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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

Soup

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

Salad

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

Sorbet

Apple Cider Sorbet

Main

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

Dessert

Chocolate Caramel Tart | St. Clair Port

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

Schedule

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)
RESERVE SEATS

It’s Harvest Season

Harvest season has started Lescombes Family Vineyards! The winery has received its first few trucks of grapes and from now until about the end of September, all hands are on deck helping in any and every way possible.

Early Morning Harvesting


At 200 acres, we own the largest family vineyard in New Mexico. Each acre produces about 1,000 vines which leads to an average of 7-10 tons of grapes. Our Viticulturist, Emmanuel Lescombes, cares for the crop ofCabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Moscato, Pinot Grigio, Merlot, Chenin Blanc, and dozens of other varietals. Caring for the vineyard is more than just watering – it’s keeping an eye on the weather, pesky animals, pests, flowering timing, and so much more. Fun Fact: Paper from the office at Lescombes Family Vineyards is used to make compost for the vineyard!

Sample grapes are pulled from the vine and taken to the lab to test for sugar, acidity, and more. Certain varieties are harvested at specific times, depending on the wine it’s going to be used for. Once the samples test at the desired numbers…the vineyard is given the green light to begin harvesting. The earlier grapes are harvested the more acidic, while later harvested grapes contain more sugar.

Though the New Mexico climate is ideal for growing grapes, the sun is harsh for grapes off the vine – which is why our mechanical harvester runs through the night until early morning. As grapes are collected, they’re then delivered to the winery to be destemmed and gently crushed. Then, red grapes are sent to New Mexico’s largest fermentation tanks and white grapes are sent to be pressed.

First Sémillon of 2022


Interested in seeing the vineyard for yourself? Click here for more info on our Vineyard & Winery tours!

Signature Wine Dinner – August 2022

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.

August Wine Dinner Menu & Wine Pairings

Soup

Smoked Tomato Gazpacho | Heritage Brut

Appetizer

Coquilles Saint Jacques | Heritage Pinot Noir

Salad

Pickled Watermelon & Frisee Salad | Heritage Rosé

Main

Chilean Seabass w/ Basil Pesto, Fregula, Spinach, Roasted Baby Heirloom Tomatoes, and Grilled Summer Squash | Heritage Semillon

Cheese Course

Variety of Cheeses | Limited Release Petite Sirah

Dessert

Mango Tartlet w/ Blueberries & Chantilly Cream | 6-3-1 Signature Malvasia-Riesling

Schedule

Alamogordo – August 16th, 6:30 pm – SOLD OUT
Las Cruces – August 17th, 6:30 pm – SOLD OUT
Santa Fe – August 23rd, 6:30 pm – Santa Fe tickets
Albuquerque – August 24th, 6:30 pm – SOLD OUT

$85/person | $75/club members
RESERVE SEATS

Superstitions come in many different forms, from seeing a black cat to a date landing on the wrong weekday. In Western culture Friday the 13th is considered bad luck and to some, the day is even scary. It’s unknown when the superstition began but the popular 1980 film Friday the 13th popularized the belief. On the other hand, some people (often horror film lovers) favor the day as they consider 13 a lucky number! So if you’re superstitious, keep reading to learn about some crazy international drinking superstitions.

Italy | Spilling wine isn’t just messy, it’s bad luck. So to be on the safe side, it’s said you should dab it behind your ears. 

Russia | *clink, clink* That’s the sound of toasting off the demons. Not just any demons either. The ones that enter your body through your mouth and turn you into a bad drunk in trouble.

The Philippines | The first shot of a newly opened bottle does not belong to you, it belongs to the evil spirits and the devil. The belief is that by offering them the first pour, they are kept happy and will leave you alone. 

Rome | There’s no dabbing spilled wine behind your ears to ward off the bad luck. The people of Rome believe spilling wine is an omen of disaster. So be careful…

Cuba | On a more extreme note, Cubans believe that declaring your last drink is a way of tempting fate and are likely to die soon after. 

Germany | Like Cuba, cheers can lead to death. In Germany, making cheers with water is said to be wishing death upon the people you’re drinking with. 

