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Noisy Water Winery

Hannah Perry
March 10, 2021 | Hannah Perry

Wine Geek Wednesday


🍇What Are Wine Lees?🍇


If you have ever been surprised by the aroma of freshly baked bread in your glass of champagne, then you have found the "Suhr Lee" or lees, as we like to call it.


The term Suhr Lee refers to a specific aging technique: lees contact. Lees are the by product of the cellular self-destruction of yeast cells, called "autolysis." This leaves dead yeast particles that settle at the bottom of a tank! Our wines rest and age on the lees for a bit and then are racked, or separated, only leaving a small amount of lees in the wine itself. So why do we leave any lees behind at all? Because doing so can create rich complex flavors to a wine and can even improve the texture. 


🍀Did you know that finding lees particles at the bottom of your wine glass is an omen of good luck? 🍀

Bottled Chemistry


Lees are perfectly safe to consume and  are especially beneficial in white and sparkling wines, as they soften the tannins and enrich the flavors of the wine.


White and sparkling wines aged on lees are often described as creamier, richer, fuller-bodied, or with greater depth and complexity of flavor.


Red wines aged on lees are often described as rich, oaky with pronounced dark fruit and even spice flavors.



How Processing Wine and Lees Work Together:


Check out a few if our unique wines aged on the lucky lees:


2018 Vintner's Reserve Chardonnay


Oak aging and Chardonnay go hand in hand, as lees aging in oak barrels will diffuse additional aroma compounds from the wood, including sweet, caramel-like notes, smoke-like flavors, clove flavors, and vanilla.


Due to chardonnay's neutrality and hardiness, it makes for a perfect canvas to impart the flavors and textures that lees creates in a wine.


2018 Dirty

The 2018 Dirty is unique when it comes to lees particles, as this wine is not fully filtered. Instead of filtering out the yeast immediately, the wine simply rests for a longer time (no shaking or moving the tanks!). This naturally settles yeast particles through gravity. After this point, the wine gets racked from the lees. 


Because of its less filtered quality, the body of the wine improves, and the small presence of lees particles only make it that much better.

Time Posted: Mar 10, 2021 at 9:29 AM
Hannah Perry
March 3, 2021 | Hannah Perry

Wine Geek Wednesday


Great wine is made at the vineyard. The Forbidden Desert Vineyard, our vineyard in Engle is one of the oldest in New Mexico, and the vines on the land are considered "old vines." This means that these vines have adapted to a changing environment for many years, which has made them durable and reliable every season. The lifecycle of a grapevine is something we get to witness every year, and it never gets old.




During this time of year, the vines are dormant. The vines utilize this time to hunker down for the cold months and they even have a built-in coping mechanism to survive the winter. The sugars that exist in the roots of the vines act as a natural antifreeze to the plant and ensures a healthy come-back in the Spring. One of the most crucial things we do at the end of Winter is prune the vines. This helps protect against over and underproduction of grape growth.


Early Summer


The wood of the grapevine continues to ripen, turning brown and hardening. While the wood grows, and sugar levels rise, little clusters of grapes begin to appear!  These clusters will soon become berry bunches, as they keep stretching out towards the warm sun.




Each season affects that year's vintage, so every wine is different, every year! Check out some of our favorite vintages from the last few years:

Time Posted: Mar 3, 2021 at 10:30 AM
Hannah Perry
March 1, 2021 | Hannah Perry

March Newsletter


Happy March you wine lovers! The first month of Spring is here and the Earth is waking up from its long Winter nap. The month of March reminds us that new beginnings are in store, and soon we will witness the organic things around us bloom into life. This is also a great time of year to re-center and re-focus yourself while enjoying the warm sunshine. This month is all about fresh starts and new life, and we are right on time because the grapevines are about to bud after staying dormant all winter! 


This month's newsletter gives you a sneak peek into what happens behind the scenes at Noisy, and is packed full of information about featured products, events and what's to come! 


The Season Of Bud Break 

March is the month when we typically see the vines bloom into life! As the season of Spring creeps in, the weather gradually gets warmer and the Earth starts to thaw, creating perfect conditions for little baby buds to begin the early stages of a grape's life.

Preparing the vineyard for new life is like preparing your home to bring home a newborn baby! Throughout the Winter we have improved our irrigation systems, ran soil tests, tuned up our farming equipment, and are currently pruning the vines to welcome the new buds back home. Doing these things helps us have a fresh start for the growing season and also encourages the buds to grow big and strong for a healthy harvest later in the year. 




It's Bottling Season! Keep an eye out for new vintages as the wines are ready being bottled!

Wine Of The Month:

2018 Montepulciano



An explosive bouquet of sweet cherries and tobacco, round plum flavor profiles fill the glass, ending with ripe, soft tannins and a balance of complex acidic notes.


-Take 35% Off Full Cases-

& 20% Off Half Cases of Montepulciano all month long



Come hang out with us at any of the Tasting Rooms every Wednesday and get:




Sign up now to receive exclusive access to a WINE CLUB PARTY on Saturday March 20th at the Enchanted Vine Barn in Ruidoso, NM where you will get early access and a sneak peak of our new vintage 2018 Curtain Call, plus we're pulling out an old one from the library for you to try!

