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St. Clair Vineyard & Winery Tour

Book a St. Clair Vineyard & Winery Tour and enhance your wine knowledge and appreciation of New Mexico wines as you learn about the Lescombes rich family heritage.  It’s an experience you will remember for years to come.

Your St. Clair Vineyard & Winery Tour will be off to a good start with a Mimosa Meet & Greet at:
St. Clair Winery & Bistro in Las Cruces at 8:30 a.m. or at St. Clair Winery Tasting Room in Deming at 10 a.m.

 
Sip on award-winning Soleil Mimosas accompanied by snacks.   Soleil is a French word meaning “Sun.” Our Soleil Mimosas are a blend of premium wine and fresh-squeezed fruit juice.  A juicy, refreshing wine cocktail that’s sure to tickle your taste buds with its subtle hints of white flowers and orange zest.

“I found that each flavor had a good mix of fruit and a crisp white wine flavor.” Ashley Gill 

Travel with us to the vineyard, located in the high desert of the Pyramid Valley,  located 47 miles west of Deming,  just outside Lordsburg, New Mexico, where we’ve found the ideal climate and soil to grow the best quality grapes.

 

Let us take you on a journey through 180 acres of wine grape vines. Get to know Viticulturist, Manager of Vineyard Operations, Emmanuel Lescombes, as he guides and educates you on grape planting, the life cycle of wine grapes, vineyard maintenance, the process of harvesting, as well as share the rich Lescombes family history.

Meet Founder and President Hervé Lescombes, who will invite you into his vineyard home to sip vintages selected from his personal underground cellar, connecting memorable wines to a memorable visit.

Feast your eyes on stunning art displays throughout the enchanting home! Then gather around the table to enjoy a deliciously paired lunch, surrounded by your new-found friends in the home’s unique atmosphere.

“The best part of the tour was the genuine lunch with the winery owners” – Tour guest

 

After an exquisite lunch, travel to Deming for a tour of the winery, situated on 15 acres. Our knowledgeable guide will take you behind the scenes to learn more about the art of wine blending, fermentation, aging, and the bottling process.
Enjoy private tastings and an exclusive wine barrel tasting experience. Set your eyes upon New Mexico’s largest fermenting tanks. Our winery is composed of over 50 tanks, each up to 16,200 gallons in capacity.

 

Before ending your tour, rest and relax in the tasting room. Enjoy a tasting at our wine bar or purchase a bottle to take home. Our Tasting Room Specialists are available to answer any questions you may have about any of the over 40 different wines we produce. Stroll through our gift shop complete with gourmet snacks & unique gifts and indulge in a cheese nosh.

 

 No matter the season, there’s always something magical happening at the vineyard!

Winter– Beat the winter woes with good times! This time of year makes the vines look sturdy and tranquil. Even though the grapevines are dormant this time of year, there is still a lot of work that is getting done. While the vegetation is dormant, it’s time to cut away what is not useful from last year and establish the possibilities for this year. From a mass of branches per vine, the pruner’s choices have a crucial influence on quality, health, and yield.

 

Spring– The vineyard awakens to the sun and warmth of the season. You will appreciate the enchanting beauty of the budding process. Indulge your spring senses and discover delicious New Mexico wines while getting an up close and personal view of the vines coming to life.

 

Summer– The vines are in full bloom. The buds are bursting, marking the beginning of seasonal growth. There’s a lot of vineyard maintenance happening, aimed at limiting yields and promoting good-quality fruit.

 

 

Fall – Experience firsthand the excitement of harvest. The season usually begins early August and lasts through the end of September. The viticulturist and harvesters work around the clock to pick the grapes in time, using our state of the art mechanical harvester, and, on rare occasions, hand-picked from the vine.

