Hudson River Valley Wineries

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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.

Friday, October 26, 2012


Oct 26 – Halloween Ball 8pm-12am BROTHERHOOD WINERY
Oct 27 Haunted Hallowine Party 7pm-10pm ROBIBERO VINEYARDS
Oct 27 – Jack Higgins 2:00-4:00pm – Groovy Tuesday – 7:00-10:00pm PALAIA VINEYARDS
Oct 28 – - Winery Tour with the Owner Sunday at 3pm. WHITECLIFF
Oct 28 – Hallowine Pet Parade ROBIBERO VINEYARDS

Thursday, October 25, 2012

FOX 23 NEWS: Cuomo Gives Business boost from NY Beer, Wine, Spirits Summit

Business boost from NY Beer, Wine, Spirits Summit

Reported by: Walt McClure

Videographer: G. Finley
Editor: G. Finley
Published: 10/24 4:23 pm
Updated: 10/24 7:35 pm
Wednesday brought a boost for the booze business in New York State as Governor Cuomo met with beer, wine and spirits makers in Albany.
The groups came in with things they say they needed to succeed, and the governor responded with some changes to the rules in the state.
New York has increasingly become a player in the craft beer, wine, and craft spirits industries, now that it is home to more than 450 facilities that make them across the state. The state is going to make it easier for them to promote and sell their products, which will make the businesses, and the state, more money in the process.
“I think your industry has tremendous potential,” said Governor Cuomo. “The numbers in your industry are astronomical. I mean, the growth has just been staggering.”
Members of the industry told the governor they need changes to the rules for how and where they can taste their wares and sell them, and they need the option of making beer and wine or spirits in the same place.
After about two hours of dialogue, the governor announced they would get those opportunities, as well as $1 million in advertising help, and another $2 million to promote the products that would come through matching funds.
Locals like Columbia County distiller Derek Grout and Albany County winemaker Michael DiCresenzo say this conversation will make a difference for them.
“There's a lot of ideas kicking around. I'm excited that so much focus has been brought to bear on our emerging market of farm distilling,” said Derek Grout of Harvest Spirits Farm Distillery.
“It really shows that he's behind the wine, beer, spirits, and hard cider industry in New York, and him putting up and matching our funds and advertising the New York products, it's simply a great thing,” said DiCrescenzo, of Altamont Vineyards and Winery.
What was undiscussed at the summit was what the possibility of hydrofracking would do to some of these businesses, including Brewery Ommegang near Cooperstown.
“If anything happens to our water, that's a huge problem,” said Larry Bennett of Brewery Ommegang. “I can't begin to truck in a million gallons a year, which is what we use.”
Responding to fracking critics, the governor said this summit was about other issues, and that his administration's position on fracking is well known.
He also called for a greater push to sell New York alcoholic beverages at the New York State Fair and Saratoga Race Course, and a greater effort to get the products on menus at more restaurants in New York City.
More information is in the press release from Governor Cuomo's office posted below:


Governor's Actions Will Help Reduce Business Costs and Increase Economic Activity for the Industry

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today hosted New York's first Wine, Beer and Spirits Summit where he announced plans for a new marketing campaign to promote state-produced wine, beer, cider and spirits sales and tourism, as well as a series of regulatory reforms that will significantly reduce business costs for beverage producers.

The Wine, Beer and Spirits Summit was attended by dozens of beer, wine, cider, and spirits producers, as well as farmers, industry officials, and tourism experts, who discussed with state agency officials and members of the Governor's Cabinet specific legislative and regulatory issues facing the beer and wine industry. The participants also explored new ways for the state work as a partner to further solidify New York's position as a leading hub of beer, wine and spirits production and tourism.

"Over the past 22 months, my administration has focused on opening New York's doors to business and improving our state's business climate to support growing industries so we can create jobs and grow the economy," Governor Cuomo said. "New York's vibrant beer, wine, cider and spirits industry supports thousands of jobs across the state and is a major driver of tourism in many communities. The important discussion held at this summit and key reforms that resulted continue our work as an entrepreneurial government to partner with the private sector to help key industries thrive and prosper."

