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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.  

Mother’s Day 2018

Mom’s deserve a special day!

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.”

$27.95/person

Reservations for this special buffet on Sunday, May 13th, are strongly recommended, as it usually fills up fast. Guests will enjoy St. Clair’s fully-stocked buffet from 10 am – 4 pm, and special $5 Mimosas will be featured anytime after 12 pm.

Please note, we will be CLOSING at 4 pm on Sunday, May 13th, to allow our team members to enjoy the special evening with their families.
 
 Reservations are strongly recommended. Please call:

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

In Farmington, treat Mom to her favorite meal off our regular menu, paired with her favorite wine.

Join us in celebration of Mother’s Day in the Deming Tasting Room!
To celebrate motherhood, we are offering a complimentary slice of creamy cheesecake and special priced glasses of wine to all Mothers in the Deming Tasting room.

We are proud to give back to the women that do so much!

 

 

 

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.

 

Supporting New Mexico Autism Society

Just in time for National Autism Awareness Month, we will be pairing with the New Mexico Autism Society for our upcoming wine release party.

Release Party to benefit local NM Autism Society for autism awareness monthThe new vintage, 2013 D.H. Lescombes Petite Sirah Limited Release, has proven to be one of our most highly acclaimed reserve wines.

The Release Party will celebrate and unveil the newly bottled vintage while also raising funds for the local non-profit. Release party guests will be able to enjoy a glass of our new release alongside wine-inspired hors-d’oeuvres selected by our chefs, including steak bites, special chocolate-based appetizers, a selection of manchego, gouda, blue, and cheddar cheeses, and much more. Release Party guests will also have the opportunity to purchase bottles ahead of the public release on May 15th, allowing guests first access to the limited supply.

“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—from the vineyard, to the barrel aging, to 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 New Mexico Autism Society, based in Albuquerque, with local chapters in many communities statewide.

“All funds stay in New Mexico and are used to support our mission of making a difference in the lives of those affected by autism,” stated Sarah Baca, Executive Director of New Mexico Autism Society. “We serve locally through legislative advocacy, educational workshops, first responder training, social outings and support groups.”

Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder that is characterized by repetitive behavior patterns, difficulties with communication and social interaction and is often accompanied by sensory irregularities. Today, 1-in-68 are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder—or ASD. It’s often referred to as an ‘invisible disability’ since a person’s physical appearance is typically unaffected.


“As a parent of a child on the autism spectrum, I’m extremely proud we are able to support this cause,” said Daniel Gonzales, Creative Content Manager. “Not only will this help raise awareness and reduce the stigma surrounding autism, it will also help fund programs that benefit those in New Mexico who live with ASD.”


What: Release Party for D.H. Lescombes 2013 New Mexico Petite Sirah Limited Release

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

When: April 23 in Albuquerque, April 24 in Las Cruces, April 26 in Farmington; 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Why: Benefits New Mexico Autism Society

Tickets: Available here

For more information about the New Mexico Autism Society, visit nmautismsociety.org.

Farmington Easter Prime Rib

Join us for a Prime Rib special on Easter Sunday in Farmington!

Starting at noon, we are offering a 12-ounce cut of tender, juicy prime rib served with horseradish, sautéed asparagus, and our famous mashed Yukon gold potatoes.

$21/person
Available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Reservations are recommended.

We’ll also be serving all of our signature menu items including appetizers, entrees, and desserts, we hope you’ll join us for a wonderful Easter experience.

Farmington St. Clair Winery & Bistro
5150 East Main St.
505.325.0711

 

 

Easter Brunch Buffet 2019

We extend an invitation to you and your family to join us for a delightful Easter Brunch at our Las Cruces and Albuquerque locations.

We will offer many seasonal favorites on our fully-stocked buffet, including; Maple Baked Ham, Baron of Beef, Assorted Cheeses, a Dessert station and much more!

$29.95/Adult
$9.95/12 and under

                                      Reservations are recommended. 

Las Cruces St. Clair Winery & Bistro
1720 Avenida de Mesilla
575.525.2408

Albuquerque St. Clair Winery & Bistro
901 Rio Grande Blvd NW
505.243.9916

For details on our Prime Rib Easter Special at our Farmington location, click here

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.

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