 

“This is an amazing tour. I recommend it for anybody who wants to learn more about wines, meet incredible people and just have an amazing time” – Tour Guest

“I loved & enjoyed the tour. If you ever get the opportunity to come, it’s worth it. You’ll really enjoy it” – Tour Guest

“I liked the familiarity of the people who were involved in hosting the tour and the wines tasted great. It was all very good”-Tour Guest

We look forward to sharing great wines, our history and wine industry insights with you!

St. Clair Vineyard & Winery Tours are Perfect for :

  • Corporate Team Building
  • Mommy’s Day Out
  • Bridal Parties
  • Ladies Day Out
  • Romantic Getaway
*Corporate, Private and Group Tours Available
*Complimentary transportation is optional

Book your unforgettable experience online by clicking here or call us at 575-546-1179.

Santa Fe General Manager Employment Opportunity

We are seeking for a passionate, dynamic and experienced individual to assist in the leadership and the daily operations of our new Wine Bar in Santa Fe, NM.  Mentoring, coaching and supporting the staff to provide the best and most memorable experiences to our guests. This position will build a strong business by innately delivering beyond-expectation guest service, bringing or fostering relationships in the community, passionately articulating the winery story, and creating a positive energy in our retail experience. This candidate is well spoken, polished, and demonstrates warmth and grace with partners, staff, and visitors. He/she is hard-working and a self-starter, desiring a more entrepreneurial environment where he/she takes ownership for the operation to build the business and deliver results, within the overall mission, values, and structure of our company.

The ideal candidate is accomplished at wine service, highly knowledgeable of the wine landscape and plugged into the local wine and food scene. Wine certified is a plus. Experience managing and executing service in a restaurant, retail situation or tasting room is a must. The primary mission is to execute a great, sit-down tasting experience, converting visitors to fans.

This candidate will be extremely flexible and enjoy a “high-change” environment where priorities shift from day to day. Candidates, who connect through positive and respectful interaction, inspire greater success and create extraordinary experiences, solutions and ideas will be at the top of our list.

For a full job description and to apply, click here. 

D.H. Lescombes Mourvèdre Limited Release

D.H. Lescombes Limited Release Mourvèdre Wine Release Party To Benefit Roadrunner Food Bank

The Lescombes family have recently announced the upcoming release of one of their most highly-anticipated wines. D.H. Lescombes Limited Release Mourvèdre has been sold-out for over 8 months due to its high-demand and limited-availability. A Release Party—slated for mid-January—is in the works to celebrate and unveil the newly bottled vintage.

From 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Monday, January 22nd at St. Clair Winery & Bistro in Las Cruces, and Tuesday, January 23rd at St. Clair Winery & Bistro in Albuquerque, release party guests will be presented with a glass of the new release, 2014 harvested New Mexico Mourvèdre, alongside a selection of perfectly paired hors-d’oeuvres, including bacon-wrapped pecan pesto steak skewers, Akaushi beef sliders with avocado crema, wild mushroom and rosemary risotto, and a selection of specialty cheeses. Release Party guests will also have the opportunity to purchase bottles ahead of the full release, which won’t be until mid-February, giving guests the first chance at the limited supply of coveted juice.

We have partnered with Roadrunner Food Bank to donate the admission fee of $15 per person to the local non-profit, which provides and distributes food to local communities across the state.

“Every dollar donated helps to provide five meals to the hungry in New Mexico,” stated Wally Verdooren, Chief Development Officer at Roadrunner Food Bank.

“We’ve paired with Roadrunner Food Bank before and we value and respect the wonderfully positive things they do to impact our local New Mexico communities by helping those in need,” reflected Florent Lescombes, Vice President at St. Clair Winery.

The D.H. Lescombes label, initially launched in 1991, was created by Hervé Lescombes as a way to honor and preserve the family’s winemaking legacy. Named after his late wife, Danielle, and himself, D.H. Lescombes has since been passed down to his sons, Florent and Emmanuel, the sixth-generation of the winemaking family. Along with the new vintage also comes an elegant new black and gold label.

