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Supporting Habitat For Humanity With Wine Release Party

Combining the release of one of our most highly-acclaimed wines and some specially-paired bites, we are planning an evening to delight our guests.

“We appreciate the work that Habitat for Humanity does to enrich the lives of the families they partner with,” – Florent Lescombes, President  “We’re proud to be working with them.”

The new wine release, D.H. Lescombes Limited Release 2014 Cabernet Franc, happens to be one of the Lescombes family’s most highly-coveted varietals—and for good reason.

“We received the top award, the Sweepstakes Award, at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition back in 2009 for our Cabernet Franc,” recalls Melissa Landeros, Winemaker. “It’s a prestigious competition and to be awarded as the best red wine out of over 4,500 total entries was huge for us.”

Our release party guests will be presented with a glass of the newest release alongside wine-inspired hors-d’oeuvres selected by our chefs, including pot roast sliders, skewered herb shrimp, garden casserole, milk chocolate truffles, a station of cured meats and cheeses, and more. Guests will also have access to purchase from the limited supply at the event, ahead of the public release slated for August 20th.

“Our D.H. Lescombes Limited Release wines are a selection of the best varietals grown and crafted in New Mexico,” noted Melissa Landeros, Winemaker. “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.”

The admission fee of $15 per person is being donated in full to the Habitat for Humanity’s local chapter. We encourage guests to reserve your spot by purchasing tickets in advance since space is limited.

Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit housing organization working in local communities across all 50 states. Habitat’s vision is of a world where everyone has a decent place to live. St. Clair Winery is family-owned and operated by the Lescombes Family and has long supported nonprofit causes in New Mexico.

What: Release Party for D.H. Lescombes 2014 New Mexico Cabernet Franc Limited Release
Where: St. Clair locations in Albuquerque, Las Cruces, Farmington, Deming, & Hervé Wine Bar in Santa Fe
When: July 25 Deming | July 26 Las Cruces | July 30 Farmington | August 2 Albuquerque | August 3 Santa Fe; 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Why: Highly-Acclaimed Wine & Food, Benefits Habitat for Humanity

For more information about Habitat for Humanity, visit habitat.org. For more information or to buy tickets, visit stclairwinery.com.

2017 D.H. Lescombes Rosé Earns Silver in Rosé Competition in France

Each year, for the past 14 years, the Union des Enologues de France meets in Cannes for 3 days to blind taste and judge rosé wines coming from all over the world during the Le Mondial du Rosé®. Competition.

This year, there were approximately1300 entries, from 25 countries, including 776 French wines.

We entered our 2017 D.H. Lescombes Rosé Syrah and were excited to have been awarded a Silver Medal, the only medal awarded to a U.S. Winery.

“Our goal is exhibiting excellence, here is another example. This is great recognition for our team, putting New Mexico on the map. Hard work pays off! – Josh Gomez, Winery Operations Manager 

The wines were evaluated by 67 judges, from 18 countries.

The Judge’s Notes: With its beautiful raspberry color with coral fragments, this wine reveals an elegant nose of ripe red fruits like cherry and raspberry. With aeration, violet completes the aromatic palette. The flavors are in perfect harmony with the aroma. One finds the sweetness of raspberry and sour cherry, all supported by a citrus freshness on the finish. A fruity dessert rosé that will delight all connoisseurs.

Pictured from L to R: Florinco Luna -Cellar Associate, Jordan Cardenas -Cellar Associate,Raul Rosas -Cellar Master, Justin Lawrence- Lab tech,Melissa Landeros- Winemaker, Memo Rivera- Cellar Associate,Roger Lopez -Cellar Associate, Joshua Gomez -Winery Operations Manager

“I’m extremely proud of our entire viticultural and winemaking team for their continued efforts to craft the highest quality New Mexico wine. This award shows that our wines can compete side-by-side  with the best wines in the world, and it’s a reflection of the amount of work our team puts in.” – Vice President, Florent Lescombes

“As I sit here and reflect on all the years that have gone by, the people that have come and gone, the one thing that has never left is the passion to create a quality wine for the world to enjoy sharing with friends and family, making memories. I can truly say hard work pays off. -Melissa Landeros-Winemaker 

The new vintage Rosé will soon be available to the public at all St. Clair Winery locations.  

Teacher Appreciation Week at St. Clair Winery & Bistro

Teacher’s Appreciation Week 2018

It’s been said that teaching is the single most important profession, and we are inclined to agree. Teacher Appreciation Week will be celebrated at St. Clair Winery & Bistro, from May 7-11. This is the fourth year in a row that we have celebrated by honoring teachers from New Mexico, Colorado and Texas with a 50% discount on their meal purchase during the promotional period.

