Tim Gaiser on Submodalities and Tasting

Tim Gaiser

Photo courtesy Santa Fe Wine and Chile Fiesta

Tim Gaiser is one of the world’s top wine experts and educators. One of only 219 people in the world ever to achieve the title Master Sommelier, he is the former Director of Education and Education Chair for the Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas. Tim is also an adjunct professor at the Rudd Center for Professional Wine Studies at the Culinary Institute of America in Napa Valley. In the course of his more than 25-year career, he’s taught thousands of students at all levels about wine and spirits. Tim is one of the most influential teachers I’ve had the pleasure of working with. He was a great resource for me when I was studying for the Certified Sommelier Exam, particularly when it came to advice on how to become a better blind taster. The Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta is proud to host Tim each year for the week’s events, including the highly anticipated Guest Chef Luncheon and Master Sommelier Throw-down as well as various wine seminars. Continue reading

Live Blogging from Wine and Chile 2013


Wow, what an event! Already looking forward to next year!


Red Sage has several very creative dishes, including filet mignon with–get this–Gorgonzola ice cream, and a stout float, plus more… Go check them out.


Charules Dale from Bouche is serving up a simple and delicious escargot.


The Ranch House’s wings never fail to disappoint!


These will put a smile in your face!


Have you tried the exploding balls at Arroyo Vino? They’re the talk of the tent!


More sweets on offer, these beauties are from Restaurant Martín



Vinaigrette may specialize in salads but you’d never know it from their Thai style chicken–juicy and delicious!


Taberna La Boca’s braised beef is tender and the accompanying polenta is juuust right


Del Charro’s pumpkin hazelnut soup is like a cup of pure comfort, and perfect for this beautiful fall day!Del charro wine and chile


Switch it up with something sweet–Andiamo’a got ice cream filled creme puffs!


One of the longest lines, for Geronimo’s lobster. Yum!


Santa Fe wine and chile 2013And the crowds are pouring in! #sfwinechile


Wine and chile 2013folks are setting up, won’t be long now!


The 2013 Wine and Chile Fiesta Grand Tasting is just hours away!

New Mexico Wine Trails Entice and Enchant

NM Wineries

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New Mexico wineries allow visitors to get off the interstate and experience the agriculture, food and culture of the southwest. Local Flavor explores New Mexico Wine Trails for a taste of what our state’s wine growers have to offer.

In New Mexico we experience the full force of the elements: intense sun, inundating rains, sere desert air.  When I explore our mountains, mesas, and valleys throughout the seasons, I’m amazed at the challenges farmers face growing crops within thee extremes. The drive from the Española valley to Taos is one time that  I truly appreciate New Mexico’s incredible range of landscapes. One summer I dipped in a silty bend of the Rio Grande above Taos, then drove back through Dixon admiring the apple orchards. As a friend and I stopped in at Vivac Winery to taste some wines before returning south in a monsoon shower, the valley’s green, grey, pink and terra cotta shades intensified in the rain.

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