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Tomorrow will be the unveiling of the new Arbolitos at Las Estrellas community.  As a part of that and in conjunction with the Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta, we are hosting a wine tasting with Casa Rondeña Winery.  I'd like to share a bit about the winery...  Casa Rondeña Winery was lovingly established in late 1995 as a family undertaking, with the first plantings in 1990 at the hands of vintner John Calvin.

The Tasting Room opened in August 1997 and a winery building, with a commemorative Tricentennial bell tower, was completed in the autumn of 2004.  In 2008, a new barrel aging and storage facility, including the Founder’s Rotunda, was built in order to expand production capability of the winery and hold special events for winery members and…
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Red, green or Christmas?  If you know what Christmas means in this context, chances are, you’re a chile fan like me.  Chile is member of genus Capsicum which is part of the nightshade family of flowering plants and is related to the tomato and the potato.  Most people think that green and red chiles are different types of peppers. They are in fact a fruit of the same plant; they are simply picked at different times. The red chile is the ripened version of the green chile. (Tea shares the same confusion: green, white, black, they are all from the same plant).

It all began with Christopher Columbus… while exploring the Caribbean islands he was introduced to the chile.  Columbus called them red peppers as their spicy punch was reminiscent of the black

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Chile peppers are an amazing source of vitamin A, B, and C.  They are high in fiber, phytonutrients and Capsaicin.  Capsaicin is being researched for its preventive effects on cancer at several major universities. 

These peppers also pack a punch for your metabolism. Capsaicin has an effect that is similar to green tea (ECCG) and caffeine and has been shown to stimulate weight loss when eaten as part of a healthy diet.

Capsaicin is a safe and effective topical analgesic agent and is used in the treatment of arthritis, shingles (herpes zoster), nerve damage, and even migraines.   It is also used in pepper spray – hence the name.  

There are many delicious ways to consume chile.  New Mexico is known for it’s enchiladas, rellenos, chile con

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In preparation for the Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta next week, my post today is for my wine lovers as it is a long and detailed one.  Of course, I am deeply interested in all the details of grape varietals and growing, flavor pallets, etc. but today I am focusing on New Mexican wine growing.  If that isn’t your thing, you may want to skip this one.

Early American settlers found grapes growing wild along the East Coast and assumed that higher quality European varieties would also grow well where the wild grapes grew. But severe winters, disease, and insects caused the imported Vitis vinifera to fail.

 

Vinifera grapes require mild, dry climates like those in California, Arizona, southern New Mexico, and west Texas.  They may be injured by

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New Mexico is the oldest wine country in America by roughly 200 years with a history of wine as rich as its colorful landscapes.  In 1598 Don Juan de Onate led Spanish colonists to the upper valleys of the Rio Grande with Franciscan monks following.  Wine was an important part of religious ceremonies but was difficult to attain in the region.  Initially, the monks were forced to use imported wine that contained 18% alcohol and 10% sugar and was transported in stoneware jugs which held approximately 2.6 to 3.6 gallons each and were sealed with a cork or wood plug.  The jugs were lined internally with a lead-based glaze – which could leak into the wine during prolonged exposure to heat or the acid in the wine.  The monks were desperate for a local

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New lot and home packages now available in northwest Santa Fe!

 

Arbolitos at Las Estrellas is the newest community near downtown Santa Fe, only 5 minutes to the Plaza and its world-class shops, events, and dining. Located within the city limits, Arbolitos is a 20-acre residential community with 23 planned single-family homes. Lots range from one-third acre to more than an acre and are available to build on now with the first homes completed this summer. Arbolitos offers quality new construction and expansive views. Custom floor plans are available with a broad set of options and upgrades to suit. Community amenities include neighborhood parks and miles of nature trails and access to La Tierra Trail System.

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Friends,

 

Every year the Santa Fe Reporter completes a survey of the "Best Of" in Santa Fe.  I reference this manual regularly throughout the year, it is a wealth of information.  The magazine has just released its survey for nominations - so please input your favourites!  

I will ask that you vote for Santa Fe Properties as the best real estate firm. Santa Fe Properties won "best of" in 2006 and every year through 2015! Sadly we lost the top spot in 2016, the category was removed in 2017 and came in second in 2018. We are going to win back the title this year! Help us make that happen!

 

Nominate here:

https://www.sfreporter.com/bosf/#/referrals/c3d3da43-8a57-4295-839f-a0e50eed63ed

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