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 hudsonriverwine@yahoo.com

My Photo
Name:

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. https://carlodevito.wordpress.com/

Sunday, February 17, 2008

GOVERNOR SPITZER ANNOUNCES APPOINTMENTS TO HUDSON-FULTON-CHAMPLAIN QUADRICENTENNIAL COMMISSION


Governor Eliot Spitzer today announced three appointments to the Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial Commission. Joan K. Davidson was appointed Chair and Margaret Gibbs was appointed a member. Governor Spitzer also announced that Martin Ginsburg will be appointed as a member. The Commission was established to commemorate the upcoming 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson's and Samuel de Champlain's voyages along the river and lake that bear their names. It is also focused on organizing a celebration of the 200th anniversary of Fulton's successful establishment of steam commerce on the Hudson River.

(Media-Newswire.com) - Governor Eliot Spitzer today announced three appointments to the Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial Commission. Joan K. Davidson was appointed Chair and Margaret Gibbs was appointed a member. Governor Spitzer also announced that Martin Ginsburg will be appointed as a member. The Commission was established to commemorate the upcoming 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson’s and Samuel de Champlain’s voyages along the river and lake that bear their names. It is also focused on organizing a celebration of the 200th anniversary of Fulton’s successful establishment of steam commerce on the Hudson River.

“Joan K. Davidson will be an extraordinary leader of this effort, bringing local governments, cultural institutions, historians, environmentalists, businesses and the public together in this exciting endeavor,” said Governor Spitzer. “We are grateful for her willingness to help shape this very exciting effort.”

Ms. Davidson has for decades been a leader in the civic affairs of New York City, New York State, and particularly in the Hudson Valley. She has served as Chair of the New York State Council on the Arts, Commissioner of the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, and for 18 years as President of the J. M. Kaplan Fund. Ms. Davidson has been an active member of the boards of The Nature Conservancy, The National Trust for Historic Preservation, American Farmland Trust, NYS Preservation League, NRDC, The Municipal Art Society, Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum, Public Theater, South Street Seaport, Columbia County Historical Society, and Columbia Land Conservancy. She currently serves on the board of the Hudson River Foundation. Ms. Davidson attended Cornell University; she lives in Germantown, New York and New York City.

Ms. Gibbs is Director of the Essex County Historical Society in Elizabethtown, New York. In her seven years as Director, she has helped secure funding for several special projects that celebrate the people and places of the Adirondacks. Ms. Gibbs also serves as a member of the Lake Champlain Quadricentennial Committee, which is developing commemorative events for the 400th anniversary of Samuel de Champlain’s arrival in 1609. Ms. Gibbs is also the Vice President of the Board of Directors for the North Country Underground Railroad Historical Association. She has more than 25 years of experience in nonprofit management and strong ties with the Adirondack community.

Mr. Ginsburg is the architect and principal of Ginsburg Development LLC, and has been in the development business for 45 years. He is a member of the National Association of Home Builders and the Urban Land Institute, and served as President of the Builders Institute of Westchester and Putnam Counties, Inc. Mr. Ginsburg organized the Historic River Towns of Westchester's Flower Village Program, and was instrumental in activating Westchester’s River Walk Initiative and the Village of Haverstraw Waterfront Sculpture Trail. He sits on the board of the Hudson River Museum and the Arts Alliance of Haverstraw. In 2003, he was inducted into the Westchester County Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame.

In 2002, the State Legislature adopted a law establishing the Commission to plan and develop the 400th anniversary celebrations of the voyages of discovery made by Henry Hudson and Samuel de Champlain, as well as the 200th anniversary of Robert Fulton's steamship voyage along the Hudson River. These voyages were some of the most significant events in European exploration, and initiated some of the earliest contacts between Native Americans and Europeans. These anniversaries will be observed in 2009.

The 2002 Act declares: "This celebration should be statewide, involving all the people of the state, as well as reaching well beyond the borders of the state through imaginative and innovative programs, events, exhibits and new and expanded facilities and marketing to engage the people of the nation and from all parts of the world.”

The Act also declares that the 400th anniversary and the years preceding it offer great opportunities to inspire and educate particularly the young people of the State, to increase recognition and appreciation of the Hudson River and Lake Champlain and the diverse communities that developed along the Hudson River and Lake Champlain over four centuries, and to develop a thriving natural and cultural tourism economy.

Tara Sullivan of Red Hook was recently named Executive Director and Robert Bullock of Saratoga was named Director.

Wall Street Journal Praises Rivendell's Vintage New York



TASTINGS
By DOROTHY J. GAITER AND JOHN BRECHER
No Place Like Home
Why Stores That Sell
Locally Produced Wines
Are a National Trend
February 15, 2008; Page W5

"In Manhattan, the wine store Vintage New York opened in 2002 as part of Rivendell Winery in the Hudson Valley. The state, which now has more than 200 wineries, allows them to sell their wines on site and to open as many as five tasting rooms, a sensible provision like that of Colorado and Oregon. Vintage New York on Manhattan's Upper West Side is a sister store to Vintage New York in lower Manhattan, which includes a wine bar and restaurant called VNY next door. All of the enterprises, which are open daily, are owned by restaurateur Susan Wine and her husband, Robert Ransom III, whose family founded Rivendell in 1987. The stores feature 200 wines from 65 wineries located in four major wine-growing appellations and in many cases charges what the wineries charge for a bottle. For $10, customers get five one-ounce tastes and that fee is refunded with a purchase of $50. "We want people who are tasting to choose a wine to go home with," Ms. Wine says.

Read the entire article at: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB120302207155669373.html?mod=googlenews_wsj