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St. Clair To Adopt D.H. Lescombes Winery & Bistro Name

Owned and operated by Lescombes Family Vineyards, St. Clair Winery & Bistro will be adopting the name D.H. Lescombes Winery & Bistro. The transition will take place at all St. Clair branded locations across the state this spring.

As one of the most recognizable and popular wine brands in New Mexico today, St. Clair hasn’t always been that way.

“The original investors that opened St. Clair in Deming were unsuccessful, the winery closed its doors, and the timing just worked in our favor,” recounts Hervé Lescombes.  “I was in a position to purchase the winery in the early ’90s, and we moved in and picked up where the investors left off.”

Hervé had been producing wine for many years near Lordsburg after he and his wife, Danielle, emigrated from France in 1981 with their three children.

The family has owned and operated the winery ever since. New Mexicans happily sipped on the new St. Clair wine in addition to the family’s selection of existing Blue Teal wine.  Hervé’s sons, Florent and Emmanuel, soon joined in the business as winemaker and viticulturist, respectively. Growth was steady as the family made use of the larger winery facility. Hervé’s family label, D.H. Lescombes—standing for ‘Danielle & Hervé’—had been also added to their product line in 1991.

In 2005, the family opened their first restaurant in Albuquerque under the St. Clair name, and a new concept was born. Highlighting St. Clair wines paired with unique bistro dishes proved to be a winning combination. The family soon built upon their success and opened restaurants in Las Cruces and Farmington. In Santa Fe, they recently opened Hervé Wine Bar one block from the historic plaza. The family enthusiastically caters to their guests, offering a unique experience that melds wine, food, and a dose of family heritage.

What was once a small-town family business grew to be a New Mexico icon whose success story was owed to the ingenuity, hard work, and dedication of the Lescombes family. Spanning six-generations and three continents, the family legacy of winemaking is more alive than ever.

“We are moving in a direction that better tells the story of our heritage,” says President, Florent Lescombes of the adoption of the D.H. Lescombes Winery & Bistro name. “The grapes we grow, the guests we serve, and every step between is a part of who we are. We are proud to put our family name on it.”

The wine focus will shift to their D.H. Lescombes wines to include their Heritage Series, Limited Release, and new 6-3-1 Signature Series at company-owned locations. St. Clair wines will continue to be offered at retailers across the state and ingrained in the Lescombes family’s bright future. After all, their St. Clair Mimbres Red has grown to become the number one wine in the state, beating the likes of Kendall-Jackson, Mondavi, and Yellowtail.

“St. Clair will always be part of us,” said Florent, “While St. Clair will remain one of our brands, our locations will be centered around the family name, allowing us to connect on a more personal level with our guests. We want you to feel like you are dining with our family.”

Guests will be delighted to see new signage, menus, and additional details proudly displaying the Lescombes name.

“We are excited and proud that we have this opportunity,” says CEO, Brandon Young, “We’ve always loved telling the story of Hervé, his family’s migration to New Mexico, and the winemaking heritage of the Lescombes family. It makes sense that we allow the Lescombes name to shine through. We are true to our roots, we want our name to reflect that.”

Lescombes Family Vineyards is the premier vineyard and winery in the state of New Mexico. Since 1981, they have been leading the industry with an array of wines to include traditional, hand-crafted releases and highly-acclaimed, award-winning favorites. Their company-owned locations consist of bistros in Albuquerque, Farmington, and Las Cruces; Hervé Wine Bar in Santa Fe; and a tasting room in Deming. Their family-owned vineyard thrives just east of Lordsburg with 200 planted acres. The family’s mission is to passionately craft quality wine and food to be enjoyed with friends and family. You can read more about the family and their offerings at www.lescombeswinery.com.

Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet 2019

Moms everywhere deserve at least one day to call their own—a day that they can ditch the cooking, forget the laundry, take the day off and relax.

Head over to St. Clair Winery & Bistro in Albuquerque or Las Cruces to treat the moms in your life to a brunch buffet, fit-for-a-queen! The best buffet in town and a crisp mimosa are a match-made-in-heaven, especially on Mom’s special day!

“We’ll be featuring a variety of different buffet stations,” noted Manager, Javier Rocha. “We’ll have a carving station along with stations stocked with pasta, cheeses, fruit, and amazing desserts.”

$29.95/person

Reservations for this special buffet are strongly recommended, as it usually fills up fast. Guests will enjoy our fully-stocked buffet from 10 am – 4 pm and special $5 Mimosas will be featured anytime after 12 pm.  

