We first wrote about why we joined Harvests Hosts in April 2016. Over the last year, we have visited wineries and museums. As we planned our 2017 winter trip to California, the Harvest Hosts website was consulted frequently. Today we share our stop at Sombra Antigua Winery, in Anthony, New Mexico.
Life Doesn’t Always Go as Planned
As luck would have it, we had planned to stop at another Harvest Hosts location while traveling from Balmorhea to Arizona. But as we reported in the post on Butterfield RV Resort and Observatory, things don’t always work out as planned. High winds were expected in New Mexico, so rather than stopping in Deming for the evening we broke our 330 rule and skipped a stop. (Of course, we called the Harvest Hosts site to inform them we wouldn’t be arriving as planned and were told we were welcome anytime.)
Harvest Hosts, Heading Back Home
So as we charted our course back home, we felt an obligation to visit at least one winery along the way. It turns out the folks at Sombra Antigua offered the perfect one-night destination.
Actually, our first contact with the owners didn’t go exactly as planned. We phoned ahead and Theresa answered. However, we had a poor connection and she hung up thinking I was a telemarketer. When I called back, saying I wasn’t selling anything I learned she and David were a bit preoccupied. It seemed a possum had decided to hang out in the back of their pickup truck, and they were doing everything they could think of to convince him to find another home. Regardless, we were welcome to spend the next night at their winery and enjoy the live music.
Anthony, New Mexico
Anthony actually straddles the New Mexico – Texas border. When we left I-10 at Exit 0 in New Mexico, we traveled about 10 blocks. “Welcome to Texas”, announced a roadside sign. A few blocks later, we were welcomed to New Mexico. Just a five-minute drive from 1-10, in New Mexico, we found a small, privately owned winery. In fact, it is the oldest commercial vineyard in New Mexico.
We went inside to enjoy a tasting, sampling nearly 10 wines along the way. We purchased a bottle of their Desert Rose, a pleasant white wine blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Malvasia, and Moscato. We also purchased a bottle of their Zia Sangria, that offered a deep, fruity flavor without excess fortification. Though either would be enjoyable on a hot, sunny day…it was only 1 pm and we needed a beer to quench our thirst. Fortunately, they offered several Monk’s Ales.
We joined David and Theresa on the patio, beers in hand. About 50 people were enjoying the live music that afternoon. A local caterer arrived with lunch for those that cared to indulge. One of the greatest things about the Harvests Hosts experience is spending time with interesting people who have found a way to pursue their passions…to live their dreams. These retired engineers are doing both in a town they clearly love.
The local musicians, though quite skilled, were clearly not part of a union. They played continuously until nearly 8pm that night. As the sun began to set, we moved into Olga. David informed us that there was a 30 amp hookup available. We relocated Olga, about 10 yards, and we settled in a comfortable and quiet night.
If you like to meet interesting people, enjoy local color and the occasional bottle of wine, consider joining Harvest Hosts. Then settle in for a good night’s sleep.