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.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

New York magazine Loves Hudson-Berkshire Beverage Trail!

New York magazine did a whole feature on Columbia County entitled The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan, Get Back to the Farm in Columbia County, Published on Apr 14, 2011 as a web exclusive.

Prepare for a day of drinking locally produced wine, beer, and spirits with brunch at Banjo Mountain Café, a cozy spot that opened last September in Ghent and is decorated with work by local artists. Next, drive a few minutes south on Rte. 21C to the Hawthorne Valley Farm Store to stock up on organic fruit, beverages, and snacks for the car. Then begin conquering the Columbia County portion of the Hudson-Berkshire Beverage Trail, a boozy pathway that winds from southeast Albany to Hudson. Start off at Harvest Spirits to tour the distillery and taste Core Vodka, made with apples from neighboring Golden Harvest Farms.

Next, drive about seven miles west on Rte. 203 to Chatham Brewing Companyand sample the rotating selection of crisp seasonal ales, rich porter, and the slightly sweet Maple Amber. Brewery tours and growler sales are offered on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. only, so plan accordingly. Head five miles away on Rte. 66 to the bucolic Hudson Chatham Winery to swill small-batch reds and whites made with a mix of grapes from Hudson Valley, Finger Lakes, and Long Island. When it’s time for dinner, head eight miles south to Philmont’s Main Street Public House, built in 1898, where you’ll rub elbows with blue-collar locals, artists, and the occasional live band. Co-owner Elizabeth Angello serves a rotating menu of craft beers and sources local ingredients to dress up humble dishes like the smoked chicken burrito ($11) and the lamb burger ($14).

Read the whole article about Columbia County:

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Hudson Valley Art & Wine May 20, 2011

Hudson Valley Art & Wine –A Grand Celebration is Friday, May 20 and Saturday May 21, 2011 Tickets on Sale Now at (NEW YORK, April 13, 2011, Hudson Valley)—Wouldn’t it be great to know which wine to order at a favorite restaurant and which one will pair well with home cooked dinners? From 5-8 p.m. on Friday, May 20 (Opening Night Gala) and from 1-6 p.m. on Saturday, May 21, the Hudson Valley Art & Wine – A Grand Celebration will feature wine tastings from the historic Hudson Valley wineries and educational presentations by wine experts and chefs that can turn a novice wine lover into a knowledgeable enthusiast. The Hudson Valley Art & Wine – A Grand Celebration, presented by Hudson Valley Wine Magazine, will be held at Lyndhurst, a National Trust Historic site in Tarrytown, NY, just 25 miles from Midtown Manhattan. Attendees may sample more than 35 hand-crafted wines from the Hudson Valley’s wineries paired with artisanal foods and gourmet tastings. They may casually sip while strolling through the grounds of the Lyndhurst Estate overlooking the Hudson River. Unique to the event is the Grand Art Gallery, an exhibition of original Hudson Valley winery-inspired paintings, photographs, jewelry, and sculptures created specially for this event. Attendees will meet the artists and winemakers one-on-one. And take part in an Art and Wine-themed Cupcake Challenge! Presenters include Wendy Crispell (SWE, SWET), who runs wine workshops aboard the yacht Manhattan; Laura Pensiero, award-wining author and chef of Gigi Hudson Valley; and Ty the Wine Guy, founder of Wines By The Glass. Renowned wine, food and spirits blogger and author, William Dowd, will be the event’s emcee. And Josyane Colwell, executive chef and founder of Le Moulin, the Hudson Valley’s premiere event planner and caterer, brings to the event her worldly sensibilities about food, presentation, and ambiance. Hours & Ticketing: Each ticket includes a tour of the Mansion, Ravenscroft crystal wine glass, and gift bag. Proceeds benefit the educational programs at Lyndhurst, a National Trust Historic Site. • Opening Night Gala; 5-8 p.m., Friday, May 20, 2011, Single Ticket: $135; Two People: $250; Designated driver: $45. • Grand Celebration, 1-6 p.m., Saturday, May 21, 2011; Single Ticket: $85; Two People: $150; Day of Event Single Ticket: $95; Designated driver: $45. Schedule of Presenters: • Friday, May 20 • 5:30 p.m.: Chef Laura Pensiero opens the festivities on the Veranda of the Lyndhurst mansion with a toast and “Creating A Sense of Place.” • 7:00 p.m.: “The Artistry of Wine”: Wendy Crispell teaches how to heighten our senses of smell, taste, and touch to enhance our wine tasting experience. • Saturday, May 21 • 2:30 p.m.: “Get Experienced: Part 1,” an interactive workshop featuring select Hudson Valley wines. Ty the Wine Guy teaches the basic guidelines for successful food and wine pairings at home or out on the town. • 4:30 p.m.: “Get Experienced: Part 2,” in which Ty glorifies the pairing of the correct wine with…wait for it…popcorn. For tickets, an updated seminar schedule and event information, visit or call 518.731.1332.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Vinum Cafe Serving Wine and Waiting for You at Brotherhood Winery!

Chill at Vinum Cafe
by Jim Trezise
New York Wine Press
April 9, 2011

Brotherhood America's Oldest Winery Ltd. in Washingtonville is one of the nation's most historic and interesting wineries, and now it's possible to enjoy a great meal when you visit. The "Vinum Cafe", owned and independently operated by Chef-Owner Christian Pierrel, has been open almost a year but only recently received its license to serve wine; and after all, "a meal without wine is like a day without sunshine".

We got State legislation passed years ago that automatically allows farm wineries to have restaurants on their premises (commercial wineries need an additional license but may as well), and many in the Finger Lakes took advantage of that long ago. Unfortunately, local townships on Long Island have prevented them there, but it's nice to see new ones popping up in different regions.

Brotherhood owner Cesar Baeza describes the Vinum Cafe fare as "gourmet food at reasonable prices" with fantastic Lobster Bisque and "Hudson Valley Fois Gras that melts in your mouth". It's open Wednesday through Sunday noon to 9 pm for lunch, dinner and brunch with seating indoors and outside when weather permits. Visit