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Wine release parties will benefit New Mexico food banks

Wine release parties at St. Clair locations around the state will benefit local food banks this month.

Release parties for D.H. Lescombes 2014 New Mexico Petit Verdot Limited Release will be held at St. Clair Winery & Bistro locations in Albuquerque, Deming, Farmington and Las Cruces, as well as Hervé Wine Bar in Santa Fe. Wine-inspired hors d’oeuvres selected by St. Clair Winery chefs will be available at the events.

“We’re having this event at five of our locations, and we’re partnering with the different food banks in the different areas,” said Carlos Colmenero, area wine manager for St. Clair. “The $15 ticket, that gets you a glass of wine and into the party, if you will. The initial $15 is being donated to the food bank, so it’s a pretty big deal.”

Roadrunner Food Bank in Albuquerque, Deming and Las Cruces; Echo Food Bank in Farmington; and the Food Depot in Santa Fe will benefit from the $15 ticket sales.

D.H. Lescombes Limited Release 2014 Petit Verdot is one of the Lescombes family’s favorite varietals due to its consistent fruit production and bold, hearty character, according to an event news release.

“Our D.H. Lescombes Limited Release wines are a selection of the best varietals grown and crafted in New Mexico,” Melissa Landeros, winemaker at St. Clair, says in the news release. “The entire process – in the vineyard, in the barrel, and into the bottle – is controlled and monitored carefully to ensure it reaches its full potential.”

D.H. Lescombes 2014 New Mexico Petit Verdot Limited Release is a nice winter wine.

“Some of the tastes that you’ll probably get from this is kind of like a dark cherry, leather, licorice, some roasted chestnuts,” Colmenero said. “It’s a really good, somewhat complex wine, very nice. This one was aged in French oak for 36 months.”

Attendees have the advantage of purchasing bottles of D.H. Lescombes 2014 New Mexico Petit Verdot in advance. The wine will not be available to the public until Feb. 15.

“It’s a nice incentive to come,” Colmenero said. “The $15 obviously is for a good cause and then you can buy as many bottles or as many glasses as you’d like. That’s the thing, these limited release wines that we have, we produce so such small quantities of them, I think this one has a little over 300 cases that we’ve made and between the five stores we’d like it to last hopefully close to a year but a lot of times these wines we’re out of months in advance of the next release. When you find one that you love it’s kind of a good thing to purchase and get to kind of store them away. Wines like this, the 2014, you can put this in a cool closet somewhere and drink it five years from now.”

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