No one was more surprised than me when I learned that New Mexico has vineyards.
Because the first thing I think of when I think “wine” is a dry, desert environment. Perfect for growing grapes, of course. /sarcasm
So, of course I had to sample some New Mexican wines to figure out exactly how bad–or good–they were.
Here were the contenders:
There was St. Clair Winery Cabernet Sauvignon and Blue Teal Reisling. I figured it would be good to have a red and a white. The third wine, a Moscato from Voluptuous, was purchased because it was as close to a dessert wine I could find.
Of course we had to have delicious snobby wine-tasting snacks.
And now for the verdicts. Disclaimer: Neither of us are professional wine tasters; we normally just drink what we like. All opinions are our own–if we didn’t like a wine, it doesn’t mean it’s bad. It just means it wasn’t for us.
The St. Clair was, by far, not our favorite. I’ll preface this by saying that neither of us are huge fans of red wine (though there are a few I’ve come across that I do enjoy), but neither of us thought the Cabernet had rich flavor or was enjoyable.
The Blue Teal Reisling, on the other hand, was very good! Surprisingly so. Hubs is a big fan of sweet wine, and this Reisling was a bit on the sweeter side (for a Reisling), so he was in heaven. I enjoyed it, but it almost bordered on dessert wine to me. I’d definitely get it again, though!
The Voluptuous Moscato was very sweet–definitely a dessert-like wine, but it’s supposed to be. The flavor was good, and it was best chilled.
Summary: New Mexican wines are worth a try. Apparently an arid climate can produce tasty grapes! Who knew?
Have you ever had a wine from a surprising place? How about New Mexican wine? What did you think? Tell me in the comments!