New York is home to more than 450 wineries, breweries, distilleries, and cideries, and many more new businesses open every year. Wine, beer, spirits, and cider producers account for more than $22 billion in annual total economic impact in the state and support tens of thousands of jobs statewide. The state ranks third in the nation in wine and grape production, has the second-most distilleries, and three of the top-producing 20 brewers in the United States are located in New York.

The state's agriculture industry – from hops producers, barley growers, to vineyards – plays a vital role in producing the commodities needed to create beer, wine and spirits right here in the Empire State. Investing in and finding ways to support the beverage industry benefits not just wine, beer and spirit producers, but for farmers and equipment makers statewide.

After listening to a presentation by business, agriculture, and community leaders, the Governor made the following initial announcements, laying out specific steps that state government can take now to improve industry marketing and reduce burdensome regulations.

Promotion and Tourism

At the Summit, business and industry leaders identified a need for New York State to strengthen promotion and tourism efforts targeted at beverage producers. New York currently lags behind other states in promotional campaigns specifically targeted at increasing tourism and promoting state-produced wine, beer and spirits.

To address this issue, Governor Cuomo an aggressive promotion and marketing campaign that will include:
    · The state will provide $1 million dollars for a new advertising campaign to promote the industry. The state will increase funding - leveraged on an industry match – by up to $2 million, bringing the total marketing campaign to $5 million.
      · To help New York's wine, beer and spirits producers penetrate major markets, like New York City's restaurants and, the Governor announced a working group led by Secretary to the Governor Larry Schwartz that will coordinate specialized, annual marketing events – similar to Restaurant Week and trade shows – that partner restaurants and hotels across the state with producers of New York-produced wine, beer, spirits, and food.
      · The state will aggressively work to find new ways to promote New York State-produced beer, wine, spirits and cider at the annual State Fair.
      · The state will also look into ways to ensure that alcoholic beverages sold at New York Racing Association tracks are produced in New York.

