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New Mexico Wine Festival in Bernalillo this weekend!

This coming weekend is Labor Day Weekend, and that means it’s time for some wine festivals! Yea? And we still have our Suite open for the weekend at our Albuquerque Bed and Breakfast…So what are you waiting for?

The oldest wine festival in the state is the New Mexico Wine Festival at Bernalillo, more commonly/locally called the Bernalillo Wine Festival. This is not my favorite wine event, mostly because I’m getting older and crankier with crowds these days. This event is not too much fun for the cranky and standing-in-line impaired. Just give me a patio of Adobe Nido Bed and Breakfast guests and /or friends, and a bottle or two of grandma’s special grape juice, and I’m in fine form. Or will be soon.

My idea of wine tasting lately is to go to Cost Plus, Sunflower Market, or one of our neighborhood Albuquerque wineries and tasting rooms, pick up a few bottles, go home and try them out with someone else to help you critique. I know I’m a bit odd, so for those of you who love wine tasting at the festivals, visit this post for a detailed and realistic account of what to expect at the Bernalillo Wine Festival, based on my many years of attending. In the mean time, here are the details for this year’s Grope, Grovel and Grasp for the Grape in Bernalillo:

23rd Annual New Mexico Wine Festival at Bernalillo (The Big One)
Labor Day Weekend, 2010
Saturday, Sunday and Monday
September 4, 5, & 6
12 noon until 7pm (wine tasting ends at 6pm)
Loretto Park
241 Camino del Pueblo, 
Bernalillo, NM

You may avoid standing in the longer line by purchasing tickets online at the festival’s website – but beware – the flash and the music on the site is a bit much. I warned you!

If you are traveling to the southern part of the state, a similar event is also happening in Las Cruces under the name Harvest Wine Festival. I am guessing it may be a little more civilized than the one in Bernalillo, being it’s a bit smaller and there isn’t as many people in the south. I could be wrong and I guess I will have to go check it out one of these years. So many of our state’s best wineries are down there, and there is also a great wine trail through the Mesilla Valley, but I wouldn’t do it on Labor Day weekend since they will all be at the festivals. Here’s the skinny:

Harvest Wine Festival in Las Cruces
Labor Day Weekend 2010
Sat, Sun & Mon, September 4, 5 & 6 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Where: Southern NM State Fairgrounds – Las Cruces
Tickets may be purchased at the Harvest Wine Festival website.

Have a happy and safe Labor Day Weekend! Take a designated driver, as it is pretty easy to find those three sheets at these New Mexico Wine Festivals, and Big Brother WILL stop you, so don’t drink and drive!

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Sarah Dolk, Adobe Nido Bed and Breakfast
Expert on Destination Albuquerque and Central New Mexico!

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