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We are incredibly proud to announce that our 2015 Pinot Noir has won a Double Gold medal at this year's Finger Lakes International Wine Competition!
Pinot Noir is a unique varietal, known famously in regions like the Willamette Valley of Oregon, Russian River Valley in California, as well as Italy and France. Our Pinot Noir was made in the very traditional Old World style similar to traditional pinots found in Burgundy. It is earthy with a velvety texture and does well with aeration or plenty of time to breathe to let the beautiful aromas fully develop. It can accompany bolder dishes or stand alone. When drinking our Pinot Noir, you will first observe its beautiful rusty, ruby color while taking in aromas of woody mushroom and supple leather. We recommend pairing this wine with poultry and fish dishes or anything with rich and creamy sauces.
However, our Pinot Noir was not the only winner for us at Finger Lakes! Enchantment Vineyards also won two silver medals for Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, plus five bronze medals for our Reserve Chardonnay, Traveler Red, 2015 Syrah, Native White, and Cacti White. Our family is pleased to be so well received on an international stage for this labor of love. We want to share this victory with every customer, our volunteers who have helped us with our first harvest, and all of the locals who visit and support us in Portales, New Mexico each week. Our intention in starting our vineyard in 2015 was to make wine a part of our local community, and it fills our hearts with much gratitude to be recognized a second year with this victory.
Held each year as a fundraiser for Camp Good Days, Finger Lakes is one of the largest international wine competition, featuring some of the biggest names in vineyards and winemaking. Camp Good Days provides camping experiences in upstate New York to children who have cancer. To learn more about these organizations, please visit Camp Good Days online.
Though we planted our vineyard in 2015, we knew the real work (and fun) would begin in early 2018. As they say, time flies, and this March we will celebrate our tasting room's one year anniversary after opening on March 2, 2018.
One spring afternoon in 2018, our winemaker called us with the news that we had won nine medals at the Fingerlakes International Wine Competition. We couldn't have been more thrilled with our first competition results! After only being open a few short months, receiving these esteemed awards from such a prestigious competition was incredibly validating and that our hearts were in the right place when we started this crazy vineyard plan. We hope 2019 will bring other medals!
Harvest season in August and September meant meeting new friends and neighbors, as we put together a few crews of vineyard pros and volunteers. Spending time with each and every vine gave us an intimate opportunity to hand-pick our grapes, tasting the fruits born from our Portales soil. Time-consuming? You bet. Worth it? Absolutely! Later this spring, we hope to give some wonderful updates on our grapes, how they're growing, and a look into some of the science before the bottle. By summertime, stay tuned for updates on Harvest 2019 if you wish to join us as one of our volunteers for a unique Portales experience!
In September, we hosted our very first Chef's Table event, which featured delicious foods from our friend Chef Jason Morse and 5280 Culinary. One hundred guests joined us for a beautiful evening outside, and we were grateful for New Mexico weather cooperation. Jason and his team not only served some truly delicious plates, but he also cooked in front of everyone with a serious repertoire of outdoor grilling and smoking equipment! Come for the food and stay for the grilling education. Response to the event was tremendous and we look forward to possibly teaming up with Jason again soon. Stay hungry, Portales!
We finally made our way to our first New Mexico wine festival in February 2019. Vines in the Pines was an exciting event that was full of wine making friends from around the state, as well as new customers from great cities like Las Cruces, New Mexico and El Paso, Texas.
Along with 13 other participating vineyards and wineries, we had an absolute blast sharing ten of our wines with ticket holders to this amazing event. Standout favorites for the festival included our Chambourcin, Rising Red table wine, as well as our award-winning Enchanted Moscato.
After learning so much and making new friends through wine, we hope the rest of 2019 is just as exciting. We're looking forward to hosting more events, new wine release parties, special pairing events, and dinners that celebrate wine. Stay tuned for the first of these events beginning this spring, with the return of our popular wine and cheese pairing event with local gouda and more!
