When we lived in New England many years ago, it was an annual fall tradition to head to a local apple orchard to buy fresh apples. Nothing tasted better! However, I had never tasted apple cider doughnuts until a visit to New Hampshire a few years ago. Mark, our brother in law, took us to an apple orchard and bought a dozen of these tangy, sweet, sugary treats. Although I generally stay away from donuts, I have to admit, these had me hooked!
Sheehan Winery is located in the Vecinos del Bosque area of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Winemaker/owner Sean Sheehan originally set out to become a doctor, but his underlying passion for wine eventually took over. In 2015 he started Sheehan Winery after a decade of working as a winemaker for other New Mexican wineries. Sheehan is a small batch producer of wines of character, layers and depth. His 2017 Chambourcin “Elyce Vineyard” is no exception.
New Mexico is the oldest wine producing region in the United States, yet many people aren’t aware it exists. Although there are many great wines to choose from in New Mexico, here are 3 wines that are worthy of a taste:
Aged in oak for 18 months, the 2015 Stone Oven Red (purchased $25.00, 14.7% alc.) is a blend of 78% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 2% Mouvedre. Pouring the wine into the glass, the color was a luscious dark red. The aromas initially detected were dark berry (blackberries), with a slight hint of spice. Tasting the wine, the flavors were dark cherry, plum and vanilla, and it filled the mouth. The finish was long, dry and satisfying. This was a well-balanced, food friendly, easy to drink wine.
Aridus Wine Company is a family owned custom crush winery located in Willcox, Arizona. Their wine making facility is located in a refurbished, design award-winning apple warehouse, and is considered to be among the largest facilities of its kind in the state. Owners Joan and Scott Dahmer own 40 acres of estate vineyards in Pearce, Arizona on the banks of Turkey Creek, where grapes are grown (and vines continue to be planted), at an elevation of 5,200 feet. The Dahmers opened Aridus in 2012 with a commitment to producing elegant and approachable handcrafted wines, using only the best grapes from their vineyard as well as from other quality grape growers in Arizona, California and New Mexico. Aridus winemaker, Lisa Strid specializes in making small-lot wines and it shows in the quality and style of the wines produced.