2014 Grand Tasting Nearly Sold Out

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1407-tentsThe event sells out every year and we only have two hundred tickets remaining, so don’t miss out on the The 24th Annual Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta Grand Tasting on Saturday, September 27th. World-class winery participants pouring samples of their wines number greater than 100 for the first time and great Santa Fe restaurant participants serving tastes number more than 80. The good news is that the number of tickets sold for the Grand Tasting will not increase, which translates to more great wine and food for the same number of attendees.

While tickets still are available for the Grand Tasting, the event has sold out each year and is on pace to do so again this year, so if you plan to join the party, and we hope you do, please go on-line soon at www.santafewineandchile.org to purchase your tickets.

2014 Live Auction

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Special Update: We are pleased to announce that Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon 40th Anniversary has been added as one of the featured wines at this year’s Live Auction Luncheon.

This year’s Live Auction Luncheon, scheduled for Thursday, September 25th, will deliver an unrivaled, unique culinary experience. Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta is honored to have the Gruet Winery family as this year’s honorees. In celebrating their 25th Anniversary of producing superb sparkling wines in New Mexico, sister and brother team Nathalie and Laurent Gruet will be joined by their sister and mother from Gruet Pere & Fils in Bethon, Champagne for the event.

Both Gruet New Mexico sparkling wines and Gruet French Champagnes will be served at the luncheon. In addition, Gruet’s reserve Pinot Noir will be featured and we are pleased to announce the addition of Caymus’s 40th Anniversary Cabernet Sauvignon as one of the featured wines. Like the Gruet family with Champagne in France and New Mexico, the Caymus family for generations has been making on of the best wines (Cabernet) of their region (Napa).

Guest chefs each doing one of five courses to be paired with Gruet wines at the Luncheon could not be better. A James Beard finalist for best chef of the Midwest 2014, Kevin Nashan, chef/owner of Sidney Street Café in St. Louis, will be joined by two of Santa Fe’s top chefs: Martin Rios of Restaurant Martin and James Campbell Caruso of La Boca – both James Beard repeat nominees for Best Chef of the Southwest. Anthony Smith, Executive Chef of the Eldorado Hotel, will host a course as will Laura Werlin, the James Beard Award winning author of six books about cheese.

Thirty-five unique, one-of-a-kind wine lots will be auctioned off during the luncheon. One of the highlights includes a trip to Champagne for four lucky winning bidders who will enjoy overnights at Gruet Pere & Fils with lavish meals, VIP Tastings and Tours at some of Champagne’s top cellars.

Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta Gran Fondo

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1407-fondo-bikeWe are really excited about our new Sunday event this year – The Inaugural Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta Gran Fondo. Inspired when riding Michael Chiarello’s Bottega Gran Fondo in Napa Valley this past April, guest Chef Matthew Accarrino of SPQR in San Francisco and SFWC Executive Director Greg O’Byrne, decided to put together a similar event this September 28th.

Unique to the ride will be four gourmet food stations hosted by four guest chefs – Mark Kiffin of the Compound Restaurant, Kevin Nashan of Sidney Street Café in St. Louis, Michelle Bernstein of Michy’s in Miami and Matthew Accarrino of SPQR. An additional celebrity joining the ride will be Chris DiMinno, executive chef of Chris King Precision Parts.

The ride starts at the historic Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado. Four historic Northern New Mexico villages will be your rest stops for great eats along the ride – Nambe, Cundiyo, Truchas and Chimayo. A 75-mile loop, climbing to Truchas, is available as is an easier 45 mile loop.

1407-fondo-foodRiding a bicycle has never been so beautiful and delicious – the views and food will not be to beat.

Champagne Ruinart is hosting the finish line of the ride with a Champagne toast!

2014 Schedule Announced

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Santa Fe Gran FondoSanta Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta is pleased to announce the 2014 schedule of events, featuring an amazing 5 days of food & wine events highlighting the culinary arts of Santa Fe. Tickets go on sale 9am Monday July 7th, Mountain time.

Click to view PDF of event brochure (1.5 MB)

The 24th edition of the Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta features 80 great Santa Fe restaurants and 100 world class wineries partnering in 5 guest chef luncheons, 8 cooking demos at the Santa Fe School of Cooking, 8 wine seminars at La Fonda Hotel, 40 nightly wine dinners, the Reserve Tasting, the Gruet Golf Classic and the piece de resistance, the Grand Tasting on Saturday afternoon September 27th at the Santa Fe Opera.

New this year is the Inaugural Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta Gran Fondo on the morning of Sunday September 28th, followed by the return of the Champagne & Dirty Boots Brunch at Four Seasons Rancho Encantado, hosted by Champagne Ruinart.

