Gary Clair


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Did you know that New Mexico’s wine history dates back to the mid-1600s? Santa Fe is New Mexico’s state capital and a popular destination for those looking to vacation in the Southwest. Four Kachinas Inn is situated close to local wineries and breweries and provides accommodations that complete your Santa Fe getaway. Here are some of the best wineries and breweries to visit in the Santa Fe area.

Santa Fe Brewing Company

Known as “Beer made with the spirit of the Southwest”, the brewery was founded in 1988 and has three locations in New Mexico. Their famous Santa Fe pale ale is still brewed there every day and their Chicken Killer was named after the owner’s dachshund who killed some chickens on the brewery property. They brew hops from their very own farm in Rinconada, NM and own a barrel cellar for aging some of their beers.

Estrella Del Norte Vineyard

This vineyard is #1 in New Mexico because their award winning wines are just that good. You can go to Estrella for a tasting and get six samples for $6 or enjoy a glass on their patio overlooking the property. They even have a small sculpture garden to stroll through while you sip your wine. Their creative wines include an array of pinot, zinfandel, riesling, chardonnay, and an apple dessert-style port.

Second Street Brewery

Second Street has three locations in Santa Fe including one at “The Railyard” where you can ride trains and enjoy Santa Fe’s culture. The brewery started in 1996 and quickly expanded. Their staff is Cicerone Certified and can tell you all about how the beer is brewed and what is in it. Enjoy one of their traditional Amber Ales or try an Old Pecos Porter. You can even enjoy delicious food and live music.

Gruet Winery

Gruet is known for their champagne and sparkling wines and originated from Gilbert Gruet’s champagne house in Bethon, France. The winery is nationally acclaimed and Santa Fe’s dry soil and temperatures make for the perfect winemaking conditions. Their Brut, Grande Reserve, Sauvage, Grand Rose, and Blanc de Noirs were all given superior ratings in national wine competitions. They also own two other vineyards in New Mexico The Pueblo of Santa Ana and Luna Rossa. You can visit their tasting room daily in the Hotel St. Francis and sample these amazing wines.

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