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Voted Best Winery & Best Wine Bar

Thank you for making your voices heard and voting us Best Winery and Best Wine Bar!  

Community members were able to cast their votes for the Bulletin’s Best in Arts & Entertainment, Auto & Transportation, Business & Finance, Community, Eating & Drinking, Education, Health & Well Being, Home, Professionals, Shopping, Sports & Recreation.  

“I personally am excited about Bulletin’s Best. Because you’ll be voting online, it’s a truly COVID-safe event. It’s a chance for everyone in the Mesilla Valley to voice their opinion on almost anything you can imagine. But it also means we’ll be doing something together, and engaging with the whole community.” – Richard Coltharp/Las Cruces Bulletin Publisher  

We are honored to receive the Best Winery and Best Wine Bar award. Thank you to the staff of the Las Cruces Bulletin for the hard work they put in to recognize the outstanding businesses in our community.  

The awards are a testimony to the hard work and dedication of the Lescombes family that has been crafting wine in New Mexico since their emigration from Burgundy, France in 1981.

Our winery is located in the Mimbres Valley, just outside of Deming, New Mexico. Our traditions are preserved by Florent and Emmanuel Lescombes, who carry on their family’s six-generation history of winemaking.  

Our wine bar offers numerous award-winning wines for every taste. 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. 

“I am thankful for the trust our guests have placed in us. We continue to work extra hard to push ourselves to the next level.” – Thomas Perez/General Manager 

6 Wines To Serve At Christmas Dinner

Whether you are entertaining a few guests or preparing a holiday meal for two, finding the right wine to pair with your meal is not as complicated as you may think.  

Here are a few suggestions.  

D.H. Lescombes Heritage Imperial Kir is based on the ‘Kir Imperiale’, a drink first made popular in the late 1800s. Awarded 90 Points, Gold, Best Buy & Best Sparling, this crisp, bubbly wine gets a touch of natural raspberry that makes the wine semi-sweet. The perfect bubbly wine for any celebration and an excellent aperitif to any meal or party. Uncork the bubbly and bring out the smiles! 

D.H. Lescombes 631 Signature Cabernet Sauvignon offers fresh cranberry on the nose with a touch of ripe black currant and light earth. Awarded 90 Points, Gold, you will find a bit more of a rustic tone to the fruit, yet not overpowering. Turn a great dinner into an unforgettable dining experience by accentuating the fruit flavors in this wine. Pair with lamb shank, pot roast, game, and other flavorful red meats. 

D.H. Lescombes Heritage Pinot Gris is crafted using a minimalistic winemaking approach, which includes allowing the wine to keep its unique, natural color. Awarded 87 Points, Silver, its elegant flavors of citrus zest and tart apple on the palate with a medium body make it perfect for easy food-pairing. Pair with light dishes that include fresh or grilled vegetables, roast chicken, or pasta salads.  

D.H. Lescombes Limited Release Mouvèdre boasts a lovely nose layered with rich aromas of chocolate, cherry cordial, and light leather. Awarded Class Champion, Chairman’s Best of Class, Gold, the moderate presence of oak enhances the wine’s flavors of raspberry, vibrant cherry, and cranberry with hints of vanilla. Pair with fruity jams and heaty dishes.

St. Clair Kiva & Port are perfect for those who love sweet, rich dessert wines that warm your soul. Awarded Double Gold, the rich aromas and flavors paired with smooth, robust sweetness are the hallmarks of these two stellar selections. Our process utilizes French oak maturation under the bountiful warmth of the New Mexico sun. The unique ceramic bottles pay tribute to the people who lived in the Mimbres region 1,000 years ago. These ancient people are a treasured piece of New Mexico’s rich history, well-known for their unique geometrically decorated pottery. Pour a glass or give the gift of New Mexico’s rich history.  

St. Clair Mimbres Red is the #1 selling red wine in New Mexico. Awarded 86 Points, Silver Medal, Best Buy & Highly Recommended, St. Clair Mimbres Red is a smooth, easy-drinking red wine with lush sweetness, appealing to those who enjoy their wine on the sweeter side. Pair with holiday dishes combining sweet and savory flavors for a satisfying dining experience.  

