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, April 26, 2010

Around the World on the Shawangunk Wine Trail June 19 & 20, 2010

OK, I screwed up. I totally botched the Shwangunk Pasta Primo event. Sorry guys. So I am trying to make up for lost time. Here's the next Shwangunk Wine Trail even in June.

Around the World on the Shawangunk Wine Trail
June 19 & 20, 2010
For this annual self guided event, each of the wineries along the Trail transform into a different wine producing country. Armed with your "Passport", travel the Wine World and discover the best of each "Country's" food paired with delicious wines from the Shawangunk Wineries. Your Passport comes with Visas for each "country"and a souvenir Wine Trail etched wine glass. Reserve early as this popular event sells out!

BUS POLICY: No buses larger than 20 passengers will be accepted.GROUP POLICY: Groups of 10 or more will NOT be accepted at the following wineries:
Adair Vineyards
Brimstone Hill Winery
Stoutridge Vineyard
Applewood Winery
Glorie Farm Winery
Whitecliff Vineyards

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Applewood Winery Celebrates Riesling Month in May

NEW YORK RIESLING EXPERIENCE is in may. And it is also being celebrated on May 1 & 2 at Applewood Winery in the Hudson Valley. The event includes food and wine pairings, chef demonstrations, free recipes, comparative Riesling tastings, and live entertainment. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door, with more information at

Here are their other may events:
May 9th Mothers Day Sweets & Treats
May 15th & 16th Tapas and Sangria Weekend
May 29th -31st Memorial Day Weekend Party

They're only 1 hour from the George Washington Bridge, 45 minutes from Bergen County, 15 minutes from Woodbury Commons

Enjoy wine tasting at a real farm winery in New York's Hudson Valley. Discover New York wines at Applewood. Their wines are made from their own vineyards, orchards and from across the state. They make Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, barrel fermented reds, in addition to that they have delicious fruit wines including Hard Apple Cider. Every wine is produced in a "limited edition" with almost every bottle spoken for as soon as its made. So you'll only find their wine at the tasting room and at their online store.

Open Saturday-Sunday 11-5pm. April thru September.

They are only 1 hour from the George Washington Bridge, 45 minutes from Bergen County, 15 minutes from Woodbury Commons.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Hudson Berkshire Beverage Trail Photos Pasta & Sauce April10, 2010

These are photos from the Pasta & Sauce Event on April 10, 2010 fromthe Hudson Berkshire Beverage Trail.
TOUSEY WINERY in Clermont, NY, the newest winery in Columbia County.

Six great ales. Scotch Ale. Double Pale Ale. Porter. Pale Ale. Blonde Ale. Can't remember the last one.

Hudson-Chatham's Sauce was made with their sauce and with their Merlot.


To kick off the 2010 season, the HBBT is sponsoring the Pasta & Sauce Event. Passport holders can sample a complimentary pasta dish at each participating member establishment, when they purchase a tasting flight. Whether you want to try award-winning wines, hand-crafted, nano-ales, or small batch artisanal spirits, the Hudson Berkshire Beverage Trail has a winning combination that can’t be beat.

Guests may visit any trail member of their choice, and pay the normal tasting fees, or buy a Trail Passport, and receive a great discount, that gets them into all the participating trail locations FREE!

Passport Members get:
* complimentary free tasting flights of wine, beers, and spirits at all locations on the

specified date

* free pasta

This is a great value! Passports will be available for $15 on the day of the event at each participating venue!

Special Designated Driver Passport: $5 with complimentary pasta!

Try all seven locations!

Brookview Station Winery

Chatham Brewing

Furnace Brook Winery

Harvest Spirits

Hudson-Chatham Winery

Les Trois Emme Winery

Tousey Winery

Friday, April 02, 2010


On April 10th, 2010 Tousey Winery will prematurely open it's doors to play it's part in the opening of the Hudson-Berkshire Beverage Trail, the newest gourmet trail in New York state and Massachuseets. They are located on Route 9 in Clermont, though their mailing address says Germantown. The winery will be pouring their Vidal Blanc, their Cassis, and their new Chambourcin. Bruce's cassis and vidal have been stunners, so we're excited to try the Chambourcin!

Tousey Winery is still in it's infancy, still being born. But with the new trail launch this weekend, Ray Tousey, farmer and owner, Ben Peacock, general manager, and Bruce Tripp, winemaker, are trying to be goo soldiers. They're going along with the gang. Their official opening won't be until May some time. In the mean time, we're all excited. They were just putting in the shelving and bar when I stopped by.
The bar is a monstrous and stunning piece of wood. Impressive!

Ben's father, Dave, came to visit, and Ben put him straight to work. Dave was happy to help out in the project. Here's Ray, Dave and Ben.

This is the Blue Roof building in Clermont, on Route 9, and the sign outside below. The Tousey Winery sign will go where Nanny Rocker is now.

The vineyard has been pruned and prepared to take on the brunt of the season, and lies in the same field as the raspberries, black currants, and many other fruits that Ray raises.

Good luck guys! Welcome to the newest kid on the block! Another Columbia County winery. Napa and Sonoma watch out!

Three Sisters Project Starts Tomorrow, Saturday, April 3, 2010

In the Hudson Valley, Benmarl Winery and Hudson-Chatham Winery will be taking part in the Three Sisters Project beginning tomorrow, April3, 2010. Each winery will be pouring wines from each of the other two participating regions: those being Finger Lakes and Long Island.

Benmarl Winery will be pouring wines from:
Anthony Road
Macari Vineyards
Hudson-Chatham Winery wiill pour wines from:
Fox Run
Lieb Cellars

It's an exciting opportunity to try these fun new wines without having to travel up to the Finger Lakes or out to Long Island. Come on down to either winery, and go on a tour of New York state without having to leave your own neighborhood!