St. Claire's Winery - Deming - Harvest Hosts

Trip Start Feb 09, 2013
Trip End Jun 30, 2013

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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

. Tuesday, April 2 – We woke up this morning to another wonderful sunrise looking out at the mountains at City of Rocks State Park. Fred and Carol from Maine who had come in yesterday came by in the morning to say by to us.  They were headed for Arizona and it is unlikely that we will run into them again now since they will be ahead of us by a week.  We have seen them now five times from the Panhandle, LA, TX and then here NM.  Nice couple with four dogs.  They invited us to visit them in Maine and maybe the next time we go camping in Maine we will stop by or even go camping with them.

   Today was a lazy day because we were only driving about 30 miles back to Deming and staying at New Mexico's largest winery St. Clair Winery.   It is part of the Harvest Host program that we belong to and we really glad we decided to stop.  We stay for free but we did attend a wine tasting that was excellent.  Really nice place and the girl who poured the wine was very good.  The wines here were mostly $10 and then up – not as expensive as the Texas wines were.  These wines were so good and we bought some like Plum Loco, Green Chile and an Orange Mimosa.  George liked the deal where for $10 you get a half gal. bottle with a choice of a number of wines on tap (you can even mix them) and then you can bring the bottle back and have it filled up again for $4.00.  If you want to return the bottle you get  $6.00 back but there are so many snowbirds that stay in Deming I can see why they like this deal.  George liked the wine and we were able to pour the wine from the bottle into a plastic juice container and then he went back in to fill the wine bottle up again for $4.00.

I anyone is coming to Deming we will give you the bottle so that you can get it filled up.  The wines are good here because the river water that is used for the grapes is clear and pure.

   Deming is very interesting and there must be about 10 RV parks here that are huge plus there are so many other parks outside of town.  This town must triple in the winter months and the traffic must be terrible.   The views are great with the mountains in the distance, lots of stores, restaurants  and the weather is warm with little rain. 

    We did not have hookups here but the weather was nice, warm and had a great breeze coming through the windows.  Driving to Wilcox, AZ tomorrow so we expect another border check by AZ officials looking at the vegetables we have in the RV – hope we don’t have to throw out too much!

Review of our staying overnight:  Tuesday, April 2 -St. Claire Winery, Deming, New Mexico

     We belong to Harvest Hosts ($25-$30 per year and there is a web site) where there are a number of wineries, farms etc that provide a night of camping free with no hookups (must be self contained) throughout the country and Canada.  The program is about three years old and they are adding places to stay every month.  We were in Deming so decided to stay at St. Caire’s Winery which is an easy on and off interstate 10.  The cost is free but we did attend a wine tasting and really had a great time.  The wines were reasonable; the staff was friendly and informative.  They welcomed us with open arms and there was not any pressure to purchase anything but we did.  We were the only ones staying the night and they left the gate open for us so that we could leave in the morning when we were ready.  This is New Mexico’s largest winery where Florent and Herve Lescombes produce St. Claire’s award winning wines.  There are so many snowbirds that stay in this town in the winter so I can see why many stop here because they have a deal where you buy a half gal. bottle ($10.00 which includes the bottle) with certain wines on tap (you can even mix them) and when you come back it costs $6.60 to fill it up again.  If you want you return the bottle for $3.80.  We were camped in a parking lot next to some trees and looking out at the mountains in the distance.  Very enjoyable evening and stop!
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