The vineyards in the American state of New Mexico may be frozen over at this time of year but to enjoy their in-season bounty, visit the 28th Annual Taos Winter Wine Festival, taking place from January 29th to February 2nd.
With events in and around the town of Taos, Taos Ski Valley Resort, and El Monte Sagrado Resort, this is the best way to combine some outdoor activity on the slopes with Grand and Reserve tastings, seminars, Sunday brunch, and tastings and dinners at some of Taos’ finest restaurants.
Here is what you can expect at some of the festival’s featured events:
“Friday January 31st
Taste of Taos & Reserve Tasting
Wine Country comes to the historic town of Taos with a dozen of Taos’ best restaurants serving signature appetizers alongside tastes of reserve wines from owners and winemakers from 32 participating wineries at the elegant El Monte Sagrado Resort. The Reserve Tasting also features a silent auction of wine to
benefit the Taos High School Culinary Arts Program.
(Reserve) 4:00 to 6:30pm
(El Monte Sagrado Resort) ~ $75
Saturday February 1st
The Grand Tasting at the Taos Ski Valley Resort Center (at the foot of chairlift #1) features more than 150 different wines from 32 participating wineries and tastes from a dozen of Taos and Taos Ski Valley’s finest restaurants. Is there a better way to end a great day of skiing on one of the world’s best mountains?
(Grand) 4:00 to 6:30pm
(Taos Ski Valley Resort Center) ~ $75
Sunday February 2nd
Super Sunday Champagne Brunch
It’s Super Bowl Sunday and what better way could you start it off than with a Champagne brunch? El Monte Sagrado’s Executive Chef Ray Naranjo will pair four successive plates with four unique French sparkling wines — two from Savoie and two from Champagne.
Introduced by Linda Torbica from Hand Picked Selections, the progression of sparklers is Les Rocailles Brut de Savoie, Jean Laurent Blanc de Noir, Bertrand Delespierre 2006 Brut 1er Cru and Les Rocailles Caprice de Savoie.
(Brunch) 11:00am to 1:00pm
(El Monte Sagrado Resort) ~ $65″