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.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Hudson River Wineries Find Gold, Silver At 2007 NY Food & Wine

Rivendell Winery 2006 Soho Cellars Johannisberg Riesling
Won Best of Class in New York Wine & Food Classic

Brookview Station Winery NV Whistle Stop White Apple Wine, Semi-Dry
Won Gold in New York Wine & Food Classic

Cascata Winery at the Professor's Inn 2006 Maggie
Won Gold in New York Wine & Food Classic

Baldwin Vineyards NV Strawberry Wine

Brookview Station Winery 2006 Oh What a Pear! Pear Wine, Semi-Dry

Brotherhood America's Oldest Winery, Ltd NV Blanc de Blancs

Cascata Winery at the Professor's Inn 2006 Awakening
Cascata Winery at the Professor's Inn 2006 Cascade Riesling
Cascata Winery at the Professor's Inn 2005 Odds and Ends
Cascata Winery at the Professor's Inn 2005 Sweet Iris

Clinton Vineyards, Inc. 2006 Cassis

Millbrook Vineyards & Winery 2005 Cabernet Franc Proprietor's Special Reserve, Estat

Rivendell Winery 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon
Rivendell Winery 2002 Merlot Reserve

Whitecliff Vineyard NV Awosting White




(Please note that some wineries may lie outside of the official area but are included here because this area is the one to which they are closest.)

Event: Strawberries, Chocolate & Wine Festivals
Location: Baldwin Vineyards
Date/Time: Weekends through Sunday, Oct the 30th
Description: Strawberry shortcake; gourmet brownie; chocolate
dipped fresh strawberry; New York cheesecake topped with fresh strawberries marinated in Gold Medal awarded Black Raspberry Wine; all with a free tasting of 17 award-winning wines from Baldwin Vineyards. 12PM-5:30PM both days.
Scheduled almost every weekend starting May 5th & 6th, right thru Nov 3rd & 4th,with long weekends for Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day and Columbus Day weekends.
Phone: (845) 744-2226

Event: Bob Barlow on the Deck- Songwriters in the round
Location: Palaia Vineyards and Winery
Date/Time: Saturday the 1st @ 2:00 PM
Description: Bob Barlow and friends – they can write a song about anything – enjoy them on the deck with a glass of wine and a cool breeze. Free wine tasting.
Phone: 845-928-5384

Event: DOUBLE HEADER! - Al Westphal & Whiskey 13
Location: Palaia Vineyards and Winery
Date/Time: Sunday the 2nd @ 2:00 PM
Description: Al Westphal – acoustic guitar and vocals on the deck, then out on the main stage in the vineyard we have Whiskey 13 with Jay Holt. It’s a party out on the lawn – bring lawn chairs, limited seating is available. 2-5:00 with Al and 6:30-10 with Whiskey 13. Free Wine tasting 12 – 6
Phone: 845-928-5384

Event: Labor Day Teacher’s Special Blowout Concert on the Lawn
Location: Palaia Vineyards and Winery
Date/Time: Monday the 3rd @ 1:00 PM
Description: Hurley Mountain Highway is the band – you are going to love these guys! Special Labor Day Concert – Teachers get 20% discount on wine purchases and wine tastings are free as usual. Food by Mama Theresa’s of New Windsor. Come and have a picnic on the lawn – enjoy the day. Bring lawn chairs, limited seating is available.
Phone: 845-928-5384

Event: Denise & Dan – Music on the Deck
Location: Palaia Vineyards and Winery
Date/Time: Sunday the 9th @ 2:00 PM
Description: Denise Jordan Finley & Dan Pagdon set a great tone on the deck.
Relax and enjoy – free wine tasting
Phone: 845-928-5384

Event: Oak Summit Vineyard's BEST OF THE HUDSON Grand Wine Luncheon
Location: Oak Summit Vineyard
Date/Time: Sunday the 16th
Description: A masterful pairing of the best wines and foods of the Hudson Valley. The 5 best wines from the HVWGA Competition held at The Culinary Institute are featured with a deluxe 5 course Luncheon of Hudson Valley foods.
Phone: (845) 677 - 9522

Event: Al Westphal – On the Deck with Al
Location: Palaia Vineyards and Winery
Date/Time: Sunday the 16th @ 2:00 PM
Description: Al Westphal – acoustic guitar and vocals – We love Al! In case you didn’t come on Saturday, he’s back on Sunday! Free Wine Tasting
Phone: 845-928-5384

