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Wine Club Summer Party Series

This summer we are introducing a Wine Club Summer Party Series for our club members. We are welcoming members to purchase extra tickets for their friends and family to join the fun!

If you aren’t a club member, you can join our wine club where you will enjoy club wine releases, early access, monthly social events, club member pricing, and invitations to special events such as these!


1) Wine Club BBQ

Our first event in our Wine Club Summer Party Series is our Wine Club BBQ. We will be hosting wine club members and their guests on Saturday, June 10th, and 12:00 pm*. Tickets are only available for purchase if you are a wine club member, but club members may purchase extra tickets for friends and family.

To purchase tickets, visit our online store and see our “Wine Club Member Exclusives”. Tickets are not visible or able to be purchased by the general public, so you will have to be logged into your club member account to view and purchase them.

Limited availability, get your tickets early!


*second seating tickets for 1:30pm may be available at some locations, see web store for availability.

Coming Soon, we’ll announce Wine Club Summer Party #2 planned for July!

Easter Brunch Buffet

We extend an invitation to you and your family to join us for a delightful Easter Brunch Buffet at our D.H. Lescombes Winery & Bistro locations in Las Cruces, Alamogordo, and Albuquerque. Available on Easter Sunday, April 9th from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.

We will offer many seasonal favorites on our fully-stocked Easter Brunch Buffet, including a carving station with maple glazed ham and a steamship round roast, seafood, brunch favorites, enchiladas, a salad station, a bread station, sides, a delicious dessert station, and more!

$20/12 and under

Reservations are recommended, call your nearest location today:

Las Cruces D.H. Lescombes Winery & Bistro
1720 Avenida de Mesilla

Albuquerque D.H. Lescombes Winery & Bistro
901 Rio Grande Blvd NW

Alamogordo D.H. Lescombes Winery & Bistro
261 Panorama Blvd

Wine Dinner on the Orient Express – March 2023

Lescombes Wine Dinner in New Mexico
All Aboard! The Lescombes Orient Express is ready for departure!

We invite you to join us for this special Wine Dinner. Showcasing a Lescombes family collaboration between our Executive Chef and our Winemakers, this experience will highlight a symphony of perfectly paired flavors.

Wine Dinner Menu & Pairings

Courses and Pairings subject to changes

Smoked Salmon Blini | Heritage Rosé


Crab Louie Salad w/ Wild Boar Lardons | Heritage Semillon


Craft Brandy Sorbet


Beef Wellington w/ Green Pepper Sauce & Seasonal Vegetable | Heritage 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon & Heritage 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon

Cheese Course

Variety of Cheeses | 631 Signature Cab-Sangio & Limited Release Cabernet Franc


Lavender Ginger Creme Brulee w/Raspberry Dusted Shortbread | Heritage Bellissimo

November Wine Dinner at D.H. Lescombes Winery & Bistro and Hervé Wine Bar


Alamogordo – March 14th, 6:30 pm – Alamogordo Tickets
Las Cruces – March 15th, 6:30 pm – Las Cruces Tickets
Santa Fe – March 21st, 6:30 pm – Santa Fe Tickets
Albuquerque – March 22nd, 6:30 pm – Albuquerque Tickets

$100/person | $90/club member (excluding tip)

Valentine’s Day Feature – Four-Course Dinner

D.H. Lescombes Winery & Bistro locations

February 14th, 2023 | 4:00 pm – Close

Join us for a special Valentine’s Day feature. We’ll be serving a four-course dinner for two paired with our D.H. Lescombes Heritage Rosé.

The dinner will include a Signature Nosh, an appetizer, an entree, and a dessert. Make your reservations today as this dinner will fill up fast!

