health of the land/ocean interface where they live.
The sea lions’ main threat are fishing nets that have been left or lost in the ocean by fishermen: ghost nets. They can get entangled in these nets and die, or, live with net pieces stuck around their neck and flippers.
The GREEN SEA TURTLE is paired with our Carmenere, which presents itself with a brilliant and deep purple, red color in the glass. On the nose there are fresh and fruity aromas, which are accompanied by spicy notes of green pepper. The palate presents an outstanding freshness and softness. This wine is excellent, with fine juicy fruity tannins and a long, pleasant finish. Enjoy with white meats, pasta or spicy foods. This wine is made with certified organic grapes and is vegan friendly. To order a bottle, www.benefitwines.com/CEDO.
The Green Sea Turtle is abundant in Puerto Peñasco. CEDO staff, with the help of fishermen and local residents, monitor nesting in this region. The staff also works with local authorities to protect the nests to ensure the eggs’ hatching.
The green sea turtle’s decline is worldwide. Threats include poaching of eggs and meats, loss of and degradation of nesting habitat and incidental catch in trawl and gill nets.
The TOTOABA is paired with our Sauvignon Blanc, a light yellow wine with green shades. This crisp sauvignon blanc promotes a great balance of citric aromas and mineral notes which showcases the typical freshness of the variety with a long and subtle finish. Ideal when served as an aperitif or as a compliment to light dishes such as salads or seafood. To order a bottle, www.benefitwines.com/CEDO.
The totoaba is an endemic fish to the Sea of Cortez. Totoaba migrate in large schools to the Colorado River delta to spawn. The totoaba was one of Mexico’s primary fisheries in the mid-20th century. It suffered intense exploitation for its swim bladder, which was sold to the oriental market. As a result, the totoaba became the first marine fish to be categorized as endangered and a total fishing ban for the species was established in 1975.
The main threat to the totaba is illegal fishing that has increased considerably in the last two years. Totoaba are occasionally caught accidentally in trawl and gill nets.