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 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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