The Blue Window Bistro in Los Alamos will host a Wine-Tasting featuring New Mexico wines on Sunday, Dec. 5 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The event is $25 per person, including up to 15 one-ounce glasses of wine and hearty appetizers paired with each wine. Advance purchase required.
The tasting event will feature three New Mexico wineries: Casa Rondena, Vivac, and Gruet.
Casa Rondena Winery is touted by winemakers worldwide as one of the most up-and-coming red wine producers of the new century.
Casa Rondena Winery was established in 1995 as a family undertaking, with the first plantings in 1990 at the hands of vintner John Calvin and his two young sons, Ross and Clayton.
The Tasting Room opened in August 1997 and a winery building, with a commemorative Tricentennial bell tower, was completed in the autumn of 2004. In 2008, a new barrel aging and storage facility, including the Founders Rotunda, was built in order to expand production capability of the winery and hold special events for Wine Club members and special guests. The estate continues to be the Calvin family home and retreat for the vintner and his family.
Vivac Winery is rated the “Highest Rated Red Wine Producer in New Mexico’s History by Wine Enthusiast Magazine, and a “Notable up and coming wine maker” by Sunset Magazine. VivÃ¡c Winery is the creation of brothers Jesse and Chris Padberg, along with their wives, Michele and Liliana Padberg, respectively. In November of 1998 Jesse and Chris embarked on a new mission
“to make the best wine possible and have a good time doing it!” This meant professionally crafted, world-ranked, dry red wines-a first for New Mexico.
Jesse and Chris found inspiration in France and Italy, and were especially drawn in by the Old World wine culture, where winemaking is a dance between art and science. The brothers began reading every publication they could find about grapes, winemaking, and the world of wine. Though extensive travel around the world and mentorships with other local winemakers, they learned about the wine business in general and more specifically about the wine business in Northern New Mexico; “At every turn people were there to help us out” say the brothers.
Through the world-renowned enology department at the University of California at Davis, the brothers gained credits and knowledge. Both Jesse and Chris continue the pursuit every day and will soon obtain their Wine Making Certification from this very prestigious school. Chris, Jesse, and Michele completed a certified wine sommelier course through the International Wine Guild in Denver, Colorado. Jesse and Michele passed their second-level wine sommelier exams and both have achieved the rank of Certified Executive Sommelier. The couple has also completed several Master-level classes. Chris and Liliana will complete their second level soon. Liliana completed her first level during their visit to Argentina at the Esencial Sobre Vinos, Tecnica de la Cara.
Gruet Winery is well known for its award-winning sparkling wines, made by the traditional champagne method. Gilbert Gruet founder of Gruet Winery was born in Bethon, France in 1931. He grew up in a poor family, and began working at a young age. In 1952, Gilbert Gruet, along with his wife Danielle, dreamt of producing fine quality Champagne. Gilbert followed his heart and in 1967 created the U.V.C.B. (Union Vinicole des Coteaux de Bethon), a co-op in the village of Bethon.
In 1983, the Gruet family was traveling through the Southwestern part of the United States, and while in New Mexico met a group of European winemakers who had successfully planted vineyards In Engle, near the town of Truth or Consequence, 170 miles south of Albuquerque. The land was inexpensive and the opportunity golden. In 1984, Gilbert Gruet, whose Champagne house, Gruet et Fils had produced fine Champagne in Bethon, France, since 1952, made the decision to plant an experimental vineyard, exclusively planted to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes. His children, winemaker Laurent and daughter Nathalie, and family friend Farid Himeur then relocated to the great state of New Mexico to begin their American wine making adventure.
“The Blue Window Bistro is a place that visitors and residents enjoy coming to for a variety of special occasions,” says owner Melissa Paternoster.
The Blue Window Bistro has a loyal clientele and 28 years of service. Melissa Paternoster has been the owner since June of 2009. She is a native of Los Alamos and a graduate of Los Alamos High School.
The Blue Window Bistro is located at 813 Central Avenue in downtown Los Alamos. For reservations call (505) 662-6305. For updates visit labluewindowbistro.com or follow on Facebook.
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