Hudson River Valley Wineries
This blog is dedicated to news, events, profiles and reviews of fine food and wine in the Hudson River Valley. We especially feature and spotlight the burgeoning wineries of the Hudson River Region. We accept and will relay information about releases, events, festivals and any toher happening related to food and wine in the Hudson River Valley. Send pertitnent information to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Name: Carlo De Vito
Carlo DeVito is a long time wine lover, and author of books and magazine articles. He is the author of Wineries of the East Coast. He has traveled to wine regions in California, Canada, up and down the east coast, France, Spain and Chile. He was also a publisher at Running Press Book Publishers, where he published books from Wine Spectator, as well as books with Greg Moore (of Moore Bros.), Matt Kramer, Howard Goldberg, and many other wine writers. Mr. DeVito has also been the editor of many successful traditional trade books, including Strange Fruit by David Margolick, On the Shoulders of Giants by Stephen Hawking, and three titles by Malachy McCourt. Other authors include John and Mary Gribbin, Thomas Hoving, Philip Caputo, E. O. Wilson, Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr., John Edgar Wideman, Stanley Crouch, Dan Rather, Dee Brown, Susie Bright, and Eleanor Clift. He lives with his wife, pet publisher Dominique DeVito, their two sons, their two dogs, and their numerous goldfish.
Saturday, September 13, 2014
Thursday, September 11, 2014
FALL IN LOVE WITH HUDSON VALLEY WINE SEPTEMBER 12-14, 2014!
Sept 12 – Robert Schiff – 7:30-10:30pm – Inside. PALAIA VINEYARDS
Sept 12 – Gay and Lesbian Alliance Second Fridays CATSKILL DISTILLING
Sept 13 & 14 – Capital District Apple & Wine Festival 2014, Altamont Fair Grounds WINE TENT
Sept 13 & 14 ITALIAN FESTIVAL 12 award winning wines, an assortment of pastas, fresh bread, fried zeppoles, fresh fruit, and cheese. The engraved wine glass is yours to bring home. BALDWIN VINEYARDS
Sept 13 – Fall Wine & Cheese Pairing 1:00PM MILLBROOK VINEYARDS
Sept 13 – Live music featuring Marc Von Em ROBIBERO VINEYARDS
Sept 13 – Mike Goliber music CLEARVIEW VINEYARDS
Sept 13 – Vera and the Force – Classic Rock WARWICK VALLLEY
Sept 13 – Nailed Shutt music BASHAKILL VINEYARDS
Sept 13 – HARVEST FESTIVAL AND GRAPE STOMP! – $15 at the gate – Vendors of all kinds, included are: hay rides, pumpkin painting, face painting, grape stomp, the band “McMule”, and tastings! Kids Free! PALAIA VINEYARDS 7:30-10:30pm – Palaia All Stars – Rob Schiff, Evan Teatum, Al Westphal, Bruce Perone, Ken Nicastro (OUTSIDE!) PALAIA VINEYARDS
Sept 14 – Rave On – Music of Buddy Holly / Classic Rock n Roll WARWICK VALLLEY
Sept 14 – Brian Dougherty Band music BASHAKILL VINEYARDS
Sept 14 – Jack Higgins & Friends – 2:30-5:30pm – Close out the summer outside with a jam of talented friends. Free Hot Dogs! PALAIA VINEYARDS
Sept 14 – Me and My Ex music CLEARVIEW VINEYARDS
Sept 14 – 11am–5pm 22nd Annual Taste of New Paltz, Ulster County Fairgrounds, New Paltz, NY
Sept 14 – Live Jazz featuring The Blue in Green Jazz Quartet ROBIBERO VINEYARDS
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Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Register Star Covers Regional Columibia-Greene-Berkshire Craft Beverage Summit
Posted: Wednesday, September 10, 2014 12:30 am
Representatives from over 20 local craft beverage companies were present in addition to a number of representatives from economic groups in Columbia and Greene counties. The event featured presentations on the craft beverage industry, a roundtable with all the producers and ended with a tasting of products provided by each producer.
He added that the recently passed Craft Act will allow breweries to sell their beer by the glass, as opposed to only farm breweries as was previously allowed, as well as increase the production cap to 75,000 barrels for breweries and 25,000 gallons for wineries.
“The governor’s intention is to minimize the regulations on this industry and make it easier for you to do business,” said Filler.
