Taos Winter Wine Festival partners with Taos Ski Valley

By Lynne Robinson
Posted 1/30/20

New Mexico has a long history of winemaking, especially along the Río Grande, beginning in 1629, when Franciscan friar García de Zúñiga and a Capuchín monk named Antonio de Arteaga planted the first wine grapes in Santa Fe de Nuevo México.

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Taos Winter Wine Festival partners with Taos Ski Valley

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New Mexico has a long history of winemaking, especially along the Río Grande, beginning in 1629, when Franciscan friar García de Zúñiga and a Capuchín monk named Antonio de Arteaga planted the first wine grapes in Santa Fe de Nuevo México.

Today, New Mexico has more than 60 wineries, and this weekend, from Jan 30-Feb 2, the Taos Winter Wine Festival returns to celebrate its 34th year. During four days of events, the culinary prowess of our local and talented chefs will be featured. The dishes they create will be paired with wines from over 40 national and international wineries.

This issue of Tempo is packed with information and articles about all the events connected to the festival, and helpful tips for those who would like to attend but feel a bit intimidated having never experienced a wine tasting.

Greg O'Byrne gives us a little inside information on the festival itself, while sommelier Molly Steinbach from Medley restaurant and The Cellar's staff writer Genevieve Oswald have both written pieces to help a newbie get into the swing of things without losing their (literal) equilibrium.

Our intrepid Tempo writers have also gotten in on the action, with pieces about events in and around town, including the Taste of Taos & Reserve Tasting at the Sagebrush Inn, 1508 Paseo del Pueblo Sur, this evening (Jan. 30), from 5-7:30 p.m., where a dozen of Taos' best restaurants will serve signature appetizers alongside tastes of reserve wines from participating wineries.

A silent auction benefits the Taos High School Culinary program, plus live music from Jackson Price and Big Swing Theory promises to keep the party going well after dark.

But to truly experience the singular magic of this seasonal winter wonderland event, you really need to make it up to the mountain, where Taos Ski Valley hosts several chefs luncheons, winery seminars and wine dinners. The four-day extravaganza is a gourmand's fantasy retreat, and if fresh powder is on your agenda, you've hit the sweet spot. Taos Air now flies from Southern California as well as Texas, making getting here a lot easier than in the past.

Restaurants from all over town will participate in this year's festivities, both in their establishments and on the mountain. This sybarite's dream weekend culminates with the Grand Tasting at the Taos Valley Ski Resort on Saturday (Feb. 1), where restaurants and wineries serve samples of their best food and wine.

This year, following tradition, the Grand Tasting takes place at the foot of chair Lift #1, from 4-6:30 p.m., and will feature more than 150 different wines from 30 participating wineries and tastes from a dozen of Taos and Taos Ski Valley's finest restaurants. Participants will meet the vintners and taste the wines from 30 of the world's top winemakers and importers of fine wines. Cost is $95 per person.

Then on Super Bowl Sunday (Feb. 2), you can end this decadent weekend with a sparkling brunch at Taos Ski Valley's chic new addition, The Blake 192. Chef Hamilton Cadwell will pair four successive plates with four certified organic cavas from Miquel Pons presented by the Ali Hill from Wine Bridge Imports. The brunch takes place at 11 a.m.-1 p.m., and again the cost is $95.

There are dozens of other events planned both on the mountain and in the town of Taos itself. Shuttles will be available as will public transportation, making it easy to experience the entire festival in full.

For more information about Taos Winter Wine Festival events in Taos Ski Valley, including the full schedule, and transportation information, visit the website linked here: skitaos.com/things-to-do/events/34th-annual-taos-winter-wine-festival.

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