“It’s our annual tradition to really take some time and let them know that we appreciate them and everything they do,” noted Director, Wayne Moore.

It’s not an easy job—with long hours, always changing standards and stressful evaluations. But educators all over the nation overcome these challenges and make a difference in people’s lives.

“I remember arriving in New Mexico at eleven years old,” recollects Proprietor, Florent Lescombes. “I didn’t know a single bit of English—and there I was, enrolled in Mrs. Saunder’s fifth-grade class at Alameda Elementary. It was such a supportive environment, within months I was well on my way.”

Join us for a generous discount for teacher’s appreciation week at our restaurant locations in Albuquerque, Las Cruces, and Farmington.

Deming St. Clair Winery & Tasting Room
As a small token of gratitude to those who do so much, starting Monday, May 7th through Friday, May 11th, St. Clair Winery in Deming invites teachers to stop by our tasting room  and enjoy a 30% discount on your entire purchase—served with a side of ‘thank you’. Just bring your school ID.

On Friday, May 11th, the public is invited to join the free event from 6  pm – 9 pm on our lush front lawn, with live music in Deming.  A selection of local wines will be on special for $5 a glass, while teachers will enjoy their additional 30% discount on both glasses and to-go bottles.

St. Clair urges the community to take the time to say thank you to teachers, whether it’s at the event, or simply in daily life.

 

New Mexico State Fair and San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo Results

We’re happy to share the news of our recent medals for our award-winning wines!

lescombes family makes award winning wines in new mexico

Our award-winning wines have consistently been ranked among the best in New Mexico. In 2017, we submitted some of our top wines to the New Mexico State Fair Wine Competition in Albuquerque, ranked as one of the top 10 best state fairs in the nation, as well as the 2018 San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo wine tasting competition. Our wines brought home Gold, Silver and Bronze medals, and a BEST OF SHOW award.

We are committed to making high-quality wines in New Mexico, made exclusively with our New Mexico-grown grapes. Our visionary founder, Hervé Lescombes immigrated from France with wife Danielle and children in 1981. Hervé had operated a successful winery in France, but with a thirst for a new adventure, decided to pursue growing grapes in America’s desert southwest.

While crafting local wines in the Mimbres Valley in Deming, New Mexico, the Lescombes family legacy is preserved by Florent and Emmanuel Lescombes, sons of Hervé Lescombes who carry on the family’s six-generation history of winemaking.

“Our passion for making great wines is only surpassed by our desire for them to be shared in good times with family and friends.”-Florent Lescombes, Vice-President

Great wines begin at the vineyard. With 180 acres of vineyards located in the high desert of the Pyramid Valley, just outside Lordsburg, New Mexico, we’ve found the ideal climate and soil to grow the best quality grapes.  Viticulturist,  Emmanuel Lescombes, manages the operations of our vineyard, which yields 7-10 tons of grapes per acre on average.

Our team’s hard work, passion, and skill have paid off. Enjoy the fruits of our labor and check out our many medals and awards!

lescombes family vineyard is located near lordsburg just inside grant county

2017 New Mexico State Fair Wine Competition Awards
St. Clair Kiva won a Gold medal and BEST OF SHOW
2015 St. Clair Bellissimo won a Gold medal
2016 D.H. Lescombes Rosé won a Silver medal
2013 D.H. Lescombes Cabernet Sauvignon won a Silver medal
2015 D.H. Lescombes Chenin Blanc won a Silver medal
2014 St. Clair Malvasia Bianca won a Silver medal
St. Clair Port won a Silver medal
2015 D.H. Lescombes Pinot Noir won a Silver medal
2015 St. Clair Cabernet Sauvignon won a Bronze medal
2015 St. Clair Chardonnay won a Bronze medal

2018 San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo Wine Competition Awards
St. Clair Kiva won a Gold medal & TOP OF CLASS, Dessert category
2016 D.H. Lescombes Rosé won a Bronze medal
2016 D.H. Lescombes Chardonnay won a Bronze medal

Herve Lescombes master wine maker in New Mexico. His New Mexico wines have been on the shelf since 1984. He planted his first American vineyard in 1981 in New Mexico after immigrating from France.Interested in learning more about our family and our wines?

Vineyard and Winery Tours are available and include a tour of the vineyard, the winery, and the Lescombes home located at the vineyard, which has an underground wine cellar fully stocked with the best variety of vintage wines.

Just like New Mexico’s first vintners, our goal is to produce great wines and food for you to enjoy in the company of friends and family.

Enjoy pairing these award-winning wines with delicious appetizers, soups, salads, sandwiches, burgers, and entrées prepared by our master chefs at our Bistro restaurant locations in Albuquerque,  Farmington,  and Las Cruces.

