It's hard to imagine a wine-tasting venue with less curb appeal. Behind the vaguely chalet-like exterior of an otherwise modern industrial building, you're afforded the chance to visit one of the nation's most acclaimed producers of sparkling wines (to see its actual vineyards you'll have to head south to Truth or Consequences). Gruet (pronounced grew-ay) had been famous in France since the 1950s for its Champagnes. In New Mexico, the Gruet family has been producing
wine since 1984, and it's earned nationwide kudos for its Methode Champenoise (employing traditional Champagne-making methods for its sparkling wine), as well as for impressive Pinot Noirs, Syrahs, and Chardonnays. Most of the state's top restaurants carry Gruet vintages, as do many leading wine cellars around the country. Tastings include five wines and a souvenir glass.
8400 Pan American Freeway (I–25) NE, on the north frontage road for I–25, between Alameda Blvd. and Paseo del Norte, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 87113, USA