    Single Point of Government Contact

    Beer, wine, and spirits manufacturers and wholesalers raised concerns at the Summit about the number of different state agencies that they must deal with, not only to go into business, but to stay in compliance. These businesses, many of whom are small and do not retain attorneys on a full time basis, do not know what agency they must deal with for a particular issue and therefore can be unnecessarily subject to avoidable fines.
      To address this issue, the Governor announced that a one-stop shop will be established within Empire State Development, so the industry has a single point of contact and place to call for all assistance. Designated staff from the agencies involved in regulating manufacturers and licensees, including the State Liquor Authority, Department of Agriculture & Markets, Tax and Finance Department, Labor Department, Department of Energy Conservation, Health Department, and Transportation Department, would coordinate with the one-stop-shop to respond to inquiries, host educational and training programs, and resolve problems for the licensees.
        Regulatory Reform
          Although the state has undertaken a series of regulatory reforms to reduce burdens facing businesses including beer, wine, and spirit manufacturers, the discussion between Summit attendees revealed additional actions that could be taken to help the industry grow, while keeping in place important protections. The Governor announced the following regulatory reforms, most of which will be implemented immediately:
            · Ending prohibition against multiple manufacturing licenses at the same location: Under existing regulations, producers of multiple types of alcoholic beverages must have separate licenses and separate premises for each type of beverage, and with the exception for wineries and farm wineries, multiple-beverage manufacturers cannot share facilities. Recognizing the tremendous additional burdens that would be placed, for example, on a small brewery that wanted to also make whiskey – including building a completely separate facility – the Governor directed SLA to eliminate this prohibition and allow the same manufacturer to have multiple licenses at the same location, or multiple manufacturers to have licenses at the same location.
              · Allowing craft manufacturers to sell bottles when they are conducting tastings: Under existing law, farm distillers, farm wineries, wineries, cider producers, and farm brewers can sell the alcoholic beverages they produce with NYS ingredients at county fairs and farmers markets. While some of these manufacturers can also sell by the bottle at the State Fair and certain tastings, there are a number of other events, such as street fairs and charity events producers can provide samples, but not sell their beverage by the bottle. To remedy this burden and provide manufacturers with new venues to sell their products to consumers, the Governor announced that SLA producers to sell "by the bottle" at events where they are currently allowed to conduct tastings.
              · Allowing beer and cider producers to obtain temporary permits to sell at special events/street fairs: New York producers are eligible for one day, special event permits for the sale, "by the glass," of beer and wine at events such as a street fair. These permits are available only to non-licensed individuals or organizations holding an event as well as retail licensees. The actual producers, such as brewers, are not eligible for these permits because the law generally prevents manufacturers from selling directly to consumers. While legislation signed this year by the Governor allowed small wineries to obtain the permit for any special event, other producers have not been able to enjoy the same benefits. The Governor today announced that SLA will expand eligibility guidelines so craft brewers and cider producers will be able to join craft wineries in selling their goods at street fairs, charitable events and other popular events.
              · Reducing fee for manufacturers' marketing permits: At the Governor's direction, SLA will reduce the fee for its three-year manufacturers' marketing license from $750 to $125/year.
              · Reducing license application requirements for manufacturers: Currently, the amount of documentation that producers must submit during the application process can be a heavy burden on businesses. At the Governor's direction, SLA will waive the submission of certain documents not pertinent to a manufacturer's application, such as detailed diagrams; multiple bank statements, and information already on file.
              · Eliminate Duplicative License for Distilleries and Breweries: Currently, farm distilleries and farm breweries must get a permit from the Department of Agriculture & Markets in addition to an SLA license, costing an extra $400. The state already exempts farm wineries from this license requirement, and the Governor today announced that all farm breweries and farm distilleries will also be exempted.

            A working group led by Secretary to the Governor Larry Schwartz will be formed to continue to review SLA regulations.
              Trade Issues
                Industry representatives described during the Summit how Canadian wine tariffs have had a negative effect on New York produced wines. The Governor announced that the state will form a working group to help find solutions.
                  Beverage Trails

                  There are federal and statutory limitations to updating beer and wine trails as wells as strict federal rules on some road signage. The Governor announced that the state will establish a working group to create new trails, similar to the Cooperstown Beverage Trail.

                  International Trade Shows

                  The Governor announced a working group, led by Secretary to the Governor Larry Schwartz, which will work to introduce New York State beer, wine, cider, and spirits to international trade shows.

                  The Summit follows what has already been a banner year for New York State's beer and wine industry. In July, the Governor signed legislation designed to support New York's breweries and wineries, as well as increase demand for locally grown farm products, and expand industry-related economic development and tourism. The new laws preserved an important tax benefit for small breweries that produce beer in New York, exempted breweries that produce small batches of beer (regardless of location) from paying an annual State Liquor Authority fee, and created a Farm Brewery license that allows craft brewers to expand their operations through opening restaurants or selling new products.

                  Wednesday, October 24, 2012


                  Governor Andrew Cuomo held a Wines, Beers, and Spirits Summit at the Empire Plaza in Albany and then held a reception at the Governor's mansion to celebrate and promote New York state wines, beers, and spirits. It was a great begining to an industry that is absolutely exploding in the state.
                  Hudson valley winemakers, brewers, and distillers were there to support him and applaud him on this important day

                  Randy from Warwick Valley Winery, Yancey of Whitecliff Vineyards, and Karen from Brookview Station Winery.

                  Jake, Tom, and Matt from Chatham Brewing.