Whatever your superstition is, we have many wines to offer for your toasting! Shop the collection here

How To Host The Ultimate Brunch

Mimosas and brunch go together like PB&J…so since it’s almost National Mimosa Day, we want to share how you can host the ULTIMATE brunch + our favorite Mimosa recipe. There’s one rule to remember about brunch: There are no rules. You can start the meal at 11 a.m., 4 p.m., or anytime in between…it’s truly up to you!

What’s the brunch vibe?

You don’t want to forget the theme! Any brunch is a good brunch, but having a theme can add that extra flair for a memorable event. Sometimes the mimosa is the theme, like a DIY mimosa bar. Other times, the theme can be a holiday, color palette, or something funky like 70s disco. Get creative with it! 

An easy way to display the theme is through the table decorations. The tables are where people will likely spend the most time chatting. Personalized glasses, unique china, and fresh flowers are just some ways to spice it up. Name cards are also a simple way to add a layer of thoughtfulness for your guests. 

What’s served at brunch?

Mimosas aside, the most important element to a brunch is the menu. Once you know the theme and time of your brunch, you can create the menu! Earlier brunches lend themselves to breakfast classics while later brunches can have a lunch style menu…or even better, a mash-up of breakfast and lunch. Basically, the food is there to compliment the orange juice and sparkling wine

Mimosas and…?

Ugh, we love to think everyone loves mimosas…but we know it’s not true. Some other delicious drink options to serve are Sangria, Bloody Mary’s, or Greyhounds. A variety of fruit juices are also ideal as they also pair well with the bubbly. Don’t forget to keep guests hydrated…elevate water by adding lemon, mint, or cucumber slices! 


Our Favorite Mimosa

What you need | 8 servings 

1 (750 ml) ENMU Eastern Sunrise (Chilled)

3 cups Chilled Orange Juice (Freshly Squeezed is best) 

½ cup Grand Mariner, optional

Fill the champagne flute until half full with ENMU Eastern Sunrise then top off with orange juice. If using Grand Mariner, use slightly less orange juice and add 1 tablespoon to each drink. 

If you don’t want to make your own mimosas, order our bottled Soleil Mimosa available in Classic, Mango, Pineapple, and Pomegranate

How To Make Sparkling Red Sangria

Sangria is a rich drink with an even richer history that can be traced back to the Romans. Original Sangria was simple – just wine, fruits, and some cinnamon. With time, the drink evolved into regional variations or to keep up with trends. 

Let’s talk about the Sangria details first. 

It’s important to pick your wine base first. We suggest using a 631 Canyon Five, 631 Merlot, or 631 Cab Sangio. Once you have decided on the wine you will use, decide which fresh fruit would complement the flavors of your wine. Tip: The sturdier the fruit, the better it will last in the pitcher! Some of our favorites are:

Citrus | Apples | Peaches | Pears | Cranberries | Strawberries | Oranges

The fruit will add sweetness to your Sangria, but you can still add honey, agave, sugar, or orange juice. Below, the recipe will use sugar & orange juice. 

INGREDIENTS

1 (750-ml.) bottle of 631 Signature Series Red Wine

1 c. orange juice

1/2 c. brandy

1/4 c. granulated sugar (optional, to taste)

1 orange, sliced

1 apple, sliced

1 c. blueberries

1 c. sliced strawberries

1 (12-oz.) can seltzer

In a large pitcher, mix wine, orange juice, brandy, and sugar. Stir in oranges, apples, blueberries, and strawberries. Refrigerate until ready to serve, preferably for 2 hours. Top off with seltzer before serving. TIP: For richer flavor, leave in the fridge for more than 2 hours and top off with seltzer before serving to keep the bubbles crisp. 

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!

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, Five Cherry Chill, or Pinot Smash while dining with us in Albuquerque, Alamogordo, 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. For example:

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.

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.

3. Pairings

Enjoy pairing these refreshing 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.

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 say about these refreshing wine-based 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, Alamogordo, and Albuquerque locations seasonally.

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.

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.