Cheers and Happy Holidays!

Honoring U.S. VETERANS AND ACTIVE-DUTY MILITARY

The Lescombes family will proudly honor all U.S. veterans and active-duty military at their D.H. Lescombes Winery & Bistro locations in Albuquerque and Las Cruces this Veterans Day, Wednesday, November 11, 2020.

To show their gratitude to the brave men and women who have served, the participating locations will offer a complimentary meal as a small thank you for their sacrifice.


A special Veterans Day menu with a selection of items to choose from will be available to all active-duty military and veterans dining-in during normal business hours on Veterans Day.

The special Veterans Day menu includes a selection of the most popular items at each location, not including alcohol or gratuity. Each location will also pause from taking reservations from the general public on Veterans Day to allow for reservations to serve Veterans and Service Members.

Choose one complimentary entrée below.

Isabelle’s Chicken Salad
chicken salad + avocado + heritage blend lettuce +
toasted almonds + cranberries
Chicken Parmesan
panko breading + house-made marinara + alfredo +
fresh basil + provolone + linguini
Pasta New Mexico
sautéed chicken + hatch green chile + linguini +
cream sauce + sun-dried tomato +
red pepper ake + 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

To claim a complimentary meal at D.H. Lescombes Winery and Bistro in Las Cruces or Albuquerque, 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.

4 Things to Love about our Frozen Wine Cocktails

Have you tried our frozen wine cocktails?

You may have enjoyed our Frosé (part wine, part fruit, part slushy concoction) during the Las Cruces, Albuquerque, and Deming wine festivals.

Now you can enjoy our new hand-crafted wine cocktails at D.H. Lescombes! Try our Frosé, New Mexico Sunrise, or Piña Bianca while dining with us in Albuquerque, Las Cruces, or Deming.

Here are four things you’ll love about our frozen wine cocktails.

1. Handcrafted Fresh

We believe everyone is as unique as the drink they choose to sip. We carefully handcraft and immediately serve each frozen wine cocktail. It’s a perfectly frosty, frozen treat every time!

2. Quality Ingredients

We proudly use our award-winning wines, real fruit, and beautiful garnish in our Frozen Wine Cocktails.

Try a Piña Bianca at D.H. Lescombes

Our tropical Piña Bianca is made with just the right ratio of our Malvasia Bianca – Riesling blend (631 Series Malvasia-Riesling), our Bellissimo, and real pineapple chunks.

This frozen wine cocktail will make you feel like you’re sitting in a tropical paradise.

Try a New Mexico Sunrise at D.H. Lescombes

The sweet and tangy New Mexican Sunrise is made with D.H. Lescombes 6•3•1 Malvasia-Riesling blended with St. Clair Bellissimo, real mango, with a touch of tajin and chamoy.

This colorful frozen wine drink will make you feel like you’re on vacation.

Try a Frosé at D.H. Lescombes

Our beautiful Frosé is made with real strawberries, blended with our award-winning D.H. Lescombes Heritage Series Rosé. The fresh flavor profile of ruby-red grapefruit, tart raspberry, and strawberry will give you major tropical vibes.

3. Pairings

Try our Frozen Wine Cocktails with some of our popular menu items!

Here are some of our favorite pairings
Our famous Bistro Burger paired with the delicious New Mexico Sunrise frozen wine cocktail.

NM Sunrise paired with our Bistro Burger. The sweet and tangy flavors will complement the rich, juicy burger.

Jalapeno Bacon Wrapped Shrimp paired with our Pina Bianca frozen wine cocktail

Piña Bianca paired with our Jalapeño-Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp drizzled with spicy mandarin sauce. The sweetness of the Piña Bianca will pair nicely with the fruity and spicy glaze.

Summer Berry Salad paired with our Frosé, a frozen Rosé wine cocktail

Frosé paired with our Summer Berry Salad. The fresh, fruit ingredients of the salad complement the flavors, aromas, and crispness of the frozen wine.

4. Most importantly, we love what our guests have to say about our frozen wine cocktails!

“Frosé, you’re everything I never knew I needed.” – Jessica

“Refreshing and Classy.” – Margaret

“So good! We are never disappointed!” – Rebekkah

Go ahead and enjoy one today, because it’s impossible to be unhappy with one of these frozen treats in your hand!

