Culture Vulture, July 6, 2011

- July 6, 2011

"Santa Fe Wine Festival at El Rancho de las Golondrinas and upcoming events at the ranch in La Ciennega."

Well here I am sitting at the ABQ airport waiting for a group from Kyrgzstan, that is three hours late arriving for the Folk Art Market and I thought I would run off a few words about recent and future events, north of La Bajada.

 This past weekend I had the pleasure of going to the increasingly-popular Santa Fe Wine Festival at El Rancho de las Golondrinas (Ranch of the Swallows), in La Ciennega south of town. This historic rancho, now a living history museum, dates from the early 1700s and was an important paraje or stopping place along the famous Camino Real, the Royal Road from Mexico City to Santa Fe. The concentration of excellent vintners represented at this laid-back event is rather extraordinary – too many to single out my favorites. Besides, you need to experience New Mexico wines for yourself. And while you will have to wait a whole year for another wine festival at Golondrinas, you still have several opportunities to enjoy this unique place.

Upcoming events at the ranch in La Ciennega:

¡Viva Mexico! Celebration
Enjoy música, arte and más at this celebration of the culture, cuisine and crafts of our colorful neighbor. Featuring music, arts and food from Mexico.
Sat. & Sun. July 16th & 17th, 2011
10 am - 5 pm

And, one of my favorites:

The Herb and Lavender Fair 
I am still working on my lavender field in our sculpture garden at home. The first week of February deep freeze wreaked havoc on some of my plants. Guess I’ll just have to go to La Ciennega and get some more on the weekend of Saturday and Sunday, July 23rd & 24th, 2011.

Links:

 Folk Art Market:www.folkartmarket.org

 Las Golondrinas:www.golondrinas.com