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Albuquerque/Santa Fe Wine Tastings & Events

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Every year on Memorial Day Weekend, the New Mexico Wine Growers Association hosts the Albuquerque Wine Festival at Balloon Fiesta Park. For three days, the annual event showcases a variety of New Mexico wines accompanied by live music, international food and crafts vendors. Anyone under 21 is free but must be accompanied by parent or legal guardian. For more information, visit

Casa Rondeña Winery offers you a variety of different wines often difficult to find at a single winery. Not only do they have those light whites such as Gewürztraminer and Riesling, they also combine the two to make Serenade, which won Best of Show at the New Mexico Wine Competition. Tastings are offered Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday 2 p.m.-6 p.m. No appointment necessary, $5 tasting fee. For more information visit Casa RondeƱa Winery, 733 Chavez Rd., Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, NM 87107, 505-344-5911.
Wine in the morning, wine in the evening, wine around suppertime---that could very well be the motto of Gruet Winery where the wine is poured from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on weekdays and noon-5 p.m. on Saturdays. Taste any six wines for $15. There's also a reserve tasting for $15. Tours are offered at 2 p.m. on Saturdays. For details, visit Gruet Winery, 8400 Pan American E Fwy NE, Albuquerque, NM 87113, 505-821-0055.

For additional information on wine events, please contact:

Kokoman Wines & Liquors
34 Cities of Gold Rd.
Pojoaque Valley, NM 7501

Quarters BBQ-Wyoming Wine Shop
4516 Wyoming Blvd. NE
Albuquerque, NM 87111

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