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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 will vary, see ticket site
  • Instructor: Renowned artist Brent Cooper
  • Price: Only $40 per person
  • Includes: All painting materials
  • A glass of wine or non-alcoholic beverage
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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.

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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

Schedule

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
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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!

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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!

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*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
Appetizer

Smoked Salmon Blini | Heritage Rosé

Salad

Crab Louie Salad w/ Wild Boar Lardons | Heritage Semillon

Sorbet

Craft Brandy Sorbet

Main

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

Dessert

Lavender Ginger Creme Brulee w/Raspberry Dusted Shortbread | Heritage Bellissimo

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

Schedule

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)
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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.

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)
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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
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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 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 of 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 complement 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 Marys, 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