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Imperial Kir being poured over raspberry sorbet.

Imperial Kir Raspberry Sorbet Float

Imperial Kir Raspberry Sorbet Float

Nothing says Valentine’s Day quite like the color pink! So, our rose-colored D.H. Lescombes Imperial Kir is a perfect companion for the holiday. Our Imperial Kir is a crisp, festive, semi-sweet wine with a (literally) bubbly character. Based on the ‘Kir Imperiale’, a raspberry-flavored drink first made popular in the late 1800s, we decided to put a soda shop twist on this old-world classic.

Inspired by a recipe by The Cookie Rookie, we added a few scoops of raspberry sorbet to create a delicious, sweet treat. Notes of citrus in the wine lend a bit of sophistication to an otherwise playful float. We like to top it with graham crackers and fresh raspberries, but feel free to try any other toppings that might strike your fancy (maybe some yogurt chips?). Perfect to enjoy on your own, or to split with a special someone this Valentine’s Day.

Imperial Kir Raspberry Sorbet Float

  • Servings: 1
  • Time: 5 min.
  • Difficulty: easy
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Imperial Kir with raspberry sorbet.

Ingredients

  • 2-3 scoops of raspberry sorbet
  • 1 cup Imperial Kir

Optional:

  • Crumbled graham crackers
  • Fresh raspberries

Directions

  1. Place scoops of sorbet into a large margarita glass.
  2. Pour Imperial Kir over the sorbet.
  3. Garnish with graham crackers and fresh raspberries.
  4. Sip, scoop and enjoy!

3 Ways to Make Valentine’s Day Special ♥

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Valentine’s Day is a time to show feelings of love, affection and friendship.

If you’re out of ideas on how to make it memorable, here’s 3 ways to make the most out of your Valentine’s Day.

 

1. Play Cupid!

A Valentine's Day gift basket put together by St. Clair Winery & Bistro.

Wine, chocolates and exquisite treats are sure to make your sweetheart weak in the knees. Choose their favorite wine, and let our team put it together and mail it out to your sweetie. Be sure to order before February 7th to ensure delivery by Valentine’s Day.  Click here to order online or call our gift basket experts at 1-888-799-4637.

 

2.  Share a Romantic Dinner!

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A tried and true way to celebrate Valentine’s Day is to treat your Valentine to a romantic meal. Put away the apron and oven mitts and escape to our Bistro. The cozy atmosphere, special Valentine’s Day menu items and complimentary chocolate-covered strawberries served with each tableside wine bottle purchase are sure to make it an unforgettable day for you and your Valentine. For details on the celebration, click here.

 

3. Treat Your Sweetie!

D.H. Lescombes Imperial Kir Raspberry Sorbet Float

If you’re looking to spend a romantic night in, treat them to a delectable dessert. This easy Imperial Kir Raspberry Sorbet Float recipe is sure to make the special day even sweeter. Click here for step by step instructions.

 

 

 

St. Clair and Community Come Together to Support Cancer Warriors

Photo courtesy: Daniel Gonzales/St. Clair Winery. Pictured are St. Clair Winery Staff led by Sales Manager Robert Duran, Tasting Room Manager Lora Robinson and Event Coordinator Naomi Morales presenting this year’s donation to the Cancer Support of Deming & Luna County, Patient Advocate Joanna Costilla and Board Member Don Hill
Photo courtesy: Daniel Gonzales/St. Clair Winery. Pictured are St. Clair Winery Staff led by Sales Manager Robert Duran, Tasting Room Manager Lora Robinson and Event Coordinator Naomi Morales presenting this year’s donation to the Cancer Support of Deming & Luna County, Patient Advocate Joanna Costilla and Board Member Don Hill

St. Clair Winery of Deming, NM, held their annual St. Clair Winefest the first weekend in October, with proceeds benefitting Deming & Luna County Cancer Support for the sixth year in a row. The local non-profit provides a variety of support to cancer patients in the community. They also provide outreach services for general education, early detection, screening programs, transportation assistance, and general cancer awareness.

