Albany Times-Union, Bill Dowd Like Hudson-Chatham Leon Millot Release
GHENT — The Hudson-Chatham Winery plans to usher in spring by releasing a new wine from noon to 5 p.m. tasting room hours on Saturday.
The wine is a Leon Millot, made from the French-American hybrid grape of that name that produces a soft, full-bodied dry wine with notes of cranberry and pomegranate. Winery owner Carlo DeVito suggests pairing it “with earthy spring foods like lamb, ham, egg dishes, and pared-down pastas. And sitting in the sunshine.”
Leon Millot was created in 1911 in the Oberlin Institute in Colmar, Alsace, by the French viticulturist Eugène Kuhlmann by crossing the hybrid grape Millardet et Grasset 101-14 O.P. with Goldriesling. The variety was named after the winemaker and tree nursery owner Léon Millot. The blue-skinned grape, which has small berries and small clusters, ripens early and has high resistance against fungal diseases, making it suitable for cool-climate cultivation. Many winemakers also have found it a versatile grape that can be used to produce a bigger wine similar to a ripe Syrah, or a lighter wine more in the style of Pinot Noir.
In addition to featuring the new wine, the tasting room also will be featuring baguettes, whole wheat soda bread, bagels and other baked goods from the Bread & Honey Bakery of Albany. Hudson-Chatham Winery is located about midway between its two namesake towns at 1900 Route 66 in this Columbia County community.