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St. Clair Winefest 2017

Planning for Largest Winefest on Record

Event benefits local non-profit, Cancer Support of Deming.

St. Clair Winefest Deming Wine and Beer Festival

(DEMING, NM) — We are pleased to announce our 23rd annual Winefest, benefiting Cancer Support of Deming and Luna County. Festivities will begin on Saturday, September 30th from 12:00-9:00 pm and continue on Sunday, October 1st from 12:00-6:00 pm. Enjoy a large selection of food vendors on-site as well as arts & crafts vendors, upbeat live music and dancing, a silent auction, tours, fun activities for the kids and a wide selection of local New Mexico craft beer and fine wines for sipping and sampling. Admission at the gate is $5 and includes a complimentary wine glass and tasting tickets. Free admission is offered to all active-duty military and law enforcement.

We will donate all proceeds from admission, ribbon donations, vendor fees and silent auction to the local non-profit, Cancer Support of Deming and Luna County, Inc. for the seventh year in a row. Last year’s donation was a substantial $5,433 which helped offset the cost of travel for many local cancer patients who often attend treatments many miles away.

“We’re motivated to make Winefest the biggest entertainment event in Deming,” said Lora Robinson, Tasting Room Manager. “We’re proud we’re able to use the event to support this great, local cause.”

“In order to make this the biggest and best Winefest we’ve ever had, we’ve worked to secure many more additional food vendors, the best local bands, more activities for the kids, and are expanding our beer selection to include more local favorites,” explained Robert Duran, Director of Winery Operations. “The goal is to provide the best event possible for the community, who graciously lend their support every year.”

For The Love of Sweet Wines – Four sweet wines you’ll love

After a long, hot day it’s nice to sit back, relax, and enjoy a glass of wine. For those who love sweet wines, there are a variety of different sweet wines that are sure to satisfy your taste buds. Understanding what makes wines sweet, as well as the varieties, can help you decide which one is best for you.

Here are 4 popular sweet wines that we think you’ll love.

Moscato wine (sometimes spelled as Muscato), comes from the Muscat grape. The Muscat family of grapes include over 200 grape varieties belonging to the Vitis vinifera species that have been used in wine production and as raisin and table grapes around the globe for many centuries. Their colors range from white, to yellow, to pink to near black. Muscat grapes and wines almost always have a pronounced sweet floral aroma. Who doesn’t love a chilled glass of refreshing sweet Moscato at the end of a long day?

Though Moscatos typically rule the dessert menu, Blue Teal Moscato is pretty versatile, and can even handle teaming up with spicy barbeque. Buy here


Red wine is a type of wine made from dark-colored (black) grape varieties. Most of us enjoy a good drop of red. The fact that it can help stave off serious health issues is an added bonus. Red wines get their color from being fermented in contact with the skins of dark grapes. Because anything sweet can quickly become overwhelming to the digestive tract, sweeter wines are typically consumed on a full stomach or in conjunction with richer foods. On a healthy note, red wine contains antioxidants that may help prevent heart disease, as research suggests.

Red wine pairs well with red meat. St. Clair Mimbres Red is perfect for casual get-togethers and sharing with friends who are new to drinking wine. Buy here


Riesling wines, not unlike most other white wines, are often consumed when young. In wine making, the delicate nature of the Riesling grape requires special handling during harvesting to avoid crushing or bruising the skin. Riesling is often put through a process of cold stabilization, where the wine is stored just above its freezing point. The wine is kept at this temperature until much of the tartaric acid has crystallized and precipitated out of the wine. This helps prevent crystallization of the acid (often called wine diamonds) in the bottle.  After this, the wine is filtered again to remove any remaining yeast or impurities.

Riesling is a versatile wine for pairing with food, because of its balance of sugar and acidity. It can be paired with white fish or pork, and is well known as a great pair for Asian cuisine.  St. Clair Riesling is a great wine for summer refreshment. Buy here


Malvasia wines are characterized by their heavy body that is often described as “round” or “fat” and soft texture in the mouth. Most varieties of Malvasia are closely related to Malvasia Bianca.  The red varieties of Malvasia tend to make wines with pale, pinkish to light red color.  In their youth, Malvasia wines are characterized by their heavy body that is often described as “round” or “fat” and soft texture in the mouth. As Malvasia ages, the wines tend to take on more nutty aromas and flavors.

