New Mexican cuisine is comparable to no other. Both Albuquerque and Santa Fe offer an exceptionally diverse array of culinary experiences that should be on the top of any foodie’s list of travel destinations. While the food here is surely worth the visit alone, Albuquerque is also home to a variety of wineries and microbreweries. Wine has been produced in this region dating back to the Spanish missionaries, who planted grapes in the lush Rio Grande Valley to establish the first of the vineyards. Our award-winning wines flourish in 310 days of sun each year, enjoying the perfect balance of warm, sunny days and cool, crisp nights. There are few better ways to share such a rich culinary history than in the several fun beer, wine, and food festivals of Albuquerque. One such festival, the Tastes of the Season, is coming up in Albuquerque in mid-November, and is sure to please food lovers from around the globe. It doesn’t matter if you come here for a quick weekend foodie adventure, or if you want to relax on an extended New Mexican adventure; we have it all. Stay at Hacienda Vargas, a quiet old-world retreat filled with New Mexican charm that is far enough away from the bustling city, yet still close enough to easily enjoy gastronomical delights awaiting you in Albuquerque’s Tastes of the Season.
Tastes of the Season
Get ready for the holiday season at this years Tastes of the Season food and wine festival on November 9th and 10th at the Star Center. On Friday, November 8th, there is a special VIP event where you can enjoy delicious appetizers, as well as some of the finer wines offered by vendors, and a chance at holiday shopping. Both Saturday and Sunday will feature wine sampling, food and wine pairing discussions, cooking demonstrations, live music and even more holiday shopping. Food and wine pairing classes will be offered by the special catering and restaurant partners, and will help you to create the perfect balance at your holiday parties and meals. Some of the seminar offerings at this years Tastes of the Season include Simple But Entertaining: Holiday Wine and Cheese Pairing, International flavors at the holiday, and Pairing Ambrosia and Fine Chocolates. There is also a wonderful opportunity to support local charities by bidding on beautiful artificial trees at the Charity Holiday Tree Auction. Tickets for this wonderful event can be purchased in advance or at the door. The charming Hacienda Vargas Bed and Breakfast is the perfect place to stay while you are in New Mexico, and the Tastes of the Season is a fabulous culinary event in Albuquerque that should not be missed. We’ll see you soon!