February in the Vineyard - Time for Pruning the Vines

In February, the vineyard in Corrales looks pretty desolate. Vines are bare and it's hard to imagine that it will ever be spring time in the vineyard. Everything is brown and dusty. A few dry weeds. But look closer at the naked grape vines and you can see the beginnings of buds about to burst. It's a beautiful sight and gives faith that the cycle continues.

 The vines are wild and have long unruly canes. The canes need to be pruned to control the growth for next springl

The vines are wild and have long unruly canes. The canes need to be pruned to control the growth for next springl

 After pruning, the vines are symmetrical and even. Pruning will allow the vines to grow a good crop of grapes without too many branches and too many leaves.

After pruning, the vines are symmetrical and even. Pruning will allow the vines to grow a good crop of grapes without too many branches and too many leaves.

Vines in the Pines - Join us for a Valentine's Wine Tasting in Ruidoso

Sheehan Winery is one of a handful of wineries selected to participate in the annual mid-winter festival in rocking Ruidoso in Southern New Mexico. So grab your Valentine and head over to Ruidoso for the action - and the Sheehan wines! The Vines in the Pines features 30 vendors, including arts & crafts, food and chocolates, and craft-brewed beers. The event starts at noon on Saturday Feb. 11 and wraps up at 6 p.m. on Sunday Feb. 12.

Tickets are $20 per day if purchased a day before; $25 the day of the event. If you haven't met Sean Sheehan, visit the Vines in the Pines for your chance to meet one of New Mexico's up-and-coming winemakers!

Happy Thanksgiving! We are thankful for KOAT-TV.

A few days before Thanksgiving, a reporter and cameraman/editor from KOAT-TV visited winemaker Sean Sheehan at the winery and interviewed him about New Mexico wine and how he became "bitten by the wine bug." The video was part of a series focusing on New Mexico entrepreneurs and the inspirations behind their businesses. The video features Sean and shows him extracting almost-ready-to-bottle merlot from the French oak barrels and nosing fresh chambourcin from the stainless steel tank. He discusses how the climate and soil of New Mexico shape the flavor of wine. It's a great video and may inspire you to try to make something unique!

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The 2016 Harvest was stupendous and so was the Picking Party!

On Sunday, October 16, 2016 Sean Sheehan of Sheehan Winery hosted an absolutely wonderful Picking Party for about 40 friends and family members in the vineyard in Bosque Farms, south of Albuquerque. Under a blue sky and to the tunes of a professional DJ, the pickers harvested about 10 tons of beautiful chambourcin grapes. Chambourcin is Sheehan Winery's signature wine, which is the "pinot noir of the Southwest." 2016 proved to be a stellar year for the grapes and the clusters were heavy on the vines. After the harvest, everyone gathered in the backyard of the home to enjoy green chile enchiladas, salad and sangria made from Sheehan Winery wines. It was a great day and memorable harvest.

 A great harvest followed by food, fun and friends and family

A great harvest followed by food, fun and friends and family

 Friends enjoying fellowship at the 2016 harvest party.

Friends enjoying fellowship at the 2016 harvest party.

 Smiles and enchiladas at the 2016 harvest Picking Party

Smiles and enchiladas at the 2016 harvest Picking Party

The 2016 Harvest is Underway and it's Awesome!

The 2016 harvest is wonderful and Sheehan Winery is harvesting literally, tons, of grapes. Here is a photo gallery of this fall's harvest. 

A perfect cluster of zinfandel grapes from the 2016 harvest.

 The 2016 harvest is on and it's awesome! This bin holds 400 pounds of grapes.

The 2016 harvest is on and it's awesome! This bin holds 400 pounds of grapes.

 Beautiful zinfandel grapes awaiting stemming and pressing for the 2016 Sheehan Winery vintage.

Beautiful zinfandel grapes awaiting stemming and pressing for the 2016 Sheehan Winery vintage.

A Fun New Festival in Tularosa, New Mexico

On Friday September 16 and Saturday September 17, Sheehan Winery participated in New Mexico's newest wine festival, the Tularosa Wine & Art Festival. As a first-time event, it was a little slower than organizers expected but it was fun for Sean Sheehan and winery right-hand, Crystal Anderson. They managed to sell wine and make a lot of new friends on the main drag in the town residents affectionately call "Tulie." It was a great to see a new wine festival on the calender and we look forward to it getting bigger each year. It featured wine, live music and great art. Way to go, Tulie!

Labor Day weekend - Sheehan Winery at two festivals, people loved the wines!

During Labor Day weekend 2016, Sheehan Winery had a presence at two awesome wine festivals at once. We were at the two-day New Mexico Wine and Jazz Festival at the Expo New Mexico in Albuquerque and also at the three-day Harvest Wine Festival at the Dona Ana County Fairgrounds in Las Cruces. Both events were very well attended and featured great regional wines, live music, food, dancing and arts and crafts. Sheehan Winery got a tremendous amount of buzz for our high-quality wines and excellent serving staff. People especially enjoyed our award-winning Moscato, which was the perfect antidote to hot weather and lots of New Mexico sunshine. The next event is the Tularosa Basin Wine and Art Festival September 16 and 17 in Downtown Tularosa. Join us for the fun!

Exciting Times for Sheehan Winery - Adding New Wines, Increasing Inventory and Soon - Harvest!

We have added new wines to our line-up of fabulous, all-natural New Mexico wines. Winemaker Sean Sheehan has recently bottled a new, charming dry rose wine called Cinsault Rose. Made from the French cinsault grape, the wine has a lovely deep pink blush color and dry finish. It will be available at the winery and also for tasting at the next two wine festivals over Labor Day weekend. The wine festivals are the New Mexico Wine and Jazz Festival Sept. 3-4 at the New Mexico Expo's Villa Hispana in Albuquerque and the Harvest Wine Festival Sept. 3-5 at the Southern New Mexico State Fairgrounds in Las Cruces, NM.

We have also introduced a Malvasia Bianca, a fruit-forward, semi-sweet white wine. It is the perfect late summer, early autumn wine! You can find information on the wines at our "Shop" page and more information on the festivals at our "Upcoming Events" page. As always, we love to hear from you!

Get Away from the Big City and Join Sheehan Winery in Cloudcroft, NM

It's time for the annual Cloudcroft Art and Wines in the Cool Pines festival in Cloudcroft, NM! Sean Sheehan, our founder and winemaker, will be there pouring all the winery's wines. Those wines includes our newest two: A lovely pink dry rose made from the cinsault grape, and a fruit-forward white wine called Malvasia Bianca. Of course, we still will pour our fabulous Chambourcin, chardonnay, merlot and syrah, in addition to our sweeter wines Cielo Dulce and Danza del Fuego.

The festival runs all day Saturday August 6 and Sunday August 7. We hope to see you there!

Join us July 2 and July 3 at the Santa Fe Wine Festival!

Sheehan Winery will be pouring our wonderful New Mexico, all-natural wines at the Santa Fe Wine Festival at El Rancho de Las Golondrinas. First off, El Rancho de las Golondrinas is a fantastic place -- a Colonial era ranch that preserves early New Mexico history. Second of all, in addition to Sheehan Winery, there will be other wineries, food vendors, arts, crafts and historical enactments. You can ride the bus to the rancho or there is ample parking and $13 will get you in to enjoy everything. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Read what the Albuquerque Journal had to say about the Santa Fe Wine Festival and Sheehan Winery! Click here: http://www.abqjournal.com/797093/fresh-flavor.html