While very food friendly, the drinking experience alone is worthwhile. Pair with BBQ, smoked salmon, smoked Gouda, blackened chicken, garlic, olives, feta, Greek food and milk chocolate. St. Clair Malvasia Bianca is a sweet wine that is light and perfect for summer sipping.  Buy here 


 Now you can walk in to the wine aisle confidently and find your favorite sweet wines! 

Laboratory Technician and Laboratory Supervisor

We are looking for exceptional people to join our growing team! We currently have a Laboratory Technician  and Laboratory Manager position available.

Laboratory Technician

Salary Range :9.0000 To 11.0000 (USD) Hourly
Worker Category :Full-time Regular
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Laboratory Technician functions in a full service custom processing winery, performs analytical and practical lab activities, maintains lab records and bulk wine inventories and monitors analytical and QC lab activities.

Performs routine analysis utilizing appropriate distillation, titrametric, and instrumental methods as required.

Operates laboratory instruments such as an auto-titrator, refractometer, balances, foss integrator and other instruments as required to perform duties.

Enters test results into the laboratory information management system in a timely manner.

Prepares chemical solutions used in the laboratory.

Maintains appropriate documentation of all work performed in accordance with laboratory quality policies.

Performs other work related duties as assigned by the Supervisor including, but not limited to, sampling, cleaning and special projects.

Practices safe work habits and maintains work area and instrumentation in a clean and orderly state.

Must maintain satisfactory attendance, to include timeliness.

Responsible for understanding and complying with applicable quality, environmental and safety regulatory considerations.

Supports the cellar operations by performing duties that include preparation of grapes and wine, track wine blends, maintaining and blending wine in preparation for bottling, evaluation and preparation of oak barrels for wine tracking barrels and chemistry.

Perform related duties as assigned by supervisor

Maintain compliance with all company policies and procedures

Education and/or Work Experience Requirements:

One year winery lab experience or cellar experience preferred

Good interpersonal skills, proven ability to communicate effectively and work well with other employees


Skilled in adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing using whole numbers.

Experience with MS Word and Excel.

Physical Requirements:

Ability to safely and successfully perform the essential job functions and ability to maintain regular, punctual attendance consistent with the ADA, FMLA and other federal, state and local standards, including meeting qualitative and/or quantitative productivity standards.

Must be able to lift 20 pounds.

Exposure to outside elements (heat, wet and/or damp conditions, cold).

May require heavy physical work (lifting, bending, climbing, pulling, or squatting for long periods of time).

Long hours during crush and peak periods (including all shifts).

Other Duties:

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Apply here

Laboratory Supervisor 

Worker Category :
Full-time Regular 

Salary Range :13.0000 To 16.0000 (USD) Hourly

Job Class Management

Essential Job Responsibilities:


  • Demonstrate and direct basic/advanced instrumentation techniques

  • Oversee wine quality analysis pertaining to grape fermentation, cellar/aging operations, storage, tank/line sanitation and bottling.

  • Oversee routine wine analysis utilizing appropriate methods as required. Must be able to establish priorities as it relates to the urgencies of incoming samples due to bottling, adjustments, shipment certification and other requirements.

  • Ensure accurate operations of all laboratory equipment/instrumentation, and ability to troubleshoot when necessary to ensure accurate results.

  • Maintain and calibrate analytical instruments in the laboratory in optimum operation condition.

  • Develop, document, and validate analytical methods for wine which are compliant with Good Laboratory Practices, as needed. Maintain accurate and complete records of all laboratory work, ensuring the proper use and preparation of standardized chemical solutions used in the laboratory.


  • Execute the plan data collection, analysis and reporting of monthly analysis on inventory of wines held in cellar.

  • Recommend new equipment and assist in selecting suppliers and appropriate accessories for proposed equipment.

  • Ensure the maintenance of inventories, order supplies.

  • Effectively apply appropriate SOPs to projects and keep notes.

  • Identify opportunities for improvement and makes constructive suggestions for change.


  • Positively contribute to the achievement of the team objectives and goals.

  • Ensure lab users have been trained on the correct use of the lab equipment, in addition to mentoring and disciplining lab users for not following safety policies/procedures that have been established for the lab

  • Schedule safety training for new lab users and retraining for lab users who are in need of refresher training to include but not be limited to: equipment training, safety training and/or lab safety plan reviews and ensure the training has been documented

  • Contribute, through regular meetings, to the development and improvement of the Lab and quality team.