                  Ralph from Tuthilltown Distillery

                  Yancey and Karen

                  Saturday, October 20, 2012

                  The Crown Maple Wine, Cider & Maple Fest

                  November 10 12-4 PM | Madava Farms, Dover Plains NY

                  The Crown Maple Wine, Cider & Maple Fest

                  The Crown Maple Wine, Cider & Maple Fest
                  Hudson Valley Wine Magazine presents The Crown Maple Wine, Cider & Maple Fest. An informal afternoon of perfectly paired culinary treats. Sample popular offerings from six local wine, cider and spirit producers along with six specially created tasting courses from Madava Farms chef Jacob Griffin. Tickets includes six 2 oz. pours, one from each partner; six paired tasting courses, tastes of other featured wine, cider and spirits and a special take home gift. Tickets Adults: $65 ($75 day of), Kids & Students under 21: $25 $35(day of)
                  Food/Beverage Pairings 12-4 PM
                  Beverage Tastings 12-5 PM
                  Price: $65.00
                  47 McCourt Road, Dover Plains, NY 12522
                  More Information:
                  (845) 877-0640

                  Saturday, October 13, 2012




                  Tastings throughout valley!

           (Ghent, NY) October 13, 2012 – The Hudson Valley is the number one producer of artisanal cassis in North America. More than 20,000 bottles of cassis are produced each year! But the Hudson Valley is also home to one of the largest cider producing regions in North America as well. In an effort to help promote CIDER WEEK (October 12- 21, 2012), and in cooperation with the Hudson Valley cider makers, the cassis producers are announcing the HUDSON VALLEY CIDER KIR ROYALE!

                  A Hudson Valley Cider Kir Royale is a fabulous way to enjoy the fall scenery, and is an exceptional way to start off your holiday season!!! What better way to get your friends and family into the holiday spirit than to pour four parts Hudson Valley cider with one part Hudson Valley cassis!

                  To launch this new drink, three Hudson Valley wineries are pouring Hudson Valley Cider Kir Royales for tasting – Brookview Station Winery, Hudson-Chatham Winery, and Warwick Valley Winery. All three wineries pour their own ciders and make their own cassis. They will be pouring tastings this Saturday and Sunday October 13 and 14, 2012.

                  Of course, you can blend all the cassis and ciders from the numerous wineries available throughout the valley! Enjoy!

                  Hudson Valley Cider Producers:
                  Applewood Winery
                  Aaron Burr Cider
                  Breezy Hill Orchard & Cider Mill
                  Brookview Station
                  Enlightenment Ciders
                  Kettleborough Cider House
                  Montgomercy Place Orchards
                  Slyboro Cider House Warwick Valley Cider

                  Hudson Valley Cassis Producers:
                  Adair Vineyards
                  Brookview Station Winery
                  Clinton Vineyards
                  Glorie Farm Winery
                  Hudson-Chatham Winery
                  Tousey Winery
                  Tuthilltown Spirits
                  Warwick Valley Winery & Distillery

                  Cider Week celebrates hard cider by featuring it prominently in restaurants, bars, and retail shops. Nearly 100 top restaurants, bars and merchants in New York City and the Hudson Valley participated in 2011. Cider Week was launched by Glynwood, a non-profit agricultural organization in the Hudson Valley, as part of their larger Apple Project to enhance the viability of orchards by supporting the production of cider apples, hard cider, and apple spirits.
                  For more info go to:

                  The Hudson Valley wine scene is starting to emerge with several passionate and great stories…none of which is more exciting than the making and selling of quality artisanal cassis and black currant wine. Almost 20,000 bottles of artisanal cassis will be sold in the Hudson Valley this year! The Hudson Valley is the number one producer of artisanal cassis in North America and the Western Hemisphere. All of these are hand made wines, crafted by gifted artisans, and experiencing explosive growth. Word is getting out.
                  For more info go to:


                  Friday, October 12, 2012


                  Cider Week kicks off another stellar weekend of events this weekend in the Hudson Valley! CHECK IT OUT!

