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.

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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.

2013 Grand Tasting is SOLD OUT

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BoardSFWC2011No more tickets remain to our 23rd Annual Grand Tasting on Saturday September 28th at the Santa Fe Opera. Each year we sell only 2500 tickets to our showcase event. It has sold out in each of our previous 22 years. With 75 of Santa Fe’s top restaurants serving sumptuous tastes alongside 100 wineries pouring their best wines, it’s the most fun you can have with a wine glass! Don’t miss out. Come join the show!


SOMM – New Mexico premiere of film at CCA 9/25/2013

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sommSanta Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta and Champagne Ruinart Present
The New Mexico Premiere Of:

10:30pm Wednesday 9/25
A one-time event at CCA cinematheque

Extraordinary -
If you dream of becoming a
sommelier, or just have a love of
wine, this movie is a MUST-SEE.”
Mary Orlin — The Huffington Post

Four men will do anything to pass the most difficult test you’ve never heard of: the massively
intimidating Master Sommelier Exam. The Court of Master Sommeliers is one of the world’s most prestigious, secretive, and exclusive organizations, with just 200 inductees over the past 40 years. All are experts in every nuance of wine, spirits and cigars, and passage means the ultimate dedication. Jason Wise unveils the secrets of a society that has never before allowed cameras. Free popcorn and an introduction by Master Sommeliers.
(U.S., 93m, 2013).

Master Sommeliers Emily Wines, Melissa Monosoff, Tim Gaiser and Joe Spellman will introduce the movie with Champagne Ruinart and truffled popcorn. You won’t want to miss this exclusive premiere. A perfect way to wind down after your Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta winery dinner.

Tickets $20
Reservations Highly Recommended
Call CCA at 505-982-1338 or buy tickets at ccasantafe.org

2013 Grand Tasting Tent Map PDF

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2013 Grand Tasting Tent Map (500 KB PDF)