  • Maintain positive relationships with vineyard and key decision makers.

  • Assign special projects as needed/requested by the Director of Winemaking & Winery Operations, including, but not limited to, program analysis, training and development.


  • Understands and ensures compliance to all safety requirements. Drives safety culture.

  • With Safety coordinator and Quality Control, develops policy and procedure.

  • Understands and ensures regulatory compliance and works collaboratively with regulatory (TTB)/governmental agencies.


  • Maintain HACCP certification

  • Maintain and update GMPs


  • Bachelor of Science in Food Science, Chemistry, Enology or Biology and a minimum of 5 years industry experience or equivalent combination work/education. MS and research experience preferred.

  • Good working and theoretical knowledge of analytical instrumentation.

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office products with intermediate to advanced Excel

  • Ability to work in an environment that has changing priorities and multiple projects

  • Ability to manage a team

  • Strategic thinker – demonstrates ability to see big picture, anticipate changes and impact on trends, asks what if questions, develops recommendations

  • Ability to apply mathematical skills for preparing and verifying analysis with a strong attention to detail.

  • Demonstrated ability to independently prepare analysis with high degree of accuracy and within an established deadlines

  • Initiative and follow through – Proactively seeks information and utilizes analytical and creative problem solving skills to provide best of class support and mitigate potential issues

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills and ability to articulate complex issues in concise, clear manner


Ability to lift up to 50 lbs. on a frequent basis, carry up to 40 lbs. & push and pull up to 20 lbs. on an occasional basis; ability to sit and work at a desk for long periods of time; requires ability to walk and stand; reach outward and upward, climb, crawl, squat, kneel, and bend; requires hand and finger dexterity for keyboarding and working at computer for extended periods of time.

Apply here

Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet

Treat Mom to a Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet


Thanks to everyone that placed your reservations for our Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet. We are sorry to inform you that we are now fully booked and unfortunately don’t have any more room. It’s no fun for us to exclude people, but we have no choice.
Thanks for your understanding!

Moms everywhere deserve at least one day to call their own—a day that they can ditch the cooking, forget the laundry, take the day off and relax. Head over to St. Clair Winery & Bistro in Albuquerque or Las Cruces to treat the moms in your life to a brunch buffet, fit-for-a-queen! The best buffet in town and a crisp mimosa are a match-made-in-heaven, especially on Mom’s special day!

“We’ll be featuring a variety of different buffet stations,” noted Manager, Javier Rocha. “We’ll have a carving station along with stations stocked with pasta, cheeses, fruit and amazing desserts.”


Reservations for this special buffet on Sunday, May 14th, are strongly recommended, as it usually fills up fast. Guests will enjoy St. Clair’s fully-stocked buffet from 10am – 5pm, and special $5 Mimosas are featured anytime after 12pm.

Please note, we will be CLOSING at 5 pm on Sunday, May 14th, to allow our team members to enjoy the special evening with their families.

For more information, or to make reservations for Mother’s Day, please call:

Las Cruces: 575-524-2408   –or–   Albuquerque: 505-243-9916

30% off for Teachers at St. Clair Winery in Deming

Teacher Appreciation Week at St. Clair Winery

It’s been said that teaching is the single most important profession, and we agree.  We at St. Clair Winery in Deming have planned a week-long event to pay tribute to teachers in the local community and surrounding area.

“It’s a labor of love.” noted Tasting Room Manager, Lora Robinson. “I know teachers in the community and they all put their heart and soul into what they do, this is just a small thank you.”

It’s not an easy job—with long hours, always changing standards, and stressful evaluations. But educators all over the nation overcome these challenges and make a difference in people’s lives.

“I remember arriving to New Mexico at eleven years old,” recollects Proprietor, Florent Lescombes. “I didn’t know a single bit of English—and there I was, enrolled into Mrs. Saunder’s fifth grade class at Alameda Elementary. It was such a supportive environment, within months I was well on my way.”

As a small token of gratitude to those who do so much, starting Monday, May 1st through Friday, May 5th, we invite teachers to stop by the tasting room in Deming and enjoy a 30% discount on your entire purchase—served with a side of ‘thank you’.  We just ask that you bring your school ID.

Lora and crew will be finishing up the week with Teacher’s Night on Friday, May 5th . We invite the public to join the free event from 6pm-9pm on our lush front lawn, with live music by “Wait For What?”  A selection of local wines will be on special for $5 a glass, while teachers will enjoy their additional 30% discount on both glasses and to-go bottles.

