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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, Farmington, and Las Cruces; Hervé Wine Bar in Santa Fe; and a tasting room in Deming. Their family-owned vineyard thrives just east of Lordsburg with 200 planted acres. The family’s mission is to passionately craft quality wine and food to be enjoyed with friends and family. You can read more about the family and their offerings at www.lescombeswinery.com.

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

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.  

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.

 

St. Clair Winefest 2017

Planning for Largest Winefest on Record

Event benefits local non-profit, Cancer Support of Deming.

St. Clair Winefest Deming Wine and Beer Festival

(DEMING, NM) — We are pleased to announce our 23rd annual Winefest, benefiting Cancer Support of Deming and Luna County. Festivities will begin on Saturday, September 30th from 12:00-9:00 pm and continue on Sunday, October 1st from 12:00-6:00 pm. Enjoy a large selection of food vendors on-site as well as arts & crafts vendors, upbeat live music and dancing, a silent auction, tours, fun activities for the kids and a wide selection of local New Mexico craft beer and fine wines for sipping and sampling. Admission at the gate is $5 and includes a complimentary wine glass and tasting tickets. Free admission is offered to all active-duty military and law enforcement.

We will donate all proceeds from admission, ribbon donations, vendor fees and silent auction to the local non-profit, Cancer Support of Deming and Luna County, Inc. for the seventh year in a row. Last year’s donation was a substantial $5,433 which helped offset the cost of travel for many local cancer patients who often attend treatments many miles away.

“We’re motivated to make Winefest the biggest entertainment event in Deming,” said Lora Robinson, Tasting Room Manager. “We’re proud we’re able to use the event to support this great, local cause.”

“In order to make this the biggest and best Winefest we’ve ever had, we’ve worked to secure many more additional food vendors, the best local bands, more activities for the kids, and are expanding our beer selection to include more local favorites,” explained Robert Duran, Director of Winery Operations. “The goal is to provide the best event possible for the community, who graciously lend their support every year.”

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:

Saturday, September 30th
12:00 pm – Winefest Day 1 Officially Opens
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm – Live Music by “Horizon”
12:00 pm – Silent Auction Bidding Begins
12:30 pm – V.I.P. Winery Tour
1:30 pm – Cork Pulling Contest
1:45 pm – Grape Stomp Contest
2:00 pm – V.I.P. Winery Tour
3:00 pm – Cork Pulling Contest
3:15 pm – Grape Stomp Contest
3:30 pm – Basic Winery Tour
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Live Music by “Caliente”
5:00 pm – V.I.P. Winery Tour
6:00 pm – Grape Stomp Contest
6:15 pm – Cork Pulling Contest
7:30 pm – Firework Display
9:00 pm – Winefest Ends

Sunday, October 1st
12:00 pm – Winefest Day 2 Officially Opens
12:30 pm – V.I.P. Winery Tour
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm – Live Music by “Brandon Perrault” (Trio)
2:00 pm – V.I.P. Winery Tour
2:15 pm – Cork Pulling Contest
2:30 pm – Grape Stomp Contest
2:45 pm – Bling Your Bra Contest (bring a decorated bra and be ready to either model it over your
clothes or display on a hanger. Prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place!)
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm – Music by “Unlyshed”
3:30 pm – Basic Winery Tour
4:00 pm – Silent Auction Bidding Ends
5:00 pm – V.I.P. Winery Tour
5:00 pm – Cork Pulling Contest
5:15 pm – Grape Stomp Contest
6:00 pm – Winefest Ends

St. Clair Event Center Hosts “Yappy Hour” to Raise Money For Deming Animal Guardians

DEMING – Rain or shine, Deming Animal Guardians held another successful Yappy Hour fundraiser hosted by St. Clair Winery in Deming this past weekend. Rain didn’t end up being a problem since St. Clair Winery offered its indoor tasting and event center.

“There was a little indoor dancing, pledging and shopping and a little outdoor visiting and tasting happening. It worked out perfectly.” says event coordinator Debbie Troyer.