Available at our Deming, Las Cruces, and Albuquerque Locations.

Romantic Ideas for Valentine’s Day or Any Day

romantic ideas for valentine's day or anyday

Valentine’s Day is the ultimate day of the year to show your significant other just how special they are to you. Of course, it is not reserved only for Valentine’s Day. Here are some ideas on how to make valentine’s day, date-night, anniversary, or any other day that much more romantic for you and your loved one.

If you’re just not the romantic type, or you just need some new ideas on how to impress and surprise your loved one. Here are some sure-fire ways to get their attention and leave them feeling loved and pampered for Valentine’s Day, anniversary, birthday, or any other day just because!

Romantic Idea #1. Play Cupid!

romantic valentine's day wine gift basket

Wine, chocolates, and exquisite treats are sure to make your sweetheart weak in the knees. We have just the perfect solution that is well-made and easy-to-order. You choose their favorite wine, and we’ll get it shipped to you, or straight to their door. Be sure to order before February 7th to ensure delivery by Valentine’s Day.  Click here to order online or call our gift basket experts at 575-546-1179.

Romantic Idea #2.  Plan a Romantic Dinner Together!

romantic valentine's day dinner at D.H. Lescombes Winery and Bistro

Perhaps the most traditional and obvious way to celebrate Valentine’s Day is the romantic dinner for two. Sure, cooking for your loved one is the perfect way to show that you care, but allowing someone else to do the cooking gives you time to focus on each other. The cozy atmosphere, special Valentine’s Day four-course dinner, and glass of our vibrant Rosé or celebratory bubbly wines are sure to make it an unforgettable day for you and your Valentine. For details on the celebration, click here.

Of course, we offer the romantic-vibe and great food and service all year round with our wonderful appetizers, delicious entrees, delectably unique desserts, and local wine and craft beer.

Romantic Idea #3. Sweet Treats for your Sweetie!

D.H. Lescombes Imperial Kir Raspberry Sorbet Float

The best times can often be had to relax at home together. After all, it’s so easy to curl up together on the couch and watch a movie. Take the usual wine or dessert a step further by combining the two into a romantic treat that is as special as your significant other. This easy Imperial Kir Raspberry Sorbet Float recipe is sure to make the special day even sweeter, valentine’s day, or any day. Click here for step by step instructions.

The lescombes family proudly offers complimentary meals for veterans across nm

The Lescombes family will proudly honor all U.S. veterans and active-duty military at our Hervé Wine Bar and D.H. Lescombes Winery & Bistro locations across the state this Veterans Day, Monday, November 11.  

To show our gratitude to the brave men and women who have served, the participating locations will offer a complimentary meal as a small thank you for their sacrifice.

Each of the three D.H. Lescombes Winery and Bistro locations in Albuquerque, Farmington, and Las Cruces will be participating in the celebration, as well as the newly opened Hervé Wine Bar in Santa Fe.

A special Veterans Day menu with a selection of items to choose from will be available to all active-duty military and veterans dining-in during normal business hours on Veterans Day.   


The special Veterans Day menu includes a selection of the most popular items at each location, not including alcohol or gratuity.


“When someone takes the oath of enlistment, the sacrifice they make is immeasurable,” said CEO, Brandon Young.  “We are grateful for those who commit to serve on behalf of all Americans.”

To claim a complimentary meal at D.H. Lescombes Winery and Bistro or Hervé Wine Bar, veterans and enlisted servicemembers simply need to show proof of military service. This can include the 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.  


D.H. Lescombes Winery and Bistro was formerly known as St. Clair Winery and Bistro but adopted the name of their owners, the Lescombes family, in early 2019. The family owns and operates three restaurants, located in Albuquerque, Las Cruces, and Farmington. In mid-2018, a Santa Fe location, Hervé Wine Bar—named after the family patriarch, was opened.

Menu items range from $6-$25 and are offered alongside New Mexico grown, produced and bottled D.H. Lescombes wines available for tableside service or “to-go” retail purchase.

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, 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.

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. 

 

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

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 10 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.