Holiday Wine Guide 🍷

HOLIDAY WINE GUIDE
At Rio Grande Winery we have a commitment to Mesilla Valley and the history of the Rio Grande. We are farmers, winemakers, and storytellers who are focused on creating the very best product you can find in the oldest wine region in America. We have outlined below each one of our wines so that you can share with your family & friends this holiday season. Let the story continue with one another. 

2020 El Santo "The Saint"
An estate blend predominately of Zinfandel, Tempranillo, Sangiovese, & Malbec.
Garnet red in color, with aromas of black cherry, plum, tobacco, tomato leaf, blue-violet, and the desert at sunset.
A dry wine, with a lush, mid-weight palate, and balanced acidity. Flavors include blueberry, raspberry, dark chocolate, silky tannins, and a kiss of saltiness on the finish.
The Mission grape has a history in New Mexico dating back to 1629. With a growing demand for sacramental wine to supply the expanding number of mission churches, Franciscan friars, out of necessity, defied orders from the Spanish Crown and planted Vineyards for wine production.

Mission is a red grape, made like our other red wines, where we ferment with the skins to extract color. Mission vines, however, produce large bunches with large berries. The berries' large size leads to a sizeable juice-to-skin ratio, which creates a pale red wine with soft acid and balanced tannins.

The inspiration for Desert Nights Rosé comes from all the colors of the magical desert sunsets that engulf us during harvest. With a color reminiscent of the Organ Mountains during golden hour. This dry Rosé draws you in with aromas of fresh pomegranates, strawberry, and pink peony roses while bursting with flavors of ripe melon, cranberry, and blueberries lingering to a soft, easy-drinking finish. 

Desert Nights Rosé, like sunsets in the desert, is best enjoyed while sitting back, not thinking too much and just taking it all in.

A blend of Muscat Blanc, Malvasia Bianca (part of the Muscat family), Chardonnay, with a kiss of Viognier and Gewurztraminer.
Lifted floral aromas of Rose petal, jasmine, honeysuckle, and orange blossom leap from the glass. The soft acidity compliments the tropical flavors of honeydew, and white peach, with wildflower honey and a touch of salty graham cracker on the finish.
Flor Blanca is best paired with chicken fettuccine alfredo with green chile, delicate fish such as fresh-caught trout, and striped bass, and is the perfect companion to any fish taco.
 
For vegetarian options, Flor Blanca pairs perfectly with spaghetti squash, butternut squash, and any grilled squash straight from the garden when in season. Oyster mushrooms and tomato, arugula, and watermelon salad.
From the moment you remove the cork from this sweet style Moscato, aromatics of rose petal, pear, and orange blossom fill the air.

This pale straw-colored wine bursts with flavors of peach, mandarin orange, and citrus zest finish. Well-balanced acidity and depth of flavor keep this wine from being too sweet. Perfect for sipping anytime, it pairs perfectly with a variety of foods, from spicy Asian dishes to your favorite street tacos, hot from the truck.

Once you pour yourself a glass, the worries of today will fade away, as there is always Mañana, or it can wait until Mañana.
A wine made from Petit Verdot grapes, grown at our other vineyard site Mesilla Vineyard Estates.

It is a grape that grows smaller berries, which gives us a larger skin to juice ratio (opposite to Mission grape) and leads to the dense color and higher tannin.

Dense, dark red in color, with aromas of black fruits, blackberry & black cherry, baking spice, anise, leather, dark chocolate/mocha, gravel along with the aroma of the desert at sunset.

Medium fruit weight and an intense structure on the palate with flavors of blackberry, blueberry, dark chocolate, with lingering velvety tannins and a touch of saltiness on the finish.
The Spaniard (2020) is an estate blend of varieties Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo, all grown in the vineyard at the winery.

Deep ruby red in color, with aromas of Blackberry, Blueberry, strawberry, dark chocolate, leather, spice, herbaceousness (tomato leaf, basil, clove), vanilla, and the desert at sunset.

This is a dry wine. Recently bottled, this young wine currently is very fruit-forward and with time, the fruit will gradually mellow.

A juicy palate with flavors of blackberry, plum, strawberry, with long velvety tannins and a salty kiss on the finish.