The focus of Vintage Albuquerque Wine & Food Fiesta might be the wines, but the heart of it is helping support arts, music, dance, theater and other artistic education programs in our community.
This year’s beneficiaries are Explora Science Center & Children’s Museum, Keshet Dance & Center for the Arts, the New Mexico Museum of Natural History Foundation, the Albuquerque Museum Foundation, Baila! Baila! dance group and Opera Southwest. Proceeds from each of the Vintage Albuquerque events will be divided among the nonprofits to benefit their programs.
Vintage Albuquerque holds its Opening Nite Gala Dinner on Wednesday, June 19.
On Thursday, June 20, a VGS Chateau Potelle winery seminar is slated for noon at Hotel Andaluz. And four-course wine-pairing dinners at the Artichoke Cafe, Más Tapas y Vino, Piatanzi, Ranchers Club, Savoy Bar & Grill and Seasons Grill Old Town will begin at 7 p.m.. Representatives of the featured wineries will be present to guide guests through each wine and food pairing. The Grand Tasting on June 21 will feature more than 100 wines and bites from local restaurants.
“One of the great things is that we really have a great winery this year, VGS Chateau Potelle,” said Linda Wedeen, Vintage Albuquerque executive director. “The person who is the owner of the winery, his name is Jean-Noel Fourmeaux. He’s just went out of his way to not only bring us great wine but he’s donating great stays at his chateau in Napa. He’s donating wines for not only our dinners but for our auction.”