Visiting guests chefs hosting luncheons and cooking demos this year include Matthew Accarrino from SPQR who was honored this year as Food & Wine Magazine’s Best New Chef. Guest Chef Kevin Nashan of Sydney Street Café in St. Louis – a semi finalist for James Beard Best Chef Midwest 204 – returns to Santa Fe and co-hosts a lunch with Martin Rios. A James Beard Best Chef of the South, Michelle Bernstein, of Michy’s in Miami, will showcase her Latin flavors in a food and wine pairing with Champagne Ruinart.

Three of the country’s top Master Sommeliers will host 8 wine seminars during the event. Longtime supporters and introducers of SFWC events Joe Spellman and Tim Gaiser are joined by Master Sommelier Emily Wines.  Seminars include a Napa Valley AVA Masterclass, the Secrets of the Somms Blind Tasting, Grand Crus of Barolo, High Altitude Malbec with Colomé, The Family of Pinot as Paired with Cheese with Laura Werlin, and the Sparkling Odyssey of Champagne to New Mexico with the Gruet Family. We are honored to have the Gruet Family as this year’s Honorary Winery of the Year celebrating 25 years of making world-class sparkling wine in New Mexico.

Local chefs partnering with the visiting chefs and hosting luncheons and cooking demos include Eric DiStefano of Coyote Cafe, Charles Dale of Bouche Bistro, James Campbell Caruso of La Boca, Martin Rios of Restaurant Martin, Juan Bochenski of the Anasazi, Fernando Olea of Epazote, Matt Yohalem of Il Piatto, Andrew Cooper of Terra at Rancho Encantado, Jeffrey Kaplan of The Bistro at Santa Fe Courtyard, Kim Mueller of izanami and authors Bill & Cheryl Jamison.

Chefs Campbell, Rios, Nashan, Werlin and Tony Smith of Eldorado Hotel partner on Thursday, September 25th at the Live Auction Luncheon presented by LANB where this year’s Honorary Winery of the Year, Gruet, witl be honored. Five courses from five guest chefs paired with Gruet wines from Champagne and New Mexico will be one of the events you won’t want to miss. Proceeds from the auction will benefit Santa Fe’s Cooking With Kids.

The skies are never bluer, the wines never better and Santa Fe’s culinary arts collectively shine never brighter so plan on joining us the last weekend of September for the 24th Annual Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta!

2013 Donation to Cooking with Kids

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Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta continues its tradition of support of Cooking with Kids with a 2013 donation of $25,000. Los Alamos National Bank became a partner with SFWC Fiesta’s Live Auction Luncheon this year and significantly helped the amount of proceeds CWKWine&Chile_BigCheck2Smallto Cooking with Kids. “Since 2009, SFW&CF has backed the mission of Cooking with Kids with annual contributions and made it possible for CWK to become a more active member of Santa Fe’s extraordinary culinary community. We are honored by SFW&CF’s faithful support. These donations have allowed Cooking with Kids to grow, to innovate, and to meet changing needs,” said CWK Executive Director Lynn Walters.

The mission of the Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta – keeping Santa Fe on the map as a world-class culinary destination – culminates is an annual five-day line-up of events featuring the culinary artistry found in Santa Fe, New Mexico’s many excellent restaurants coupled with the sophistication and wines of national wineries. This year’s SFW&CF Live Auction Presented by Los Alamos National Bank is scheduled for Thursday September 25, 2014.

Cooking with Kids, Inc. is a non-profit organization that motivates and empowers elementary school students to develop healthy eating habits through hands-on learning with fresh, affordable foods from diverse cultural traditions. Since 1995, thousands of Santa Fe Public School kids have participated in cooking classes and tasting classes. CWK has been recognized both locally and nationally as a leader in innovative programming for school-based nutrition education.

Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta Press Release (PDF)

Wine & Chile Fiesta Merchandise for sale online

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Bound for Santa FeSanta Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta Merchandise is now for sale online, including posters, shirts & hats.

Posters include:

  • 2013 William Haskell “Bound for Santa Fe”
  • 2012 Phyllis Kapp “Soft Summer Day”
  • 2011 Melinda Hall “Dionysus”
  • 2010 Georgia O’Keeffe “Jimson Weed

T-Shirts are available with the above poster art on them from 2011-2013, and an assortment of hats.

Click this link to browse items for sale: https://santafewineandchile.webconnex.com/merchandise

2014 tickets go on sale Monday July 7th

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Tickets for the 24th Annual Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta will go on sale at 9am Mountain Time on Monday, July 7th, 2014

2013 Fiesta Event Photos now on FaceBook

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What a great time was had by all! Thank you for attending! Please find yourself in the photos and make a comment or post on your FaceBook page. See you next year! 2013 Fiesta Event Photos


Thank you for Attending the 2013 SFWC Fiesta

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On behalf of 75 fabulous Santa Fe restaurants, 100 world-class wineries and our event’s Board of Directors, it my great honor to thank you for attending our 23rd annual Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta!

