St. Clair Winery Celebrates 30 Years

Cheers to 30 Years. From French roots and humble beginnings, St. Clair Winery has grown to be the largest and premier winery in New Mexico. In commemoration, St. Clair is re-launching a special recipe wine served at their grand opening in 1984.

Deming, NM, March 21, 2014 --( It was 1984 when French winemaker, Hervé Lescombes, pioneered the New Mexico wine scene and crafted wine from his first harvest. He had moved to New Mexico from Burgundy, France in 1981 and planted a vineyard in southwest New Mexico, about 45 miles west of Deming. Just three years later at St. Clair Winery’s grand opening, guests sipped on a special wine crafted to commemorate the event—La Clairette.

Since then, St. Clair Winery has flourished into the largest winery in the state, employing about 250 New Mexicans. The company is owned and operated by the Lescombes family, whose history is rich in winemaking experience, with six-generations of winemakers spread across three continents. Top-honors have been awarded in many national and international wine competitions over the years, including over 85 gold medals and over 25 best-of-show awards. In addition, their St. Clair Winery & Bistro locations in Albuquerque, Las Cruces and Farmington each offer a comfortable and unique dining experience, wine flights, pairings and live music.

“Many things contribute to our success,” said Manager Rick Sharp, “most importantly, our customers. We want them to arrive as guests and leave as friends.”

In celebration of 30 years of success, St. Clair Winery is re-introducing La Clairette. Hundreds of hours of hard work, both in the vineyard and at the winery, have culminated into a limited production blend that is a feast to the senses. Beautiful color, well-balanced and boasting nice complexity, it was crafted to be approachable, yet elegant. Ruby Cabernet and a touch of Malvasia Bianca are showcased in the blend for their ability to thrive in our climate and make consistently high-quality wine. Packaged in a limited-edition, screen-printed bottle, the message is clear: this isn’t just great wine, it’s a commemoration.

“It’s so unique because we blend varietals that are complete opposites. Brought together just right, it creates a fine balance in character. Something very special transpired here and we’re proud that it’s part of our 30 year celebration,” said Carrie Gurule, Winemaker at St. Clair.

In addition to La Clairette, St. Clair Winery will be hosting a number of promotions to celebrate their anniversary. Each month, you will find a “Wine of the Month” featured at St. Clair locations that will be generously discounted. There will be wine tasting specials, commemorative glassware and other small events as part of the larger celebration throughout the year.

“We are excited to have so much to celebrate and raise our glasses to,” said Vice-President Florent Lescombes. “We want thank New Mexico for the last 30 years of support.” Cheers to 30 Years! •
St. Clair Winery
Daniel Gonzales
575-546-9324 ext 24