It was a whirlwind ‘Wine and Dine’ pit stop. There was just no other way. Here we were cruising down the open road of Las Cruces, New Mexico – just two fine ladies being awesome. We took an exit towards a National Park to do some sightseeing, when long behold we seen this chic little venue called St.Clair boasting freshly harvested Vino. Suddenly the GPS took on a mind of its own. Ok, well maybe that is a tad bit of an exaggeration. It was more our love for Vineyards and Vino that took over. We began to ooze with sheer wide eyed excitement. One of my absolute favorite past times in life is exploring and tasting wine around the globe. National Park what?? Oh my lucky stars, seize the day, embrace the darn moment! At least that was what I said to myself. I mean in reality, how often do I find myself at a winery in Las Cruces, New Mexico……. Not to mention the Grape just so happens to be my favorite fruit; Which I really only enjoy when it is mashed, fermented and bottled. Am I picky? Noway. I mean some people don’t like skin on their apples. I just have a few tiny details pertaining to my grape preference. No big deal.
So after what felt like slamming on the breaks and 4x4ing over the lawn to gracefully get to the parking lot from sheer enthusiasm, we were able to get our classy composure together, step out of the vehicle with grace and poise, continuing with one foot in front of the other, and we breezed right on in the door. Now due to the fact that I was driving, I am not sure you would classify this as a ‘Tasting’ or a ‘Teasing’. Yes in fact the thought of renting a hotel for the night and trying every wine under the New Mexican sun OF COURSE crossed my mind; Or you could say it was brightly flashing across it like a Vegas winery billboard. Once my eyes adjusted to it though, I was able to see a bit more clearly, and decided to be sensible and literally just sample a few this time around…. It was not an easy decision, let me tell you, I flipped that coin a few times. Let’s not forget though, an experience is an experience, big or small. They are all to be appreciated. Which is precisely what I did.
Once seated with menu in hand, we decided to each get the little wine sampler that included three various kinds from their prized Vineyard. You could either get three of red, or three of white. I chose to sample the reds, although I do enjoy a nice chilled Pinot Grigio on a hot summers day, I am more partial to red. My fabulous partner in crime opted for the whites. To my surprise, each one was Lush, and went down a smooth treat. Honestly I really did enjoy them all, but if your going to MAKE me choose a top pick, then I would have to go with the Cab-Zin. It for sure was in the top three! Oh yes, just look at the happiness exuding from me in my natural environment.
To accompany our classy Samples we ordered a little cheese plate that encompassed various cheese’s, meats and chocolate. We also had a side of bread and olives. I have a MASSIVE love for Olives. That pretty much sums it up.All the cheeses were wonderful, except the blue cheese. Again, preference. I know many people whom adore blue cheese, and I have tried to warm my palette to it on numerous occasions, yet every time it just taste’s moldy to me. Possibly that could be down to the fact that it is freaken moldy! Each to their own though, and my quest to enjoy a blue cheese is not over yet. How can cheese be one of my most best-loved foods of all my time, and yet elegantly aged moldy cheese just doesn’t do it for me?! One day perhaps.
There you have it though, if you ever want to take me for a picnic, cheese, olives, wine, and you won me over. Really though, you had me at wine.
Karrina and I decided it was best not to indulge to much food wise either, as we were going to be just sitting on our butt’s for hours to come while en route to Pheonix, Arizona. Once on the lips, forever on the hips. As they say. Whomever they are? In this case though, I concur, as we wouldn’t be burning it off. Well I am sure us busting a gut with laughter revved up the old metabolism. Still though, moderation is key(they also say that).
The establishment itself was tasteful.
I would say the next time I wake up and find myself in New Mexico(preferably not driving and in a hotel), that I shall indeed return to St. Clairs winery, to deal with some unfinished business. Or shall I say, unfinished tasting. I was extremely impressed with their wines, service and establishment. That was definitely my kinda road tripping pit stop!