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Annual Wine Festival Offers a Taste of New Mexico

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Wineries from all over New Mexico will show off their vintages at the 25th Annual New Mexico Wine Festival at Bernalillo over Labor Day weekend.

The event runs from noon to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Monday in Loretto Park off Camino del Pueblo, the town’s main street.

Luna Rossa Winery from Deming is one of the 20 wineries participating this year. Their menu of wines includes familiar varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel, as well as lesser known wines such as the slightly sweet Dolcetto and Nini, an Italian-style blend. Tularosa Vineyards from southeastern New Mexico will feature a selection, which includes wines from Sangiovese, Tempranillo and Gewurztraminer grapes.

25th Annual New Mexico Wine Festival
Where: Bernalillo
When: noon to 7 p.m. Sept. 1,2 & 3.
What: wine tasting offered by local wineries, live music, arts and crafts and food vendors
GETTING THERE: Rail Runner train service daily to Bernalillo. Free shuttle to festival site.
Adult Admission: $12 (includes wine glass) $13 online (quick entry) 3-day pass $31
Minor admission: 13 to 20 years $5, children 0 to 12 years free. Anyone under 21 years old must be accompanied by a legal age guardian. Wine tasting ends at 6 p.m. daily
For wine festival information and to buy tickets: www.newmexicowinefestival.com

Local area wineries include Casa Rondeña from Los Ranchos and Corrales Winery.

There will be plenty to eat, too. Pars Cuisine, French Riviera Bakery, Mr. Powdrell’s BBQ and Ortega’s Ribbon Fries are among the more than a dozen food vendors participating.

While taking advantage of the tasting opportunities, visitors can enjoy a nearly non-stop program of live music. The lineup features popular salsa band Son Como Son, world beat band Racin Kreyol on Sunday. Monday is “diva day” with rhythm and blues singers Cathryn McGill and Hillary Smith on the schedule.

The festival also offers opportunities to browse dozens of vendors’ stalls, featuring handcrafted jewelry, ceramics, clothing, art and edible specialties.

This year’s commemorative festival poster, depicting an agricultural scene in the Rio Grande valley, is by Costa Rican-born artist Virginia Cobos-Fritz, who now lives in New Mexico.

Bernalillo is about 13 miles north of Albuquerque just west of Interstate 25 exits 240 or 242. Visitors can also take advantage of the service offered daily by the Rail Runner, with trains from as far away as Belen and Santa Fe. A free shuttle service runs between the U.S. 550/Sandoval Rail Runner station and the festival site. A link to the festival train schedule is available on the wine festival website, www.newmexicowinefestival.com

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