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Sun May 26, 2019, 05:05 AM

Grapes Expectations

Upon moving to Santa Fe, a friend in the wine industry told me to be sure to visit Gruet Winery's then-new tasting room. I had always assumed, due to the wide distribution of its ubiquitous bubbles, that Gruet was produced in California. I had a little jaw-drop moment learning that not only is the winery in New Mexico, but that its NV Blanc de Noirs sparkling wine earned the #43 spot on Wine Spectator's 2011 "Top 100 Wines of the World" list and had been named "one of America's greatest wine buys" by renowned British wine critic Jancis Robinson.

"How is this possible?" I wondered. New Mexico didn't fit the picture of what I considered wine country. These days, it hovers toward the middle on the list of America's wine-producing states. But, at one time, it was number one, and thanks to industry frontrunners such as Gruet, New Mexico wine is blooming once again.

"No one in the wine world thinks they're missing out on anything from New Mexico because they're not really paying attention," says Chris Goblet, executive director of nonprofit New Mexico Wine, an organization dedicated to promotion and education. "New Mexico wines may be our state's best-kept secret. But not for long."

While many are relatively unknown outside the state, New Mexico wines are as diverse as its landscape. As the state approaches its 400th anniversary of viticulture, growers, producers and trade groups are preparing for their time in the spotlight.

Read more: https://www.sfreporter.com/news/coverstories/2019/05/22/grapes-expectations/

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