BOARD & STAFF
Chris Goblet, Executive Director
Phone: (575) 649-8994
Dean Strober, Event Planner
Albuquerque Wine Festival – Memorial Day Weekend
New Mexico Wine & Jazz – Labor Day Weekend
Amanda Collier, Event Planner
Southern New Mexico Wine Festival – Memorial Day Weekend
Harvest Wine Festival – Labor Day Weekend
Sam Aragon, President
Las Nueve Niñas Winery
Sam comes from four generations of wine makers in Northern New Mexico. Several years ago, Sam and his family decided to plant a vineyard on the family land, and the rest is history. He was also the previous president of New Mexico Wine Country.
Jesse Padburg, Vice President
Jesse has been in the wine industry for over 17 years and is a certified Executive Sommelier applying expertise in viticulture and oenology from extensive continued education while also finishing his Winemaker Certification from UC Davis. His thirst for knowledge has resulted in travel to wineries around the world in which he garners tools of other regions which he applies to his nationally recognized wines.
Jasper Riddle, Treasurer
Noisy Waters Winery
In the heart of this mountain resort, Jasper Riddle makes wine under the Noisy Water Winery and Relleno Brothers labels. The winery’s first tasting room specializes in what Jasper calls their “fun wines”, like the hot-selling Relleno Brothers GreenChile and Relleno Red wines. Though they tend no vines themselves, they make all their wines from grapes grown in New Mexico vineyards, from Deming to Taos.
Raymond Vigil, Secretary
Casa Abril Winery
Raymond Vigil began Casa Abril in 2001. Providing pure New Mexico wine made with Spanish and Argentinean grapes of Vinifera Tempranillo, Granacha Tinto, Malbec, and Zinfandel varieties. Coming from the Spanish families of Vigil and Romero who date back to the colonial times of Spain, Raymond is committed to the tradition of his Spanish legacy along with his dedication to his vineyards.
Gordon Steel, Member At Large
Rio Grande Vineyards And Winery
As a native New Mexican, Gordon attended both UNM and NMSU and received his Enology/Viticulture training from the top two viticulture programs in the United States; UC Davis and Washington State University. He is a 34 year Air Force Veteran, serving both as an officer and senior enlisted NCO. Spending a lot of time in Europe enhanced his passion for the art of wine. His experience covers quality management, education and training, Human Resources, and project and program development. He has over 20 years experience with nonprofit organizations, serving both as a member and in multiple Executive Officer positions in the state of New Mexico.
Paolo D’Andrea, Member At Large
Luna Rossa Vineyards and Winery
Paolo comes from a heritage of four generations of wine growers. Paolo graduated from a College of Viticulture in Spilimbergo, Italy, with an expertise in grafting plants. This unique skill moved him to the U.S. with a company operating a 300 acre vineyard, the largest in New Mexico. Still managing the state’s largest vineyard, Paolo also opened his own vineyard and winery with his wife, Sylvia, and manages all three simultaneously. This combination has given Paolo 23 highly successful years experience leading very crucial enterprises in our industry.
Mary Street, Member At Large
In 1976, Mary and Henry Street purchased three acres in the Ponderosa Valley as a camping retreat. Fast forward to 1982, and their first commercial crop of Riesling was produced. The winery then expanded to over 6 acres, and has been successful ever since. Mary has been a long standing member of the wine industry, and over the years both she and Henry have led the industry to new heights.
Theresa Fisher, Member At Large
Sombra Antigua Winery
Theresa and her family built Sombra Antigua Winery near the famous Camino Real with its ancient shadows. It is nestled among the vines of New Mexico’s oldest commercial vineyard. It is her goal to honor time-honoured traditions by offering the very best wines.
Benjamin Maier, Member At Large
Family owned, Amaro Winery was founded in 2009. Benjamin Maier is originally from Germany, and he produces and bottles all of his wines on site, and all of his grapes are grown in southern New Mexico. He currently has several different varietals of red and white, including both sweet and dry wines.