Las Cruces Wine Festival
Las Cruces Harvest Wine Festival
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Albuquerque Harvest Wine Festival
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 is the winemaker and the owner of Noisy Water Winery in Ruidoso, NM. Riddle has been around winemaking his entire life. He has grown his business from five to over eighty employees, expanding Noisy Water Winery to locations across the state of New Mexico on top of opening up a new winemaking facility & a wedding/events center. In 2017 he was awarded with SBDC Star Client Award, SBA Business Achievement Award, NM Business Ethics Award Finalist. Riddle’s hard work was recognized as New Mexico’s Small Business Person of the Year in 2018. He was also recognized as nationally in May, when he was awarded with second Runner-Up for National Small Business Person of the Year. He loves the NM wine industry and looks forward to helping take it to new heights. Viva Vino!
Michael is passionate about New Mexico wine. For the past five years, he has directed the day-to-day operations at Gruet Winery expanding the production capabilities to well over two million bottles annually, while maintaining the quality expected from their nationally recognized sparkling wines. He is familiar with all facets of running a winery from the vineyard to sales both domestically and internationally. Also, in October 2015, he earned his Executive MBA from UNM’s Anderson School of Managment.
Jeremiah is currently the winemaker at Corrales Winery. He has worked at several wineries in New Mexico and has both viticulture and winemaking experience from Napa Valley, California and his travels abroad. As a New Mexico native, Jeremiah is dedicated to the New Mexico wine industry and is the serving president of the New Mexico Vine and Wine Society. He has over 13 years of viticulture and enology experience including a Master’s degree from the University of California at Davis.
Paolo comes from a heritage of four generations of wine growers. Paolo graduated from the College of Viticulture in Spilimbergo, Italy, with an expertise in plant grafting. This unique skill moved him to the US with a company operating a 300 acre vineyard, the largest in the state. Still managing the states 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 of experience leading a very crucial enterprise in our industry.
Sean has been a part of the New Mexico wine industry since 2005, with his first harvest coming at Casa Rondena. He worked for many years as assistant winemaker and eventually head winemaker at Tierra Encantada, as well as being an integral part of the New Mexico Vine and Wine Society. He is a frequent speaker at the New Mexico state educational conference, and is always excited to share his insights and discoveries from both the vineyard and the winery with amateurs and professionals alike. Opening his own winery in 2015 was a dream come true for Sean.
Joshua’s journey into winemaking began in 2001, when his parents purchased a plot of land in Turley, NM and set out to create Wines of the San Juan. With his father as mentor, he apprenticed as assistant winemaker until 2013, and through the years, the team earned recognition both nationally and internationally for their wines. He assumed the role of head winemaker in the spring of 2013, and has since been awarded many medals for his wines at international wine competitions, such as the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition and the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition, as well as receiving 90+ point ratings from one of the world’s most influential wine critics, James Suckling. With his robust, fruit forward wines, Joshua is passionately producing a high quality product for the New Mexico wine industry.