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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!

Hatch Green Chile: a local staple

Hatch green chiles are one of the most beloved crops in New Mexico, adored by people all across the country. In fact, they are so prized that they even have a festival celebrated in their honor, the Hatch Chile Festival, gathering around 30,000 people each year!

But what are they, and what really makes them so special?

Hatch chiles are long, fleshy, and green. They come in three levels of heat: mild, medium, and hot. They are typically roasted and are traditionally grown and harvested from, surprise surprise…the Hatch Valley!

Although other farms outside of Hatch do produce chiles that they incorrectly refer to as ‘hatch chiles’, nothing compares to the original crop in Hatch Valley because of the soil and growing conditions of the valley that are said to influence the flavor.

They have a very short season, limited to only two months – August and September. However, despite this slim availability margin, there is nothing to fear, because the roasted chiles can be easily frozen and preserved for future use.

Of course, what makes them adored above all else is not the culture, the valley, the soil, or the sweet rush of limited time availability.  No, what really makes them so revered is their flavor. They taste earthier than most other chiles, a taste that gives the impression of constant freshness, with a buttery, smokey flavor that is not only delicious but also extremely versatile.

Hatch chile has made its way into just about every type of food imaginable, from traditional New Mexican foods like salsa and enchiladas to pizza, sushi, and desserts like ice cream, chocolate, or pie and wine.

We believe that the Hatch green chile that is grown and produced right here in New Mexico is a unique treasure, so we proudly incorporate it into our Signature dishes.

Hatch Green Chile is the star of the show in our Pasta New Mexico. Our executive chefs combine quality linguini with a special cream sauce, topped with lightly golden sautéed chicken, sun-dried tomatoes, red pepper flakes, and provolone cheese.  Pair it with our D.H. Lescombes Heritage Series Pinot Gris, for a savory pairing that will bring a smile to your face.

You can also enjoy our local green chile in our fan-favorite dish, the Southwest Meatloaf, made with quality ground beef, drizzled with mango-chipotle glaze. Take dinner to the next level with our D.H. Lescombes 6*3*1 Malvasia-Riesling.

Taste the tradition!

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, or Piña Bianca while dining with us in Albuquerque, 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.

Try a Piña Bianca at D.H. Lescombes

Our tropical Piña Bianca is made with just the right ratio of our Malvasia Bianca – Riesling blend (631 Series Malvasia-Riesling), our Bellissimo, and real pineapple chunks.

This frozen wine cocktail will make you feel like you’re sitting in a tropical paradise.

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.

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.

3. Pairings

Try our Frozen Wine 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.

Jalapeno Bacon Wrapped Shrimp paired with our Pina Bianca frozen wine cocktail

Piña Bianca paired with our Jalapeño-Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp drizzled with spicy mandarin sauce. The sweetness of the Piña Bianca will pair nicely with the fruity and spicy glaze.

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 have to say about our frozen wine 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, and Albuquerque Locations.

Reopening June 15th

The Lescombes family would like to send a huge THANK YOU to our friends and neighbors for your support and patience as we’ve navigated through these unprecedented times.


The Governor recently announced that restaurants will be allowed to open starting on June 1st at 50% capacity. Although we are excited to get back to serving you, we are going to take some time to better
prepare for reopening while continuing to offer our curbside to-go options.


We will open our locations in Albuquerque and Las Cruces for dine-in services beginning June 15th. Our Santa Fe location, which is temporarily closed, will also reopen June 15th. Between now and then, we will be working diligently to ensure that we are able to serve each and every guest to the high standard that you’ve come to expect from us. As always, our top priority is the health and safety of our team and guests.


We are diligently working to ensure we have:

  • Easy options for how to browse our menu without sharing between guests.
  • A comprehensive plan for sanitization and cleanliness along with a training program for all staff.
  • A steady supply of necessary ingredients so we can offer a selection we can be proud of.
  • A supply of single-serve items to replace shareable condiments.
  • A supply of hand-sanitizer and surface/equipment sanitizer to maintain a high level of cleanliness.
  • Cashier sneeze barriers where recommended
  • Planning seating areas to ensure the minimum required distance between tables
  • A no-contact option for credit card payments
  • Any other requirements as noted in official COVID-19 safe practices

If you have any other considerations, feel free to let us know. We’d love to hear from you!