Las Cruces: 575-524-2408   –or–   Albuquerque: 505-243-9916


“A mother is your first friend, your best friend, your forever friend”

TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK 2019

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 6-10. This is the fifth year in a row that we have celebrated by honoring teachers from New Mexico with a 50% discount on their meal purchase during the promotional period at our Albuquerque, Las Cruces, and Farmington locations.

“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.

Join us for a generous discount for teacher’s appreciation week at our Tasting Room in Deming.

As a small token of gratitude to those who do so much, starting Monday, May 6th through Friday, May 10th, we invite all teachers to stop by our tasting room and enjoy 30% off on your ENTIRE purchase – served with a side of ‘thank you’. *Just bring your school ID.
On Friday, May 10th, the public is invited to join us for Live Music by Horizon. The free event from 7 pm – 10 pm on our lush front lawn. 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.

“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.”

The Lescombes family and team urge the community to take the time to say thank you to teachers, whether it’s at the event, or simply in daily life.


Truffles & Bubbles

What a better way to celebrate the day of love than with truffles and bubbles?

Join us on Valentine’s Day and enjoy a flight of three sparkling wines alongside three specially paired local handmade truffles.

Featuring:
D.H. Lescombes Imperial Kir– A crisp, bubbly wine that gets a touch of natural raspberry, making it semi-sweet. It boasts a beautiful, light rose color and a crisp flavor profile composed of ripe, juicy raspberries with a hint of melon.

D.H. Lescombes Brut is crisp and dry with a golden straw color, boasting a nose of white flowers and minerality with flavors of green apple, minerality and a delicate citrus zest finish.

D.H. Lescombes Danielle Brut is a light and golden wine that has a clean, fresh nose of apple, toast, and notes of pineapple. Flavors of apple cider and pineapple are suspended in pleasant, moderate acidity with a crisp lemon finish.

This memorable experience is only $18. Don’t miss it.

Deming St. Clair Sip & Snack

Celebrate your loved one and your love of wine at the Deming Tasting Room!

Sip sumptuous wine while savoring complimentary treats.

Enjoy Live Music by Brandon Perrault from 5 to 8 pm.

FREE Wine Flight with purchase of a nosh platter.

Enjoy a glass of St. Clair wine for $5/glass
*excludes St. Clair Port and Kiva

Bistro Four-Course Valentine’s Dinner

Enjoy a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner with your sweetheart at St. Clair Winery & Bistro in Las Cruces, Albuquerque, and Farmington.

The special menu includes:

 Appetizer

(Choose one to share)

Jalapeño-Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp

-or-

Warm Brie with Apple Compote and Candied Pecans

Soup or Salad

Choose one per person

Red Bell Pepper Bisque + Drizzle of Pesto Oil  +Crostini

-or-

Poached Pear Salad –  spring mix + pecans + goat cheese + strawberry  mimosa vinaigrette

Entrée

Choose one per person

Prime Rib + Potato Au Gratin +  Asparagus

-or-

Halibut + Rice Pilaf + Asparagus + Champagne Butter Sauce

Dessert 

Cheesecake  with Mimbres Red strawberry sauce

-or-

Chocolate Bundt Cake with a  caramel & chocolate sauce

$50/person

Thursday, February 14, 2019 

Available from 5 pm – 9 pm.

Make your reservation today!

Supporting LOCAL FOOD BANKS WITH A WINE RELEASE PARTY

Combining the release of one of our top-tier wines and some specially-paired bites, we are planning an evening to delight guests across the state of New Mexico—and using it as an opportunity to support a worthy cause; to fund local food banks.

The new wine release, D.H. Lescombes Limited Release 2014 Petit Verdot, is one of the Lescombes family’s favorite varietals due to its consistent fruit production and bold, hardy character.

“We mature each of our Limited Release wines on French oak for at least one year,” explains Melissa Landeros,
Winemaker at St. Clair. “In this case, we aged for three years on oak and an additional year in the bottle which
resulted in a softer, well-balanced wine.”

Release party guests will be presented with a glass of the newest release alongside wine-inspired hors-d’oeuvres selected by St. Clair Winery Chefs. Guests will also have access to purchase from the limited supply at the event, ahead of the public release scheduled for February 15th.

“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 local food banks in New Mexico including Roadrunner Food Bank, Echo Food Bank in Farmington, and The Food Depot in Santa Fe. All three non-profit organizations are focused on the goal of ending hunger in New Mexico. St. Clair is encouraging guests to reserve their spot by purchasing tickets in advance since space is limited.

