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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 with lavender honey, toasted almonds, grapes, crostini – we suggest pairing with Heritage Bellissimo


Calamari with marinara and lemon basil aioli – we suggest pairing with Heritage Chardonnay

Soup/Salad Choices:

Lobster Bisque with croutons and olive oil – we suggest pairing with Heritage Chardonnay


Seasonal Grape Salad with house blend lettuce, spinach, Canyon 5 vinaigrette, mesilla valley sweet & spicy pecans, tucumcari feta – we suggest pairing with Heritage Semillon

Entree Choices:

Prime Rib with roasted potatoes, broccolini, red wine au jus, creamy horseradish – we suggest pairing with Heritage Cabernet Sauvignon


Pan Seared Scallops with saffron risotto, broccoli, white wine berry sauce – we suggest pairing with Heritage Chardonnay


Coq Au Vin Airline Chicken with roasted potatoes, broccolini, mushroom pearl onion red wine sauce – we suggest pairing with Pinot Noir

Dessert Choices:

Tiramisu – we suggest pairing with St. Clair Kiva


Raspberry Brulee Cheesecake – we suggest pairing with St. Clair Port

Champagne Toast Choices:

Heritage Brut, Imperial Kir, or Bellissimo (can be served at any time during the meal as you prefer.)

$85 per person
4 pm – Close

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

Christmas Family Dinner To-Go

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

Beef or Pork Tenderloin Roast & Wine Package

Enjoy the simplicity of a take & bake roast, paired perfectly with your choice of 6-3-1 Signature Wine. Simply follow the oven roasting instructions and you’ll be ready for the perfect Christmas dinner. Each Take & Bake Christmas Family Dinner includes:

Your Choice of:

• Herbed Pork Tenderloin w/ apple cranberry chutney ($120)


• Herb & Wine Marinated Beef Tenderloin ($140)


Harvest Apple & Feta Salad + Roasted Yukon Gold Potatoes + Haricots Verts w/Peppers & Onions + House Bread & Garlic Butter + Homeade Apple obbler + Choice of 6-3-1 Signature Wine + Easy Bake Instructions

Order by Fri, Dec 22nd | Pickup on Sat, Dec 23th, 11am-8pm

Gift Card Bonus Program

🎁 Unwrap Joy with Our Exclusive Holiday Gift Card Bonus Program!

This holiday season, we’re delighted to spread the festive cheer with a special gift just for you! Introducing our limited-time Holiday Gift Card Bonus program—because the joy of giving (and receiving) should be extra special.

🌟 The More You Give, the More You Receive!

For every $100 you spend on our gift cards, we’re thrilled to add a little extra magic to your purchase. Receive a complimentary $20 bonus card for every $100 spent! It’s our way of saying ‘thank you’ for choosing the gift of joy this holiday season.

🎄 Spread the Joy or Keep the Bonus – Your Choice!

The best part? The power is in your hands! You can either share the love by giving the bonus card to a friend or family member, making their holiday season brighter. Alternatively, treat yourself and savor a little something special!

📆 Act Fast – Offer Ends December 24th!

This exclusive holiday offer is only available for a limited time. Don’t miss out on the chance to make your gift-giving extra memorable this year. The Bonus Gift Card program concludes on December 24th, so mark your calendar and secure the joy before it’s too late.

💫 Bonus Card Redemption

The generosity doesn’t end with the holidays. Your bonus $20 card is a ticket to more delightful moments in the new year. Redeem your bonus card throughout January, extending the festive spirit well into 2024.

Ready to elevate your gift-giving game? Stop by your local store to take advantage of this exclusive Holiday Gift Card Bonus program. Unwrap joy, share happiness, and make this holiday season one to remember!

Terms and conditions apply. The promotion is valid until December 24th, 2023. Bonus card redeemable in January, expires February 3rd, 2024

Veterans Eat Free

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to all United States military veterans and active-duty service members. Your unwavering commitment to defending our freedom and serving our nation is deeply appreciated. Thank you for your sacrifice, dedication, and bravery. We honor and salute you!

Locations across New Mexico

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, Saturday, November 11, 2023.

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.

Veterans Day Menu Selection

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 + house 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
wagyu beef + pork + mango-chipotle glaze +
shoestring onions + hatch green chile +
yukon gold mash + green beans w/ red peppers & onions
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.

Isabelle’s Chicken Salad
chicken salad + avocado + house blend lettuce +
toasted almonds + local mesilla valley pecans + cranberries
Pasta New Mexico
sautéed chicken + hatch green chile + linguini +
cream sauce + sun-dried tomato +
red pepper flake + provolone
Southwest Meatloaf
wagyu beef + pork + mango-chipotle glaze +
shoestring onions + hatch green chile +
yukon gold mash + green beans w/ red peppers & onions
Country Pot Roast
braised in merlot + carrots + celery +
yukon gold mash + brown gravy

To claim a complimentary “Veterans Eat Free” meal at D.H. Lescombes Winery & Bistro veterans and currently enlisted service members 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 proudly wearing their uniform.

Due to limited space, reservations are recommended.

Make reservations now by calling your nearest location:

Albuquerque – 505.317.3998

Alamogordo – 575.616.5595

Las Cruces – 575.524.2408

Santa Fe – 505.795.7075

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

Signature Wine Dinner – November 2023

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.