This year’s Winefest donation was $5,433, which is over $2,000 more than last year’s donation. Major growth is attributed to the community support that has grown every year since its inception.

Each year since 2010, St. Clair has paired with the organization to donate some of the proceeds from their annual Winefest, which has become a destination for those looking to have a great time while also supporting a great cause. The largest portion of the fundraising stemmed from the Silent Auction, which is full of donated items from regional businesses, including St. Clair. The local winery also donates admission fees, pink ribbon sales, and vendor fees for the good of the cause.

“It’s amazing to see the support from all the local businesses that donate to the silent auction,” said Joanna Costilla, Patient Advocate from Deming & Luna County Cancer Support. “We’re extremely grateful to St. Clair for hosting this event and the generous amount of work they put into donating to help those in need. We’re also grateful to the community who continually supports the organization and our local cancer warriors.”

“It all went really well,” said St. Clair Tasting Room Manager, Lora Robinson. “We couldn’t have asked for better weather, and the turnout from the community was wonderful. We’re thankful for all the businesses and individuals who donated to the silent auction this year, it was a huge success. We can’t wait to do it again next year.”

Silent auction sponsors included: 1st New Mexico Bank, Allie Pelayo, Angel Nails, Black Hat Trading, Big-O-Tires, Bill Schnuk, Border Pest Control, Carol Smith, Car Quest, Cats, Circle S Western Emporium, Cliff & Terri Paulk, The Cookie Jar, Crafter’s Den, Dawn Lint, Deming Coke, Deming Luna Mimbres Museum, Deming Mattress, Diaz Farms, Dollar Tree, El Rey, First Federal Credit Union, Forghetaboutit, Foxworth Galbraith, Furniture Gallery, Gabe’s Fitness, Gene’s Equipment, Hofacket Law Firm, LLC, John Deer South Plains Implement, Karl’s Embroidery & Screen Printing, Kmart, La Fonda, Larry’s Music & Sound, Las Casuelas, The Lescombes Family, Mango Maddie’s, Marty & Will Willis, Mimbres Valley Feeds, Napa, The Patio, Pepper’s, Punkin Gose, Quality Inn, Rancher’s Grill, Samantha Crim, Shifflet Farms.

Deming & Luna County Cancer Support can be reached at (575) 546-4780

Veterans enjoy a Free Meal

St. Clair Winery honored to serve Veterans on November 11th

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St. Clair Winery and Bistro will be proudly honoring all U.S. veterans and active duty military this Veterans Day, Friday, November 11. Veterans and current servicemen and women are invited to enjoy a free 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 often sacrifice everything for our freedom, it’s an honor to serve them and be able to say thank you to them each year,” commented Maritza Gomez, Marketing Director. “Honoring our Veterans means a lot to St. Clair, we are an American company and we are grateful for the opportunities they have provided us and all Americans.”

This year commemorates the third 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.

Veterans are invited to choose from a select menu that features a hearty taste of home. 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 11AM and 9PM on Friday, November 11. Alcohol and gratuity are not included. Mark your calendar and join St. Clair in raising a glass to the brave men and women of our armed forces!

Servicemen and women can claim their complimentary meal by 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), veterans organization card or by proudly wearing their uniform.

St. Clair Winery was established in 1984 and is located in Deming, New Mexico. In 2005, the winery expanded to open the first of three restaurants, now located in Albuquerque, Las Cruces and Farmington.  Entrees range from $9-$22 and are offered alongside New Mexico grown, produced and bottled St. Clair and D.H. Lescombes wines available for retail purchase or table service ranging from $9-$51. Visit www.stclairwinery.com for more information.  

