Being the wino that I am, I have written quite a few posts about wine, wine festivals and wineries in our area. Now I’d like to tell you about the grape in the southern part of New Mexico, which has wine trails and wine festivals of their own. Some of the best wine in the state comes from that warmer region.
Southern New Mexico was the first place in the New World where grapes were cultivated, due to the need for wine for the Sacrament by the Spanish Catholics that had colonized the region. The Mesilla Valley is watered by the Rio Grande and the rich yet well drained soil is perfect for many different kinds of grapes.
A little further west is Deming New Mexico and the Mimbres Valley, also with perfect conditions for grape growing, and it runs south out of the Gila Wilderness. Wineries abound in both areas. If you plan to come to Southern New Mexico or El Paso, TX don’t miss the opportunity to travel the Southern New Mexico Wine Trails, but before you go, you should also check out the New Mexico Wine Growers website, because they have started a Passport program that can mean more fun and prizes for folks who visit any of the great New Mexico Wineries.
Because of the distance from Albuquerque I don’t get down to southern New Mexico very often, but I don’t have to miss out on the great wine that comes from down there because a few years back law makers in New Mexico enabled Wineries to have up to four tasting rooms and eliminated the proximity of distance to the winery as a requirement. Win-win for everyone, in my humble wino opinion.
The DH Lescombes Family has several vineyards in Southern New Mexico and they produce many award winning wines, (35 Best of Class and 80 Gold Medals awarded to date). You can find these fabulous wines at the Southwest Wines website, or – get this! – just 2.75 miles from our Albuquerque Bed and Breakfast, Adobe Nido, at the St Clair Bistro, just our side of Old Town, Albuquerque. How lucky for us, and our guests!
Besides retailing the wines from DH Lescombes, Blue Teal Vineyards, St Clair Winery, San Felipe Winery, and their very chic on site Gift Shop, the St Clair Bistro is a tasting room and a full service restaurant with a wonderful menu. In the temperate months you may dine outside and listen to live music on the patio. If you want you can check out the St Clair Winery & Bistro’s site and sign up for their email newsletter to be up to date on all their special events, like their Wine and Food Pairings and this great event coming up in a few weeks:
Mardi Gas Party!!
Come in costume of casual dress to celebrate Fat Tuesday on March 8th at the Albuquerque St Clair Winery & Bistro. We will have live music, party favors, and a Cajun inspired menu all evening long.
Even if you can’t make it to a special event, make your own and plan an afternoon or evening at the St Clair Bistro in Albuquerque. Our guest LOVE it, and so do we.
Sarah Dolk, Adobe Nido Bed and Breakfast
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