As the event delivers its 23rd rendition, the Santa Fe restaurants are greater than ever and the enthusiastic guests who fill our Rocky Mountain town converge from around the world happier than ever. And for good reason. This year visiting chefs David Tanis, Bruce Aidells, Matthew AccarrObyrneBaroloino, Laura Werlin and Katherine Clapner will host exquisite guest-chef luncheons and tastings. Four Master Sommeliers — Emily Wines, Melissa Monosoff, Tim Gaiser and Joe Spellman — lead eight stimulating and timely wine seminars. Cooking demonstrations at the Santa Fe School of Cooking will highlight 12 of our top Santa Fe chefs. Our 100 visiting wineries will pour their best wines at Reserve Tasting. At our Live Auction Luncheon our visiting chefs network with our local chefs helping raise funds for our local food charities. And wineries partner each night with our Santa Fe restaurants in 40 winemaker dinners.

Still, the centerpiece, our raison d’etre, remains the Grand Tasting — always on the last Saturday of September and now featuring 75 great Santa Fe restaurants serving sumptuous tastes alongside 100 world-class wineries to 3000 food and wine enthusiasts on the grounds of the Santa Fe Opera, in full view of our Sangre de Cristo Mountains sparkling under the bluest sky imaginable  with stands of aspens in golden bloom. Is there a better place to be at this moment?

Santa Fe, the participating wineries, the time of year, our visiting guests all conspire to make a memorable event, but the identity and long-lasting character of the Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta is the Santa Fe restaurant community. The Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta exists simply as a refelction of the strength and unique identity of our restaurant community.  Let us now raise a glass to the 23rd annual Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta and to the reason it exists: the most remarkable restaurant community in the universe!

Thank you for attending!

Greg O’Byrne

SFWC Executive Director

SFWC 2013 Featured Artist Announced

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Bound for Santa FeSFWC Fiesta 2013 is honored to have Santa Fe artist William Haskell as this year’s Featuread Artist of the Year. For this year’s event, Haskell has painted and generously donated “Bound for Santa Fe” a 30 x 20 drybrush painting that depicts many of the elements that he (and we!) love about our unique New Mexico landscapes — our Sangre de Cristo Mountains, our blue skies with a hint of Summer thunderstorms, historic adobe homes and a vintage red pickup truck loaded with cases of wine.

Nestled in a high desert terrain, the villages of Northern New Mexico inspire artist William Haskell (b. 1963, living in New Mexico) to create exquisite watercolors which reflect his passion for this unique and diversified landscape. Weathered adobe structures are drenched in a crisp white light beneath New Mexico mountain ranges in many of Haskell’s colorful watercolors. His focus on detail in his work goes beyond mere description of subject and draws the viewer into the painting for a more intimate connection with everyday forms and a sense of place.  Haskell began drawing at the early age of four, and was introduced to watercolor by the age of eleven. He apprenticed to award-winning Wisconsin wildlife artist Terrill Knack, originally intending to specialize in painting birds of prey. Working primarily in watercolor, Haskell has become known for the depth and quality of his glazes.

“Drawing is the basis for my painting and it has been essential for me to continuously develop my drafting skills.  With the use of dry brush techniques, I am able to take the watercolor to a different level by working as translucently or opaquely as needed. I use 300-pound watercolor paper with a smooth, hot press finish. I seal, dry-mount and apply an archival varnish to the finished painting. This removes the need for glass, which traditionally protects a watercolor. This allows the user to get closer to the work.”

Haskell continues, “Whether the scene is in the American West or the Eastern Seaboard, I look for a particular element of descriptive history.  The American Landscape is a vanishing land, ever changing and evolving with our progress.  I believe it is important to recall the past as we live in the present and move to the future.  The landscape tells this history and it is important to record and preserve whenever possible.  I find it interesting that there are generations that will never see these lands the way we do today.  That progress and growth in an area often covers up a rich story that is truly the essence of an area.  Across the country we have historic villages and farmscapes that are shadowed by urban growth.  I feel it is important to record these areas that not only document our experience but evoke nostalgia for a simpler time.”

“I believe having ones own recognizable style is critical to your future as an artist.  Not just for sales but for your place in the world of art.  Like every artist, I have artists from the past that influence my work; the important thing is not to imitate them.  I am drawn to the sense of isolation, the mood of the work, the soul of the painting.  That can’t come from anyone but the artist themselves.  You can’t replicate this for easy translation.  It dwells within the commitment of the artist to their muse.  I also feel you must master the basics of drawing and painting to evolve into your style, and not simply be in a hurry to put paint on surface.”

“Bound for Santa Fe” will be on display at Haskell’s July 5th show at Manitou Gallery in Santa Fe. The painting will be auctioned off at this year’s SFWC Fiesta Live Auction Luncheon on Friday September 27th. Posters and featured art t-shirts will also be available for sale at all SFWC events.