Every time we head to Mesilla, we’ve passed by St. Clair Winery. It always seems to have a good crowd, and we’d been meaning to try it for quite some time. Richard had a business meeting there last week, and he was certainly impressed with the interior as well as the wine that he tried. That gave us the incentive we needed to finally check it out.
We went to St. Clair Winery at around 4pm on a Saturday, and even at that hour the restaurant had quite a few customers (and they just kept coming, during the entire time we dined). We were immediately greeted and shown to a table with a nice view of the mountains. The interior is certainly attractive in all areas, including the wine retail shop, the bar, and the restaurant.
Our server, Molly, showed up right away. She was personable and provided excellent service throughout our meal. We knew that we wanted to order the DH Lescombes Cabernet Sauvignon, as Richard had really enjoyed this particular wine there the previous week. At $10.75/glass, it is among their most expensive reds by the glass but it was a wonderful wine.
For entrees, Richard ordered the Ribeye (served with redskin garlic mashed potatoes and fresh mixed vegetables), to which he added grilled shrimp. I’m a lasagna buff, so I could not resist the Spinach Lasagna (layered with homemade marinara, spinach, and pasta) which came served with 2 garlic bread sticks.
Molly brought out some bread for us, which I left to Richard since I was saving room for my bread sticks. Richard said that the bread was tasty but he strongly prefers a crusty bread, rather than one with a soft crust. But that’s personal preference. It certainly looked good!
Once our entrees came, it was dig-in time! They looked so yummy, and oh yes were they delicious! Richard said that his ribeye was excellent (and he’s had his fair share of those, so he knows). He said that it had just the right amount of fat and marbeling, and the shrimp were quite flavorful as well. The taters looked great, but he said that that they were actually kind of bland. He had no comment on the vegetables, but then……”plant matter” (as he calls it) ain’t his thing.
Speaking of “plant matter”, my spinach lasagna was quite good. It was served piping hot, included a generous amount of spinach, and I enjoyed every bite of it. The bread sticks also were very good.
Dessert time! We had fun salivating over the dessert tray. I typically love bread pudding, and the bread pudding actually tempted me a bit. But I thought it seemed kind of plain compared to the other desserts on the tray, and it was in need of something to dress it up and tempt me a bit more (e.g., ice cream, whipped cream, etc.). So I by-passed the bread pudding and went with the Chocolate Port Brownie (a “rich Port graced brownie” served with vanilla bean ice cream). Of note, the bread pudding is identified on their menu as the restaurant’s signature dessert, but I think it needs to be “jazzed up” with ice cream or whipped cream in order to make it more enticing (especially when presented on a dessert tray, alongside other desserts that are more visually appealing). Richard had the Warm Apple Crisp (“fresh, tart apples with cinnamon apple cider & loaded with crunchy granola crumbs. Served warm with vanilla bean ice cream”). Once our desserts came, we were silent for a few minutes as we wolfed those things down. Richard’s crisp came with 3 big scoops o’ ice cream, and he said that the whole thing was really cinnamon-y and delicious (sure looked it!). As for my dessert, it was not the most decadent brownie I’ve ever had but it was mighty tasty and I enjoyed every bite. The ice cream was a wonderful flavor contrast to the brownie. But I am still hoping that they do something more with that bread pudding in the future (and then I’d order it!).
Overall, we loved our meal at St. Clair Winery. It was a very nice atmosphere, service was excellent, and the food and wine were delicious and flavorful. There are quite a few other wonderful-sounding pastas that I want to try out next, and there are some other steak and burger dishes for Richard to try. It’s also a fun spot in terms of the wine retail shop, and I can see us checking that out some more on our next visit.
St. Clair Winery and Bistro is located at 1720 Avenida De Mesilla Las Cruces, NM 88005