Tony Fox at UnQuarked: The Wine Room will introduce the 2015 La Bomba Grande Red Table Wine tonight in tribute to his winemaking mentor John Balagna.
Balagna created the original La Bomba Grande in 1993 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Manhattan Project, to which he was a contributing chemist.
Balagna arrived in Los Alamos in the spring of 1944 and continued working at the Laboratory until 1985. After retirement, he opened his White Rock winery, Il Santo Cellars.
As a pioneer in New Mexico winemaking, he used locally grown grapes and assisted wineries throughout the state to get their start in the industry.
Fox, a long-time Los Alamos resident, began making wine at Balagna’s winery in 2001. Balagna mentored Fox until Il Santo Cellars closed in 2007. Fox continues to make hand-crafted, small batch wines at Black’s Smugglers Winery in Belen, which is sponsoring La Bomba Grande.
The tribute and unveiling of the new label art will begin at 5 p.m., followed by a complimentary tasting. UnQuarked is located at 145 Central Park Square in Los Alamos.