Los Alamos and White Rock now has one more place to relax and have a glass of wine or beer.
The Pig + Fig Cafe now has a beer and wine license and will be re-introducing their tapas menu to enhance their beer and wine selections.
“There are perfect pairings for everything on the menu,” said Pig + Fig’s co-owner, Laura Crucet. “The wine menu is very well thought out. I’ve had years to research this.”
Anyone who knows Crucet knows that she takes her wine research very seriously. Since opening the Pig + Fig Cafe in 2016, she has hosted dozens of special dinners with beer and wine pairings. She frequently goes to wine festivals and travels to meet winemakers. She is also part of a wine group that has met every Wednesday night for the past 40 years. During those wine club meetings, they taste 14-16 wines.
“That’s part of the fun,” she said. “Discovering unknown gems.”
The new wine list has over 20 wines by the glass, including Elk Cove Pinot Gris (2017) for $7 a glass and Château de Saint Cosme (2016) Crozes-Hermitage (2016) for $10 a glass. They have 50 wines by the bottle, priced from $20 to $70 per bottle. There are also 13 craft beers and ciders.
“These are a selection of the best wines that I’ve found in California, Oregon, Washington, and all the rest of the world that are fantastic wines at good values. Many of them are underrated wines, so people may not have heard of them,” said Crucet.
“She has assembled a wine (and beer) list that is as good as any that can be found in all of New Mexico. Better than any you can find even in Santa Fe,” Tom Hill, a local wine enthusiast wrote in a letter to the Daily Post. “What is particularly noteworthy is her wines are very reasonably priced. In many cases, priced at half of what you would be charged at many high-end Santa Fe restaurants.”
Crucet has worked hard to create an atmosphere where it’s fun for families and friends to drink socially.
In addition to serving beer and wine, Crucet and her staff will continue to educate people with day to day tastings during lunch or dinner. Crucet said, “The more you know about wine and beer, the better wines and beers you will choose and the more you will enjoy it.”
Mark your calendars for these upcoming workshops and dinners: Everyday French Wines, November 8th and Beaujolais Wine Dinner, November 15th.
“I want to do some good in the community,” she said, which is why the Pig + Fig regularly gives back.
Last week they raised $2,500 for Self Help, Inc. and on September 30th, they hosted an event that raised $42,000 for the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation.
Laura Crucet, Laura Loy, Karen Hawkins, and Karen Easton organized the event for LAPS Foundation, which had a South American theme. There were eleven wines and four food stations set up around the restaurant. There was live music, tango dancers, and a live auction. The $42,000 they raised broke last year’s fundraising record of $25,000.