Available in Albuquerque, Alamogordo, and Las Cruces. | $150/couple | $75/person

*For information on Valentine’s Dinner at our Santa Fe location, Hervé Wine Bar, scroll down to the Santa Fe section*

Four-Course Valentine’s Day Dinner Menu

Hors-d’oeuvre | Signature Nosh

Appetizer | Mussels in white wine sauce -or- Spinach & Frisee Salad w/raspberry, pomegranate, feta, and walnuts

Entrée | Braised Short Ribs w/red wine demi -or- Seared Scallops on angel hair -or- Pasta Primavera

Dessert | Red Velvet Cake -or- Strawberry Cheesecake

Wine Pairing | Heritage Rosé – one glass per person -or- one bottle per wine club member

Reserve your table today:

Reservations are required and we will be filling up fast. Online reservations are unavailable for Valentine’s Day to ensure we don’t get overbooked and can effectively make this a memorable occasion for all of our guests. Call your local store to reserve today:

Albuquerque – by phone: 505.317.3998
Alamogordo – by phone: 575.616.5595
Las Cruces – by phone: 575.524.2408

Valentine’s Dinner in Santa Fe at Hervé Wine Bar

Santa Fe Valentine’s Day Dinner Menu | Feb 14th, 2023 | $65/person | 4pm-Close

Hors-d’oeuvre | Gougères

Soup or Salad

Entrée | Ribeye w/brandy cream -or- Soy Glaze Salmon | both served with smashed potatoes and grilled asparagus

Dessert Sampler

Wine Pairing | Heritage Rosé – one glass per person -or- one bottle per wine club member

Santa Fe Reservations – by phone: 505.795.7075

Minimal Intervention Wines – Our Natural Winemaking Approach

Winemaking using a minimalist approach is not a new concept, but minimal intervention wines have become more popular among wine drinkers.

Using minimal sulfites, native yeast, and utilizing a more naturally-driven process is something we believe in. Add in our desire to be as natural as we can at our family vineyard and the passion to create the best quality local wines. The result? A consistent quality of wines we are proud to put our Lescombes family name on, and an elevated experience for those who enjoy our wines.

What is Minimal Intervention Winemaking?

At Lescombes Family Vineyards, we use the term “Minimal Intervention” winemaking to describe the process we use for a few of our wines. We have found this process results in excellent wines when we allow them to naturally ferment and bottle without some common winemaking treatments. In addition, we have processes utilized at the vineyard that affects every varietal we produce. These processes add up to reach the pinnacle of quality that our grapes and wines are capable of achieving.

As of today, we use a number of Minimal Intervention techniques for a few of our white wines that we believe elevate the quality and desirable fresh fruit aromas and flavors.

Minimal Sulfites (SO2)

Before we can talk about minimal sulfites, it is necessary to mention that sulfites are a naturally occurring byproduct of winemaking. It’s also important to know that sulfites are added to wines to stabilize and preserve the fruit and limit oxidation. So despite the legally required “Contains Sulfites” disclosure on labels and the many myths floating around, the mere presence of sulfites is only of large concern if you are part of the 1% of the population that has a sulfite allergy.

Any wine sold in the United States is legally required to have the “contains sulfites” disclosure if it contains more than 10 ppm of added sulfites. Even “sulfite-free” wines have some amount of naturally occurring sulfites in amounts below 10 ppm.

In contrast, the United States Tax & Trade Bureau (TTB), which is the agency responsible for rulemaking for the wine (and other) industries, limits the sulfites in wine to 350 ppm. The average content is likely somewhere in the 70-120 ppm range.

Minimal sulfite use is a fine balance between using just enough SO2 to keep the wine from degrading and using so much that would make the wine taste, well, degraded. Too much sulfite addition can cause a wine to taste metallic, burnt, or have a generally unpleasant flavor. But using none at all would cause premature oxidation or allow other bacterial growth, both of which affect flavor and quality. Wine aging also requires sulfites because, without their addition, the wine would turn to vinegar in a shorter amount of time instead of aging for years.

For us, we utilize sulfites on a case-by-case basis as needed for natural flavor retention. And since the minimal intervention wines we craft are white and rosé, they are not meant to age, but rather enjoyed fresh. So in this case, keeping sulfite use to a minimum makes sense.

Native Yeast or Wild Yeast

Just like naturally occurring sulfites in grapes, there are also naturally occurring yeasts, often called native yeast, indigenous yeast, or wild yeast. These natural yeasts are present on grape skins in the vineyard.

Prior to the 1950s, native yeast was the only way to ferment wine and beer. Today, a majority of winemakers use commercially available yeasts chosen for stability and reliability. But there is a tradeoff in adding yeast.

Using added commercial yeasts can give winemakers a choice to direct their wine to a specific style and promise a reliable fermentation. It will also cause the one strain of yeast used to quickly take over fermentation. Native yeasts involve a variety of yeast strains that, especially early in the fermentation process, will add different aromas and flavors that will add complexity to the wine in various ways.

