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Thanksgiving With Us!


Let us prepare Thanksgiving Dinner so you can enjoy the holiday with your loved ones!

Las Cruces & Albuquerque Only  

Thanksgiving Buffet

Gather around our table and enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving Buffet that includes traditional turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce, salad, enchiladas, desserts, and more!
10 am -3 pm
$9.95/Children 12 & under


Thanksgiving Plated Dinner
 Let us prepare for you a warm Thanksgiving plated dinner that includes traditional turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, green bean casserole, dinner rolls and whipped butter!
Save some room for dessert!
10 am -3 pm
$19.95 Adults
$10.95/Children 12 & under


To-Go Family Platters available at all 3 Locations!

Thanksgiving  Family To-Go Platter: includes traditional turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce, dinner rolls and whipped butter.
From 10 – 3 pm – While it lasts!
Please place your order in advance.
$44/ serves 2-4 people

St. Clair Honors Veterans

St. Clair Honors Veterans !

We at St. Clair Winery and Bistro will proudly be  honoring all U.S. veterans and active duty military this Veterans Day, Saturday, November 11. Veterans and current servicemen and women are invited to enjoy a complimentary meal from a specially selected Veterans Day menu. All three St. Clair Winery and Bistro locations in Albuquerque, Las Cruces and Farmington are taking part in what has become an annual tradition to show appreciation to those who’ve sacrificed so much.

“Veterans selflessly serve our country and we are proud to be able to provide this small token of appreciation by serving them,” commented Wayne Moore, Director of Bistro Operations. “Honoring our Veterans means a lot to us, we are so grateful and honored to be a part of this.”

This year commemorates the fourth consecutive year for the program, since honoring Veterans with a free meal for the first time in 2014.  Last year, St. Clair was able to treat over 500 veterans and active duty military to a complimentary meal and also surprised them with an additional $10 voucher to use on a future visit.

Veterans are invited to choose from a select menu that features a hearty taste of home. The options of Southwest Meatloaf, Chicken Picado, Country Pot Roast and other local favorites like Pasta New Mexico and Isabelle’s Chicken Salad will be offered to veterans dining-in between 11 am and 9 pm on Saturday, November 11. Alcohol and gratuity are not included. Mark your calendar and join us in raising a glass to the brave men and women of our armed forces!

Servicemen and women can claim their complimentary meal by simply presenting proof of service, such as: U.S. Uniformed Services ID Card, U.S. Uniformed Services Retired ID Card, current Leave and Earnings Statement (LES), Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD214), veteran organization card or by proudly wearing their uniform.

Roadrunner Food Bank and St. Clair Winery Working Together to solve hunger

Donation coincides with “Hunger Action Month”

Left: Wally Verdooren, Roadrunner Food Bank’s Chief Development Officer Right: Florent Lescombes, St. Clair Winery Vice-President

Las Cruces, NM – A yearlong effort that started as a desire to help a local cause has paid-off in a big way for a
local New Mexico food bank—and in turn, many New Mexicans in need. St. Clair Winery announced a donation
of $8,328 for the local non-profit, Roadrunner Food Bank, though a unique partnership. The announcement
comes just in time for “Hunger Action Month,” which is a time for Americans to stand together and take action
to fight hunger by donating or volunteering.
Through the partnership, formed in early 2016, St. Clair Winery pledged to donate $1 per bottle sold of their
new release wine, ‘Bistro Red.’ The Roadrunner Food Bank logo is prominently placed on the wine label to help
raise awareness around the issue of ‘food insecurity’ in New Mexico, and show the monetary support provided
for the cause.
“We distribute five meals for every dollar,” said Wally Verdooren, Roadrunner Food Bank’s Chief Development
Officer, “this means over forty thousand meals are made possible through this gift, and we thank St. Clair
Winery for it.”
In Dona Ana County alone, Roadrunner Food Bank supplies many known food pantries such as Casa de
Peregrinos, El Caldito Soup Kitchen, Salvation Army and many others who contribute toward the initiative to
solve hunger in New Mexico. And it doesn’t stop there.
“We have soup kitchens, shelters, churches and other affiliated distribution partners in every county in New
Mexico,” explained Verdooren. “In addition, we do an average of 150 mobile food pantries per month, where
we bring a traveling food pantry to areas in-need, both big cities and rural areas alike.”
Roadrunner Food Bank’s mission complements the deeply embedded family-values and community mindset of
St. Clair Winery and its founders.
“Our goal was to find a way to make an impact locally,” said St. Clair Winery Vice-President, Florent Lescombes.
“We chose to partner with the food bank specifically because they impact those in-need across the entire state.”
Melody Wattenbarger, president and CEO of Roadrunner Food Bank said, “Partnerships like this one help us
extend our ability to reach more of our hungry neighbors. As one of the hungriest states in the country, every
dollar we raise helps in our mission to end hunger.”
Each of the St. Clair Winery locations in Deming, Albuquerque, Farmington and Las Cruces have the Bistro Red
wine available for purchase. Many New Mexico grocers—who are also Roadrunner Food Bank contributors, such
as Albertson’s, Fiesta Foods, Toucan Market, and others—are also retailing the uniquely labeled wine.
For details about volunteering or supporting the Food Bank, visit or call 505.247.2052
For more information on this partnership visit

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.”


Saturday, September 30th
12:00 pm – Winefest Day 1 Officially Opens
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm – Live Music by “Horizon”
12:00 pm – Silent Auction Bidding Begins
12:30 pm – V.I.P. Winery Tour
1:30 pm – Cork Pulling Contest
1:45 pm – Grape Stomp Contest
2:00 pm – V.I.P. Winery Tour
3:00 pm – Cork Pulling Contest
3:15 pm – Grape Stomp Contest
3:30 pm – Basic Winery Tour
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Live Music by “Caliente”
5:00 pm – V.I.P. Winery Tour
6:00 pm – Grape Stomp Contest
6:15 pm – Cork Pulling Contest
7:30 pm – Firework Display
9:00 pm – Winefest Ends

Sunday, October 1st
12:00 pm – Winefest Day 2 Officially Opens
12:30 pm – V.I.P. Winery Tour
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm – Live Music by “Brandon Perrault” (Trio)
2:00 pm – V.I.P. Winery Tour
2:15 pm – Cork Pulling Contest
2:30 pm – Grape Stomp Contest
2:45 pm – Bling Your Bra Contest (bring a decorated bra and be ready to either model it over your
clothes or display on a hanger. Prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place!)
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm – Music by “Unlyshed”
3:30 pm – Basic Winery Tour
4:00 pm – Silent Auction Bidding Ends
5:00 pm – V.I.P. Winery Tour
5:00 pm – Cork Pulling Contest
5:15 pm – Grape Stomp Contest
6:00 pm – Winefest Ends

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.