“Our D.H. Lescombes Limited Release wines are of the highest caliber,” noted St. Clair Winery Operations Manager Joshua Gomez, “we craft them in small batches with the upmost attention to every detail, and we are confident that the newest release will be among the best we’ve ever made.”

D.H. Lescombes Limited Release Mourvèdre consistently wins top awards across the country, including a gold medal in San Francisco and two best of class medals—one in Long Beach and one in Houston.

What: D.H. Lescombes 2014 New Mexico Mourvèdre Limited Release

Where: St. Clair Winery & Bistro in Las Cruces & Albuquerque

When: Jan 22 in Las Cruces, Jan 23 in Albuquerque; 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Why: Award-winning, highly-anticipated wine; Benefits Roadrunner Food Bank

 

5 Christmas Wine Pairings

The right Christmas wine pairings can enhance a dish to perfection. While there are no hard and fast rules on matching food and wine because it’s ultimately a matter of personal taste, we’ve compiled 5 pairings that will enhance your Christmas dinner experience.

Ham is traditional for Christmas dinner. Try pairing it with St. Clair Riesling. The wine’s acidity will cut through the sweet, aromatic flavors of a honey glazed ham.

 

If you’re serving brisket or pot roast, you can’t go wrong with St Clair Cabernet Sauvignon. While the wine is moderate in tannins, the meat is high in protein and fat. Together they balance out perfectly.

 

Spicing it up? For tamales or any spicy dishes, we recommend DH Lescombes Petite Sirah. Its flavors of dark fruit, smoke and toasted wood will compliment the many spices of chile dishes.    

 

 

Room for dessert? Try pairing butter cookies with St. Clair Chardonnay. The hints of vanilla and brown sugar flavors will bring out their butteriness.

 

                                                                                                                                               
Still not sure what to choose? A little spritz will liven up the dinner and dessert table. We recommend keeping sparkling wine on hand such as DH Lescombes Imperial Kir because it pairs well with a wide array of foods, including desserts.   Sparkling wines have a higher acidity and lower sugar levels than table wines. These two extremes complement elements in almost any food.

 

Now that you’ve brought the perfect wines home, enjoy sitting around the table with family and friends sipping on good wine and savoring good food. 

Eat, Drink & Be Merry!

                    

 

                                                                                                                                             

 

 

 

Cold Stabilization Process

Currently, our wines are going through the cold stabilization process. This process can take from 3 weeks to 3 to 5 months.  

Cold stabilization of wine is a method used to keep tartaric acid crystals from forming after the wine as been bottled. This process is referred to as cold stabilization because it is the act of cooling the wine that causes tartaric acid to form tartrate crystals, also known as wine crystals or wine diamonds.

If wines are not cold stabilized there is a chance that these crystals will form when consumers place bottles of wine in the refrigerator or store it for long periods of time. While the crystals are harmless it can be rather unsettling to find what looks like broken glass in your wine if you don’t know what it really is.

New Year’s Eve Dinner

Join us for an elegant New Year’s Eve Dinner!

Las Cruces and Albuquerque:

Our Menu will feature an exquisite four-course menu.

Start with a savory appetizer of your choice:
Baked Brie with Apple Compote and Sweet/Spicy Pecans
or
Crab Cakes w/ lobster sauce & lemon basil aioli

Your choice Soup/Salad:
Shrimp Bisque
or
Pomegranate and Endive Salad

Your Choice of one Entree:
Lacquered Chicken with sweet potato puree and roasted heirloom baby carrots
or
Pacific Sea Bass seared and roasted served with wilted kale, spinach/red onion, seven-grain quinoa, champagne Dijon.
or
Slow Roasted Prime Rib of Beef with a baked potato and roasted baby heirloom carrots
(creamed horseradish and red wine au jus)

After great culinary experience you can count down to an indulging dessert. Your choice of Ancho Chile Chocolate Brownie served with caramel and berry sauce, topped with sea salt
or
Tiramisu topped w/ coffee wine sauce

Includes a Champagne Toast

5-10 pm

$50/person

Reservations are recommended.
Las Cruces: 575-524-2408
Albuquerque: 505-243-9916

Farmington 

We will feature a slow roasted Prime Rib meal including Baked Potato,  Vegetable Medley, and Creamed Horseradish and a  champagne toast.