What: Release Party for D.H. Lescombes 2014 New Mexico Petit Verdot Limited Release                                                                                                     Where: St. Clair locations in Albuquerque, Las Cruces, Farmington, Deming, and Hervé Wine Bar in Santa Fe
When: January 9, Las Cruces | January 11, Deming | January 14, Farmington | January 15, Santa Fe |
January 16, Albuquerque; 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Why: Highly-acclaimed wine & food with admission benefiting local food banks

Purchase your tickets today,  click here. 

 

Join us for New Year’s Eve

Albuquerque and Las Cruces

Ring in the New Year with an elegant New Year’s Eve dinner!

Our Menu will feature an exquisite four-course menu. 

Start with a savory appetizer of your choice:
-Baked Brie – double cream+lavender honey + toasted almonds+grapes
-Bacon Wrapped Dates – aged parmesan stuffed dates +hickory smoked bacon + balsamic reduction
-Shrimp Cocktail – jumbo shrimp + cocktail sauce + lemon

Your choice Soup/Salad:
-Blue Cheese Pecan Salad – spring mix + blue cheese + candied pecans + mimosa dressing
-Butternut Squash Bisque – seasonal butternut squash topped with creme fraiche

Your Choice of one Entree:
-Prime Rib – fingerling potatoes + grilled asparagus+heirloom carrots+creamy horseradish sauce + au jus 
– Lobster Lasagna- lobster + mascarpone cheese + provolone cheese + white wine creamy sauce
-Mediterranean – penne pasta + red onion + grilled roman artichokes + Kalamata olives + red bell peppers + capers + fresh spinach + sun-dried tomatoes + feta cheese + white wine olive oil. 
*(GF- upon request)

After a great culinary experience, you can count down to a shared dessert. 
Ancho Chile Chocolate Truffle
or
-Cheesecake – Port caramel sauce

Includes a Sparkling Wine Toast!

$50/person 

Reservations:

  • Albuquerque 505-243-9916
  • Las Cruces:  575-524-2408

 Farmington 

Ring in the New Yearwith a Prime Rib Dinner!

The Prime Rib Dinner will include:
Slow roasted Prime Rib + fingerling potatoes + grilled asparagus + heirloom carrots + creamy horseradish sauce + au jus

$21/person

5-8 pm

Reservations: 505-325-0711

Deming 

Celebrate New Year’s Eve with us!

Enjoy live music by the Eli James Band, refreshments and$5/wine glass specials. 

4 – 7 pm.

Happy New Year from all of us to all of you!

ST. CLAIR AND COMMUNITY COME TOGETHER TO SUPPORT CANCER WARRIORS

Just in time for Christmas, the St. Clair Winery team presented a check to Cancer Support of Deming and Luna County from the proceeds of the 8th annual St. Clair Winefest. 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, and general
cancer awareness.


“We provide transportation assistance to cancer patients within Deming and Luna County” explains Patient Advocate, Joanna Costilla. “We have vans that we offer to transport patients to and from out-of-town appointments at no charge. We also have a voucher program that can also help defray the cost of gas for qualifying patients who drive themselves.”


“Year after year, our amazing community comes together to support this local cause,” said Lora Robinson, General Manager at St. Clair Winery & Tasting Room. “We’re grateful we are able to continue to carry on this tradition to benefit local cancer warriors and thankful for the continued support from our guests and employees.”


This year’s Winefest donation was $8,407.10, which has been credited to both attendance and silent auction donations collected from local businesses.

Deming & Luna County Cancer Support can be reached at (575) 546-4780

DH Lescombes Limited Release Renaissance Release Party

Please join us for the highly anticipated release of our D.H. Lescombes Limited Release Renaissance.

Enjoy special hors-d’oeuvres selected by our Executive Chef.

Your donation of $15 at the door will benefit MindMatters, a non-profit created to raise awareness and erase the stigma of mental illness in New Mexico.

Buy tickets online here.


Farmington – St Clair Winery & Bistro

Monday, December 3 from 6 – 8 pm

Albuquerque – St Clair Winery & Bistro 

Tuesday, December 4 from 6 – 8 pm

Santa Fe – Hervé Wine Bar 

Wednesday, December 5 from 6 to 8 pm 

Las Cruces – St Clair Winery & Bistro 

Thursday, December 6 from 6 – 8 pm

Deming – St. Clair Winery & Tasting Room  

Friday, December 7 from 6 – 8 pm 

Come join us and bring your friends to support this great cause!

Buy tickets online here.