The event brought in just under $1,400 to help support DAG’s no-kill rescues and spay/neuter programs. Money was raised through pledges taken in a contest that bid Crystal Pena of HELP-NM against Will Jansen of Mimbres Hospital. Each competed for a $100 prize to be given to their charity of choice. Congratulations to the winner, Crystal Pena, for playing along in her kitty costume and raising funds for Luna County’s Early Childhood Coalition.

yappy hour in st clair winery event center in deming
Crystal Peña congratulated by Will Janson at Yappy Hour inside St. Clair Winery’s Special Event Center.

St. Clair Winery donated use of their spacious indoor special event center as well as $1 for every glass of wine/beer sold, vendors sold beautiful oil and acrylic paintings, hand cut stone jewelry, candles and engravings. Faces were decorated by Megan Lemcke, dancing was provided by EnJ Entertainment and everyone was entertained by the always fun MC Greg Morrow. Belle Pacheco gave away $200 GoodLife VIP gift cards.

“It’s not easy to bring these events together, but the support from our community and volunteers always amazes me. We have a great time at our fundraisers,” Troyer said.

DAG invites you to follow them on Facebook to keep up on all the upcoming and fun events. Next up, “Bowling for Fur-Balls” on August 12 at the Starmax Bowling Center, 333 N. Country Club Road. This will be a No-Tap Tournament for all ages. There will be a Blu-Ray DVD Player raffle, door prizes, music and handmade awards.

For more information, please contact DAG at 575-544-2209

30% off for Teachers at St. Clair Winery in Deming

Teacher Appreciation Week at St. Clair Winery

It’s been said that teaching is the single most important profession, and we agree.  We at St. Clair Winery in Deming have planned a week-long event to pay tribute to teachers in the local community and surrounding area.

“It’s a labor of love.” noted Tasting Room Manager, Lora Robinson. “I know teachers in the community and they all put their heart and soul into what they do, this is just a small thank you.”

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 to New Mexico at eleven years old,” recollects Proprietor, Florent Lescombes. “I didn’t know a single bit of English—and there I was, enrolled into Mrs. Saunder’s fifth grade class at Alameda Elementary. It was such a supportive environment, within months I was well on my way.”

As a small token of gratitude to those who do so much, starting Monday, May 1st through Friday, May 5th, we invite teachers to stop by the tasting room in Deming and enjoy a 30% discount on your entire purchase—served with a side of ‘thank you’.  We just ask that you bring your school ID.

Lora and crew will be finishing up the week with Teacher’s Night on Friday, May 5th . We invite the public to join the free event from 6pm-9pm on our lush front lawn, with live music by “Wait For What?”  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.

We urge the community to take the time to say thank you to teachers, whether it’s at the event, or simply in daily life.

St. Clair and Community Come Together to Support Cancer Warriors

Photo courtesy: Daniel Gonzales/St. Clair Winery. Pictured are St. Clair Winery Staff led by Sales Manager Robert Duran, Tasting Room Manager Lora Robinson and Event Coordinator Naomi Morales presenting this year’s donation to the Cancer Support of Deming & Luna County, Patient Advocate Joanna Costilla and Board Member Don Hill
Photo courtesy: Daniel Gonzales/St. Clair Winery. Pictured are St. Clair Winery Staff led by Sales Manager Robert Duran, Tasting Room Manager Lora Robinson and Event Coordinator Naomi Morales presenting this year’s donation to the Cancer Support of Deming & Luna County, Patient Advocate Joanna Costilla and Board Member Don Hill

St. Clair Winery of Deming, NM, held their annual St. Clair Winefest the first weekend in October, with proceeds benefitting Deming & Luna County Cancer Support for the sixth year in a row. 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, transportation assistance, and general cancer awareness.

This year’s Winefest donation was $5,433, which is over $2,000 more than last year’s donation. Major growth is attributed to the community support that has grown every year since its inception.