5-10 pm

$21/person

Call to reserve: 505-325-0711

St. Clair & Community Come Together For Local Cancer Support

The first annual St. Clair Winefest was held the first weekend in October, with proceeds benefiting Deming & Luna County Cancer Support for the seventh year in a row. The local non-profit provides a variety of support to cancer patients in the community. They also provide outreach services for general education, early detection, screening programs, transportation assistance, and general cancer awareness.

Photo courtesy: Daniel Gonzales/St. Clair Winery. Pictured are St. Clair Winery Staff presenting this year’s donation to the Cancer Support of Deming & Luna County, Patient Advocate Joanna Costilla and Board Members.

This year’s Winefest donation was $9,300.04, almost $4,000 more than last year’s donation of $5,433. Major growth is attributed to the community support that has grown every year since its inception.

“It’s awesome to see how giving the Deming community is,” noted Ray Trejo, Board President of Cancer Support of Deming and Luna County, “We appreciate St. Clair putting this great event together.”

Each year since 2010, we at St. Clair have paired with the organization to donate the proceeds from the annual Winefest, which has become a destination for those looking to have a great time while supporting a great cause. The largest portion of the fundraising stemmed from the Silent Auction, which is full of donated items from local businesses. We also donated admission fees, pink ribbon sales, and vendor fees for the good of the cause.

“It’s amazing to see the support from all the local businesses that donate to the silent auction,” said Joanna Costilla, Patient Advocate from Deming & Luna County Cancer Support. “We’re extremely grateful to St. Clair for hosting this event and the generous amount of work they put into donating to help those in need. We’re also grateful to the community who continually supports the organization and our local cancer warriors.”

“This year we were determined to make this event bigger and better than ever,” said Naomi Morales, St. Clair Event Coordinator. “The community came out in support and had a great time.”  

Reach out to Deming & Luna County Cancer Support at (575) 546-4780 for donations or support. They are located inside the renovated train depot at 217 N Country Club Rd.

 

 

 

Thanksgiving With Us!

 

Let us prepare Thanksgiving Dinner so you can enjoy the holiday with your loved ones!

Las Cruces & Albuquerque Only  

Thanksgiving Buffet

Gather around our table and enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving Buffet that includes traditional turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce, salad, enchiladas, desserts, and more!
10 am -3 pm
$27.95/Aduls
$9.95/Children 12 & under

Farmington

Thanksgiving Plated Dinner
 Let us prepare for you a warm Thanksgiving plated dinner that includes traditional turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, green bean casserole, dinner rolls and whipped butter!
Save some room for dessert!
10 am -3 pm
$19.95 Adults
$10.95/Children 12 & under

 

To-Go Family Platters available at all 3 Locations!

Thanksgiving  Family To-Go Platter: includes traditional turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce, dinner rolls and whipped butter.
From 10 – 3 pm – While it lasts!
Please place your order in advance.
$44/ serves 2-4 people

St. Clair Honors Veterans

St. Clair Honors Veterans !

We at St. Clair Winery and Bistro will proudly be  honoring all U.S. veterans and active duty military this Veterans Day, Saturday, November 11. Veterans and current servicemen and women are invited to enjoy a complimentary meal from a specially selected Veterans Day menu. All three St. Clair Winery and Bistro locations in Albuquerque, Las Cruces and Farmington are taking part in what has become an annual tradition to show appreciation to those who’ve sacrificed so much.