Reserve your spot now!

There will be 5 reservation times available beginning at 11:30am, each limited to 6 participants.


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Gourmet Food of The Month:

Hatch Green Chile Butter

March is the month of new growth and starting fresh and the most common color we will see this month is GREEN. Green in the sprouting buds and green for St Patrick's Day. So get your green on with our Relleno Brothers Chile Co.'s Hatch Green Chile Butter is one of the top selling products in our store and is great on eggs, chicken, sandwiches, crackers, you name it!


What else is going on at Noisy?

  • Feel free to come see us or to call in an order for pick up!


  • If you are a local or visiting Ruidoso for Spring Break, join us at the Enchanted Vine Barn in Alto after a day on the mountain or to escape the hustle and bustle of Midtown!


  • We have our farmers and craft market is open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays at Enchanted Vine, browse with a glass in hand!


  • Enchanted Vine and our tasting rooms across New Mexico are great cozy little getaways, and especially during ski season! Gather around fire pits and sip on some mulled wine or bundle up under the heated patio at our tasting rooms!


Enchanted Vine

492 Ft Stanton Rd

Alto, NM 88312

Time Posted: Mar 1, 2021 at 9:30 AM
Hannah Perry
February 26, 2021 | Hannah Perry

Team Favorites


 Featuring Jozie And Her Favorite Wine 


Today we are shining the spotlight on Jozie, who is our Venue & Event Director at the Enchanted Vine Barn. Jozie loves living in her little mountain town and frequently jogs and hikes with her fur baby Monjeau (everyone's favorite host at EV 😉). Jozie's favorite wine is Aglianico for its full body, bright taste on the palate and that hint of chocolate you get at the end! The first time she tried it she was hooked, and now regular enjoys it while sitting by the fire or cozied up on the couch. 



Jozie enjoys pairing a glass of Aglianco with a juicy steak or even just some dark chocolate. Aglianico has a rich Southern Italy heritage, and is one of the oldest grapes dating back to thousands of years ago. 

2018 Aglianico

A rich, 'big' wine, driven by the dark fruits, bold plum and robust cherry notes, explosive tannins and high acidity, leading to a surprisingly balanced finish with ever-so-subtle overtones of dark chocolate





Time Posted: Feb 26, 2021 at 10:00 AM
Hannah Perry
February 24, 2021 | Hannah Perry

Wine Geek Wednesday


Sweet and spicy is our new favorite flavor combination, and there is a reason behind why these contrasting elements are so enjoyable together.


Pairing flavors that taste opposite to one another improves your tasting experience and that while the flavors are different, they actually bring out the best in each other and highlight the most enjoyable and satisfying thing about each flavor (aww)! The different compounds of different flavors creates a balanced and pleasing "mouthfeel," which refers to the way foods feel in the mouth.


This sweet red wine has an inviting aroma of red berries intertwined with marshmallows and automatically make you think of chocolate covered strawberries. Milk chocolate, cinnamon, and vanilla continue on the palate creating a s’more like taste that then finishes with a slight Red Chile spice that you didn't know you needed.


Amor En Fuego also pairs well with spicy foods, so break out that charcuterie board and crank up the heat with some of our favorite snacks to pair

Time Posted: Feb 24, 2021 at 9:22 AM
Hannah Perry
February 20, 2021 | Hannah Perry

Music & White Wine


Wednesday we sent you our red wine playlist, now check out our white wine playlist, blanco sips. 


A Customized Playlist For White Wine Drinkers


We thought the concept of music influencing the taste of wine was so interesting we made a custom Spotify playlist for white wine drinkers. 


Move your mind to new frames of reference. pair a sound, melody or tune and be reminded of a specific place, event or period of life. Music can heavily influence how you experience wine, mellow music makes wine taste more subtle, whereas lively music makes wine taste more dynamic.


Inspiration Behind The Playlist:


To pair music with wine, the best way is to first find commonalities in both the wine and the music. A lot of white wines have fruity, tangy, clean and crisp elements so we curated a playlist that reflected that as well. Expect to listen to songs that are lively, youthful, fresh and bubbly. 


This playlist will put you in a good mood, and you might start dancing suddenly, who knows.


White Wines We Recommend Pairing With Our Playlist

Time Posted: Feb 20, 2021 at 10:00 AM
Hannah Perry
February 17, 2021 | Hannah Perry

Wine Geek Wednesday


∙music & red wine


Music Influences The Taste Of Wine.


Drinking wine involves all of the senses. You assess the color of the wine, then you analyze the aromas that swirl around in the glass, then you determine how the taste and texture of the wine blends in your mouth. But did you ever think you could listen to the wine? It turns out, you can! Especially if your wine is paired with music. 




Music can move the mind to new frames of reference. This means that a single sound, melody or tune can remind us of a specific place, event or period of life. In the same token, music can heavily influence how we experience wine. Mellow music makes wine taste more subtle, whereas lively music makes wine taste more dynamic.