                  Oct. 12-21 Cider Week – Over 80 Locations –
                  October 13 · 12-4pm 22nd Annual Harvest Party –MILLBROOK VINEYARDS
                  October 13 Johnny Peers ” Muttville Comix Dog Circus” Noon and 2 pm –BROOKVIEW STATION
                  Oct 13 – Eric Lipper 2:00-4:00pm – Sister Monk 7:00-10:00pm PALAIA VINEYARDS
                  October 13 2pm – 5pm Live Music Featuring Marc Von Em ROBIBERO VINEYARDS
                  Oct 14 – A Cider Revival – Vendors and Cider Bar – NEW AMSTERDAM MARKET, NYC
                  Oct 14- Winery Tour with the Owner Sunday at 3pm. WHITECLIFF
                  Oct 14 – Ray Longchamp – 2:30-5:30pm PALAIA VINEYARDS
                  Oct 14 2pm-5pm Live Music Brian & Rosie from The Brian Dougherty Band ROBIBERO


                  Thursday, October 11, 2012

                  Hudson Valley Cider Week Begins October 12-21, 2012

                  Cider Week celebrates hard cider by featuring it prominently in restaurants, bars, and retail shops. Nearly 100 top restaurants, bars and merchants in New York City and the Hudson Valley participated in 2011. Cider Week was launched by Glynwood, a non-profit agricultural organization in the Hudson Valley, as part of their larger Apple Project to enhance the viability of orchards by supporting the production of cider apples, hard cider, and apple spirits.

                  There will be one event everday between NYC and Albany throughout the week. Here are some Hudson Valey Ciders to try this week!
                  Applewood Winery
                  Aaron Burr Cider
                  Breezy Hill Orchard & Cider Mill
                  Brookview Station
                  Enlightenment Ciders
                  Kettleborough Cider House
                  Montgomercy Place Orchards
                  Slyboro Cider House Warwick Valley Cider

                  For more info go to:

                  Saturday, October 06, 2012

                  COLUMBIUS DAY WEEKEND 2012


                  OCT 6 – 7, 24th Annual Goold Apple Festival Saturday and Sunday BROOKVIEW STATION (WINE TENT)

                  OCT 6 – Wine Festival at Bethel Woods, Bethel Woods, 11-4pm http://www.bethelwoodscenter....

                  Oct 6 – Al Westphal 2:00-4:00pm – Hurley Mountain Highway 7:00-10:00pm PALAIA VINEYARDS

                  Oct 6-7 - Grape Stomping 1-4pm BROTHERHOOD WINERY

                  Oct 6 & 7 – Benmarl’s Annual Harvest Grape Stomping Festival BENMARL WINERY

                  Oct 6, 7, & 8 – Merlot and Champagne Release Event BALDWIN VINEYARDS

                  October 6 2pm – 5pm Live Music Featuring Petey Hop ROBIBERO VINEYARDS

                  October 7 2pm – 5pm Live Music Featuring Double Play ROBIBERO VINEYARDS

                  Oct 7 – Winery Tour with the Owner Sunday at 3pm. WHITECLIFF

                  Oct 7 – Evan & Lesley 2:30-5:30pm PALAIA VINEYARDS

                  October 8 2pm – 5pm Live Music Brian & Rosie from the Brian Dougherty Band ROBIBERO VINEYARDS

                  Tuesday, October 02, 2012


                  5 perfect days in the Hudson Valley

                  From ballet to wine tasting, hiking to cheese eating, do it down by the river this fall