Visit us at our St. Clair Winery & Tasting Room located at 1325 De Baca Road, in Deming, NM. Deming is located in Southwest New Mexico, a land of an ever-present sun, flowing desert landscape, and home of the largest winery in New Mexico. You can also buy our wines online at www.stclairwinery.com/shop.

How many of this year’s award winners have you tried yourself?

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.

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.

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.

Classic Breakfast

Breakfast is “the most important meal of the day.” Start your day and weekend off right with Classic Breakfast at St. Clair Winery & Bistro! Available every Saturday and Sunday from 9 am – 2 pm at our friendly and comfortable bistro locations in Albuquerque, Las Cruces, and Farmington.

Every weekend St. Clair Winery & Bistro in Albuquerque, Las Cruces and Farmington serve breakfast starting at 9am. The best place to eat breakfast every Saturday and Sunday

steak and eggs breakfast at St. Clair Winery and Bistro Albuquerque, Farmington and Las Cruces every weekendChoose from many delicious selections including our Chicken & Waffles with red chile syrup, Steak & Eggs with red chile hollandaise, Breakfast Burrito, our signature Quiche, or the classic Biscuits and Gravy featuring our spicy sausage gravy.

To complete your breakfast, we offer a variety of side options such as pecan bacon, jalapeño bacon, sausage patties, seasonal fruit, hashbrown casserole, Hatch green chile, flour tortillas or red chile hollandaise.

Pair your choice with a glass of fresh-squeezed orange juice or a cup of hot, fresh-brewed coffee or tea.

Join us this weekend at our locations in Albuquerque, Las Cruces, and Farmington!

BREAKFAST MENU ITEMS:


St. Clair Winefest 2017

Planning for Largest Winefest on Record

Event benefits local non-profit, Cancer Support of Deming.

St. Clair Winefest Deming Wine and Beer Festival

(DEMING, NM) — We are pleased to announce our 23rd annual Winefest, benefiting Cancer Support of Deming and Luna County. Festivities will begin on Saturday, September 30th from 12:00-9:00 pm and continue on Sunday, October 1st from 12:00-6:00 pm. Enjoy a large selection of food vendors on-site as well as arts & crafts vendors, upbeat live music and dancing, a silent auction, tours, fun activities for the kids and a wide selection of local New Mexico craft beer and fine wines for sipping and sampling. Admission at the gate is $5 and includes a complimentary wine glass and tasting tickets. Free admission is offered to all active-duty military and law enforcement.

We will donate all proceeds from admission, ribbon donations, vendor fees and silent auction to the local non-profit, Cancer Support of Deming and Luna County, Inc. for the seventh year in a row. Last year’s donation was a substantial $5,433 which helped offset the cost of travel for many local cancer patients who often attend treatments many miles away.

“We’re motivated to make Winefest the biggest entertainment event in Deming,” said Lora Robinson, Tasting Room Manager. “We’re proud we’re able to use the event to support this great, local cause.”

“In order to make this the biggest and best Winefest we’ve ever had, we’ve worked to secure many more additional food vendors, the best local bands, more activities for the kids, and are expanding our beer selection to include more local favorites,” explained Robert Duran, Director of Winery Operations. “The goal is to provide the best event possible for the community, who graciously lend their support every year.”

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:

Saturday, September 30th
12:00 pm – Winefest Day 1 Officially Opens
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm – Live Music by “Horizon”
12:00 pm – Silent Auction Bidding Begins
12:30 pm – V.I.P. Winery Tour
1:30 pm – Cork Pulling Contest
1:45 pm – Grape Stomp Contest
2:00 pm – V.I.P. Winery Tour
3:00 pm – Cork Pulling Contest
3:15 pm – Grape Stomp Contest
3:30 pm – Basic Winery Tour
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Live Music by “Caliente”
5:00 pm – V.I.P. Winery Tour
6:00 pm – Grape Stomp Contest
6:15 pm – Cork Pulling Contest
7:30 pm – Firework Display
9:00 pm – Winefest Ends

Sunday, October 1st
12:00 pm – Winefest Day 2 Officially Opens
12:30 pm – V.I.P. Winery Tour
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm – Live Music by “Brandon Perrault” (Trio)
2:00 pm – V.I.P. Winery Tour
2:15 pm – Cork Pulling Contest
2:30 pm – Grape Stomp Contest
2:45 pm – Bling Your Bra Contest (bring a decorated bra and be ready to either model it over your
clothes or display on a hanger. Prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place!)
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm – Music by “Unlyshed”
3:30 pm – Basic Winery Tour
4:00 pm – Silent Auction Bidding Ends
5:00 pm – V.I.P. Winery Tour
5:00 pm – Cork Pulling Contest
5:15 pm – Grape Stomp Contest
6:00 pm – Winefest Ends