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.

Monday, July 31, 2006

Nik Bonopartis, Poughkeepsie Journal, Rave About Bounty of the Hudson

Monday, July 31, 2006
New Paltz winery draws food festival crowds
About 1,850 attend annual event

By Nik Bonopartis
Poughkeepsie Journal

NEW PALTZ — At the the annual Bounty of the Hudson food and wine festival Sunday, Rivendell Winery of New Paltz featured a chardonay, a merlot and a sangria.

"Our sangria went over the best," manager Melanie Neucall said of the lighter wine punch. "It definitely was a sweeter crowd."

That wasn't surprising, she said. On a weekend marked by stifling temperatures and an excessive heat watch issued by the National Weather Service, festival-goers were reaching for something that was refreshing.

"When the temperature is 90 or above, you don't want a heavy red wine, or at least I don't," Neucall said.

The festival, now in its 11th year, is hosted at a different winery of the Shawangunk Wine Trail each year. The wine trail consists of family-owned wineries in the Hudson Valley that produce their products on premises.

This year, it was Adair Winery's turn to host.

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Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Brotherhood Winery Strikes Gold With Cabernet!

Brotherhood America's Oldest Winery, Ltd. 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon won Gold in the 2006 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition!

This dry red wine is produced from fully ripened grapes harvested from the north fork of Long Island; vinified in a Bordeaux technique in full contact with the skins to extract maximum color, flavor and tannins in a rotating tank; then aged in small limousin oak 58 gal. barrels for a period of 2 years.

The cabernet is no stranger to the winner's circle. It's won such awards before, including, Bronze Medal, 2003 NYS Fair Commercial Wine Competition. Silver Medal, Hudson Valley Wine Competition 2004. Bronze Medal, NY Wine & Food Classic 2004. Gold Medal, 2006 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition.

And Wine Spectator rated 85 on May 2006.

If you can find two or three. Drink one now and save one or two for a special occassion.

Baldwin Wins Gold for Trilogy!

Baldwin Vineyards 2006 Trilogy Won Gold at Amenti del Vino!

Baldwin has garnered such nods as the following in the past:

“The Baldwins are noted for their Gold-Medal Chardonnay and Johannisberg Rieslings, but the family’s pride and joy is a very popular Strawberry Wine.”
- The Star-Ledger

“...the most outstanding of the lot...should you stumble across a bottle, grab it....”
- The Spectator

But now their Trilogy is a certified hit!

Trilogy is a brand new red raspberry wine to commemorate the birth of the winery owners Jack and Patricia Baldwin's triplet grandchilden!!!

A taste sensation.

Upcoming summer events:

August 5 & 6 - Pasta & Sausage & Wine Festival
August 12 & 13 - Strawberry, Chocolate & Wine Festival
August 19 & 20 - Grand Appetizers & Wine Festival
August 26 & 27 - Pasta & Sausage & Wine Festival

Labor Day Weekend (all three days) - taste the newly bottled Cherry Wine and the Cabernet Sauvignon
September 2,3 & 4 - Strawberry, Chocolate & Wine Festival

Sunday, July 23, 2006

Lot's Going On At Applewood Winery

Applewood Winery is in one of our favorite parts of the world - Warwick, New York. They have a lot of fun events to show up for this summer...and a lot of great wine too! Howard G. Goldberg once wrote of them, this "is a mom-and-pop operation begun in 1993. Jonathan Hull and his wife, Michele, sell a spicy, tangy apple wine....Summer Fields, a semidry seyval that vaguely resembles a light German wine. Don't pass up the cider and doughnuts.

Listen to Howard - we almost always do.

Some of their wines include:
SEYVAL/CHARDONNAY: Color, White, Dry, Serving temp. Cold. A crisp, fresh white.

RIESLING: Semi-Dry, serve chilled. A whisper of fruit to start, cool & dry at the finish

SUMMER FIELDS: Semi Dry. A soft & fruity Seyval Blanc with peach & apricot notes.

WAWAYANDA WHITE: Semi-Dry. Light & crisp.

STONE FENCE HARD CIDER: Semi-Dry, award winning sparkling cider with a subtle taste of honey.

APPLE BLOSSOM BLUSH: Blush, semi-dry, blend of apples and red grapes.

MACINTOSH: White, semi-dry, 100% varietal apple wine.

AUTUMN MIST: Sweet apple dessert wine. The New York Times said captures "the essence of apple....[a] treat."

MERLOT: Dry, with a hint of black pepper in the finish.

CABERNET FRANC: Rich, dry, noble red, with big berry taste.

BLUEBERRY: Red, semi-sweet, dessert wine made from blueberries.

STRAWBERRY: Sweet – 100% strawberry dessert wine.

2006 Events Calendar


***Reservations for events may be made on line. ***all events rain or shine

Wine & Food Workshop– Sun. July 30th 2pm– Spend the afternoon with Chef Jody enjoying a variety of small bites to eat paired with Applewood wine. Jody will discuss how the different elements of flavor interact with the components in wine. Learn how to apply this information to serving wine with your favorite meals. Includes wine journal, wine glass & corkscrew $20 per person reservations required.

Bounty of the Hudson- Sat. July 29 & Sun July 30 –Wine Trail Event. Rotating event including 12-15 Hudson Valley Wineries, restaurants, music & more. This year at Adair in New Paltz .Reservations Req. (fee)

Picnic in the Vineyard – Sat. Aug. 5 – Take a wagon ride to the vineyard & toast the grapevines., includes light picnic supper, Live music . Reservations req. $25.00 per person/Club members $20.00 per person

Food & Wine Workshop- Sat. Aug 12 & Sun. Aug 13 –Join us in the“cellar” to taste & compare. Enjoy food pairing samples & suggestions by our special guest. Sessions at 2 & 4 PM $20 per person,

Steak out BBQ/Wino Pick up Party– Sat. Aug. 19 & Sun. Aug. 20 Enjoy your choice of Steaks,chicken or Salmon – cooked on an opens pit charcoal grill as you enjoy live music in the courtyard -reservations req. (fee)

Labor Day Weekend Open House – Sat. Sept. 2- Mon. Sept. 4 12th Annual Open House – Free Tours & Live Music in our Courtyard. Café open all 3 days.

Applewood Winery
82 Four Corners Road
Warwick NY 10990
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