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Viva vino! Las Cruces Wine Fest ready to pour

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If your last name were Goblet, wouldn’t you say you were born to make wine?

For New Mexico Wine executive director Chris Goblet, it was destiny.

“I was pre-ordained to make wine,” jokes Goblet, whose name (disappointingly, perhaps) is pronounced “Go-blay.”

Goblet’s flagship event, the Las Cruces Wine Festival – the largest wine festival in New Mexico – returns for three days of wine tasting, food, music, dancing, painting and games Memorial Day weekend May 25-27.

The festival will feature more than 200 different wines from wineries across New Mexico.

“We have this amazing diversity of different styles and flavors of wine,” Goblet said. “Since you can’t go to every winery all over the state, we get the highest concentration. It’s a great way to sample the universe of what New Mexico has to offer, which is fairly dynamic.”

For many, wine appreciation is limited to Alexander Payne’s Oscar-nominated, wine-themed film, “Sideways.” Goblet said wine festivals can be educational far beyond the 2004 drama-comedy.

“These kinds of festivals are beneficial not just because people come and drink a lot of wine and have a good time, but we consider this part of our educational process,” Goblet said. “The way you learn about wine is by experiencing it – by tasting it.”

Originally from Ohio, Goblet studied brewing in Europe and has been a wine and craft beverage enthusiast for three decades. He’s brought his passion to New Mexico-made products for the last 20 years. He was previously the executive director of the New Mexico Brewers Guild and is the founder of the Blazin Brewfest, also in Las Cruces.

“I’ve adopted my new home for the thing that I’m most passionate about. Wine is agriculture, it’s tourism, it’s economic development. It hits all the things I think are important for our state to thrive.”

There’s more to the event than wines, assistant director Chelsea Cannon said.

“It’s not just wine that you get, it’s anything from art, to jewelry, to all different kinds of foods,” Cannon said. “If you love street food, then this is your festival. We’ve got 12 different street food vendors from across New Mexico and El Paso, and they’ve got anything from tacos and specialty burritos to German and Asian food. You’ve got a smorgasbord of all different kinds of things.”

Goblet said the festival is also a celebration of New Mexico’s history.

“This is New Mexico’s 390th year of producing wine – the oldest region in America. We’ve got great heritage, but we’ve also got an exciting future ahead – and the only way to be sure of that is to try some wine.”

Las Cruces Wine Festival

When: Noon-6 p.m. Saturday-Monday, May 25-27

Where: Southern New Mexico State Fairgrounds, 12125 Robert Larson, Las Cruces, N.M.

How much: $20 in advance; $25 at the door (tasting glass & 10 pours); minors 15 and older and designated drivers, $10 (Topo Chico sparkling mineral water & other non-alcoholic drinks); wines available for purchase by glass, bottle or case

What’s not allowed: No coolers, weapons, pets or outside alcohol or food.

What you can bring: Chairs, blankets; but plenty of seating available.

Tickets and info: nmwine.com/las-cruces-wine-festival-2019

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Goblet’s Wines

You Should Try

Luna Rosa: Particularly Nini, an Italian red with seven different grapes; and their “light and flavorful Viognier, which tastes of peach and honey.”

Noisy Water: From Ruidoso, which just won three gold medals at the New York Finger Lakes International Wine Competition and were the highest ranked winery in that competition.

Sheehan Family Winery: From Albuquerque. “They’ve only been around for three years, but they’ve been making juicy, delicious wines like their Malbec.”

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