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5 Christmas Wine Pairings

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. 

Eat, Drink & Be Merry!

                    

 

                                                                                                                                             

 

 

 

Cold Stabilization Process

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.

St. Clair Honors Veterans

St. Clair Honors Veterans !

We at St. Clair Winery and Bistro will proudly be  honoring all U.S. veterans and active duty military this Veterans Day, Saturday, November 11. Veterans and current servicemen and women are invited to enjoy a complimentary 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 selflessly serve our country and we are proud to be able to provide this small token of appreciation by serving them,” commented Wayne Moore, Director of Bistro Operations. “Honoring our Veterans means a lot to us, we are so grateful and honored to be a part of this.”

This year commemorates the fourth 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 and also surprised them with an additional $10 voucher to use on a future visit.

Veterans are invited to choose from a select menu that features a hearty taste of home. The 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 11 am and 9 pm on Saturday, November 11. Alcohol and gratuity are not included. Mark your calendar and join us in raising a glass to the brave men and women of our armed forces!

Servicemen and women can claim their complimentary meal by simply 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), veteran organization card or by proudly wearing their uniform.

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

For The Love of Sweet Wines – Four sweet wines you’ll love

After a long, hot day it’s nice to sit back, relax, and enjoy a glass of wine. For those who love sweet wines, 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, can help you decide which one is best for you. Once you have decided what type of wine is best suited to you, then you should make sure that you have the right form of storage to get your wine from the store to your home. IWA offer a wide range of wine luggage, which will easily make your travels easier. This way you can guarantee that your bottle will not break, as that would be such a waste.

Here are 4 popular sweet wines that we think you’ll love.

Moscato wine (sometimes spelled as Muscato), comes from the Muscat grape. The Muscat family of grapes include 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 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 wine making, 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 in to the wine aisle confidently and find your favorite sweet wines!

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.

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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.

4 wines that pair well with Spring

Spring Wines 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  St. Clair Mimbres Pink - Spring Wine

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.

Buy Now $10.00

 

D.H. Lescombes Rosé                                                                      DH Lescombes Rosé - Spring Wine

Its fresh flavor profile of ruby-red grapefruit, tart raspberry and strawberry is as light as a Spring breeze.

Pair it with light dishes and picnic fare for a memorable outing experience.

$13.00 Buy Now and have it shipped to your door!

Vinos de los Muertos Rest In Pink      VDM Rest In Pink - Spring Wine

A lovely wine with floral and fruit forward flavor and aromatic Moscato character. Crafted as a celebration of life and reminder of our mortality,  lingering in remembrance.

Pair this wine with spicy cuisine, fruited salads, fresh fruit desserts, or with your favorite appetizers. Sure to bring life to your meal.

$11.00 Buy Now and have it shipped to your door!

 

Blue Teal Red Moscato                                                                                      

IBlue Teal Moscato - Spring Wine ts flavors of strawberry and light tropical fruit combined with honeysuckle and pomegranate create a unique and enticing character.

Pair with Asian cuisine, sweet/spicy barbecue, full-flavored or creamy cheeses, fruit-based desserts and picnic fare for an enjoyable evening indoors or outdoors.

$10.00 Buy Now and have it shipped to your door!

 

Happy pouring and sipping this Spring!

Imperial Kir Raspberry Sorbet Float

Imperial Kir Raspberry Sorbet Float

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.

 

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Ingredients

  • 2-3 scoops of raspberry sorbet
  • 1 cup Imperial Kir

Optional:

  • Crumbled graham crackers
  • Fresh raspberries

Directions

  1. Place scoops of sorbet into a large margarita glass.
  2. Pour Imperial Kir over the sorbet.
  3. Garnish with graham crackers and fresh raspberries.
  4. Sip, scoop and enjoy!

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3 Ways to Make Valentine’s Day Special ♥

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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!

A Valentine's Day gift basket put together by St. Clair Winery & Bistro.

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!

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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!

D.H. Lescombes Imperial Kir Raspberry Sorbet Float

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.