For additional information, contact Maritza Gomez – Marketing Director

cell: (575) 405-2727 • email: marketing@swwines.com

Albuquerque Employment Opportunity

 We are looking for exceptional people to join our growing team! We currently have Host and Server positions available.
HOST:  As the main, and often first point of contact with our guests, our hosts are one of our most important roles. Our hosts greet every guest in friendly and efficient manner. They are responsible for our reservation and seating system and enthusiastically communicating accurate information to our guests. Other daily functions include escorting guests to their tables, providing menus, and preparing tables throughout service. Strong communication skills are necessary in ensuring a positive experience for our guests.
 
SERVER:  Servers are integral in creating a truly great experience at St Clair Winery & Bistro. Our servers have a passion for people, service, food and wine and are responsible for delivering gracious hospitality with a strong knowledge of our products and company. Servers must be able to multitask and provide excellent communication with team members and guests. As with every position at St Clair Winery & Bistro, teamwork is essential and is what we’re all about!
 
Requirements:
-Must represent our vision and values
-At least 21 years of age (server position only)
-Knowledge of and passion for wine is a plus!
-Loves Guest service!
-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 10 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 basic mathematical calculations; basic reading, listening and speaking skills
-Ability to perform essential functions to St Clair Winery & 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
-Certified in responsible alcohol service in the state of New Mexico
 
If you are interested in becoming part of our team, please come in to fill out an application Mon-Thurs 2-5 PM at 901 Rio Grande Blvd., Albuquerque, NM 87104 . Qualified candidates will be contacted to schedule an interview.

Farmington Employment Opportunity

 We are looking for exceptional people to join our growing team! We currently have Server & Line Cook positions available.
SERVER:  Servers are integral in creating a truly great experience at St Clair Winery & Bistro. Our servers have a passion for people, service, food and wine and are responsible for delivering gracious hospitality with a strong knowledge of our products and company. Servers must be able to multitask and provide excellent communication with team members and guests. As with every position at St Clair Winery & Bistro, teamwork is essential and is what we’re all about!
 
Requirements:
-Must represent our vision and values
-At least 21 years of age 
-Knowledge of and passion for wine is a plus!
-Loves Guest service!
-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 basic mathematical calculations; basic reading, listening and speaking skills
-Ability to perform essential functions to St Clair Winery & 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
-Certified in responsible alcohol service in the state of New Mexico
 
EXPERIENCED LINE and PREP COOKS (part-time)
$9.00+ (DOE)
Requirements:

-Must represent our vision and values
-Knowledge of and passion for wine is a plus!
-Hard-working, team player
-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 basic mathematical calculations; basic reading, listening and speaking skills
-Ability to perform essential functions to St Clair Winery & 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 Mon-Thurs 2-5 pm at 5150 E. Main Street, Farmington, NM 87402. Qualified candidates will be contacted to schedule an interview.

 

Teacher Appreciation Week

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Teacher Appreciation Week will be celebrated at St. Clair Winery & Bistro, from April 25-30. To kick off the promotional week, St. Clair Winery & Bistro will cater a luncheon for the faculty and staff of three selected schools in New Mexico.  Among the schools elected are Lynn Middle School in Las Cruces, Northeast Elementary School in Farmington, and Desert Ridge Middle School in Albuquerque.

This is the second year that St. Clair Winery & Bistro has celebrated Teacher appreciation week. The restaurant will honor licensed teachers from New Mexico, Colorado and Texas with a 50% discount on their meal purchase during the promotional period.

Although nationally, Teacher Appreciation Week is recognized in May, the special promotion comes at a good time for educators. PARCC testing is wrapping up all around the state during the last week of April.

St. Clair Winery & Bistro would like to recognize Albuquerque Public Schools, Lynn Middle School and Farmington Municipal Schools for welcoming the teacher recognition into their schools.

St. Clair Winery & Bistro has restaurant locations in Albuquerque-Old Town, Las Cruces and Farmington, New Mexico.  The restaurant’s entrees range in price from $9-$20 and are chef created using only; free-range no hormone chicken, New Mexico grass-fed beef and offering several vegetarian and gluten-free options. St. Clair Winery grows, produces and bottles all of its wines in New Mexico.

