The right Christmas wine pairings can enhance a dish to perfection. While there are no hard and fast rules on matching food and wine because it’s ultimately a matter of personal taste, we’ve compiled 5 pairings that will enhance your Christmas dinner experience.
Ham is traditional for Christmas dinner. Try pairing it with St. Clair Riesling. The wine’s acidity will cut through the sweet, aromatic flavors of a honey glazed ham.
If you’re serving brisket or pot roast, you can’t go wrong with St Clair Cabernet Sauvignon. While the wine is moderate in tannins, the meat is high in protein and fat. Together they balance out perfectly.
Spicing it up? For tamales or any spicy dishes, we recommend DH Lescombes Petite Sirah. Its flavors of dark fruit, smoke and toasted wood will compliment the many spices of chile dishes.
Room for dessert? Try pairing butter cookies with St. Clair Chardonnay. The hints of vanilla and brown sugar flavors will bring out their butteriness.
Still not sure what to choose? A little spritz will liven up the dinner and dessert table. We recommend keeping sparkling wine on hand such as DH Lescombes Imperial Kir because it pairs well with a wide array of foods, including desserts. Sparkling wines have a higher acidity and lower sugar levels than table wines. These two extremes complement elements in almost any food.
Now that you’ve brought the perfect wines home, enjoy sitting around the table with family and friends sipping on good wine and savoring good food.
Currently, our wines are going through the cold stabilization process. This process can take from 3 weeks to 3 to 5 months.
Cold stabilization of wine is a method used to keep tartaric acid crystals from forming after the wine as been bottled. This process is referred to as cold stabilization because it is the act of cooling the wine that causes tartaric acid to form tartrate crystals, also known as wine crystals or wine diamonds.
If wines are not cold stabilized there is a chance that these crystals will form when consumers place bottles of wine in the refrigerator or store it for long periods of time. While the crystals are harmless it can be rather unsettling to find what looks like broken glass in your wine if you don’t know what it really is.
Event benefits local non-profit, Cancer Support of Deming.
(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
After a long, hot day it’s nice to sit back, relax, and enjoy a glass of wine. For those who love sweet wine, there are a variety of different sweet wines that are sure to satisfy your taste buds. Understanding what makes wines sweet, as well as the varieties that are most often sweeter than average, can help you decide which one is best for you.
Here are 4 popular sweet wine varietals that we think you’ll love.
Moscato wine (sometimes spelled as Muscato), comes from the Muscat grape. The Muscat family of grapes includes over 200 grape varieties belonging to the Vitis vinifera species that have been used in wine production and as raisin and table grapes around the globe for many centuries. Their colors range from white, to yellow, to pink to near black. Muscat grapes and wines almost always have a pronounced sweet floral aroma. Who doesn’t love a chilled glass of refreshing sweet Moscato at the end of a long day?
Though Moscatos typically rule the dessert menu, Blue Teal Moscato is pretty versatile, and can even handle teaming up with spicy barbeque. Buy here
Red wine is a type of wine made from dark-colored (black) grape varieties. Most of us enjoy a good drop of red. The fact that it can help stave off serious health issues is an added bonus. Red wines get their color from being fermented in contact with the skins of dark grapes. Because anything sweet can quickly become overwhelming to the digestive tract, sweeter wines are typically consumed on a full stomach or in conjunction with richer foods. On a healthy note, red wine contains antioxidants that may help prevent heart disease, as research suggests.
Red wine typically pairs well with red meat. St. Clair Mimbres Red is perfect for casual get-togethers and sharing with friends who are new to drinking wine. Buy here
Riesling wines, not unlike most other white wines, are often consumed when young. In winemaking, the delicate nature of the Riesling grape requires special handling during harvesting to avoid crushing or bruising the skin. Riesling is often put through a process of cold stabilization, where the wine is stored just above its freezing point. The wine is kept at this temperature until much of the tartaric acid has crystallized and precipitated out of the wine. This helps prevent crystallization of the acid (often called wine diamonds) in the bottle. After this, the wine is filtered again to remove any remaining yeast or impurities.
