Winery Visit: Gruet Winery – 8.8 – James Melendez

If you are in Albuquerque or on route to Santa Fe the Gruet winery is an easy access point to stop by and try New Mexico sparking and still wines.  The Gruet family history begins in France and evolves to New Mexico.  Which for centuries has had wine grapes planted as sacramental wines.  The Gruet Family found that Pinot Noir and Chardonnay did not just grow but grow well south of Albuquerque near Truth or Consequences, New Mexico.  I have seen Gruet wines being poured at restaurants across the US attest to the affordability and quality their wines provide.  The tasting room can be quiet and I wonder given their wine’s popularity why they aren’t busier.  I have met Nathalie Gruet and she is welcoming, un-assuming and quiet nice.  A great entre to discover New Mexico wines.


Gruet Winery

8400 Pan American Fwy NE

Albuquerque, NM 87113

(505) 821-0055




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I love wine and have had the privilege of working in the wine trade as a senior national wine marketing manager for a wine, food and home goods retailer in 30+ US States. I executed into making wine experiential and made 'wines of the world' programme work in a highly regulated framework for a successful business proposition. My "wine" site also incorporates those categories intimately involved with wine such as food, travel and lifestyle. This site incorporates my many dimensions of interest. I love to review and also talk about many aspects of wine. I have been privileged to visit many wine countries and find them enthralling no matter how many times I visit. I love all aspects of wine: viticulture, history, winemaking, brand development, wine regions and many more aspects. This is a living tradition that needs documentation, education, reporting and reviewing. Do I have favourite varieties and styles? I love so many varieties and often it is situational and yet there are time honoured wines that I anticipate and I am passionate about. I like all colours of wine and all styles. I have had a mad passionate affair with sparkling wines and they are always top of mind. Wine nourishes our soul and is the key to connecting with other people at our dinner table. Salute, James © 2014, 2017 James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy— All Rights Reserved – for my original Content, logo, brand name, rating, rating graphic and award and designs of James the Wine Guy. James the Wine Guy also on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and other social medias.
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