As always, we love to hear your feedback. Get in touch with us on social media (Facebook, Instagram) or email us. From our family to yours, thank you for an amazing year one. Cheers!
This Thanksgiving, whether your cuisine remains the traditional turkey, or if you cook a bit more adventurously for your guests, wine pairings for your holiday meal should not be overlooked. This year, we recommend three of our New Mexico wines to pair with your dishes.
For starters, turkey lovers can do no wrong by pairing their bird with a quality Chardonnay. Our crisp Chardonnay offers a balanced blend of acidity, with just enough flavors of oak and butter to work with your bird, no matter how its prepared.
Serving something a bit less traditional like a prime rib or peppered steaks? Syrah is our choice! Even if you wanted to pair this with a turkey entree, the spiciness of Syrah will compliment meats peppery dry rubs for a greater impact.
When it comes to dessert, a sweet wine like Travelers Red will work with your pumpkin pie, not outshine it. It offers a balance of being sweet, but not too sweet! If you want to shake it up a bit, swap it out for Sunset Rosé.
From our family to yours, we wish you a very happy Thanksgiving. Cheers!
Summer is the best season to enjoy a chilled glass of rosé. Rosé food pairings are also the epitome of summer cuisine, with dishes like grilled pizza, seafood, and light salads. We tasked Donna, one of Enchantment's most talented mixologists, with coming up with a special rosé punch recipe.
- 1 bottle Sunset Rosé
- 1/2-cup to 1 cup frozen Limeade
- 33 oz bottle of club soda
- 1 Liter of Sprite
Depending on how much of a citrus twist you'd like to have, add more or less Limeade. Mix all ingredients together, then serve on ice. Garnish with fresh sprigs of mint and a strawberry.
Cheers, and happy August!
Sangria with a New Mexico twist, you ask? Why of course! This week we are featuring a collaboration of our very own Lisa Jaynes and Samantha Black, two Enchantment wine experts and budding mixologists who teamed up to deliver perhaps our most unique sangria yet. Have they achieved a fine balance of spicy meets sweet? You be the judge.
Combine all ingredients except for cider and let sit overnight to extract flavors of the fruit and jalapeño. Stir well before refrigerating to dissolve the brown sugar. Serve over ice, adding Sandia Watermelon Cider. Enjoy the subtle flavor of jalapeño mingling with strawberry and watermelon, preferably with views of the mountains!
[EDITOR'S NOTE: This one's got my vote for sure!]
The summer salute to sangria continues, this time with a tropical take on this sweet beverage. This week, Enchantment mixologist Scott Knauer offers this tropical twist on sangria, full of the tropical flavors of pineapple, grapefruit, and ginger. Inspired by this tiny pink pineapple spotted at a bottanical garden in Hawaii in 2017, this concoction can be topped off with a favorite cider, and then your set for an afternoon at the beach (or a land-locked swimming pool in your backyard).
Mix Pinot Noir and brown sugar, stirring to begin dissolving sugar. Add can of pineapple rings and include all the juice (if you want more pineapple flavor, add pineapple juice or concentrate). Skin the ginger and cut into a few small pieces. You may zest the ginger to bring out extra flavor if you like. Add frozen strawberries and let sit overnight. Before serving, add pineapple cider. Pour over ice and garnish with pineapple rings or sliced grapefruit. Now close your eyes and take your first sip, picturing yourself on a distant shore of a tropical island, letting a smile come across your face. Ahh...
During the hot summer months in New Mexico, our favorite beverage shifts from the elegant simplicity of wine to the traditional Spanish concoction of sangria. We've decided to host an informal competition between the family and staff of Enchantment Vineyards. First up is June, the matriarch of Enchantment. Known to be a master mixologist, June's recipe for Enchanting Sangria is sure to be a hit on a hot summer day by the pool.