Event: A Taste of Wine, The Sound Of Music – Benefit
Location: Palaia Vineyards and Winery
Date/Time: Thursday the 20th @ 6:30 PM
Description: West Point/Highland Falls Rotary Club benefit – proceeds to go to the Orange County Safe Homes Project. Featuring “The Soul Custody Band” – come rock with us out in the vineyard – tickets on sale at the winery.
Phone: 845-928-5384

Event: Concert in the Vineyard with The Wooden Hobo Band
Location: Palaia Vineyards and Winery
Date/Time: Saturday the 22nd @ 2:00 PM
Description: The Wooden Hobo Band live on our stage out in the vineyard – bring lawn chairs – limited seating is available – Free Wine Tasting in the Winery
Phone: 845-928-5384

Senator Clinton to Host New York Farm Day

Local Produce from Across New York, including Long Island, the Hudson Valley, the Finger Lakes, Western New York and the North Country, to be Showcased in the Nation’s Capital

by Jim Tresize

WASHINGTON, SEPTEMBER 12— New York ’s award-winning wines, farm-fresh products, and fine restaurants will travel to the nation’s Capitol next week to tastefully show Congress, the Administration, and others that New York is a major agricultural state, and agriculture is a major part of the state’s economy.

On Tuesday, September 18 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton will host “New York Farm Day” in the elegant Senate Russell Caucus Room at the crest of Capitol Hill. Attendees will include dozens of other Senators, the New York Congressional delegation from the House of Representatives, members of the Committees on Agriculture, legislative chiefs of staff, agricultural specialists in Congress and the Administration, members of the Washington media, top area restaurants and fine wine shops.

“Senator Clinton has become a true missionary for New York agriculture, including the grape and wine industry,” said Jim Trezise , President of the statewide New York Wine & Grape Foundation, which organizes the event. “This food and wine showcase is designed to facilitate her strong advocacy of New York agriculture by tastefully showing her colleagues that New York has some of the best foods, wines, and restaurants in the world.”

In the past five years, New York Farm Day has become one of the most popular events on Capitol Hill. As the current edition of US News put it, “It’s that time of year again when lawmakers and top Hill aides eagerly await their invitation to what most call the best industry reception of the year: New York Farm Day, hosted by Sen. Hillary Clinton.” As a reminder of this year’s Farm Day feast, this week all U.S. Senators and New York Representatives will receive a bottle of premium New York wine with a personal note.

“Farm Day is a unique and important opportunity for us to showcase the best of what New York ’s farmers and producers have to offer. Every year we bring New York to Washington DC and I am thrilled that this has become such an anticipated event on the Congressional calendar. New York ’s farmers and producers are some of the best in the world and this is a great opportunity to spread the word even further about the quality of our produce. I know we are all looking forward to sampling some of the incredible wine, food and produce that will be on display,” Senator Clinton said.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

New York Times Singles Out Rivendell

An Aperitif From Upstate
Published: August 19, 2007, New York Times

Rivendell’s 2006 SoHo Cellars Johannisberg riesling was voted the state’s best semidry riesling at the 22nd New York Wine and Food Classic this month.

Rivendell, a Hudson Valley winery, charges $16.99 for this white at Vintage New York, its Manhattan outlets, at 482 Broome Street (Wooster Street) and 2492 Broadway (93rd Street).

The wine, an aperitif made from Finger Lakes grapes, has a grapefruit tang. Chill it moderately.

Robert Ransom & Susan Wine

New York Times Raves About Millbrook

Italian White From Upstate
Published: September 9, 2007, New York Times

John Dyson’s Millbrook Vineyards, in Dutchess County, is the Hudson Valley’s showcase winery. He knows something about destinations: as the state’s commerce commissioner, he created the “I Love New York” campaign.

Tocai Friulano, a white based on a grape native to Friuli, Italy, is a perennial standout. The zesty 2006 bulges with fruitiness. Drink it barely cool.

Smith and Vine, 268 Smith Street (DeGraw Street), Brooklyn, asks $15.

Millbrook's John Dyson

Hudson Valley Wine & Food Fest

The Hudson Valley Food & Wine Festival 2007 was a big success last weekend. More to come from the Hudson Valley Wine Blog no that my computer is back up and running.