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

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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 has been a published executive for more than 20 years. He shepherded the wine book program of Wine Spectator as well as worked with Kevin Zraly, Oz Clarke, Matt Kramer, Tom Stevenson, Evan Dawson, Greg Moore, Howard Goldberg, and many other wine writers. He has also published Salvatore Calabrese, Jim Meehan, Clay Risen, and Paul Knorr. Mr. DeVito is the inventor of the mini-kit which has sold more than 100,000,000 copies world wide. He has also publisher such writers as Stephen Hawking, E. O Wilson, Philip Caputo, Gilbert King, James McPherson, John and Mary Gribbin, Thomas Hoving, David Margolick, Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr., John Edgar Wideman, Stanley Crouch, Dan Rather, Dee Brown, Susie Bright, and Eleanor Clift. He is also the owner of Hudson-Chatham Winery, co-founder of the Hudson Berkshire Beverage Trail, and president of the Hudson Valley Wine Country.

Sunday, May 21, 2006

Benmarl's Estate Baco Noir and Summer Events

Benmarl holds NY State Farm Winery license #1 and is the acknowledged parent of the burgeoning farm winery industry that has brought fame to the new wineries of New York State. Benmarl was founded by highly acclaimed artist, Mark Miller, fathe rof the miller brothers of Chaddsford fame. TIME Magazine, in a handsome full color feature, once described Benmarl and its eastern farm winery counterparts as "a new breed of winemakers, whose wines of fine quality and elegance are shaking California's throne."

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Miller is one of the fathers of the ressurection of quality wine in New York state, and is even more influential in helping to revive quality grape-growing and wine making in the Hudson River Region. A beautiful an remarkable wine tasting and farm winery experience await you.

2004 Benmarl Estate Baco Noir is a Triple Gold Medal Winner!!! In 2005 Benmarl was the winner of the Cornell Cup (Best Wine of the Hudson River Region). A sparkly, garnet-colored wine, from 30+ year-old vines, with a slate slate nose. Dark cherry, spicy mulberry, and smoky plum all come through. Nice acidity and good tannin finish. One of the best Bacos on the entire east coast.

Sun, Jun 4, 4-7pm Cigar, Wine & Food Festival under the tent! Join Rocky Patel to smoke some of his famous cigars, sample foods from Schlesinger's Steak House paired with Benmarl wines. Drawings, gifts and more. Space is limited, groups welcome. $75 per person fee; reservations a must.

Sat & Sun, Jun 17-18, 10am-6pm Around the World in 60 Miles. Benmarl becomes the Emerald Isle for the day. Gourmet Irish treats, Bagpipes, Step dancing and more. Additional fee -- Shawangunk Wine Trail event

Sun, Jul 2, 12-6pm Celebrate! What better way to celebrate the birth of our nation than at America's Oldest Vineyard? Join us for wine tastings/tours and music in the vineyard. Bring a picnic and a blanket and spend the whole day.

Sat & Sun, Jul 29-30, 10am-6pm Join us at Adair Vineyards for Bounty of the Hudson Wine Festival, a yearly favorite -- Shawangunk Wine Trail event

Sun, Aug 20, 11am-3pm Winemaker's Workshop #3 -- Getting Ready for the Harvest Find out what Benmarl's Winemaker Kristop Brown does to get ready for the Harvest. Spend some time in the vineyard and the cellar. Donuts, coffee and lunch are included. Wine tasting/cheese pairing in the afternoon. $25 fee. Reservations a must. Call 845-236-4265 ext. 102.


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