Mix the first six ingredients together, stirring well until the sugar is completely dissolved. Next, add the sliced fruit and cherries. Refrigerate the muddled fruits overnight, then prior to serving, add the cider for a fizzy kick to the experience. It's okay if you experience the urge to flamenco dance.
This July, we will be featuring a different sangria recipe each week, each making use of our wine of the month, our 2015 Pinot Noir. Save 10% on all bottles of this uniquely delicate wine either online or in our tasting room.
Are you planning to take an upcoming vacation in the southwestern portion of the United States? There are so many amazing options, and every state has something unique to offer.
New Mexico can sometimes be overlooked. However, it's a very diverse, historical, and laid-back vacation spot with so much to offer.
Foodies, wine connoisseurs, nature lovers, and those hoping to gain some insight on different cultures will be pleasantly surprised at all the things to do when they visit New Mexico. But there are some things you should know before you travel to this wonderful state.
Do we have your interest? Keep reading to discover 10 things you should know before you visit New Mexico.
New Mexico's food is influenced a lot by (you guessed it) Mexico! You'll find tons of amazing food in this state, and there are chilies and tortillas almost everywhere!
Who says tortillas can only be for burritos? Tortillas are used in any dish they possibly can be. Did you run out of bread? A New Mexican may tell you to just slap that peanut butter and jelly onto a tortilla!
Chilies are another common ingredient. If you don't like spice, you should be wary that many of New Mexico's signature dishes, like chili enchiladas, posole, and green chili stew all pack quite a punch by incorporating chilies.
If you like some spice, but don't want to be overwhelmed, you'll be pleased to know that they chilies are served with varying degrees of spiciness.
If you're asked "red, green or Christmas" when ordering food, the server is referring to the heat of your chili peppers. Red chilies have a milder taste, while green chilies are much hotter. If you can't decide, ordering your peppers Christmas will give you a mix of red and green.
When most people think of wine made in America, their mind may head straight to California. While it's true that California is popular for its wine, New Mexico has actually been in the game longer.
New Mexico's long history of making wine dates all the way back to 1629. There are now over 42 wineries which produce a collective 700,000 gallons of wine each year. This makes visiting a winery of the biggest draws of New Mexico tourism.
The wineries in New Mexico offer an impressive selection of red, white, and rose wines, so you'll be sure to find one you love. If you're looking for something unique, Enchantment Vineyards creates a Sunrise Rose that has hints of fruitcake and cotton candy!
We've all read stories and watched movies of the wild west growing up. If you grew up in the east, Annie Oakley and Jesse James may seem more like characters rather than actual people. However, they were indeed real people, and they've left their influence behind in New Mexico.
The city of Cimarron can be particularly interesting if you're looking for some history on your visit to New Mexico. There, you'll find the St. James Hotel. Annie Oakley and Jesse James have stayed there, and the hotel's bar is the location where Davy Crockett murdered some Buffalo Soldiers.
But the rich history doesn't stop with the wild west. There is also an extensive history of Native Americans in New Mexico.
New Mexico tourism boasts over 25,000 Ancestral Pueblo sites throughout the country and Indian arrowheads pop up everywhere. The Bandelier National Monument is a 33,677-acre park where you can see the influences left behind by the Ancestral Pueblo.
The New Mexico desert may be the most commonly thought of landscape, but there is so much more than that.
New Mexico also has plenty of mountains and lush forests. The landscaping that can be found throughout the state is awe-inspiring. Red rocks twisting and turning and picturesque white sand dunes will have you wanting to come back for more New Mexico vacations.
It looks like Wile E. Coyote still hasn't caught that pesky roadrunner yet!
The roadrunner is actually the state bird of New Mexico, and you'll most likely see a few when you visit New Mexico. But, don't worry, roadrunners aren't giant blue birds like you see in the cartoon.
They only measure about 1 foot tall and 2 feet long. While they can fly, they are more adept at running - which is where they get their name. These little brown and white birds are actually fast enough to outrun a human!
If you enjoy stargazing, then you'll love New Mexico.
