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Wineries step up to bring their best to New Mexico Wine Festival

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — It’s that time of year again to raise your goblet to the last of the warm summer weather and welcome the upcoming fall season with a nice glass or bottle of wine.

A number of the best wineries in the state will be participating in the New Mexico Wine Festival at Bernalillo this Labor Day weekend.

Numerous New Mexico wineries will not only offer tastings of their best wines, but also provide information and insight on each wine.

The participating wineries are Acequia Vineyards & Winery, Amaro Winery, Anasazi Fields, Black’s Smuggler, Corrales Winery, D.H. Lescombes, Don Quixote Distillery & Winery, Dos Viejos, Gruet Winery, Jaramillo Vineyards, Las Nueve Niñas, Luna Rossa, Matheson, Ponderosa Valley Vineyards, Skarsgard Farms, St. Clair, The Grove, Tierra Encantada Vineyards & Winery and Wines of the San Juan.

This year’s commemorative poster is “Early Morning Harvest,” an acrylic image by artist Nicholas Montaño. Signed and unsigned versions will be sold at the festival.

A number of food vendors including Bread, Cheese & Grapes, Mr. Powdrell’s BBQ and French Riviera Bakery will offer tasty treats to accompany your favorite wines.

Also, peruse and purchase products from area agricultural vendors or pick up a piece of art from a variety of artists and crafters who specialize in ceramics, glasswork, pottery, metal art, woodwork, paintings, photography, clothing and accessories.

St. Clair is celebrating a milestone this year and will be serving its special wine, La Clairette.

“La Clairette is a commemorative wine we made for our 30th anniversary,” Southwest Wines regional supplier representative Christian Gallagher said. “It’s a blend of ruby Cabernet and Malvasia Bianca. It has some very nice earthiness and a little bit of minerality and some dark berry undertones, primarily blackberry. We want people to try it.”

St. Clair’s sister labels Soleil Mimosa and D.H. Lescombes will be serving up their signature concoctions.

The Soleil Mimosa Classic, Soleil Mimosa Pineapple, Soleil Mimosa Mango and Soleil Mimosa Pomegranate add a different twist to wine tasting.

“It is a high-quality product that speaks for itself,” Gallagher said. “We knew it would be a successful product, but we didn’t realize how successful. We are extremely pleased with the popularity of the mimosas.”

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