Many of us do not think of New Mexico in terms of wine production, but it actually is the oldest wine growing region in the United States dating back to 1629. Recently I was introduced to some beautiful wines from Heart of the Desert in New Mexico. I was impressed with how well the wines drank and their distinct flavors. This farm not only grows grapes, but is also a pistachio farm. I was fortunate to sample the wines below from Heart of the Desert.
Pistachio Rose – this wine is very versatile and great for a family dinner. It is noted for having a nutty flavor and for its versatile pairing. I agree but the most intriguing part of this wine is the vanilla finish. This will completely depend upon the person as some note vanilla and others sense a nutty finish. The vanilla was fantastic and was an enjoyable change.
Chardonnay – I really enjoyed this wine. If you avoid Chardonnays because they are typically aged in oak barrels, then this wine is for you. This is aged in stainless steel, so you get to enjoy the flavors of this wine without the oak taking over. This is not a wimpy chardonnay!
Viva la Roja – this wine is made for the Sangria lover. I enjoyed this blend (zinfandel, merlot, and Muscat) and it tastes great with a spicy dish or on its own. This wine is an excellent choice for fall.
Muscat – this Muscat was a light wine both in color and feel with a very floral scent. The sweetness did not over power the wine. This wine is great for an evening out on the back porch or dessert with friends.
Merlot – I was impressed with this Merlot. It is very deep red (almost purple) in color. It felt soft with a nice fruity flavor, almost rolling across my tongue. It was very enjoyable to drink. This Merlot is noted for light tannins and deep red color.
Heart of the Desert wines are priced from $12-19, making them budget friendly. Visit their site for wine, pistachios, candy, cookies, and gift baskets, which are also reasonably priced.
Heart of the Desert is offering a one-time 10% discount off of any order placed using the code VINE09. You can get there directly using the following link: http://www.nexternal.com/eagle/?Coupon=VINE09 and the discount will automatically be applied.
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Enjoy your experience to the Heart of the Desert.