Don Quixotes Winery & Distillery-Final Part

As I’ve posted a few times, this is one of my favorite places to go for a much needed break. They make and distill 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.

In this final part I will be review the Red & White Wines plus their Grappa.

Red Wines

City Different Cabernet
(mild, medium bodied with layers of toasted oak and earthy notes balanced by rich dark berry flavors) Very Yummy. Not dry, light with a bold flavor:0

Manhattan Project Merlot  (Medium bodied with mild oak and fresh fruit forward flavors of cherries and dark berries. ) A tad to dry and oaky for my tastes.

Manhattan Project Red (Oaky and very fruity full bodied wine with peppery and dark berry qualities) Not bad:) A little sweet, a little dry, a touch of oaky taste. The peppery and dark berries combined give the red a nice balance.

Red River Red (A blend of 3 wines- Merlot, Cab, and Syrah. Fruity, soft, and slightly sweet, but dry enough to be served as a table wine.) Hmm, not sweet enough for me, a tad too try for my tastes also.

White Wines

Red River White  (Blend of Ugny Blanc/Sauvingnon Blanc- Aromatic, fruity, gentle, light, and crisp with a balanced acidity.) Not bad:0 Light, crisp, slightly dry and slightly sweet.

Manhattan Project White  (Blend of French Colombard/Sauvignon Blanc- full bodied, smooth and semi dry with mild oak tastes and a round slightly finish.) Too oaky and dry for my tastes:(

City Different Malvasia Bianca (light-bodied, delicate floral bouquet with hints of honeycomb. Dry wine that unfolds on your tongue to reveal apples, herbs, and roses.) Still too dry for my tastes, but I could definitely taste the floral bouquet and honeycomb:)

I have come to the conclusion that I am not a white wine drinker!


Te Amo Red Sangria (A bold and refreshing blend of Merlot, lime, lemon, orange and fruit brandy extract.) Very good, sweet, light and refreshing, but not to sweet:)

Te Quiero White Sangria  (A blend of Malvasia Bianca wine, apple, cherry, apricots, peaches and fruit brandy extract.) Very good, sweet, fruity and refreshing 🙂 Goes great with shrimp!


Grappa  (A traditional unaged grappa that is fragrant, smooth and slightly sweet) Wow, the grappa is smooth and slightly sweet, but packs a potent punch.

Malvasia Bianca Grappa (fragrant, smooth and slightly sweet. Made from the pomace of the Malvasia Bianca grape, aged in french oak just long enough to mellow the taste without losing the flavor.) This is more mellow than the original grappa. It doesn’t have quite the potent punch too it. I prefer the malvasia grappa better:)

 This has been fun. I’m sure I’m going to visit more winery’s, though I won’t do a huge post like this on the other ones:)

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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