Tasting Party: New Mexico Wine and Cheese

January 6, 2016 Jessica Muncrief

These tasty New Mexican wines and cheeses are guaranteed to make your next dinner party a hit. Follow this handy cheat sheet and impress your guests with your pairing knowledge.

The Wine: Black Range Vineyards El Gallo LocoGallo
Black Range Vineyards in Hillsboro, just northwest of Las Cruces, produces this dynamic red blend with 100% New Mexico grapes. “The Crazy Rooster” is infused with a flavorful kick of red chile making it perfect for doing double duty as a marinade. It also pairs well with flavorful meats like ribs and chicken.
The Cheese: CoonRidge Organic Goat Cheese Southwestern Blend
Produced in “the wilds of New Mexico,” this goat cheese is flavored with a kicky blend of chile, oregano, cumin, and garlic. The robust flavors stand up to the wine’s boldness. Serve on something hearty, like pita chips. 

The Wine: Milagro Vineyards Chardonnay
This fruity wine with hints of pear, apple, and citrus comes from Milagro Vineyards in the northern NewMilagro Mexico village of Corrales. “Handcrafted from vine to wine,” this crisp white is fermented and aged old-world style in French oak barrels.
The Cheese: The Old Windmill Dairy Chevre
Pair this full white with a creamy and softer cheese like Brie, Cantal or this Chevere produced at The Old Windmill Dairy in Estanica, New Mexico. Opt for a sweet version, like White Chocolate or Figs & Cream, or go for the simpler Extraordinaire and pair with walnuts and fresh slices of apples and pears.

The Wine: La Chirapada Vintners’ Reserve RedVintners Reserve
This medium-bodied red is made at an authentic Southwestern winery in Dixon, about 50 miles north of Santa Fe. With aromas of herbs and currants, and just a hint of oakiness, this wine has plenty of character. Naturally, this true New Mexican wine goes conveniently well with Southwestern fare, especially red chile dishes.
The Cheese: Tucumcari Mountain Cheese Factory Mild Cheddar
This firm cheddar offers up just enough tanginess to match well with this rich red, while its creaminess pairs well with this wine’s soft tannins. Serve on a crisp cracker with a side of salami or cured meat for added flavor.


Browse these and wide selection of other New Mexican wines at:

Vintage Wines
2461 Calle Principal (just off the Mesilla Plaza)

Cheeses available at:

Mountain View Market Co+op
1300 El Paseo Road

Toucan Market
1701 E. University Ave.

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