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Santa Fe Wine Festival

Happy Independence Day!

local wineries and nice big shade trees

It’s a tough job but somebody has to try out all of these local wine festivals to let you know which ones are the best.  On Saturday we had the pleasure of visiting the Santa Fe Wine Festival at Las Golondrinas.  If you’re hesitant to try a wine festival because you’ve heard about the long lines and hot weather that sometimes overwhelms other wine festivals, calendar the Santa Fe Wine Festival at Las Golondrinas for next year.  You’ll enjoy a slower pace, smaller crowds, and lower temperatures than Bernalillo Wine Festival or the Albuquerque Wine Festival at Balloon Fiesta Park.  This wine fest features plenty of vendors selling local honey, goat cheese, jewelry, and art.  There is also live music and plenty of yummy culinary delights to satisfy your hunger.

local cheese, foods, and pottery

If you’re looking to indulge for the weekend book a room at the Sunrise Springs Inn and Retreat which is just a short walk from Las Golondrinas.  (We’ll give you a look inside this eco spa soon!)

El Rancho de Las Golondrinas is a living history museum

Enjoy the day friends!

There are beautifully landscaped grounds perfect for strolling and sipping wine.


Happy Memorial Day!

enjoying wine festival

Wine festival and my summer have officially started without any glitches.  My friends and I had a great time celebrating at wine festival and the after hours of BBQ-ing at my home was a great way to wind down for the evening.  We arrived at wine festival about 20 minutes early to ensure that we beat the crowds.  We also have a system that my husband tries to enforce.  We start at the very far end of the wine festival and make our way forward.  This gives us a little bit of extra time to spend at each winery and less time waiting in line.  This year we paid an extra ten dollars each and visited the V.I.P. tent at DH Lescombes.  Here we were able to have a private tasting of six reserve wines along with food.  This was really nice because the tent was air-conditioned and we were able to escape from the lines and the heat.  I never thought I would love the combination of bacon and chocolate but let me tell you – it was delicious!

There were also a few wineries at the festival this year that I had not seen before.  One such place called Cottonwood winery.  They have fun wines like Vanilla Creme, Roan, and Black Mustang.  These were not your conventional wines but were more for dessert or a wine novice.  They were sweet and refreshing but not sickly sweet.  Like I said Wine Festival is my favorite holiday of the year and now I have officially started my summer!  If you didn’t get to make it over there Saturday or Sunday they are also open today.

Happy Memorial Day!


SIDE NOTE:  How about a bike ride too?  With a couple of friends and T, I biked over to wine festival on Sunday.  It was a great way to get in a little bit of exercise and enjoy the outdoors.  Since Balloon Fiesta Park is right off the diversion channel, it’s perfect for biking.  Unfortunately it was a little tough biking back home into a stiff headwind, but still a good time overall.  We didn’t see any bike racks, but near the entrance there were wooden structures where we locked-up our bikes.  We weren’t the only cyclists and when we were leaving I noticed about 20 other bikes.  So hop on the old two wheeler and pedal over to wine fest for some antioxidants and exercise!


Will Run for Wine 5K

To coincide with my favorite holiday of the year, I thought I would mention the ‘Will Run for Wine 5K.’  I figure if you want more exercise than just walking around the wine festival this might interest you.  It is a 5k run/walk at Balloon Fiesta Park.  Here are the details:

Event Type: Running
Event Date: May 28, 2011
Starting Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta Park

Fees:  race day  –   $35.00

For more information click here.

Happy Memorial Weekend everyone!


