In my book, every day should be deemed National Wine Day. Good wine can transport us to faraway lands, awaken our senses, and bring people together in the most convivial ways. Today, however, we’ll pay homage to a few exceptional establishments that have captured my attention. So, my fellow winos, let’s raise our glasses high and toast these extraordinary destinations on this so-called National Wine Day. But remember, every day is an opportunity to celebrate the magic of wine and the great establishments that bring it to life. Salud!
National Wine Day
Gruet Winery and Tasting Rooms
With its rich history from 1984, Gruet Winery has become synonymous with exceptional Méthode Champenoise sparkling wines in New Mexico. The roots of Gruet Winery trace back to Gilbert Gruet’s Champagne house in Bethon, France, adding a touch of Old World charm to their New Mexico offerings. In addition to its sparkling wine portfolio, Gruet Winery also offers a small collection of still wines that highlight the unique terroir of New Mexico. These wines provide a delightful alternative for those seeking a non-sparkling option, demonstrating the winery’s versatility and ability to excel across different styles. For wine enthusiasts in Santa Fe and Albuquerque, Gruet Winery provides a unique opportunity to experience the best of New Mexico’s wine offerings. The winery’s tasting rooms in both locations serve as welcoming and inviting spaces where visitors can sample a wide range of their vintages.
Zinc Wine Bar & Bistro
Zinc Wine Bar & Bistro, established in 2003, is a gem in the culinary scene of Albuquerque. The ambiance at Zinc strikes a perfect balance between sophistication and relaxation, creating an inviting setting for guests to enjoy a quick bite or indulge in an exceptional dining experience. One of Zinc’s standout features is its impressive selection of wines available by the glass, ensuring that every visitor can find the perfect pairing for their meal. The inviting zinc-top bar invites guests to unwind with a masterfully crafted cocktail, while the main floor and mezzanine tables offer a cozy and intimate dining experience. For those seeking an interactive culinary adventure, the exhibition bar provides a front-row seat to the captivating action in the open kitchen, where the menu by Chef Chris Pope comes to life.
The remarkable Central Bodega, nestled in the heart of Albuquerque’s Nob Hill, seamlessly blends enticing craft cocktails, delectable cuisine, and a genuine sense of community. Owned by Albuquerque natives Jessica and Seth Beecher, this venue is a testament to their unwavering passion for their hometown and desire to create a space where locals can come together. The wine list at Central Bodega showcases a diverse range of varietals and regions. Wine enthusiasts will revel in the array of choices, from bold reds to crisp whites and everything in between. Whether you’re an experienced oenophile or a curious explorer of new flavors, the knowledgeable staff always provides recommendations and guidance. Central Bodega offers a mouthwatering cuisine menu that perfectly complements the libations. From shareable small plates to satisfying main courses, the culinary offerings are prepared meticulously, often featuring locally sourced ingredients.
The Compound Restaurant
The Compound Restaurant is an absolute haven for wine enthusiasts, where the art of pairing food and wine takes center stage. This esteemed establishment’s dining experience is crafted around the seamless interplay between carefully selected wines and delectable cuisine, with each element complementing and inspiring the other. One of the highlights of The Compound Restaurant is its awe-inspiring wine list, boasting an impressive selection of 500 wines. The list showcases various varietals and styles and is painstakingly curated from our favorite wine regions. Whether you prefer a crisp and refreshing white or a bold and robust red, you’ll discover many options to suit your taste. Unsurprisingly, The Compound Restaurant has been honored with the prestigious Wine Spectator’s Best of Award of Excellence, a remarkable achievement for 18 consecutive years. This accolade speaks volumes about the restaurant’s unwavering dedication to curating an impressive and diverse wine list, elevating the dining experience to new heights.
Arroyo Vino Restaurant and Wine Shop
Arroyo Vino Restaurant and Wine Shop have solidified their position as one of Santa Fe’s premier destinations for extraordinary food and wine. With a focus on quality products sourced from around the world, the Wine Shop offers an impressive array of wines to cater to every taste and occasion. Whether you’re searching for a beloved favorite or eager to explore new and exciting labels, the knowledgeable staff will always guide you toward the perfect wine to take home and savor. What truly sets Arroyo Vino apart is the seamless integration of the Restaurant and the Wine Shop. The expertly crafted menu and the thoughtfully curated wine selection work harmoniously to create a truly exceptional dining experience.
Story by Gabe Gomez
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