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
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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