Thank you all again, it will be our pleasure to see our dining room full of smiling faces!


For the latest news on our opening, our sanitization policies, our menu options, our special offers, and our entertainment schedule, please like and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet 2019

Moms everywhere deserve at least one day to call their own—a day that they can ditch the cooking, forget the laundry, take the day off and relax.

Head over to St. Clair Winery & Bistro in Albuquerque or Las Cruces to treat the moms in your life to a brunch buffet, fit-for-a-queen! The best buffet in town and a crisp mimosa are a match-made-in-heaven, especially on Mom’s special day!

“We’ll be featuring a variety of different buffet stations,” noted Manager, Javier Rocha. “We’ll have a carving station along with stations stocked with pasta, cheeses, fruit, and amazing desserts.”

$29.95/person

Reservations for this special buffet are strongly recommended, as it usually fills up fast. Guests will enjoy our fully-stocked buffet from 10 am – 4 pm and special $5 Mimosas will be featured anytime after 12 pm.  

Las Cruces: 575-524-2408   –or–   Albuquerque: 505-243-9916


“A mother is your first friend, your best friend, your forever friend”

TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK 2019

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 6-10. This is the fifth year in a row that we have celebrated by honoring teachers from New Mexico with a 50% discount on their meal purchase during the promotional period at our Albuquerque, Las Cruces, and Farmington locations.

“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.

Join us for a generous discount for teacher’s appreciation week at our Tasting Room in Deming.

As a small token of gratitude to those who do so much, starting Monday, May 6th through Friday, May 10th, we invite all teachers to stop by our tasting room and enjoy 30% off on your ENTIRE purchase – served with a side of ‘thank you’. *Just bring your school ID.
On Friday, May 10th, the public is invited to join us for Live Music by Horizon. The free event from 7 pm – 10 pm on our lush front lawn. 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.

“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.”

The Lescombes family and team urge the community to take the time to say thank you to teachers, whether it’s at the event, or simply in daily life.


Truffles & Bubbles

What a better way to celebrate the day of love than with truffles and bubbles?

Join us on Valentine’s Day and enjoy a flight of three sparkling wines alongside three specially paired local handmade truffles.

Featuring:
D.H. Lescombes Imperial Kir– A crisp, bubbly wine that gets a touch of natural raspberry, making it semi-sweet. It boasts a beautiful, light rose color and a crisp flavor profile composed of ripe, juicy raspberries with a hint of melon.

D.H. Lescombes Brut is crisp and dry with a golden straw color, boasting a nose of white flowers and minerality with flavors of green apple, minerality and a delicate citrus zest finish.

D.H. Lescombes Danielle Brut is a light and golden wine that has a clean, fresh nose of apple, toast, and notes of pineapple. Flavors of apple cider and pineapple are suspended in pleasant, moderate acidity with a crisp lemon finish.

This memorable experience is only $18. Don’t miss it.

Deming St. Clair Sip & Snack

Celebrate your loved one and your love of wine at the Deming Tasting Room!

Sip sumptuous wine while savoring complimentary treats.

Enjoy Live Music by Brandon Perrault from 5 to 8 pm.

FREE Wine Flight with purchase of a nosh platter.

Enjoy a glass of St. Clair wine for $5/glass
*excludes St. Clair Port and Kiva

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

D.H. Lescombes Winery & Bistro Albuquerque Space Reservation Policies

Thank you for considering D.H. Lescombes Winery & Bistro Albuquerque for your private dining event. D.H. Lescombes Winery & Bistro serves over 30 varieties of the best New Mexican wines produced locally in Deming, New Mexico since 1986. Our kitchen offers a wide array of dishes such as appetizers, salads, steaks, pasta, and desserts, all with a wine-inspired flair.

 Private Dining Policies:

SPACE RESERVATION: The event space will be held for you upon receipt of both the signed agreement and credit card information. Until such time, we, unfortunately, cannot guarantee the date/space for your event. Meetings can be arranged Mon.-Thurs.1:30-4:00 by appointment only. Friday, Saturday and Sunday’s are not available.

