Angel Fire’s Wine & Wagyu Weekend features pairings, live music

Angel Fire Resort’s Wine & Wagyu Weekend is going to be grand.

The event, which starts Aug. 24 and wraps up Aug. 26, at Angel Fire Resort, is a scaled-down version of the resort’s wine festival, and it’s broken down into several activities.

“We did a wine festival last year that was monstrous,” said Kari Jaramillo, event coordinator. “We decided this year to scale back and grow organically and really feature what we think is unique about this event, and that is pairing wines with the Wagyu beef from A Bar N Ranch. They are located just north of Dallas.”

The VIP tasting on Aug. 24 starts things off. It coincides with the resort’s Friday night concert series. A VIP area will be added, and ticketholders can enjoy wine tasting and food samplings while enjoying live music. The weekend continues on Aug. 25, beginning with the Wine & Wagyu Walk and later Boots, Boogie & BBQ.

The Wine & Wagyu Walk will showcase several wineries, including Constellation and Don Sebastiani, as well as some New Mexico breweries, including Santa Fe Brewing Co. and Angel Fire’s Enchanted Circle Brewing Co. Also, Angel Fire Vodka will offer tastings.

“You will be able to taste all the different wines, the beer, as well as the spirits,” Jaramillo said. “At the same time, there’s a food portion that has different things like a Wagyu short-rib tacos or Wagyu beef sliders. We have a tuna poke that will be there as well, and, of course, we’re going to do biscochitos, green chile and other fun New Mexico things.”

Boots, Boogie & BBQ is a dinner and dance featuring live music, a silent auction and plenty of food. In addition to a bread basket and salads, there will be plenty of sides, including corn on the cob, baked beans, baked russet potatoes, and New Mexico calabacitas. Self-serve items include Wagyu smoked brisket and pork ribs. Off the grill, guests can enjoy Buffalo chipotle chile sausage, beer brine chicken and Wagyu short ribs.

The weekend ends with the Bloody Good Bacon Brunch on Aug. 26. Eventgoers will be able to enjoy bloody marys made with Angel Fire Vodka and featuring a strip of Wagyu beef bacon. Guests can also choose from a variety of brunch options, including chef carved Wagyu roast, sweet cream-filled French toast, and garlic cheddar biscuits and gravy.

Proceeds from the Wine & Wagyu Weekend benefit Veterans Healing and Wellness.

“It’s a large organization here in northern New Mexico that helps veterans by doing retreats to help with their (post-traumatic stress disorder),” Jaramillo said. “It’s one of the very big local organizations that we feel very strongly about and everybody up here does.”