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Venerable Winemaker Henry Street No Longer Tends His Grapes

Henry Street, in shades, watching over his grapes
Henry Street, in shades, watching over his grapes
Jim Hammond

It was not long ago that this column covered well-known local winemaker, Henry Street of Ponderosa Valley Vineyards and Winery in the beautiful Jemez Mountains. Sadly, Henry passed away on July 9th of this year. A venerable winemaker and grape grower, Henry had been growing grapes in Ponderosa Valley since 1976 and founded the winery with his wife, Mary in 1993.

Hnery Street beside his beloved grapes
Hnery Street beside his beloved grapes
Jim Hammond

His co-winemaker Jeremiah Baumgartel will take over the duties Henry left behind. Henry’s wife, Mary, will continue greeting visitors to their winery and running things as she has always ably done.

The family is planning a "Celebration of Life" for Henry on August 10, 2014, at the Ponderosa Valley Winery Kiva Event Center from 12 Noon to 5PM. The family asks attendees to send a favorite picture to share, or a story to tell. These can be emailed to winemaker@ponderosawinery.com).

Henry was a mentor to many local winemakers and grape growers, and was always willing to share his knowledge with both amateur and commercial growers and winemakers. The New Mexico wine community mourns the loss of one of their best. A man whose presence was always felt and whose influence ran deep.

Henry Street was interviewed on The Spirits of New Mexico, a local radio show on KIVA, the Rock of Talk on 1600AM and Live 95.9FM. A link to the May 3rd show on SoundCloud can be found here. Henry discussed his life as a New Mexico winemaker and his philosophy of making wine on the southern slopes of the Jemez Mountains.

Rest in peace, Henry, you have certainly earned it.