“Veterans selflessly serve our country and we are proud to be able to provide this small token of appreciation by serving them,” commented Wayne Moore, Director of Bistro Operations. “Honoring our Veterans means a lot to us, we are so grateful and honored to be a part of this.”

This year commemorates the fourth consecutive year for the program, since honoring Veterans with a free meal for the first time in 2014.  Last year, St. Clair was able to treat over 500 veterans and active duty military to a complimentary meal and also surprised them with an additional $10 voucher to use on a future visit.

Veterans are invited to choose from a select menu that features a hearty taste of home. The options of Southwest Meatloaf, Chicken Picado, Country Pot Roast and other local favorites like Pasta New Mexico and Isabelle’s Chicken Salad will be offered to veterans dining-in between 11 am and 9 pm on Saturday, November 11. Alcohol and gratuity are not included. Mark your calendar and join us in raising a glass to the brave men and women of our armed forces!

Servicemen and women can claim their complimentary meal by simply presenting proof of service, such as: U.S. Uniformed Services ID Card, U.S. Uniformed Services Retired ID Card, current Leave and Earnings Statement (LES), Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD214), veteran organization card or by proudly wearing their uniform.

Roadrunner Food Bank and St. Clair Winery Working Together to solve hunger

Donation coincides with “Hunger Action Month”

Left: Wally Verdooren, Roadrunner Food Bank’s Chief Development Officer Right: Florent Lescombes, St. Clair Winery Vice-President

Las Cruces, NM – A yearlong effort that started as a desire to help a local cause has paid-off in a big way for a
local New Mexico food bank—and in turn, many New Mexicans in need. St. Clair Winery announced a donation
of $8,328 for the local non-profit, Roadrunner Food Bank, though a unique partnership. The announcement
comes just in time for “Hunger Action Month,” which is a time for Americans to stand together and take action
to fight hunger by donating or volunteering.
Through the partnership, formed in early 2016, St. Clair Winery pledged to donate $1 per bottle sold of their
new release wine, ‘Bistro Red.’ The Roadrunner Food Bank logo is prominently placed on the wine label to help
raise awareness around the issue of ‘food insecurity’ in New Mexico, and show the monetary support provided
for the cause.
“We distribute five meals for every dollar,” said Wally Verdooren, Roadrunner Food Bank’s Chief Development
Officer, “this means over forty thousand meals are made possible through this gift, and we thank St. Clair
Winery for it.”
In Dona Ana County alone, Roadrunner Food Bank supplies many known food pantries such as Casa de
Peregrinos, El Caldito Soup Kitchen, Salvation Army and many others who contribute toward the initiative to
solve hunger in New Mexico. And it doesn’t stop there.
“We have soup kitchens, shelters, churches and other affiliated distribution partners in every county in New
Mexico,” explained Verdooren. “In addition, we do an average of 150 mobile food pantries per month, where
we bring a traveling food pantry to areas in-need, both big cities and rural areas alike.”
Roadrunner Food Bank’s mission complements the deeply embedded family-values and community mindset of
St. Clair Winery and its founders.
“Our goal was to find a way to make an impact locally,” said St. Clair Winery Vice-President, Florent Lescombes.
“We chose to partner with the food bank specifically because they impact those in-need across the entire state.”
Melody Wattenbarger, president and CEO of Roadrunner Food Bank said, “Partnerships like this one help us
extend our ability to reach more of our hungry neighbors. As one of the hungriest states in the country, every
dollar we raise helps in our mission to end hunger.”
Each of the St. Clair Winery locations in Deming, Albuquerque, Farmington and Las Cruces have the Bistro Red
wine available for purchase. Many New Mexico grocers—who are also Roadrunner Food Bank contributors, such
as Albertson’s, Fiesta Foods, Toucan Market, and others—are also retailing the uniquely labeled wine.
For details about volunteering or supporting the Food Bank, visit  http://www.rrfb.org/ or call 505.247.2052
For more information on this partnership visit www.stclairwinery.com/feednm