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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.”

St. Clair Event Center Hosts “Yappy Hour” to Raise Money For Deming Animal Guardians

DEMING – Rain or shine, Deming Animal Guardians held another successful Yappy Hour fundraiser hosted by St. Clair Winery in Deming this past weekend. Rain didn’t end up being a problem since St. Clair Winery offered its indoor tasting and event center.

“There was a little indoor dancing, pledging and shopping and a little outdoor visiting and tasting happening. It worked out perfectly.” says event coordinator Debbie Troyer.

The event brought in just under $1,400 to help support DAG’s no-kill rescues and spay/neuter programs. Money was raised through pledges taken in a contest that bid Crystal Pena of HELP-NM against Will Jansen of Mimbres Hospital. Each competed for a $100 prize to be given to their charity of choice. Congratulations to the winner, Crystal Pena, for playing along in her kitty costume and raising funds for Luna County’s Early Childhood Coalition.

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Crystal Peña congratulated by Will Janson at Yappy Hour inside St. Clair Winery’s Special Event Center.

St. Clair Winery donated use of their spacious indoor special event center as well as $1 for every glass of wine/beer sold, vendors sold beautiful oil and acrylic paintings, hand cut stone jewelry, candles and engravings. Faces were decorated by Megan Lemcke, dancing was provided by EnJ Entertainment and everyone was entertained by the always fun MC Greg Morrow. Belle Pacheco gave away $200 GoodLife VIP gift cards.

“It’s not easy to bring these events together, but the support from our community and volunteers always amazes me. We have a great time at our fundraisers,” Troyer said.

DAG invites you to follow them on Facebook to keep up on all the upcoming and fun events. Next up, “Bowling for Fur-Balls” on August 12 at the Starmax Bowling Center, 333 N. Country Club Road. This will be a No-Tap Tournament for all ages. There will be a Blu-Ray DVD Player raffle, door prizes, music and handmade awards.

For more information, please contact DAG at 575-544-2209

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.

 

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

Teacher Appreciation Week at St. Clair Winery & Bistro

Teacher Appreciation Week 2017

50% Discount on Meals for Teachers

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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.

 

WHAT: 50% off meals for teachers

WHERE: St. Clair Winery & Bistro locations in Albuquerque, Las Cruces, and Farmington.

WHEN: May 1st – 5th

 

 

 

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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