Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta Gran Fondo

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bikeNEW: View Gran Fondo Route Map here (PDF 170 KB) The Inaugural Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta Gran Fondo is really coming together and there is still room for riders to sign up. The ride loop starting from and returning to Four Seasons Rancho Encantado will take you through four historic Northern New Mexico Villages — Cundiyo, Truchas, Chimayo and Nambé.

Unique to the ride are four gourmet food stations hosted by four guest chefs. Michelle Bernstein of Michy’s in Miami (James Beard Best Chef of the South) will start you off with her luscious fruit and yogurt cup with her homemade Granola. Two rest stop food stations along the way to fuel your ride are hosted by Matthew Accarrino of SPQR, this year’s Food and Wine Magazine Best New Chef and Kevin Nashan of Sidney Street Café in St. Louis. An additional celebrity joining the ride will be Chris DiMinno, executive chef of Chris King Precision Parts. Mark Kiffin of The Compound Restaurant (James Beard Best Chef of the Southwest) will host the finish station back at the Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado with his Zacatecas Taco Bar and chilled Champagne Ruinart.

Four historic Northern New Mexico villages will be your rest stops for great eats along the ride – Nambe, Cundiyo, Truchas and Chimayo. A 72-mile loop, climbing to Truchas, is available or an easier 58 mile loop.

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


2014 Featured Artist: Cody Brothers

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Special Delivery on The Santa Fe Trail by Cody Brothers - Click to Purchase

Special Delivery on The Santa Fe Trail by Cody Brothers – Click to Purchase

The 2014 Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta Featured Artist is New Mexico native Cody Brothers, and this year’s poster features his wonderful black and white photograph Special Delivery on The Santa Fe Trail. Of his passion for shooting film.  “I still shoot manual cameras, there is a magic in having to pick four or five shots,” says Brothers, “you have to not only know what you are doing, but also be selective about what you’re doing.”  Choosing to shoot in black and white, Brother’s feels a sense of New Mexico’s roots emanating from his photos.  “Photography is a basis for what art in Santa Fe has been.” says Brothers, “Alfred Stieglitz, Ansel Adams, Georgia O’Keeffe… Santa Fe is a mecca for photography.”

Brothers’ preference to shoot in black and white is complimented by his desire to be a part of the entire process from conception until execution.  “I’ve worked in labs since 1991, and now I own the lab where I process the film.” Brothers adds, “photography has lost some of its impact because of its digital aspect, it’s still an art form the way I do it.” Cody Brothers’ photographs are truly art in their purest form born of passion.  “I’m pretty impassioned about my work.  I am truly blessed and love what I do, and my hope and goal is that this is evident in my pictures,” says Brothers.

Cody Brothers is a New Mexico native currently residing in Pecos, NM.  He and his wife own and operate Visions Photo Lab in Santa Fe, which allows him the ability to be present for each step of his photographic vision.

Live Auction 2014 & Auction Guide PDF

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Click here to view the 2014 Live Auction Guide (PDF 240 KB)

Presented by Los Alamos National Bank

SFW&C Honorary Wine Achievement Award

Gruet Winery New Mexico & Gruet & Fils France

Gilbert Gruet, founder of Gruet Winery, was born in Bethon, France in 1931. He grew up in a poor family and began working at a young age. In 1952, Gilbert Gruet, along with his wife Danielle, dreamt of producing fine quality Champagne. Gilbert followed his heart and in 1967 created the U.V.C.B. (Union Vinicole des Coteaux de Bethon), a co-op in the village of Bethon.

In 1983, the Gruet family was exploring the Southwestern part of the U.S. and while in New Mexico met a group of European winemakers who had successfully planted vineyards in Engle, near the town of Truth or Consequence. The land was inexpensive and the opportunity golden. In 1984, Gilbert Gruet, whose Champagne house, Gruet et Fils had produced fine Champagne in Bethon, France, since 1952, made the decision to plant an experimental vineyard, exclusively planted to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes. His children, winemaker Laurent and daughter Nathalie, then relocated to the great state of New Mexico to begin their American wine making adventure.

Now producing nine different sparkling wines, in 2012 Gruet sold 125,000 cases of wine and distributed them to 48 states. Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta is honored to celebrate with the Gruet Family what they have accomplished in New Mexico in 25 years. Happy anniversary!


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 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.

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.

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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