The climate there is very dry. In fact, most areas only see 55-75 rainy days every year. This means you'll be able to enjoy clear skies most nights. This coupled with low light pollution makes New Mexico tourism famous for its pristine stargazing.
Every vacation experiences a few hiccups along the way. Maybe you overslept, got sunburnt, or missed the bus you were trying to catch.
While nobody wants to experience stressful problems on vacation, it's all about how you handle them. New Mexico has a very laid-back atmosphere. Take the local attitude in stride while you visit New Mexico and relax even when problems arise. After all, worrying doesn't solve anything.
When you visit New Mexico, you may notice that everyone calls parades and festivals "fiestas." These fiestas are the pride and joy of New Mexico tourism.
The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is the most famous fiesta the state has to offer. It's the biggest hot air balloon festival in the world, allowing visitors to gaze at hundreds of colorful balloons floating in the sky.
If you miss the International Balloon Fiesta, the New Mexico State Fair and the Roswell UFO Festival are also great options. Attending a fiesta in New Mexico is a great way to have fun and learn all about New Mexico's colorful culture. You may even want to take several New Mexico vacations to see all the different fiestas this state holds.
New Mexico is a great vacation destination for foodies, history lovers, and wine connoisseurs alike.
There is so much to do in this amazing state, including learning about Native Americans, enjoying the landscaping, and attending one of the many fiestas. But before you visit New Mexico, you should know a few things, like the fact that chilies are everywhere (and you can get them Christmas), roadrunners are real, and the stargazing is to die for.
Finding the right gift for someone you care about isn't always easy. In fact, sometimes it's frustrating and overwhelming. Don't worry, there's a solution.
If you want a thoughtful gift for a birthday, wedding or a business associate, give a wine gift basket. You can personalize it to match each person's individual preferences.
A gift basket is versatile enough to give to your best friend, parents, boss or neighbor. You can fill it with wine and food, plus special touches that match the recipient's interests.
Keep reading for ideas that work in many gift-giving situations.
You don't have to overspend at an expensive boutique. You can make a one-of-a-kind gift to suit everyone on your list from Mom to a business acquaintance.
First, choose your wine. It's the main focus in a wine gift basket, so choose something special. If possible, include a variety of red, white and rose wines.
If you know the wine your recipient prefers, include a favorite wine. Add another bottle of a wine that's new to him or her.
You'll need a container to present your gift. The type of basket or container will set the theme. A picnic basket is great for someone who loves the outdoors. A colander works for a gourmet cook.
Try to choose a functional container that's an extension of the gift. A colorful tub can be filled with ice for parties. An insulated cooler, decorative shopping tote, and serving platter are good examples.
Keep in mind that the size of the container affects how many items you'll put in it, and your budget.
After you choose the wine and container add more items to create a thoughtful present.
Need ideas? Keep reading!
The next step is to consider the occasion. If you're going to a party, make the basket something a host can open and share. If it's a birthday or wedding gift, fill the basket with items you know the recipient enjoys.
Here are seven ideas for gift baskets.
Pamper Mom on her day with special treats. Fill a basket with a bottle of red, a bottle of white, and a variety of delicious treats. Put chocolate truffles, fresh nuts, cheese, and crackers in the basket. Don't forget the wine glasses.
You can serve Mom her goodies in a leather tray, woven basket or decorative ceramic dish she'll use all year long.
Customize the basket to suit your Mom's interests. Does she like to garden? Add bright garden gloves and a sunhat. Choose unbreakable wine glasses she can use outside. Use a large decorative flower pot as the container.
Want to give the happy couple a unique gift? Forget the usual check and give them a personalized wine gift basket.
Start with an engraved wine box. It makes a lovely keepsake for the couple. You can find a wine box locally and have it engraved, or buy one online. Engrave the box with their names and wedding date. You can find wine boxes that hold one, two or three bottles. Make this the centerpiece of your gift.
