Don Quixotes Winery & Distillery Part II

As I’ve posted a few times, this is one of my favorite places to go for a much needed break. They make and distil all of their liqueur from local farms in New Mexico, including the grapes. They don’t add any additives, colors, or extra flavors to their liqueur. Amazing to me, considering most companies do add extras to their alcohol.

They host a wine and spirit appreciation class at their Pojoaque location a few friends and I decided to go to. In 3 hours we were served 12 wines, 6 ports, 10 spirits and several speciality liqueurs, with food of course.

Since then I have decided to sample them all again at a slower pace. They serve 5 samples for $5.


Rio Rojo (sweet voluptuous port with deep, dark, berry flavors) My favorite so far:0

Angelica (made from muscat juice & muscat brandy- sweet, rich & delicate) This is the sweetest port they have. if you like rich and sweet this is for you.

Mon Cherie (Perfectly balanced of sweet and tart with smoky overtones) Not bad:) Made from cherry juice and cherry brandy-does not have any grapes in it.

Rio Blanco (Mellow oak and a slightly tropical fruit flavor) Not sweet enough for my palate:(

Dulcinia (Light bodied, sweet, delicate and fruity) Not bad, it has a light mellow taste.

Cherry Sherry (smooth with a dry yet sweet palate and rich flavor of dried cherries with toasted caramel notes.) Yummy:) It’s light on your tongue too.
Pisqo Sour
Don Quixotes has been debating on having a few specials during the week. A friend and I got to try their Pisqo Sour, talking about dangerous! Home-made simple syrup with lime, Pisqo, bitters, egg whites… Such a yummy drink. I couldn’t taste the brandy and she did add a good amount. I had to hold myself back from drinking it within 5 minutes.

Don Quixotes is the only distillery that makes Blue Corn Burbon and Vodka:)

Blue Corn Vodka (mild sipping vodka, silky smooth and slightly sweet) You can definitely taste the blue corn. This vodka has a nice flavor to it:)

Blue Corn Burbon (rich, mellow, smooth, and flavorful with aromas of vanilla.) Wow! I am not a burbon drinker, but this stuff is good, rich, mellow, smooth, and it really does have vanilla overtones to it.

Spirit of Santa Fe Vodka (smooth, American style wheat Vodka.) This vodka had a fiery bite to it. I didn’t find it to be as smooth as the Blue Corn vodka. I think it’s more of a mixed drink vodka.

Spirit of Santa Fe Gin (Bombay Style, smooth and flavorful with complex aromatics. Sipping Gin.) If I was a gin drinker I would buy this! It is so flavorful and smells like a juniper bush. Definitely a smooth sipping gin!

The wines are next on my list. If any of you are ever down in New Mexico and like to visit winery’s this one is a must!

Author: lynnthompsonbooks

Lynn Thompson’s home is in the Land of Enchantment, and, yes, the land is enchanting. The skies are blue, the stars are bright., and there are beautiful panoramic landscapes surrounding her hometown. Lynn wades through the craziness of life to follow her true passion, writing fiction. You can find her, or not, trekking through the mountains, searching for fairies and vortexes, keeping her eye out for anything paranormal, or sitting in the hot springs in her spare time. Lynn doesn’t have a specific genre she writes in. Characters have a way of leading her stories. She follows. Lynn is also a sponge when it comes to knowledge. She’s always on the move to continue her education in writing, marketing, social media, digital media, and hopes to find the extra time to add some criminal investigation classes to her repertoire. Lynn has three novels out: Blake, Sterling, and Tarnished Gold. Blake is the beginning of Montana’s story. Her need for seclusion, at least, for one winter. She does not get what she wants. There is someone or something in the mountains stalking her, people keep showing up on her doorstep, and she meets Max. Max knows what is hunting Montana, but won’t tell her. Montana’s lack of trust in Max drives her to fix her own problems. If she had known what she’d be confronting that night, she never would have sedated Max. Sterling is the second novel in the Montana Dayton series. Montana moves to Florida hoping to escape her old life, and regain her normal life back, but her past has come back to haunt her. Not only does she start losing time, she continues to wake up every morning wearing gorgeous jewels and is surrounded by precious gems. She never remembers where, or who she’s getting the glittery baubles from and is hell bent to get back her memories and return the jewels. Afraid she has been out robbing houses in the middle of the night, she is determined to figure out what is happening on her own. That is until the dreams and the strong pull to explore the gulf. When she finally realizes she needs help, she is powerless to get it. Tarnished Gold is Sam’s story and will be coming out around the new year. Sam first appeared in Sterling and demanded her own novel. Lynn has bowed to Sam’s wishes and is writing that story now. Lynn is also the proud owner of: Dark Fates. Eight short stories that are fun, but still on the dark side. Dark Fates-Madness. Four dark short stories. News Worthy. News Worthy stands alone with five short stories. Watching the news first thing in the morning may not be fun, but dissecting news clips and re-writing them into short stories that had a different ending was a blast! Dark Fates Collections is compiled of Dark Fates, Dark Fates-Madness, News Worthy, and features Karma Shay’s adventures. Visit Lynn at: Website: Twitter: @lynnthompson8 Facebook: Goodreads:

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