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.