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.
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 Rondeña 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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