Ron and Olha Dolin didn’t discover their shared passion for wine and spirits until after they were married. Together they use Ron’s Ph.D. in engineering and Olha’s generational knowledge of producing vodka and brandy in Eastern Europe to craft handmade wines and fine spirits. Their wines include the specialty Emotion series, which includes cherry sherry, apple ice wine, and a wine made from rose petals. The two also distill spirits ranging from blue corn vodka and bourbon to gin made from New Mexico juniper, pinon, chamisa, sage, and rose hips.
The instructors at Sierra Aviation share more than 15,000 hours of combined experience in the skies, and use their aviator's intuition to instill students with proper technique and the confidence to put it to use—regardless of their skill level. A fleet of well-maintained planes offers a range of options, whether pupils are just learning to fly or going for more advanced licenses.
Inner Strength and Fitness is a bright, upbeat gym that specializes in getting each client healthier, fitter and stronger. There are hundred of ways of doing that, some conventional and some extremely creative and unique. We make our clients happier and stronger in ways that make every member satisfied.
Twenty-six poses. 90 minutes. 105 degrees. This is what yogis can expect from a hot—or Bikram—yoga class at Bikram Yoga of Albuquerque, a studio that follows the teachings of the practice’s founder, Bikram Choudhury. They keep the studio to such a high temperature in order to help students sweat out toxins and to further their flexibility. As for yoga itself, it helps practitioners achieve a sense of mental and physical well-being that is said to strengthen determination, self-control, faith, concentration, and patience. In addition to the east-side location, which has been around for ten years, Bikram Yoga of Albuquerque invites yogis to its second location on the west side.
Founded in 1974 by three "hippie glassblowers," Bullseye Glass Co produces internationally renowned glass materials in thousands of colors and finishes suitable for artistic endeavors of all kinds, such as mosaics and stained glass. Aside from being beautiful to look at, most of Bullseye's glasses are compatible for fusing and kilnforming—something that's especially important for glass artists to know. Bullseye also passes on the ancient art of glass shaping through artist-guided classes. Graduates of these kilnforming classes can return to craft additional treasures or explore the cyclical nature of art by turning a wineglass back into a sandbox.
Recently named one of the top three things to do in Santa Fe by TripAdvisor, the Santa Fe School of Cooking serves up internationally acclaimed culinary instruction with a specialty in Southwestern cuisine. Chef-led demonstration classes pack expert cooking techniques, take-home recipes, and full, freshly prepared meals into lively 2.5- to 3-hour food frenzies. Guests can choose from nearly 30 menu offerings, such as the Native American demonstration, boasting lamb-stuffed rellenos, blue-corn gnocchi arrowheads with guajillo chili sauce, and sweet fry bread with prickly-pear syrup ($80, plus tax). The Contemporary Southwest Light menu satiates health-conscious bean counters with savory turkey fillets topped with roasted-pineapple salsa, lemon-infused southwest rice, and delicate mexican chocolate cake ($74, plus tax). Beef-carnitas-stuffed gorditas take center stage in the Traditional New Mexican IV class, alongside pickled jalapeño cabbage slaw and a fiery green chili soup packed with dry-roasted corn ($70, plus tax). Check the schedule for a full listing of current offerings, all of which can save you from embarrassing Thanksgivings, disastrous dinners with in-laws, and foolhardy tamale-making face-offs.