Riesling is a versatile wine for pairing with food, because of its balance of sugar and acidity. It can be paired with white fish or pork and is well known as a great pair for Asian cuisine. St. Clair Riesling is a great wine for summer refreshment. Buy here
Malvasia wines are characterized by their heavy body that is often described as “round” or “fat” and soft texture in the mouth. Most varieties of Malvasia are closely related to Malvasia Bianca. The red varieties of Malvasia tend to make wines with pale, pinkish to light red color. In their youth, Malvasia wines are characterized by their heavy body that is often described as “round” or “fat” and soft texture in the mouth. As Malvasia ages, the wines tend to take on more nutty aromas and flavors.
While very food-friendly, the drinking experience alone is worthwhile. Pair with BBQ, smoked salmon, smoked Gouda, blackened chicken, garlic, olives, feta, Greek food, and milk chocolate. St. Clair Malvasia Bianca is a sweet wine that is light and perfect for summer sipping. Buy here
Now you can walk into the wine aisle confidently and find your favorite sweet wines!
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.
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
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.
Spring has officially sprung and the sun is shining! That means the flowers are blooming, the birds are chirping, buds are budding, and rosé wines are flying off the shelves. Be prepared to enjoy some springtime fresh wines before the summer rolls in.
Have a bottle on hand that not only you love, but your guests will love as well, something you can pour at a moment’s notice.
Here are 4 light, refreshing blush wines to kickoff Spring without breaking the bank. Try pairing them with the right kind of food and you’ll see how perfectly tuned they are to the flavors of spring.
St. Clair Mimbres Pink
It’s a fun, fruity and easy-drinking rosé wine. A perfumed nose of Moscato, strawberry, orange blossom and pomegranate reflect the beautiful flavor profile of this mellow wine.
Pair it with salads, cheese nosh platters, simple picnic fare, spicy New Mexican cuisine, or zesty barbecue.
Nothing says Valentine’s Day quite like the color pink! So, our rose-colored D.H. Lescombes Imperial Kir is a perfect companion for the holiday. Our Imperial Kir is a crisp, festive, semi-sweet wine with a (literally) bubbly character. Based on the ‘Kir Imperiale’, a raspberry-flavored drink first made popular in the late 1800s, we decided to put a soda shop twist on this old-world classic.
Inspired by a recipe by The Cookie Rookie, we added a few scoops of raspberry sorbet to create a delicious, sweet treat. Notes of citrus in the wine lend a bit of sophistication to an otherwise playful float. We like to top it with graham crackers and fresh raspberries, but feel free to try any other toppings that might strike your fancy (maybe some yogurt chips?). Perfect to enjoy on your own, or to split with a special someone this Valentine’s Day.
Imperial Kir Raspberry Sorbet Float
A playful and festive float with sophisticated flavors, perfect for romantic occasions, Valentine’s Day, girls night in, or anytime!
2-3 scoops of raspberry sorbet
1 cup Imperial Kir
Crumbled graham crackers
Place scoops of sorbet into a large margarita glass.
Pour Imperial Kir over the sorbet.
Garnish with graham crackers and fresh raspberries.
Valentine’s Day is a time to show feelings of love, affection and friendship.
If you’re out of ideas on how to make it memorable, here’s 3 ways to make the most out of your Valentine’s Day.
1. Play Cupid!
Wine, chocolates and exquisite treats are sure to make your sweetheart weak in the knees. Choose their favorite wine, and let our team put it together and mail it out to your sweetie. 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 1-888-799-4637.
2. Share a Romantic Dinner!
A tried and true way to celebrate Valentine’s Day is to treat your Valentine to a romantic meal. Put away the apron and oven mitts and escape to our Bistro. The cozy atmosphere, special Valentine’s Day menu items and complimentary chocolate-covered strawberries served with each tableside wine bottle purchase are sure to make it an unforgettable day for you and your Valentine. For details on the celebration, click here.
3. Treat Your Sweetie!
If you’re looking to spend a romantic night in, treat them to a delectable dessert. This easy Imperial Kir Raspberry Sorbet Float recipe is sure to make the special day even sweeter. Click here for step by step instructions.
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