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Crafted showcases local wines, spirits

The Crafted tasting room at Hotel Chaco showcases New Mexico wines and spirits. (Courtesy of Carrie Hellinger)

Get a taste of New Mexico at Crafted.

The tasting room at Hotel Chaco offers tasting flights of wines or distilled spirits from New Mexico’s Casa Rondeña Winery, Sheehan Family Winery, Milagro Vineyards, Vivac Winery, Noisy Water Winery, and Gruet Winery and Santa Fe Spirits.

“The concept behind Crafted was really just to bring all of the best of New Mexico in terms of wine and spirits that we’re producing in the state into one place, to give our locals a chance to taste multiple different wineries side by side and to expose New Mexico as a winemaking region and all of our winemakers to out-of-town guests,” said Brandon Palmer, director of operations for Sawmill Market.

Crafted is offering a flight featuring four wineries’ rosés, a flight with multiple white varietals featuring four wineries, a red flight and a sparkling flight, featuring Gruet sparkling wines, as well as a spirits flight.

“We actually have a spirit flight, and surprisingly that has been one of the top sellers – people coming in to taste the different kinds of spirits, because that’s a very unique experience,” Palmer said.

Crafted allows patrons to try before they buy.

“You might have seen the Milagro chardonnay, for example, at Total Wine or Smith’s or something and wanted to buy it but wanted to taste that first,” Palmer said. “Here you can come in and taste it along with several other wines and grab a bottle to take home with you.”

The Crafted team is well-versed in its wines. Before the tasting room opened, the team visited each of the New Mexico wineries featured at Crafted. There are plans to partner with the wineries and distillery for tasting events and meet the winemaker or distiller events.

“We got to meet the winemakers and learn a lot about their winemaking process and what makes wine in New Mexico unique,” Palmer said. “So everyone on the team can really speak to every single wine as well what is the best complement to the wine. It’s kind of why we’re here and why we’re doing what we’re doing.”

Crafted offers small bites to complement and act as a palate cleanser during the tasting flights. The snack offerings change, and guests can now nibble on grilled goat cheese rolled in pistachio, spiced nuts, dried cherries or shaved chocolate.

The tasting room is not only a great place to sample local wine and spirits but also learn more about what is being tasted.

“It’s a great space for the wine snob who really knows his wine and really knows a lot about the process to the wine novice who just wants to start that journey,” Palmer said. “What better place than a local place to start their wine journey here?”

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