Albuquerque by the glass

Where can you taste great sparkling wine? Right within the city limits

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Taste at Casa Rondeña Winery.

What: Sip estate-grown Riesling, Gewürztraminer, and Cabernet Sauvignon at a shaded, Mediterranean-style tasting room. When: 10-6 Wed-Sat, noon-6 Sun. How much: $2 tasting fee. Where: 733 Chavez Rd. N.W.; or 505/344-5911.


Picnic at Casa Rondeña.
What: Sit next to the winery's pond and lion's head fountain and enjoy a glass of Riesling along with a deliciously chunky chicken salad sandwich and chocolate mousse to go from Fremont's Fine Foods. When: Fremont's is open 9:30-5:30 Mon-Sat. How much: $. Where: Pick up your boxed lunch at 7901 Fourth St. N.W.; 505/792-3463.

Dinner alfresco.
What: Devour red-chile ribs and fresh guacamole on the patio at El Pinto Restaurant. When: Lunch and dinner daily. How much: $$. Where: 10500 Fourth St. N.W.; 505/898-1771.




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