Since native yeasts ferment slower, these complexities build often over the course of weeks. And because it’s a slower fermentation, it also happens at cooler temperatures which better preserves the fresh fruit flavors that are highly desired in a lot of white wines.

We elected to ferment with these native yeasts in a number of our white wines for these reasons.

Cold Stabilization – Mining “Wine Diamonds”

In modern times, cold stabilization is a common winemaking practice that occurs only for aesthetic reasons. If you’ve ever pulled a cork covered in crystals, or seen these same crystals at the bottom of a glass of wine, you’ve witnessed what are commonly referred to as “wine diamonds.”

These crystals are actually formed by tartrates (potassium bitartrate, specifically) which are a normal product of wine. Cold temperatures cause tartaric acid in wine to bind with potassium and crystallize.

Many consumers raise concern at the sight of tartrate crystals. Are they sugar crystals? Or worse, glass shards?

Sometimes, out of an abundance of caution, a person will not drink wine with tartrate crystals due to safety concerns.

The reaction is understandable, but there is no need for concern. Modern days have erased these misunderstood wine diamonds from most mass-produced wines. It’s a lot rarer to see today. Understanding wine diamonds is a part of understanding the natural winemaking process.

Why would we want to allow tartrate crystals to potentially occur?

The easy answer to this is flavor and aroma. Any process that removes anything from wine, will also change or strip away some amount of the wine’s natural flavor.

A gentle cold stability process like we normally use will affect the flavor in a very minimal way.

For our minimal intervention wines, we didn’t want to affect the fresh flavor at all. So, we don’t cold stabilize these wines. We want the full, fresh, natural aromatics and flavor to shine through.

So enjoy the treasure if you see “wine diamonds,” and fear not. The only consequence is a better, more flavorful wine.

Heat Stability – Protein in wine?

Next is heat stability, which is quite different although related to the cold stability process. A wine that is heat stable isn’t heated up to allow the removal of crystals as cold stabilization does.

Heat stability requires the use of a natural compound called bentonite. Bentonite is an absorbent clay that is added to wine to remove proteins that may become unstable.

So why is it called heat stability, and why is it used?

Some proteins in wine have the potential to cause a haze in white and rosé wines if they are subjected to certain warm temperatures. The temperature needed to cause the haze depends on a variety of factors including pH, alcohol, and the concentration of protein itself. A room temperature of 75 degrees could be enough to cause a wine high in proteins to turn a bit hazy. Similarly, a delivery truck on a hot summer day could cause the same.

Why would we want to allow proteins to remain in wine?

An easy guess would be aroma and flavor. But it’s not that the proteins themselves have desirable aromas or flavors. On the contrary, the proteins themselves don’t hinder the quality of a wine. It is that the protein removal process itself—similar to cold stabilization techniques to remove tartrates—has the ability to also remove desirable qualities, such as aroma and flavor.

Our normal process for heat stabilization includes the use of bentonite in concentrations of just enough to bind and remove proteins with limited effect on the positive qualities of the wine.

In contrast, the wines that are crafted with our minimal intervention process do not have any heat stability processes used on them. This removes any chance of removing any fresh fruit aromas and flavors. After all, these are the wines in which we desire those properties the most, unoaked dry-leaning white and rosé wines.

Minimal Intervention Wine – The Result

There’s always a trade-off when it comes to something as dynamic as wine and the winemaking process. Some elective processes omitted can pay off in spades, without a doubt. But it can be risky as well. A stuck fermentation or oxidation problem could be the difference between a great wine, the initiation of a ‘plan B,’ or worse.

Other potential visually aesthetic consequences are less of an issue in quality and more of an educational opportunity. With a choice between pure aesthetics and heightened quality potential, we chose the latter.

We believe highly in the increased quality of our wines using this process. Rather than starting with one wine, we went head-first for those that are best aligned with a very fresh fruit character and naturally aromatic style.

Try the new “Minimal Intervention” labeled 2022 vintages of our 631 Signature Chenin Blanc, Heritage Pinot Gris, Heritage Semillon, and Heritage Rosé. These wines are great examples of minimal intervention wines that express wonderful fresh fruit aromas and flavors.