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St. Clair Winery & Bistro is extending an invite for media to attend the luncheon events, reach out to Maritza Gomez, 575-405-2727 for the respective dates and times.

St. Clair celebrates safety

Winery recognized as accident-free business

By The Deming Headlight Staff- March 14, 2016

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Pictured from left to right: CFO Brandon Young, Plant Manager Macaryo Argott, OSHA Safety Consultant Mike Gonzales, OSHA Consultation Manager Lisa Spahr, CEO Florent Lescombes, Safety Coordinator Robin Lee, Quality Control Manager Ziedney Valenzona.

 DEMING – St. Clair Winery is a safe place to work, according to its administrative staff and the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA). The winery, a local product of  Southwest Wines Inc., was awarded and recognized on Wednesday in an induction ceremony commemorating participation in the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) through OSHA.

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“We are very proud of the accomplishment they (St. Clair) have made toward being a SHARP certified employer,” said Lisa Spahr, OSHA consultation manager. “They are one of eight SHARP employers in New Mexico.” Read more here.

View the ceremony here!

 

 

St. Clair Winery Creates Special Label Wine to Benefit Roadrunner Food Bank

SC & RRFB logosThis month, St. Clair Winery will release a new wine to the public in a unique way.  The New Mexico Winery will use their 2012 Bistro Red as an avenue to raise funds in partnership with Roadrunner Food Bank.

“Through the partnership, St. Clair has pledged to donate $1 per bottle sold of our new wine, Bistro Red, to Roadrunner Food Bank,” said St. Clair Marketing Director, Maritza Gomez. “This year, we anticipate the donation will be between $12,000 – $15,000.” The partnership between St. Clair Winery and Roadrunner Food Bank will help raise awareness around the issue of hunger in New Mexico.

Roadrunner Food Bank’s mission complements the deeply embedded family values of the St. Clair brand. “They pair perfectly!” said Gomez “Our goal was to ensure the donation would make an impact locally.” St. Clair chose to partner with the food bank because they are not just a city or county affiliate; their assistance spans the whole state and includes the entire spectrum of those in need including women, children, men and the elderly.St. Clair Bistro Red

Roadrunner Food Bank will be the sole beneficiary of this distinctive promotion. 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. The funds raised over the length of this unique promotion will help us provide about 75,000 meals. Thank you, St. Clair, for this wonderful opportunity to raise funds and also remind people about the issue of hunger in New Mexico.”

To introduce the promotion, St. Clair Winery & Bistro will host a Release Party at both their Albuquerque and Farmington locations. Attendees will be asked to donate $5 to the Food Bank which will include a glass of the St. Clair 2012 Bistro Red poured from the barrel.

Media are invited to attend the kickoff event at noon on Wednesday, March 23 to learn more about the partnership.

Each of the St. Clair Winery & Bistro locations in Albuquerque, Farmington and Las Cruces will have the Bistro Red wine available for purchase.  Other New Mexico retail locations such as Albertson’s, Smith’s, Walgreens; and others who are contributing partners to Roadrunner Food Bank; will also stock and sell the uniquely labeled wine.

For details about volunteering or giving to the Food Bank, visit www.rrfb.org or call 505.247.2052.

50 States Series: Top Wineries & Breweries Worth Traveling For (2016 Edition!)

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Tasting an oaky wine straight from the barrel or a hoppy beer perfectly poured from the keg will always be an experience unlike anything from a can or a bottle. And, in many cases, it’s an experience worth working into your travel plans while you’re on vacation. Whether you’re enjoying an urban escape in a big city or are trying your hand at country-living for a bit, take a detour to a sprawling vineyard or find the nearest local brewery to add some fun and flavor to your getaway.

We’ve searched for the best winery and/or brewery in every state to put together a list of places you just can’t miss. These are places where the ambiance is unbeatable, and more importantly the craft brews and aged wines are award-winning. Our list will lead you to the best wineries and breweries across the United States, so you’ll have no excuse not to go for a tasting on your next trip. Take a look:

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