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Culinary Experiences & Wineries in Albuquerque

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New Mexican food is unlike anything you’ve ever tasted. Try a cooking class to learn how to make this fusion cuisine based on Native American, Mexican and Spanish ingredients and techniques. As a diverse culinary destination, Albuquerque boasts a wide variety of restaurants sure to suit any foodie.

The star ingredient is the chile pepper, our state fruit. Harvested in the late summer while still green, the long, narrow peppers are served freshly roasted and peeled, or frozen for use throughout the year. Most commonly, you’ll find green chiles made into a spicy sauce that’s ladled over enchiladas, burritos and stuffed sopaipillas. (To sound like a local, just call it “green chile,” not “green chile sauce.”)

Albuquerque is one of the best culinary destinations with mom 'n pop restaurants offering green chiles fried into rellenos, piled on top of cheeseburgers, stuffed into breakfast burritos and made into a satisfying stew with hearty chunks of potato. Red chiles, left on the plants to ripen to a deep garnet color, are strung into ristras to dry. These dried red chiles are rehydrated and pureed into a velvety smooth sauce (again, simply called “red chile”) that adorns huevos rancheros, tamales and enchiladas—served stacked, not rolled.

Annual Food and Wine Events

The Albuquerque area hosts unique food, beer and wine festivals that draw thousands of visitors every year; see below for a list of major events. Also be sure to check our calendar for smaller beer-pairing dinners, wine tastings and other savory events.

More information on wine, beer and culinary events and festivals.

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Anderson Valley Vineyards

  • 4920 Rio Grande Blvd. N.W.
  • Albuquerque, NM 87107
  • (505) 344-7266
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Blue Plate Special Catering

  • 2412 San Mateo Pl. N.E.
  • Albuquerque, NM 87110-4057
  • (505) 255-2583

With Blue Plate Special, you get more than platters of food--you receive full, personalized service. We ask what you want for your event …

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Casa Rondeña Winery

  • 733 Chavez Rd. N.W.
  • Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, NM 87107
  • (505) 344-5911 / (800) 706-1699

Casa Rondena Winery-a rare vineyard experience tucked away among the ancient cottonwoods in ABQ's serene North Valley in the Village of Los …

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Corrales Winery

  • 6275 Corrales Rd.
  • Corrales, NM 87048
  • (505) 898-5165

Visitors are welcome for free tours and tasting.  We specialize in finely crafting small quantities of rich, delicious wines …

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Gruet Winery

  • 8400 Pan American Frwy. N.E.
  • Albuquerque, NM 87113
  • (505) 821-0055 / (888) 857-WINE

Gruet Winery was founded by Gilbert Gruet, founder of the Gruet et Fils and Paul Laurent champagne houses. With the acquisition of land in …

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IL VICINO BREWERY CANTEEN

  • 2381 Aztec Rd. N.E.
  • Albuquerque, NM 87107
  • (505) 881-2737

The Canteen is a brewery, restaurant and community all in one. Producing award winning micro-brews, the IVB Canteen boasts an exceptional …

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Marble Brewery

  • 111 Marble Ave. N.W.
  • Albuquerque, NM 87102
  • (505) 243-2739

Try our new Breaking Bad tribute beers, Walt's White Lie and Heisenberg's Dark Ale.  Click here for more details.  Marble …

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New Mexico Brewers Guild

  • 1607 Paseo de Peralta
  • #10
  • Santa Fe, NM 87501
  • (505) 660-2951

New Mexico boasts over 30 established microbreweries and brewpubs dotting scenic byways and main streets across the state.  With a …

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Nexus Brewery

  • 4730 Pan American E. Fwy N.E.
  • Ste. D
  • Albuquerque, NM 87109
  • (505) 242-4100

Nexus Brewery is dedicated on being the Albuquerque brewery that people can count on when it comes to providing amazing tasting beer and …