Christmas Dinner Prime Rib Roast & Wine Package

Christmas is a time to enjoy family and friends as we gather in celebration. Whether your gathering is large or small, Christmas Dinner is a tradition that cannot be overlooked. Make it easy this year! Available at our locations in Alamogordo, Albuquerque, and Las Cruces.

Prime Rib & Wine Pairing Package

Enjoy the simplicity of a take & bake prime rib roast, paired perfectly with our 631 Signature Cab-Sangio. Simply follow the oven roasting instructions and add your own simple sides and you’ll be ready for the perfect Christmas dinner. Only $97

631 Signature Series Cab-Sangio

Our 631 Signature Cab-Sangio is perfect with a juicy prime rib roast. Composed of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon and 50% Sangiovese, this off-dry red wine is fresh and fruit-forward with no oak. On the nose, pomegranate and light pepper with undertones of jam unfold onto the palate with black cherry, subtle earth, and a savory finish reminiscent of black olive. Between the savory and the jammy fruit, this wine is an absolutely perfect pair.

Take & Bake Prime Rib Roast

How easy it is to prepare our take & bake prime rib roast! Simply follow the instructions below and allow the roast to cook itself.

  • Remove roast from the fridge, allowing 1-1.5 hours at room temperature
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Place roast on the center rack, uncovered
  • For Rare (115-125 degrees in center), cook approx 50 minutes
  • For Medium-Rare (125-135 degrees in center), cook approx 60 minutes
  • For Medium (135-145 degrees in center), cook approx 70 minutes
  • For Medium-Well (145-155 degrees in center), cook approx 80 minutes
  • For Well Done (155-165 degrees in center), cook approx 90 minutes
  • Allow the roast to rest for 15-20 minutes prior to slicing and serving
  • Enjoy!

Order by Thurs, Dec 22nd | Pickup on Dec 24th, 11am-5pm

New Year’s Eve Dinner

Celebrate the New Year with a four-course New Year’s Eve Dinner and Champagne toast!

Appetizer Choices:

Baked Brie or Coquilles St. Jacques – we suggest adding our Heritage Brut to pair

Soup/Salad Choices:

French Mushroom Bisque or Wedge Salad with Blue Cheese Dressing – we suggest adding our Heritage Chardonnay to pair

Entree Choices:

Rack of Lamb or Surf & Turf ( 6 oz Filet with Shrimp and Scallop Hollandaise) or Eggplant Parmesan – we suggest adding our Heritage Cabernet Sauvignon to pair

Dessert Choices:

Tiramisu or Chocolate Torte or Cheese Plate – we suggest adding our St. Clair Kiva to pair

Toast Choices:

Heritage Brut, Imperial Kir, or Bellissimo (can be served at any time during the meal to your preference.)

$75 per person
4 pm – Close

Contact your local D.H. Lescombes Winery & Bistro location to make a reservation. New Year’s Eve Dinner available in Albuquerque, Alamogordo, and Las Cruces.

Thanksgiving Dinner To Go

You’ll be oh-so-thankful that you decided to get a Thanksgiving Dinner To Go from D.H. Lescombes! Skip the stress and hassle. Let us put the perfect thanksgiving meal kit together for you, while you enjoy the holiday and your family. And you’ll be helping Roadrunner Food Bank, too!


It’s become a tradition for us to join up with Roadrunner Food Bank and their local partners to donate meals to those in need during Thanksgiving. For every family meal of 4 sold, we pledge to donate a meal for 1 to the Roadrunner Food Bank local partner in each of our communities of Albuquerque, Alamogordo, and Las Cruces. We love to be active in our communities to make them better and we thank you for making this possible!

If you’d like to donate to support their mission of solving hunger in New Mexico, you can donate directly to Roadrunner Food Bank. Each $1 donated helps distribute 5 meals to New Mexicans in need.

Thanksgiving Holiday Menu

This year’s Thanksgiving Dinner To Go meal includes service for four people (may feed 5-6 depending on your family’s appetite!). For only $110, you’ll enjoy:

  • Half Turkey (ready-to-roast)
  • Sage Stuffing
  • Gravy
  • Potatoes Au Gratin
  • Cranberry Sauce
  • Dinner Rolls
  • Pumpkin Pie
  • Bottle of D.H. Lescombes locally grown and crafted wine (choice of Heritage Pinot Gris or 631 Signature Cabernet Sauvignon)

Order by phone no later than Monday, November 21st:

Pickup for these Thanksgiving Day To Go meals will be the day before Thanksgiving on Wednesday, November 23rd, during regular business hours. We will be closed on Thanksgiving Day to allow our staff the time to enjoy the holiday with their family.

