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Albuquerque/Santa Fe Wine Tastings & Events

March 5-7
Hosted by the New Mexico Wine Growers Association, the 34th Annual New Mexico Wine Education Conference will include educational lectures and seminars focusing on the wine industry, viticulture and wine marketing.  There is also wine judging, food and wine pairing, and an exclusive opportunity to sample award-winning wines. The conference will take place at Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town. Visit vineandwine.org for additional details. Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town, 800 Rio Grande Blvd. NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104, 505-843-6300, 877-901-7666.
 
May 23-25
If you don’t have plans for Memorial Day weekend then plan to attend the Albuquerque Wine Festival at Balloon Fiesta Park. The festivities will include live entertainment, arts and crafts, wine sampling, and international cuisines like French, Caribbean, Cajun and German. Tickets are $20 and visitors receive a complimentary souvenir wine glass. For more information, visit abqwinefestival.com
 
September 23-27
The annual Santa Fe Wine & Chile Festival will take place over a period of five days, and features 90 wineries from across the nation and 75 Santa Fe restaurants. Events include cooking demos, wine seminars, reserve tastings and winery luncheons and dinners. Guests can also attend the auction to help benefit Santa Fe restaurants’ community events, such as the Cooking with Kids program. The Grand Tasting takes place at the Santa Fe Opera where all wineries and restaurants participating in the event offer tastings and samples of their products. For more information, call 505-438-8060 or visit www.santafewineandchile.org
 

Ongoing
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 www.casarondena.com. Casa RondeƱa Winery, 733 Chavez Rd., Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, NM 87107, 505-344-5911.
 
Ongoing
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 www.gruetwinery.com. Gruet Winery, 8400 Pan American E Fwy NE, Albuquerque, NM 87113, 505-821-0055.
 


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RECOMMENDED WINE SHOPS
For additional information on wine events, please contact:

Kokoman Wines & Liquors
34 Cities of Gold Rd.
Pojoaque Valley, NM 7501
505-455-2219

Quarters BBQ-Wyoming Wine Shop
4516 Wyoming Blvd. NE
Albuquerque, NM 87111
505-292-1300



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