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Albuquerque Wine Festival 2010

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The New Mexico Wine Growers Association is once again hosting the Albuquerque Wine Festival Memorial Day Weekend at the spacious Balloon Fiesta Park.
 
The NM Wine Growers Association, a non-profit organization, works to promote the wine industry in New Mexico through marketing, education, legislation and outreach programs.
 
Think about it…our very own Wine Valley gathered all in one place all weekend long!  Saturday alone attracted a huge number of locals and visitors from neighboring and far away states. Lines, one for pre-paid tickets one for gate purchase, formed well before gates officially opened at 12:00 noon.
 
Upon showing your ID, you are tagged with a colorful wrist band and got to collect your souvenir wine glass at a nearby tent to let the tasting begin. The young, young at heart, and tots had plenty to do with loads of choices in dining with lively entertainment by Bad Katz Blues and Daddy O’s  who had many shaking their hips and stomping their feet.
 
The Wine tasting at each of the winery stations did not disappoint and were plentiful. And if that is not enough, you could stop by any of the many vendors located throughout and pick up a Western hat, ladies pocket book, lavender products, jewelry, etc ...or yes go back to the wine tasting and buying. 
 
So treat yourself, if you haven’t already, and get to the Balloon Fiesta Park for this year’s Wine Festival. The festival continues through the rest of Memorial Day Weekend, Sunday (May 30) and Monday (May 31) from 12:00 noon – 6:00 pm.  
 
***Photo Slide of Festival can be found at end of article*******
 
Did you know?
 
...that New Mexico’s climate and soil are ideal for growing award winning Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Johannisburg Riesling, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Zinfandel and many other grape and fruit wines?
 
According to the association, the first grapevines planted in New Mexico were brought in 1629 to a Piro Indian Pueblo south of Socorro, NM by a Franciscan named Fray Gracia de Zuniga and San Antonio de Padua, a Capuchin monk.
 
Wine production began in 1633 and by the 1800’s was considered wine country. In 1884 New Mexico was ranked fifth in production in the nation. Unfortunately by the turn of the century, wine growers were running into problems with flooding along the Rio Grande causing root rot impacting wine production. It wasn’t until 1978 that New Mexico wines experienced a rebirth. The state’s wine industry is now well established and boasts 42 wineries and tasting rooms to be enjoyed by those who appreciate our delicious grapes and variety of fruits.
 
 
May 29, 2010 - at the Albuquerque Wine Festival : 
 
 
A little history on New Mexico and Wine making:
 
 
Can’t attend the Wine Festival or yearning more? Add a wine tasting to your vacation and swirl your wine glass at these New Mexico wineries: (click any highlighted links below for winery website)

Northern New Mexico

Estrella Del Norte Vineyard                          
La Chiripada Winery                                
Madison Vineyards & Winery                        
Ritchie-Slater Winery                         
Santa Fe Brewing Pub & Grill           
 
Central New Mexico
 
Acequia Vineyards & Winery
Bee's Brothers Meadery                   
 
 Southwest New Mexico
 
Draney Orchard   
Luna Rossa Winery                   
Noisy Water Winery                        
 
Southeast New Mexico
 
Arena Blanca Winery
Balzano Winery
 
 
 

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