Family thanksgiving meal kits by D.H. Lescombes in Albuquerque, Alamogordo, and Las Cruces. For every family meal purchased, we donate a meal for 1 to local Roadrunner Food Bank partners.

We hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday weekend surrounded by family, friends, and great times!

Veterans Eat Free

At D.H. Lescombes Winery & Bistro, we are continuing our Veterans Day tradition of Veterans Eat Free! The Lescombes family will proudly honor all U.S. veterans and active-duty military at our D.H. Lescombes locations in Alamogordo, Albuquerque, and Las Cruces, and our Hervé Wine Bar location in Santa Fe on Veterans Day, Friday, November 11, 2022.

Each location will be offering a complimentary meal as a small token of gratitude to the brave men and women who’ve served our country in the armed forces.

Our special Veterans Day menu at our D.H. Lescombes locations includes a selection of some of our most popular items.

Veterans in Albuquerque, Las Cruces, and Alamogordo may choose one complimentary entrée below.

Isabelle’s Chicken Salad
chicken salad + avocado + heritage blend lettuce +
toasted almonds + local mesilla valley pecans + cranberries
Fish & Chips
wild-caught haddock + crisp breaded + thin-cut fries + lemon-basil aoili
Pasta New Mexico
sautéed chicken + hatch green chile + linguini +
cream sauce + sun-dried tomato +
red pepper flake + provolone
Southwest Meatloaf
ground beef + pork + mango-chipotle glaze +
shoestring onions + hatch green chile +
yukon gold mash + vegetable medley
Country Pot Roast
braised in merlot + carrots + celery +
yukon gold mash + brown gravy

At our Santa Fe location, Herve Wine Bar, we’ll also be hosting Veterans with a special menu.

Veterans in Santa Fe may choose one complimentary entrée below.

Harvest Chicken Sandwich
grilled chicken breast + fresh apples + triple creme brie + fig jam
Caprese Sandwich
fresh mozzarella + tomato + pesto + balsamic
Apple & Goat Cheese Salad
granny smith apples + herb-infused goat cheese + grilled chicken + mixed greens + apple cider vinaigrette + candied legacy farms pecans

To claim a complimentary “Veterans Eat Free” meal at D.H. Lescombes Winery & Bistro veterans and enlisted servicemembers simply need to show proof of military service. This can include a 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 organizations card, or by proudly wearing their uniform.

Due to limited space, reservations are recommended.

We raise a glass to the brave men and women of our armed forces, past and present.

Signature Wine Dinner – November 2022

Lescombes Wine Dinner in New Mexico

Six Delectable Courses with Perfectly Paired Wines
Limited Availability

We invite you to join us for our Signature Wine Dinner. Showcasing a Lescombes family collaboration between our Executive Chef and our Winemakers, this experience will highlight a symphony of perfectly paired flavors.

Wine Dinner Menu & Pairings

Courses and Pairings subject to changes
Amuse Bouche

Prosciutto Wrapped Figs w/ Gorgonzola & Walnut | Heritage Brut Cranberry Mimosa


Mushroom Bisque w/ Crispy Mushrooms & Gruyere Toast | Heritage Chardonnay


Asian Pear & Arugula Salad w/ Goat Cheese | Heritage Pinot Gris


Apple Cider Sorbet


Herb-Crusted Rack of Lamb w/ Mustard Shallot Sauce, Roasted Fingerling Potatoes, Grilled Asparagus | Limited Release Mourvèdre

Cheese Course

Variety of Cheeses | Heritage Cabernet Sauvignon


Chocolate Caramel Tart | St. Clair Port

November Wine Dinner at D.H. Lescombes Winery & Bistro and Hervé Wine Bar


Alamogordo – November 1st, 6:30 pm – Alamogordo Tickets
Las Cruces – November 2nd, 6:30 pm – Las Cruces Tickets
Santa Fe – November 8th, 6:30 pm – Santa Fe Tickets
Albuquerque – November 9th, 6:30 pm – Albuquerque Tickets

$85/person | $75/club member (excluding tip)