Room Minimums: Rio Grande room has a $400 minimum with a 32 guest capacity. The East Patio has an $800 minimum with a 70 guest capacity. The minimum rental fee includes the use of the room for the events specific scheduled time of 2-1/2 hours, set up/clean up and house linen if needed.

Service Charge: A 20% gratuity will be added to your total bill or guests separate bills for the servers and bartenders who work the event. If any of your guests are unaware or refuses to pay the gratuity the host of the event is responsible and will pay any unpaid gratuity. All events will be charged New Mexico sales tax. Arrangements for tax-exempt billing need to be made in advance before the event.

Cancellation: All private parties must be canceled 48 hours prior to the scheduled event. If not given proper notice of cancellation the venue minimum will be charged on the credit card used to secure the room.

Outside food and Beverage: ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES MAY NOT BE BROUGHT INTO D.H. LESCOMBES WINERY & BISTRO FROM AN OUTSIDE SOURCE. Wine and beer purchased as retail is considered illegal for the consumption on D.H. Lescombes Winery & Bistro premises. The sale, service, and consumption of alcoholic beverages are regulated by the state of New Mexico. Cake may be brought in from an outside source at patrons’ expense and liability. D.H. Lescombes Winery & Bistro will not be responsible for cakes, flowers, centerpieces or any decorations allowed to be dropped off or stored in our facility. D.H. Lescombes Winery & Bistro is not allowed to sign or accept delivery for any items this is the sole responsibility of the guest hosting the event. There will be a $30 cake cutting fee for parties of 30 or more. If multiple desserts are brought in there is a $50 additional fee for the setup, linen, utensils, and plates. No other outside food or drinks will be stored or allowed.

Conduct of Event: Patron agrees to conduct the Event in an orderly manner and in full compliance with applicable laws, regulations and D.H. Lescombes Winery & Bistro’s rules and standards. Patron assumes full responsibility for the conduct of all persons in attendance at the Patron’s Event and for any damage done to any part of the premises during the time of Patron’s Event. Only one person will be allowed to make any decisions/requests for your event.

Decorations / Patron’s Property: Any decorations will be subject to approval from D.H. Lescombes Winery and Bistro. No confetti, glitter, beads or small loose decorations are allowed. There will be a $100 clean-up charge if these items are used or brought in by guests. Decorations may not cause damage or deface the property or guests of D.H. Lescombes Winery & Bistro.  We are not responsible for loss or damages to Patron’s property brought onto the premises of D.H. Lescombes Winery & Bistro prior to, during or following the event. It will be the sole risk of Patron and Patron’s guests.

Menu and Menu Requirements: All menu selections must be made three weeks prior to the event this will allow D.H. Lescombes Winery & Bistro to properly schedule employees and place any necessary food orders. Failure to comply may result in cancellation of the event or can result in a limited menu selected by D.H. Lescombes Winery & Bistro at D.H. Lescombes Winery & Bistro’s discretion.

1-25 Guests our full and custom menu is available. Unfortunately, Lunch Combos, Sandwiches, and Burgers will not be available for large groups. These menu Items reduce the efficiency of the kitchen and overall Guest Experience.

26 Guests and over will need to order from our Large Party Catering buffet menu. Bread service is not included on buffets.

Note: Parties of 20 and over will be on one collective bill and separate checks will not be allowed unless approved by management.  Any changes to the menu or guest count need to be made no later than 72 hours before the event and the Host must contact the Event Planner through email and phone with any changes to ensure the event is successful. All changes must remain within the rooms’ capacity to ensure the guest’s safety.

Cash Bar:  If a separate bartender/server is needed for a cash bar event there will be an additional $75 dollar charge.

Payment: D.H. Lescombes Winery & Bistro accepts cash, major credit cards and gift cards for payment. Company checks must have prior approval. Personal checks are not accepted.

PRIVATE PARTY ROOM CHARGES

Private parties are based on a 2 ½ hour reservation. There is an additional $50.00 room charge per each additional ½ hour.

Rio Grande Room Minimum $400 with a $200 deposit

East Patio Minimum $800 with a $400 deposit

Off-Site Events are subject to delivery and equipment fees.