                  • Last Updated: 11:48 PM, October 1, 2012
                  • Posted: 3:26 PM, October 1, 2012
                  • New York Post
                  #2 WINE + CHEESE + THE TACONIC Could the Hudson Valley ever end up giving Northern California a run for its money in the wine and food production department? Not really. But what the valley might lack in weather and output, it definitely makes up for in atmosphere. We’re truly not far off from parts of the region morphing into the likes of California’s Sonoma County — cute in some places, refreshingly workaday in others, but always pleasant and scenic and full of people who are escaping big cities nearby both as residents and visitors. Not that there’s no good wine or cheese, because there is. For best results, stay east of the river — start at Millbrook Winery, where the grounds and onsite café are half the fun ( Next, head over to Sprout Creek Farm, out on the east side of Poughkeepsie. This not-for-profit organization with years of experience specializes in raw cheeses of all ages and types; their aged, nutty Ouray is becoming a staple at parties and getting some nice national attention, too ( Next, head up the parkway to Columbia County, where it’s all about the Hudson-Chatham Winery, which even the biggest snobs will admit shows real promise ( Nearby, pop by the mothership of the no-introduction-needed Old Chatham Sheepherding Company; visitors are welcome to come say thanks to the sheep for those awesome cheeses that are available in nearly every good grocery store in the city these days. A small stand on property is a good place to stock up ( Don’t fill up on cheese, though — before you head home, you need to stop in for a civilized dinner at The Red Devon, tucked away in the wonderful little village of Bangall. Chef Sara Lukasiewicz has gotten great notices for her Valley-influenced menu (
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                  NYSLSA Joins FALL IN LOVE WITH HUDSON VALLEY WINE; Launches Fall In Lovw With New York Wine: Announces Tastings in the Valley


                  Senator Cathy Young announced yesterday a new campaign to promote New York state wine. It was in tandem with the New York State Liquor Store Association.

                  The New York State Liquor Store Association firstly endorsed the Fall In Love With Hudson Valley Wine, not only endorsing the campaign, but became a sponsor as well. The NSYLSA scheduled a series of tastings in the Hudson Valley, wherein the stores would host tastings of Hudson Valley wine throughout the holiday season! Events were scheduled already for Fox and Houd WInes and Spirits in New Paltz, Arlington Wines in Poughkeepsie, and Colvin Wine Merchants in Albany.

                  NYSLSA also announced their statewide FALL IN LOVE WITH NEW YORK WINE campaign for the Fall. Jeff Saunders and Tom Edwards were both on hand to premiere the posters for their campaign. There were two. The first was a flourish of orange maple leaves and a bottle of wine emblazoned with the New York state seal, which read: Fall in Love with New York state wines. The other was a table set with a Thanksgiving turkey and all the fixin’s along with New York state wines. It read: This holiday season put yourself in a New York State of wine.

                  The “Fall in Love with New York Wines” campaign is a statewide effort this month and in November to promote New York wineries through retailers and advertisements, as well as deals and wine-tasting events, Gannett’s Haley Viccaro reports.
                  “New York wine is not just great to drink, its big business that provides jobs across New York State,” Sen. Catherine Young, R-Olean, Cattaraugus County, said in a statement after attending the launch at the Capitol today. “The state can and should help promote NY wines because it’s an investment that will pay us back many times over with more jobs and increased wine tourism.”
                  Also on hand were Karen Gardy of Brookview Station Winery, Yancey Migliore of Whitecliff Winery, and Tom Edwards of the New York Liquor Store Association and owner of Fox and Hound Wines in New Paltz, NY.
                  “Wines made in New York State are some of the best in the world,” said Jeff Saunders. “Unfortunately, many New Yorkers are unaware of that fact and look elsewhere when buying or ordering wine. It is our mission to help educate New Yorkers about the great variety of quality wines made right here at home.”
                  Colvin Wine Merchants - Albany, NY
                  Oct 13  Amici vineyards  4-7
                  Oct 20 Brotherhood 4-7
                  Oct 27 Altamont vineyards 4-7
                  Nov 10 white cliff 4-7
                  Nov 17 Brookview station 4-7
                  Fox and Hound Wines & Spirits
                  Nov 16 -  6-10 wineries
                  Two great campaigns. More tastings will be added to the Fall IN LOVE WITH HUDSON VALLEY WINE events page.