Next, add custom etched wine glasses. Commemorate the special day with monogrammed glasses. Use their new initials, Mr. and Mrs., or the wedding date. Or, you can choose a greeting or quote for their lives together.
Add wine charms, a picture frame, corkscrew, and wine stopper. Package everything in an elegant basket or box with decorative packing materials.
Wine gift baskets work well for business contacts. Personalize the basket to fit the situation.
Are you trying to win a new client? Present the wine in a branded container to keep your company top of mine with your potential client. You can include promotional items like branded wine openers or stemless wine glasses.
Do you want to thank someone for their business? A wine gift basket shows a client you appreciate them. Fill the basket with a variety of wine, cheese, and crackers.
If you send it to a place of business, make sure the gift includes shareable items for other employees. Individual sized peanuts, chocolates or pretzels are a good idea. Don't forget to include extra branded items.
Have someone on your gift list who wants to learn about wine? A wine gift basket is a perfect way to introduce them to the wonderful world of wine.
Start with several bottles of different wine. Include cheese and crackers that pair well with each wine. It's best to save complex wines like Cabernet Sauvignon for later. Choose a Pinot Noir for beginners.
Include a book that covers the basics. Here's the Wall Street Journal's list of the best wine books for beginners.
Want to take your gift up a notch? Add a private wine tasting. Most vineyards offer private tasting sessions for groups of 8 to 50 people. The tasting includes guidance and education by a wine expert.
Finally, include a wine journal for your wine newbie to record tasting notes.
If you have a gadget lover on your list, you can fill a gift basket with fun and useful wine-related items.
There are plenty of wine tools and accessories to personalize a gift. Wine openers vary from simple corkscrews to legacy wine openers used by collectors. Each one is available at a different price point.
Gadgets can include foil cutters, aerators, and coolers. How about a wine thermometer or combination bottle lock?
Each item is available in a variety of styles. You're certain to find something that appeals to your gadget lover.
Raising a glass to toast holidays is a long-standing tradition. Whether it's a romantic, religious or patriotic holiday, a gift basket adds to the event.
You can fill a basket with fine wines, cheese, chocolate, and other gourmet treats. Add small gifts, ornaments or wine glass charms in holiday colors to add to the theme.
Give a gift baskets on Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day, Hanukkah, Thanksgiving, Christmas, etc.
Put the wine and goodies in a holiday-themed container and you'll have a gift everyone will remember.
Need a gift for a gourmet cook? No problem. Use a pretty baking dish as your basket.
Arrange an assortment of wine and foods in the dish. Choose a variety of gourmet staples like olive oil and spices, or gather ingredients for a recipe. Don't forget to include a recipe card.
Add colorful utensils or a kitchen gadget. Include something indulgent for the cook to enjoy while making the meal. Try fancy chocolates, gourmet cheese, and crackers, or a Kiss the Cook wine glass.
A personalized gift basket is a thoughtful present. Enchantment Vineyards can help you choose the right wines to complement your gift.
We can arrange a wine tasting party or a Wine Club membership for an extra special gift.
Contact Enchantment Vineyards today. We're ready to help you create a memorable wine gift basket for any occasion.
Before opening the doors to our tasting room in February, we entered all of our wines into the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition, the largest international wine competition held each year in Rochester, New York. The competition features international judges who taste each wine in a blind flight.
Our ever popular (and customer favorite) Enchanted Moscato brought home a silver medal from the competition. We also earned eight bronze medals for: Cabernet Sauvignon; 2016 Reserve Chardonnay; Sunset Rosé (dry rosé); Native Red Dry Blend; Ivory Desert Pinot Grigio; Rising Red; Syrah; and Sunrise Rosé (sweet rosé).
We couldn't be more proud of our debut on the international stage and we are honored to be listed among many top-performing wineries and vineyards around the world. You can learn more about the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition and its fundraising for Camp Good Days by visiting their websites.
Enjoy this fun behind-the-scenes look at what it's like to be on the cart at Finger Lakes!