Each year since 2010, St. Clair has paired with the organization to donate some of the proceeds from their annual Winefest, which has become a destination for those looking to have a great time while also supporting a great cause. The largest portion of the fundraising stemmed from the Silent Auction, which is full of donated items from regional businesses, including St. Clair. The local winery also donates admission fees, pink ribbon sales, and vendor fees for the good of the cause.

“It’s amazing to see the support from all the local businesses that donate to the silent auction,” said Joanna Costilla, Patient Advocate from Deming & Luna County Cancer Support. “We’re extremely grateful to St. Clair for hosting this event and the generous amount of work they put into donating to help those in need. We’re also grateful to the community who continually supports the organization and our local cancer warriors.”

“It all went really well,” said St. Clair Tasting Room Manager, Lora Robinson. “We couldn’t have asked for better weather, and the turnout from the community was wonderful. We’re thankful for all the businesses and individuals who donated to the silent auction this year, it was a huge success. We can’t wait to do it again next year.”

Silent auction sponsors included: 1st New Mexico Bank, Allie Pelayo, Angel Nails, Black Hat Trading, Big-O-Tires, Bill Schnuk, Border Pest Control, Carol Smith, Car Quest, Cats, Circle S Western Emporium, Cliff & Terri Paulk, The Cookie Jar, Crafter’s Den, Dawn Lint, Deming Coke, Deming Luna Mimbres Museum, Deming Mattress, Diaz Farms, Dollar Tree, El Rey, First Federal Credit Union, Forghetaboutit, Foxworth Galbraith, Furniture Gallery, Gabe’s Fitness, Gene’s Equipment, Hofacket Law Firm, LLC, John Deer South Plains Implement, Karl’s Embroidery & Screen Printing, Kmart, La Fonda, Larry’s Music & Sound, Las Casuelas, The Lescombes Family, Mango Maddie’s, Marty & Will Willis, Mimbres Valley Feeds, Napa, The Patio, Pepper’s, Punkin Gose, Quality Inn, Rancher’s Grill, Samantha Crim, Shifflet Farms.

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

Veterans enjoy a Free Meal

St. Clair Winery honored to serve Veterans on November 11th

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St. Clair Winery and Bistro will be proudly honoring all U.S. veterans and active duty military this Veterans Day, Friday, November 11. Veterans and current servicemen and women are invited to enjoy a free meal from a specially selected Veterans Day menu. All three St. Clair Winery and Bistro locations in Albuquerque, Las Cruces and Farmington are taking part in what has become an annual tradition to show appreciation to those who’ve sacrificed so much.

“Veterans often sacrifice everything for our freedom, it’s an honor to serve them and be able to say thank you to them each year,” commented Maritza Gomez, Marketing Director. “Honoring our Veterans means a lot to St. Clair, we are an American company and we are grateful for the opportunities they have provided us and all Americans.”

This year commemorates the third consecutive year for the program, since honoring Veterans with a free meal for the first time in 2014.  Last year, St. Clair was able to treat over 500 veterans and active duty military to a complimentary meal.

Veterans are invited to choose from a select menu that features a hearty taste of home. Options of Southwest Meatloaf, Chicken Picado, Country Pot Roast and other local favorites like Pasta New Mexico and Isabelle’s Chicken Salad will be offered to veterans dining-in between 11AM and 9PM on Friday, November 11. Alcohol and gratuity are not included. Mark your calendar and join St. Clair in raising a glass to the brave men and women of our armed forces!

Servicemen and women can claim their complimentary meal by presenting proof of service, such as: 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), veterans organization card or by proudly wearing their uniform.

St. Clair Winery was established in 1984 and is located in Deming, New Mexico. In 2005, the winery expanded to open the first of three restaurants, now located in Albuquerque, Las Cruces and Farmington.  Entrees range from $9-$22 and are offered alongside New Mexico grown, produced and bottled St. Clair and D.H. Lescombes wines available for retail purchase or table service ranging from $9-$51. Visit www.stclairwinery.com for more information.  

For additional information, contact Maritza Gomez – Marketing Director

cell: (575) 405-2727 • email: marketing@swwines.com