Signature Wine Dinner Menu & Wine Pairings

1st Course

Gougeres with creme fraiche, smoked salmon, caviar dill, micro chives, sea salt | paired with Heritage Brut

2nd Course

Belgian endives, roasted red and golden beets, parsnip, tucumcari mountain feta, mesilla valley pecans, lavender champagne vinaigrette | paired with Heritage Pinot Gris

3rd Course

Sangiovese brandy sorbet

4th Course

Pan-seared Fillet mignon, roasted fingerling potatoes, haricot verts, truffle and oyster mushroom cognac cream sauce, balsamic reduction | paired with Limited Release Renaissance

5th Course

Assortment of French Cheeses: Chaource, Langres, Maroilles | paired with Heritage Cabernet Sauvignon

6th Course

Chocolate hazelnut opera cake, locally crafted by Thierry Marceaux from Le Rendez-vous | paired with St. Clair Port

The Wine Dinner Experience

Immerse yourself in the symphony of flavors carefully orchestrated by our Executive Chef and Winemakers. This special event is sure to be an exploration of taste, a celebration of craftsmanship, and a memory in the making.

Don’t miss your chance to savor this extraordinary evening. Reserve your seat now for our Signature Wine Dinner and join us in raising a glass to culinary excellence and the art of wine pairing. Limited seats available – book yours today!


Santa Fe – November 6th, 6:30 pm – BUY SANTA FE TICKETS
Albuquerque – November 7th, 6:30 pm – SOLD OUT
Alamogordo – November 8th, 6:30 pm – SOLD OUT
Las Cruces – November 9th, 6:30 pm – SOLD OUT

$100/person | $90/club members

*subject to change based on availability

Sip & Paint with Brent Cooper

Are you ready to fill your canvas with memories and your glass with the finest wines? We’re excited to invite you to our Sip & Paint events, where you’ll immerse yourself in the world of art, and where every brushstroke is paired with a sip of exceptional wine.

🎨 Event Details 🎨

  • Location: D.H. Lescombes locations in Alamogordo, Albuquerque, Las Cruces, Deming, and Hervé Wine Bar in Santa Fe (varies seasonally)
  • Theme: Holiday
  • Instructor: Renowned artist Brent Cooper
  • Price: Only $40 per person
  • Includes: All painting materials
  • A glass of wine or non-alcoholic beverage

Don’t miss this fun-filled experience!

  1. Express Your Creativity: Unleash your inner artist as you paint a stunning masterpiece. Our talented instructor, Brent Cooper, will guide you through each step, making it a breeze for both beginners and experienced painters.
  2. Celebration: Get in the spirit of the season while you create your very own painting that can be the perfect gift or seasonal decoration!
  3. No Artistic Experience Needed: Worried about your artistic abilities? Don’t be! Our Paint & Sip events are designed for everyone. You’ll be amazed at what you can create under Brent’s expert guidance.
  4. Socialize and Sip: Grab your friends, family, or co-workers and make it a memorable evening. Enjoy a glass of wine while you paint, relax, and connect with others.
  5. Affordable Fun: At just $40, our event offers exceptional value. Your ticket includes all the necessary materials for your masterpiece, a glass of wine, and an unforgettable experience.

How to Reserve Your Spot:

Tickets are limited, so secure your spot today! Visit our ticketing site to purchase your tickets online. Don’t wait too long – these events tend to fill up quickly. Let’s paint the town together!

About the Artist, Brent Cooper

I was born and raised in Mobile, Alabama. I am the 6th son of 7 boys and a graduate of Eastern New Mexico University. I work in education and have been painting since the age of 13. I love the weather here in New Mexico. When it comes to the state question of “red or green,” I’m a Christmas guy. I’m a big fan of high school sports and I love to teach kids basketball skills. In my free time, I love to visit art galleries to appreciate the work of others.


Signature Summer Seafood Wine Dinner – July 2023

Six Delectable Courses with Perfectly Paired Wines
Limited Availability

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

Summer Seafood Wine Dinner Menu & Wine Pairings

1st Course

Lobster Fritter w/ lemon aioli | 6-3-1 Signature Chenin Blanc Minimal Intervention

2nd Course

Grilled Jumbo Shrimp atop corn salad w/ bacon aioli |6-3-1 Signature Cab-Sangio

3rd Course

Brandy Sorbet made w/ Heritage Semillon Minimal Intervention

4th Course

Chilean Seabass w/ sugar snap peas, roasted baby heirloom tomatoes, white wine garlic butter, and couscous | Heritage Chardonnay

5th Course

Variety of Cheeses | Heritage Cabernet Sauvignon

6th Course

Lemon Olive Oil Cake w/ white balsamic drizzle and lemon sorbet | Heritage Bellissimo


Santa Fe – July 10th, 6:30 pm – BUY SANTA FE TICKETS
Albuquerque – July 11th, 6:30 pm – BUY ALBUQUERQUE TICKETS
Alamogordo – July 12th, 6:30 pm – BUY ALAMOGORDO TICKETS
Las Cruces – July 13th, 6:30 pm – BUY LAS CRUCES TICKETS

$100/person | $90/club members

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!

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)

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.