We urge the community to take the time to say thank you to teachers, whether it’s at the event, or simply in daily life.

Teacher Appreciation Week at St. Clair Winery & Bistro

Teacher’s Appreciation Week 2017

Teacher's Appreciation Week 2017

It’s been said that teaching is the single most important profession, and we are inclined to agree. Teacher Appreciation Week will be celebrated at St. Clair Winery & Bistro, from May 1-5. This is the third year in a row that we have celebrated by honoring teachers from New Mexico, Colorado and Texas with a 50% discount on their meal purchase during the promotional period.

“It’s our annual tradition to really take some time and let them know that we appreciate them and everything they do,” noted Director, Wayne Moore.

It’s not an easy job—with long hours, always changing standards, and stressful evaluations. But educators all over the nation overcome these challenges and make a difference in people’s lives.

“I remember arriving to New Mexico at eleven years old,” recollects Proprietor, Florent Lescombes. “I didn’t know a single bit of English—and there I was, enrolled into Mrs. Saunder’s fifth grade class at Alameda Elementary. It was such a supportive environment, within months I was well on my way.”

The special promotion comes at a good time for educators. PARCC testing will be wrapping up all around the state, and with the school year coming to a close, and we are happy to show gratitude for a job well-done! Join us for a generous discount for teacher’s appreciation week at our restaurant locations in Albuquerque, Las Cruces, and Farmington.


Line Cook Employment Opportunity

Line Cook Employment Opportunity 

LC Bistro

St. Clair Winery & Bistro, Las Cruces are looking to hire for part-time and full-time line cooks. Experience preferred, but not required.

-Must represent our vision and values
-Hard-working, team player
-Outgoing personality with excellent interpersonal skills
-A minimum of 6 months experience in a full service restaurant preferred
-Experience in an upscale casual dining or an equivalent service environment preferred
-Ability to stand and walk for up to 8 hours per day
-Ability to lift and carry up to 40 pounds
-Ability to exert fast-paced mobility for periods of up to 6 hours in length
-Ability to communicate and understand the primary language of the work location
-Ability to perform essential functions to St Clair Winery and Bistro standards with reasonable accommodation
-Ability to work flexible shifts and schedules, inclusive of weekends and some holidays
-Ability to communicate clearly with Guests, managers and team members
-Ability to work calmly and effectively under pressure, in a fast-paced environment

If you are interested in becoming part of our team, please come in to fill out an application anytime at 1720 Avenida De Mesilla, Las Cruces, NM 88005. Qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview.

Easter Brunch Buffet in Albuquerque & Las Cruces

Easter Brunch Buffet

Easter Brunch Buffet

We extend an invitation to come and feast on the best Easter Brunch in town! Many seasonal favorites will be available on our fully-stocked buffet, including; maple baked ham, baron of beef, assorted cheeses, a dessert station and much more.

The Easter Brunch Buffet will run on Easter Sunday, April 16th from 10 am to 4 pm in Las Cruces and Albuquerque. For $27.95, adults will enjoy a holiday experience fit for a king, while children 12 and under eat for only $9.95.

After enjoying brunch, Las Cruces guests of all ages are invited to enjoy a fun Easter egg hunt under the spring sun on our spacious lawn. Children and adults alike can hunt eggs and discover treats and special offers in celebration of the season!

For more information, or to make reservations for Easter Brunch, please call:

Las Cruces: 575-524-2408   –or–   Albuquerque: 505-243-9916

Accounts Payable Clerk

Job Opening: Accounts Payable Clerk Position Available
Full Time
Salary: DOE

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Perform each function in Accounts Payable in order to ensure proper processing of all bills, credit card transactions, and ensure proper payments to vendors. Responsible for confidentiality of all company information, taking initiative to support the goals and objectives of the Accounting department, and contributing to the team effort of the department. Duties include:

  • Maintain and update all account payable data and ensure accuracy in general ledgers
  • Manage and prepare all bills on an everyday basis and send for approvals
  • Handles all vendor correspondence via phone or email
  • Manage and ensure vendor receives 1099 forms, that we receive forms back completed, and data is input in system
  • Coordinate with various departments and ensure appropriate coding of all transactions
  • File, maintain, and distribute accounting documents, records and reports
  • Code such items as invoices, vouchers, expense reports, check requests, etc., with correct codes conforming to standard procedures to ensure proper entry into the financial system
  • Attach the corresponding purchase orders to incoming invoices with all supporting documentation.
  • Investigate and resolve problems associated with processing of invoices and purchase orders
  • Prepare batch check runs, enter wire transfers, and enter ACH transactions timely
  • Reconcile various accounts by identifying errors in posting or omissions by applying appropriate accounting standards
  • Receive, research, and resolve a variety of routine internal and external inquiries concerning account status, including communicating the resolution of discrepancies to appropriate persons
  • Perform audits on various expense accounts for internal use
  • Perform related duties as assigned by supervisor
  • Maintain compliance with all company policies and procedures

Education and/or Work Experience Requirements:

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including ability to effectively communicate with internal and external customers
  • Strong organizational skills; must be detail oriented
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Open to change and willing to learn new skills
  • Excellent computer proficiency (MS Office – Word, Excel and Outlook)
  • Must be able to work under pressure and meet deadlines, while maintaining a positive attitude and providing exemplary customer service
  • Ability to work independently and to carry out assignments to completion within parameters of instructions given, prescribed routines, and standard accepted practices
  • High school diploma or GED required
  • Associate degree preferred

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to maintain regular, punctual attendance consistent with the ADA, FMLA and other federal, state and local standards.
  • Ability to safely and successfully perform the essential job functions consistent with the ADA, FMLA and other federal, state and local standards, including meeting qualitative and/or quantitative productivity standards.
  • Must be able to talk, listen and speak clearly on telephone.
  • This is largely a sedentary role; however, some filing is required. This would require the ability to lift files, open filing cabinets and bend or stand as necessary.
In order to be considered for this position, applicants must take the required Applied Mathematics & Locating Information tests through the New Mexico Workforce Connection office in Deming, located at  322 E. Oak, or in Las Cruces, located at 226 S. Alameda Blvd. Please contact Maria Snyder at 575-546-0192 (Deming location) OR Marietta Valdez 575-524-6250 ext. 1021 (Las Cruces location) to schedule an appointment to take these two tests.  

Apply online here, or in person at 1325 De Baca Rd SE, in the Accounting office located behind the tasting room.


4 wines that pair well with Spring

Spring Wines Spring has officially sprung and the sun is shining! That means the flowers are blooming, the birds are chirping,  buds are budding, and rosé wines are flying off the shelves. Be prepared to enjoy some springtime fresh wines before the summer rolls in.

Have a bottle on hand that not only you love, but your guests will love as well,  something you can pour at a moment’s notice.

Here are 4 light, refreshing  blush wines to kickoff Spring without breaking the bank. Try pairing them with the right kind of food and you’ll see how perfectly tuned they are to the flavors of spring.

St. Clair Mimbres Pink  St. Clair Mimbres Pink - Spring Wine

It’s a fun, fruity and easy-drinking rosé wine. A perfumed nose of Moscato, strawberry, orange blossom and pomegranate reflect the beautiful flavor profile of this mellow wine.

Pair it with salads, cheese nosh platters, simple picnic fare, spicy New Mexican cuisine, or zesty barbecue.

Buy Now $10.00


D.H. Lescombes Rosé                                                                      DH Lescombes Rosé - Spring Wine

Its fresh flavor profile of ruby-red grapefruit, tart raspberry and strawberry is as light as a Spring breeze.

Pair it with light dishes and picnic fare for a memorable outing experience.

$13.00 Buy Now and have it shipped to your door!

Vinos de los Muertos Rest In Pink      VDM Rest In Pink - Spring Wine

A lovely wine with floral and fruit forward flavor and aromatic Moscato character. Crafted as a celebration of life and reminder of our mortality,  lingering in remembrance.

Pair this wine with spicy cuisine, fruited salads, fresh fruit desserts, or with your favorite appetizers. Sure to bring life to your meal.

$11.00 Buy Now and have it shipped to your door!


Blue Teal Red Moscato                                                                                      

IBlue Teal Moscato - Spring Wine ts flavors of strawberry and light tropical fruit combined with honeysuckle and pomegranate create a unique and enticing character.

Pair with Asian cuisine, sweet/spicy barbecue, full-flavored or creamy cheeses, fruit-based desserts and picnic fare for an enjoyable evening indoors or outdoors.

$10.00 Buy Now and have it shipped to your door!


Happy pouring and sipping this Spring!