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Saturday Wine Tastings Draw Crowds To Kokoman

on May 18, 2017 - 9:39am

Wine Sales Associate Karen Easton of Los Alamos with Kokoman Fine Wine & Liquor owner Keith Obermeyer during a May 6 wine tasting at the store at 34 Cities of Gold in Pojoaque. The wine tastings are 3:30-6 p.m. every Saturday, free of charge and open to the public. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Patrons sample wines at recent Saturday tasting at Kokoman. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

POJOAQUE — On weekends Karen Easton of Los Alamos can be found living her passion at Kokoman Fine Wine & Liquor at 34 Cities of Gold in Pojoaque. She’s been a customer at the establishment for 13 years and a wine sales associate for the last year and a half.

“It was just a good fit because for me it’s a passion and an avocation that you never master ... there are always new wines and new regions and new grapes to discover,” Easton said during recent Saturday wine tasting event at Kokoman. People think that I’m a wine expert but I've never feel that way because it’s always changing … but isn’t that the adventure of it.”

Easton can be found sharing wine knowledge with patrons at the weekly wine tastings, 3:30-6 p.m. every Saturday at Kokoman.

“Our wine tastings are great for new wine drinkers because it’s an opportunity to try different wines without having to buy the bottles,” Easton said. “For wine drinkers, it’s an opportunity to taste and learn about other types of wines. There are more than 3,500 imported and domestic wines to choose from here at Kokoman."

In her day job, which Easton describes as work at Los Alamos Nation Bank as an endeavor she also loves because she gets to help people with their banking needs on a daily basis.

Easton’s day job is at Los Alamos National Bank where she has worked for many years. “It's also something I love because I get to help people with their banking needs on a daily basis,” she said.

Kokoman owner Keith Obermeyer praises Easton as a real asset for his business and a joy to work with. He also spoke highly of patrons from Los Alamos who visit his store and invites anyone who hasn't done so yet to stop by and talk wine and spirits with him and his team. Especially during the Saturday wine tastings.

“I’ve been here 35 years and I’ve met some of the finest people I know up I Los Alamos and quite a few have more wine knowledge than I do and it’s a real treat to have them here because they know what they are looking for,” Obermeyer said. “If you’ve never been here, it’s really kind of fun and I always learn from the people in Los Alamos because they are always after knowledge … we look for things that are not in grocery stores, but more rare and harder to find and the people of Los Alamos get to travel so they know what we’re doing.”

In addition to the wide assortment of wines, Kokoman also carries some 70 types of rum, 450 beers, 200 types of vodka, 190 tequila and 120 single malt scotches.

Kokoman opened in December 1981 and since 1982, it's been Northern New Mexico’s source for the best selection of wine, beer and spirits including rare varieties and high-end brands, Obermeyer said, adding that his team is always on hand to help patrons locate that special bottle. 

For more information, call 505.455.2219.

Kokoman features more than 3,500 imported and domestic wines. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Kokoman Fine Wine & Liquor at 34 Cities of Gold in Pojoaque. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Jackson Family Fine Wines New Mexico Region Manager Irby Wood discusses the finer points of wine with a patron at the May 6 wine tasting at Kokoman. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Kokoman owner Keith Obermeyer pours a sample of wine for Dist. 46 Rep. Carl Trujillo who stopped by the May 6 wine tasting after attending his son's sports game. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Heidi Hawn who spends a lot of time in Los Alamos enjoys the May 6 wine tasting event at Kokoman. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Patrons chat at the May 6 wine tasting event at Kokoman. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Scene from the May 6 wine tasting at Kokoman in Pojoaque. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Thousands of bottles of wine and spirits are available at Kokoman in Pojoaque. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com


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