2020 Wine & Chile Fiesta Guide - SantaFe.com
Wine & Chile Fiesta Santa Fe New Mexico

The Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta typically marks the end of the summer season in the City Different. Wine brands from around the world team up with restaurants to entertain and dazzle thousands of wine enthusiasts from around the world on the opera grounds.

Of course, this year everything is different. While some of Santa Fe’s major events cancelled outright, Wine & Chile decided the show would go on, though virtually. But this year’s event isn’t just a Zoom meeting where you just sit and watch. There are actual cooking demonstrations, actual wine tastings and actual live auctions.

While registration has already begun, you can still get involved in the 2020 Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta. Events begin Sept. 23 and run through Sept. 27. Registration for the tasting events includes your tasting bottles, which can be picked up at Inn and Spa at Loretto. Get all of the info at the Wine & Chile website.


2020 Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta Events

In a move that is sure to be gloriously satisfying, you can actually sit down to a real restaurant meal and drink some amazing wines. With Covid dining limitations still in place, reservations are limited. Check the website for more info.

Winery Luncheons and Dinners

Wed, Sept 23:

  • Izanami Wine vs Sake dinner
  • Bourbon Grill Francis Ford Coppola Dinner
  • La Boca Joe Pastor Selections dinner
  • Terra Cotta Michael David dinner
  • La Fonda – Rose & Champagne Luncheon featuring Gosset
  • 315 White Burgundy North Berkely Luncheon
  • Vinaigrette – Wine Bridge Dinner

Thurs, Sept 24

  • La Fonda – Castello Banfi Dinner
  • Museum Hill Cafe – Famille Perrin Dinner
  • 315 – Frog’s Leap Luncheon
  • Luminaria – Rombauer Dinner
  • Rio Chama – Silverado Vineyards Dinner
  • La Casa Sena – Wilson Daniels Dinner

Fri, Sept 25

  • Osteria d’Assisi – Antinori Dinner
  • Terra at Four Seasons Rancho Encantado – Frank Family Dinner
  • Agave Lounge – Justin Dinner
  • 315 – North Berkeley Luncheon
  • 315 – North Berkeley Sancerre Dinner
  • Anasazi Restaurant – Ridge Luncheon
  • Anasazi Restaurant – Ridge Dinner

Sat, Sept 26

  • Loyal Hound – Cambria Winery Dinner
  • Vinaigrette – Cava Brunch
  • Anasazi Restaurant – Duckhorn Luncheon
  • Anasazi Restaurant – Duckhorn Dinner
  • Terra at Four Seasons Rancho Encantado – Frank Family Dinner
  • 315 – World of Pinot Dinner

Sun, Sept 27

  • Terra at Four Seasons Rancho Encantado – Champagne and Dirty Boots Brunch

see website for details

Virtual Cooking Demos:

Sept 23: Chef Sllin Cruz of Geronimo

Sept 24: Chef Martin Rios of Restaurant Martin

Sept 26: Author Cheryl Alters Jamison

See website for times, wine pairings and registration

Virtual Wine Tastings

First, you will be tasting real wine. You’ll just be doing it with your moderator via Zoom. Interact with a winery host and ask questions as you taste. Each tasting comes with a 3-bottle tasting kit you pick up from Wine & Chile HQ at the Loretto. Each tasting kit is enough for 4-8 guests. Tasting packages over $250 have a bonus bottle of Champagn Palmer Brut. More info at the website. 

Wine Tastings include:

  • Wines of Friuli with Bobby Stuckey
  • Ramey Wine Cellars with David Ramey
  • Frank Family Vineyards with Rich and Leslie Frank
  • The Wines of Valle de Guadalupe
  • Railsback Freres wines with Lyle & Eric Railsback
  • Italian Wines from Wilson Daniels with Kim Wood & William Davis
  • Heitz Wine Cellars with Carlton McCoy, CEO and President
  • Jackson Family Wines with Irby Wood
  • Castello Banfi Wines with Paul Nardecchia
  • Francis Ford Coppola Wines with Ashley Conley
  • Napa Cabernet Sauvignon with Crawford Malone
  • ZD Wines 50th Anniversary Tasting with owner Brett DeLeuze
  • Spottswoode Estate Tasting with Beth Novak-Milliken
  • Neyers Vineyards Wines with owner Bruce Neyers
  • Terlato Italian Wines with Amanda Smith
  • Michael David Wines of Lodi with owner David Phillips
  • Ridge Vineyards Wines with Mark Vernon
  • Trinchero Trip Thru Napa with Scott Callahan
  • Bedegas Ontanon Rioja with Greg Whisenant
  • Vinos de Potrero Argentine Wines with Mark Mecedonio
  • Rombauer Wines with Reagan Rombauer Blackwood
  • Tablas Creek Paso Robles Wines with owner Jason Haas
  • Justin Wines with Joseph Spellman
  • Gruner Veltliner of Austria with Jesse Becker
  • Vara Spanish Wines with owner Doug Diefanthaler
  • The wines of Silver Oak and Twomey with owner Tim Duncan
  • Gruet wines with winemaker Laurent Gruet

Silent Auction and Live Auction

The live auction opens Wed, Sept 23 and will be hosted by live auctioneer Greg Quiroga from his studio in Santa Francisco. Proceeds from the auctions will benefit the non-profit Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta, whose mission is to market our Santa Fe Restaurant community as a world-class destination. Over the past ten years, the SFWC auction has raised over $300,000 for Santa Fe’s Cooking with Kids.  

The silent auction has already begun, but you can bid through Sept 27.

This article was posted by Cheryl Fallstead

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