There is much to do and see in Taos during festival week, which extends from January 29th until February 2nd in Taos. There are wine seminars on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, which were summarized here. There are special tastings on Friday, Saturday and Sunday as well. However, the wine dinners begin on Tuesday, January 28th through Saturday which will be summarized here.
Wine dinners are a great way to sample many wines accompanied by complimentary dishes. Several wine dinners focus on one winery and are defined as winery dinners in the downloadable brochure for the Taos Winter Wine Festival. Click here to access the website. Toward the middle of the page is a link to display or download the brochure in PDF format.
There are eleven winery dinners featured in nine restaurants. Half are in or near Taos and half are located in the Taos Ski Valley area. All are well-recognized and focus on food and wine as elemental components of fine dining.
The Hondo restaurant within Snakedance Condominiums is hosting Kenwood, Marietta/Limerick Lane and Charles Neal’s wines of France on three separate nights, which must keep them busy. Kenwood Winery in Sonoma is well-known for their distinctive wolf’s head Zinfandel bottles.
The Love Apple restaurant (a love apple is a tomato in case that term is new to anyone) is hosting Brick House Vineyards of Oregon specializing in Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. No surprise there as Pinot Noir is Oregon’s most planted grape by a wide margin.
Lamberts restaurant in the heart of Taos is hosting Chateau d’Esclans wines from Provence and is a must for anyone that loves Provence Rosé. Those wines are also featured at the “Pink Snow Party” at the Bavarian restaurant. These are the perfect après ski wines.
Sabroso restaurant and bar is located about nine miles north of Taos and is hosting Honig Vineyard & Winery of Napa. Honig’s focus is on Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon. The winery produced its first Sauvignon Blanc back in 1981.
The Gorge restaurant, located in Taos Plaza will host Justin Vineyards and Winery in Paso Robles. Justin Isosceles wines will also be sampled at a Thursday wine seminar. This is one of the Central Coast of California’s fabled wines.
There are many more wine dinners and other wine events to keep even the most demanding wine lover happy at the Taos Winter Wine Festival.