With the influx of new businesses, many are not aware of the opportunities available to them and the best way to promote their brand.
“There’s a whole bunch of us here who run these businesses and we don’t know each other,” said Carlo DeVito, co-owner of the Hudson-Chatham Winery. “If we don’t even know who each other are, how do people on the outside know who we are? That’s one of the biggest things that we need to do as a group is to make sure that we’re all pulling the train in the same direction, which is to get the word out on what it is we’re doing.”
DeVito suggested offering tastings and classes to get people interested in local craft beverages, approaching writers and critics to cover their events and cross-promoting with other similar businesses in the surrounding area. He also noted the different beverage trails and festivals that producers should take advantage of, which include the Hudson Berkshire Beverage Trail, Scawangunk Wine Trail, Hudson River Craft Beer Festival, Hudson Valley Wine & Food Festival and others around the region.
“One of the things that’s really important is that we promote each other,” he said. “In our tasting rooms, you should have the rack cards of some of your neighboring businesses. It’s about promoting each other. By banding together, we are stronger.”
According to Todd Erling, executive director of Hudson Valley Agribusiness, businesses should collaborate for mutual benefit. He said that it can be effective to partner with businesses that aren’t directly related.
“Think outside the box,” he said. “It’s not just wine, it’s not just beer, it’s not just cider. The amazing thing about the Hudson Valley is that it’s bread, it’s cheese. We have world-class and you pick the commodity sector or you pick what it is.”
One way craft beverage companies can do this, Erling said, is to share products.
“We’ve worked closely with this idea of collaboration, not so much teetering between what’s allowed and what isn’t, but products themselves,” he said. “So, a good example over in the Sullivan County area, we have a distillery that’s then giving their whiskey bales to a maple sugar house, the maple sugar house is making a bourbon aged maple syrup, then that barrel after the maple syrup has been made in it goes to a local brewery over there.”
Erling also spoke about the importance of bringing production back to New York state, exporting goods and incentivizing the purchase of products from New York. He said that this region is the “gatekeeper to a major market,” not only in New York City, but also in Boston and New England.
“Most of our work and time is spent on small business because that is where the jobs are, where the majority of most jobs are created,” Flood said.
Assemblywoman Didi Barrett (D-106) also attended the summit to show her support for local craft beverage producers.
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Monday, September 08, 2014
Brotherhood, America's Oldest Winery Rewrites the Book on History and Wine
The winery remained in operation during Prohibition as it produced sacramental wine for the Catholic Church. New ownership came in 1921 with Louis Farrell and his son Louis Jr. The Farrells owned the winery until 1947 when both the father and son died in close succession. Control of the winery passed to three Farrell cousins. Francis Farrell was the cousin that ran the vineyard through the World War II era. An expansion included visitor tour facilities and recognition for award-winning wines in regional wine competitions.
The true facts about Brotherhood have confused many people for many years. Is Brotherhood really the oldest winery in the United States? Who was the founder, and was he a Scottish emigrant, a French Huguenot, or a cloistered monk? Where did the name “Brotherhood” actually come from? How did the winery survive Prohibition? Did Brotherhood truly invent “wine tourism?” And how did it become the premium winery it is today?
In THE STORY OF BROTHERHOOD, AMERICA’S OLDEST WINERY, Robert Bedford sets the record straight, and explores the remarkable past of the country’s oldest winery. The book celebrates nearly 175 years of captivating history, and commemorates its owners and stakeholders who contributed to the winery’s longevity through loyalty, perseverance, innovation, and sheer imagination.
A remarkable collection of rare images vividly illustrate the evocative text, stories and anecdotes—as well as the facts—with over 350 photographs, labels, documents, memorabilia, and advertisements. Culled from private and public collections, and carefully restored by the author, most of the images and documents have never been published before, or seen outside of Brotherhood Winery.
With this combination of insight and imagery, THE STORY OF BROTHERHOOD, AMERICA’S OLDEST WINERY unfolds through eras of grit and glamour. It is as comprehensive as it is pioneering; a major contribution to the history of winemaking and wine production in New York and the United States.
If you are going to be in the Hudson Valley, you need to go to Brotherhood, do a tasting try their restaurant, and go on the tour and buy the book. Might take you a half a day or more....but it's a day you won't soon forget.