Wine Festival-My Favorite Holiday of the Year!!

some of my favorite wines of New Mexico

Those of you who know me very well know that wine festival is my favorite holiday of the year!  Wine festival season kicks off Memorial weekend at Balloon Fiesta Park and continues until October, and I can’t tell you how excited I am about this!  I can’t think of a better way to kick off my summer.  I love being outside under the bright New Mexico blue sky, enjoying some local vino and visiting with some of my favorite people.  What could be better than that?  This particular wine festival is the 2011 Albuquerque Wine Festival.  It takes place at Balloon Fiesta Park and is $15 for admission.  You must show your valid ID  and be 21 years or older to sample the wine.  All adults who enter the festival pay the $15 and anyone under 21 is FREE.  Some of my favorite wineries include St.Claire, Blue Teal, Black Mesa, and Anasazi Fields Winery.  I will surely be visiting those first as I have a favorite wine or two or three that I love from each of these wonderful places.  :)

I am so in love with this self proclaimed holiday that I have made many preparations for the big day.  Here is what I have done so far.  I have made arrangements for an overnight sitter (We’re lucky because my parents are here).  I purchased my tickets online.  I have sent out a FB invite because I have made arrangements for my friends to meet at  my house before the wine festival.  I provide a designated driver to and from wine festival every year.  This way, no one has to worry about drinking and driving and everyone can relax and have a great time.  When we return to our house from the festival, we will fire up the grill to eat and have a water balloon fight to cool off from the heat.  I’m sure we will see you this weekend if you plan on attending.

Cheers!  Salud! Prosit! Sant! Prost!


Corrales Bike and Wine Tour

We are eagerly anticipating the first annual Corrales Bike and Wine Tour this Saturday, April 9th!  This will be the second ‘event’ that The Wellness Experiment will be participating in and after last week’s Tingley Beach Trek, I am looking forward to it.   I can’t wait to sample wine, ride with my friends and see Corrales in spring on my bike.

What the heck is this?! The Corrales bike and wine tour is exactly what is sounds like…..You ride your bike and sample wine along the way.

I don’t know about you, but I could not think of a more stupendous way to sample wine while sneaking in some exercise.  You may be asking yourself, ‘who is the genius behind this idea?’  His Name is Dana- founder of Zshat.com and this is what he says you can expect on this adventure:  “The ride is a relaxing 6 mile ride stopping every 2 miles to mingle and taste and view.  We recommended all-terrain bikes, however one is not required.”  If you don’t have a bike and would still like to participate you can rent one from Stevie’s Happy Bikes in Corrales (Limited supplies please call to reserve 505-897-7900)  or  Rancho at High desert Bicycles (505-896-4701).  Better yet, borrow one from your neighbor.

What wineries will be available for tastings?  Local wineries of course!  Those include Corrales Winery, Acequia Winery, and Matheson Winery.  The Oasis Cafe will also have dinner options at the end of the event with live music.    Wine will be available to purchase and will be delivered to your car at the end of the tour. How convenient!  You can also click here for more information or visit Zshat.com

I asked Dana, how did you come up this idea?  He said, “As we were adding these wineries as clients to our site back in December; they had mentioned that they have been wanting to organize something together for a few years now to bring exposure to Corrales wineries.  I had the idea from Argentina, wonderful place to Bike and Taste, so fun I had to bring it back here.”

More to Come: If for some reason you weren’t able to make it to Corrales for the first Bike and Wine Tour, don’t worry-you will have an opportunity to attend more events.  Dana said, “Our next event is not wellness related, unless you feel that lifting a pint glass to your lips for five hours is a Wellness exercise. :-) We are taking over the October festival in Rio Rancho, moving it back to Haynes park and bringing in 6-12 local breweries for tasting and pouring with great music, dancing, and foods. This will be September 30th. As far as wellness we are looking to do a local Yoga retreat for a weekend.”  We are all looking forward to this and hope you join us this weekend.

What:  Corrales Bike and Wine Tour (This is a Donation only event suggested donation $3) FREE New Mexico discount card for participants to use at local restaurants.

Where: 3896 Corrales Road (Cottonwood Learning School parking lot) Corrales, NM, 87408. Register Between 11:30-1:30 p.m. (map)

When: Saturday, April 9, 2011. 11:30 am-4:30 p.m.

More info:  505-379-5072, info@zshat.com

Check back with us on Monday to find out how the ride went and view photos!

On Tuesday, we’ll post the plans for our next Wellness Experience . . .