A Customized Playlist For Red Wine Drinkers


We thought the concept of music influencing the taste of wine was so interesting we made a custom Spotify playlist for red wine drinkers. 

Inspiration Behind The Playlist:


To pair music with wine, the best way is to first find commonalities in both the wine and the music. A lot of red wines have jammy, dark fruit, velvety and rich elements so we curated a playlist that reflected that as well. Expect to listen to songs from every decade that are powerful, robust, and moody.


This playlist will give you all the feels, and you might find yourself getting lost in the nostalgic romance of the ear-tingling electric guitar riffs.


Red Wines We Recommend Pairing With Our Playlist

Time Posted: Feb 17, 2021 at 12:36 PM
Hannah Perry
February 10, 2021 | Hannah Perry

Wine Geek Wednesday


∙ love gets better with age, and so does wine


 Wine is more than just fermented grape juice as true love is more than just passion. An old bottle of wine feels priceless in your hands and radiates nostalgia, so for the sake of celebrating love (and patience) this month, we wanted to share what happens in a wine bottle over the years, what wines can stand the test of time and explain how wine, just like love, can get better with age.



What happens to wine when it's aged in a bottle?


Similarly to true love, select wine takes time to develop. Some wine tastes better with age because of a complex chemical reaction occurring among sugars, acids and substances known as phenolic compounds. In time, this chemical reaction can affect the taste, color and texture of wine.


We recommend aging our Petite Sirah, Merlot and Reserve Cabernet, as these wines will benefit and change from a few years of aging. We recommend not aging for more than 5 years, as the wine will be ready to be opened after that time period. Store horizontally in a cool and dark area for optimal aging! 

Pro Tip: Purchase multiple bottles of the same wine and open one to taste immediately, age the others, then do an analysis on how the wine has aged in grace over time by opening another one every 6 months - 1 year!

Time Posted: Feb 10, 2021 at 1:26 PM
Hannah Perry
February 5, 2021 | Hannah Perry

Wine & Charcuterie


A Date Idea Just in Time For Valentine's Day




Science tells us that pairing foods and beverages that taste similar to one another improves the experience and that the similarities compliment one another, but the opposite can also be true! The fat in cheese and the acidity in wine compliment each other because of that very fact- they are opposites! The different compounds of cheese and wine creates a balanced and pleasing "mouthfeel," which refers to the way foods feel in the mouth. No wonder cheese and wine pair so perfectly!


A Guide To Your Next Charcuterie Board


Olive oil and vinegar are excellent additions to charcuterie boards, as they can compliment many things on your board! They add that extra flair of flavor to crackers, bread or can be used as a dipping sauce in the center of our board.


Cheese is the ingredient in your charcuterie board that will complete it. Cheese adds different textures and colors to the board and can be paired with basically anything. Pro tip: Choose a variety of cheese that have different textures and tastes! For example, feta is soft and salty, as asiago is hard and slightly sweet.


Rustic red wines such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Petite Sirah, and Zinfandel have bold tannins and a rustic taste pair with charcuterie with similar, smoky flavors

Time Posted: Feb 5, 2021 at 10:00 AM
Hannah Perry
February 3, 2021 | Hannah Perry

Wine Geek Wednesday


∙ pairing wine with your favorite desserts ∙



Dessert and wine pairings are ideal for events like Valentine's Day, anniversaries, birthdays or just for fun!


Wine that pairs best with desserts need an element of sweetness, but they also need to have the same intensity of the dish. When pairing wine with dessert, there are two factors to consider:


1: Acidity- an acidic wine will pair best with a fruity dessert that also is acidic.

2: Intensity- The more intense the dessert (like dark chocolate cake), the more intense your wine should be.

Pro Tip: A good rule of thumb is that as the color of dessert gets darker, so should the wine!


Lemon Bars Paired With Chardonnay

2019 Double Barrel Reserve Chardonnay



Why it works: The fruity citrus notes of the wine bring out even more of a zippy lemon flavor from the dessert, and the buttery oak is complimentary to the flaky crust. 



Chocolate Mouse Paired With Barrel Aged Sweet Red OR Amor En Fuego (Red Chile Chocolate Wine)

2019 Deviance


Why it works: The sweet strawberries and cherries of the wine balance with creamy heavy flavors of the chocolate as nuances of vanilla, tobacco, and smoke compliment baking spices like cinnamon and nutmeg. 

Amor En Fuego (Red Chile & Chocolate Wine)

Why it works: The marshmallow and vanilla notes of the wine compliment the rich flavors of chocolate as the red chile spice cuts right through the heavy creaminess of the mouse, which makes it feel perfectly balanced.


Apple Pie Paired With Gewürztraminer

2019 Gewürztraminer


Why it works:  Gewürztraminer combines fruit and spice in the same way apple pie does. Notes of  peaches, lavender, and cinnamon of the wine compliments the ginger-y flaky crust and crisp apples of the pie.

Time Posted: Feb 3, 2021 at 9:00 AM


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