Whether you’re a diehard viticulture fan, or simply like tipping back a nice glass of the fermented grape every so often, you probably know what you like in a wine and tend to stick with it.
That’s understandable; most everyone who has tried broadening his/her wine horizons has bought at least one unknown bottle—the one that came “highly recommended”—and ended up being, well, highly disappointed.
That’s where wine festivals such as the third annual Taos Ski Valley Summer Wine Festival 2019 (Aug. 23-25)
come in handy. Where else can you sample a variety of wines, side by side, with wine experts to guide you?
Perhaps you’re thinking, “Well, I can simply take a wine tour.”
You could but do wine tours include a slew of free
outdoor activities alongside the sipping? That’s right, if you sign up early, your Taos Ski Valley Summer Wine Festival 2019
ticket will include the following free options for Saturday (and one for Friday night, Aug. 23, too)
• Star Gazing
—Night Sky Adventures
: Both Friday and Saturday nights at 9 p.m., a local astronomer who has worked as a National Park Service “Dark” Ranger, taught astronomy at the University of New Mexico-Taos, and provided public interpretive night sky programs for the past 28 years will guide you through the heavens.
[Meet at the Resort Plaza a few minutes before 9 p.m. on either Friday or Saturday (Aug. 23 & 24) nights.]
• Horseback Riding
—Rio Grande Stables
: A one-hour ride up Bull of the Woods Trail through fragrant aspen and pine groves, for views of beautiful flowers and
[Limit: 6 people/hour, 18 total. Meet at the Wine Festival Registration Desk on the Resort Plaza at 8:45 a.m., 10:00 a.m. or 11:15 a.m.]
• Rock Climbing
: No prior experience needed. There will be an overview of technique and procedures, hands-on instruction in climbing communication, safety procedures, and easy movement of the rock.
[Limit: 20 people. Meet at the Bavarian Deck near lift 4 at 9 a.m. You will need to drive 20 minutes up Twining Road, a two-mile dirt road that ends at the Bavarian.]
• Guided Hike to Williams Lake
—Far Flung Adventures
: Beginning in the high-alpine woodlands above Taos Ski Valley
and winding its way through dense forests and open meadows to pristine, high-altitude Williams Lake (nestled below New Mexico’s
highest point, Wheeler Peak, 13,159’), Far Flung guides will take you through beautiful terrain on the
Williams Lake Trail
. You’ll see a variety of flora and fauna (maybe even a black bear!) Healthy snacks and insights on local history, natural science, and wildlife are included. Brin
g your own water bottle and be able to hike two to three hours.
[Limit: 16 people. Meet at the Wine Festival Registration Desk on the Resort Plaza at 8:45 a.m.]
• Fly Fishing Clinics
& Cutthroat Fly Fishing
: These one-hour long clinics include practice casting and retrieving a fly rod, other instruction, and tips from experienced fly fishing guides. All equipment will be provided. Half or full day guided fly-fishing tours that include all gear can be booked independently.
[Limit: 20 people/clinic. Clinics will be at 9:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.Meet at the Wine Festival Registration Desk on the Resort Plaza 15 minutes BEFORE clinic time. ]
• Wine & Chocolate
: This seminar about the small batch, high quality, bean-to-bar creation of chocolate, by the family owned, locally operated, and community driven Chokolá pretty much sells itself if you’re a chocolate lover! Learn all about the bean-to-bar process and sample Chokolá’s thoughtful chocolate and wine pairings.
[Limit: 25 people. Meet at the Martini Tree Bar (upstairs, off of the Resort Plaza) for the 3:30–4:30 p.m. seminar.]
With all these activities under your belt—and wine to top them off—you may wish to dine
, and then sleep
under the stars (under a down duvet during the summer, no less!), making the most of New Mexico’s enchanting European-style mountain village with a spicy Spanish twist.
For details on wine festival costs, event timing, and a link to tickets, click here
. Sign up here for the free activities