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Wine release parties to benefit Habitat for Humanity

St. Clair Winery is hosting release parties for a special wine for a special cause.

The winery is releasing its D.H. Lescombes 2014 New Mexico Cabernet Franc Limited Release to benefit Habitat for Humanity. The $15 cover charge for each release party will go directly to the nonprofit’s local chapter. Habitat for Humanity is a global nonprofit housing organization working in communities throughout the United States and about 70 other countries. It partners with families in need of affordable housing. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage, according to the nonprofit’s website.

Proceeds from release parties for D.H. Lescombes 2014 New Mexico Cabernet Franc Limited Release will benefit Habitat for Humanity. (SOURCE: St. Clair Winery/Southwest Wines)

St. Clair selects nonprofits based on various factors, including their impact on communities. In this case, Habitat for Humanity covers several communities throughout the state, including Albuquerque, Las Cruces and Farmington, according to Daniel Gonzales, Creative Content Manager for St. Clair Winery/Southwest Wines.

Release parties were held in Deming on July 25 and in Las Cruces on July 26. The release parties are now moving north to Farmington on Monday, July 30, Albuquerque on Aug. 2 and Santa Fe on Aug. 3.

Guests who attend the release parties will receive a glass of the D.H. Lescombes 2014 New Mexico Cabernet Franc Limited Release and will be able to enjoy wine-inspired hors d’oeuvres selected by St. Clair Winery chefs. Eventgoers also will be able to purchase from the limited supply of the special Cabernet Franc before its public release on Aug. 20.

“(D.H. Lescombes 2014 New Mexico Cabernet Franc) falls under our D.H. Lescombes’ limited release brand, and that’s really our family label the Lescombes family has been making,” Gonzales said. “And the limited-release wines are really the very top-tier wines that we make. They’re the varietals that we have found that grow really well.”

The D.H. Lescombes 2014 New Mexico Cabernet Franc Limited Release is a newer vintage and is one of the Lescombes family’s most highly coveted varietals. The wine received the Sweepstakes Award at the 2009 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, which is the top award at the challenge. It also was named the best red wine out of 4,500 entries, according to a St. Clair news release.

“This is one of the wines that we are proud of,” Gonzales said. “It’s pretty special to us.”