Hudson River Valley Wineries

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Location: Catskill, NY, United States

Carlo DeVito has traveled around the US, France, Spain, Chile, Canada, and Italy. He has been a publishing 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. He has also publisher such writers as Stephen Hawking, E. O Wilson, Philip Caputo, Gilbert King, James McPherson, Michael Lewis, David Margolick, Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr., John Edgar Wideman, Stanley Crouch, Dan Rather, Dee Brown, and Eleanor Clift. He is also the founder of Hudson-Chatham Winery, co-founder of the Hudson Berkshire Beverage Trail, and former president of the Hudson Valley Wine Country. His the author of more than 20 books including The New Single Malt Whiskey, Big Whiskey, and the forthcoming The Spirit of Rye.

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Debbie Gioquindo Raves About Region;s Wineries in Hudson Valley magazine!

Hudson Valley magazine , in the August 2018 issue, raves about the region's wineries. Written by Febbie Gioquindo, also known as the Hudson Valley Wine Goddess, has profiled numerous wineries and trails throughout the southern and mid-Hudson Valley, including producers from the Shawangunk, Dutchess, and Hudson Berkshire wine trails. A great article, highlighting numerous artisanal wines and personalities from the valley! Terrific piece! Go HV! 

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Debbie Gioquindo, the Hudson Valley Wine Goddess grew up and raised her family in the Hudson Valley. Debbie, a Certified Travel Counselor, Certified Specialist of Wine and Wine Location Specialist. Her blog Hudson Valley Wine Goddess, covers the craft beverages in the Hudson Valley and wines throughout the world. Debbie previously was the Marketing Director for the Shawangunk Wine Trail, Executive Director for Hudson Valley Wine Country and owned a travel agency for 20 years. Debbie is a contributing writer for Hudson Valley Wine Magazine, Chairperson of the Hudson Valley Wine & Spirits Competition and Co-Owner of Happy Bitch Wines. In 2015, she was ranked #38 in the Excel Wines “Top 100 Most Influential Wine Bloggers.”

She is also author of Tapping the Hudson Valley!

Tapping the Hudson Valley: Day Trips & Weekend Itineraries by [Gioquindo, Debbie]

Thank you, Debbie!

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Bashakill Vineyards Continues to Impress!

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I would hate to see what Paul Denino could do with some big money behind him. Because I will tell you this. He's one of the most talented boutique winemakers on the east coast. Always evolving, both as a winemaker and as a winery owner. Inventive. Driven. Fascinating to watch.

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Recently I got a chance to taste three new wines of his while I was down at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx for their wine and daffodil event.

The first wine was Bashakill Wood Duck Chardonnay. This lovely, light chardonnay is half aged in American Oak. The resulting wine explodes with fresh green and red apples, and lovely tropical notes, which dissolve into creamy vanilla, lemon zest, and toast. A absolutely lovely wine!

The second wine I tried was even better and easily my favorite! Paul has long made his estate cayuga named White Tail. But this new re-imaging of the wine was breathtaking on two levels. Firstly, he doesn't bottle the wine - he fills it like growlers. I couldn't buy a bottle, they told me, But I could buy a growler! I wanted it it as soon as they told me that. Brilliant! Secondly, he's infused one of his most popular wines with lavender! The Bashakill  Lavendar White Tail is the estate wine infused with locally grown organic lavender. Green apple, peach, and other stone fruits are wafted over with the lightest hint of lavendar. Instead of being over whelming, and making the wine smell like a bar of soap (as clumsier hands might have done), the wine is fragrant and breathtaking!!!!

Last but not least was Bashakill Blue Heron. This red wine gem was impressive. I love Chancellor. This deep red wine is made with Chancellor, and aged for a year and a half in French oak. This was a stellar red wine perfect for dinner. Lovely.

Paul and Bashakill continue to impress!

Whitecliff Vineyards Rose' of Pinot Noir Olana Vineyard 2017 is Amazing!

Michael Migliore and Yancey Stanforth-Migliore own Whitecliff Vineyard, a wonderful winery down in Gardner, NY. They have won numerous prestigious awards, and were recently voted best winery in the Hudson Valley. But they have a new project - the Olana Vineyard at Cherry  Lane Farm, just by the Rip Van Winkle Bridge, south of Hudson, NY. Michael and winemaker Brad Martz have taken care as they planted and nurtured their new vineyard these last three years.

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This is an historically good grape growing region. The numerous farms in the southern part of Columbia county have grown table and wine grapes for more than 50 years. Brotherhood's main vineyard was the next farm, and is now the home of Tousey, who have garnered scores of 90 or more consistently. So we know the region has tremendous potential. The Whitecliff Vineyard can be seen from the river, and indeed the bridge itself, where I took this photo.

The Hudson Valley was not known for rose' wine, but has been catching up to the industry in recent years. No better example of it is there than Whitecliff's Rose of Pinot Noir Olana Vineyard 2017. This wine starts off with gorgeous, mouth watering aromas of cherries, strawberries, line and tropical fruits. On the palate the strawberries are fresh, vibrant and tart, with a lovely second wave of bright cherries, also slightly tart with minerals, lime, and tropical notes, and a lovely, creamy smooth finish.

This is evry bit as good as any rose in the state, and an incredible first wine from what will soon be a source of some of the best fruit in the valley. The potential is outstanding!

A famtastic wine from Michael, Yancey, and Bard! Congrats!

Two Great Wines from Glorie Farm Winery!

Doug Glorie is a long time farmer and wine maker. He and MaryEllen Glorie run the Glorie Farm and the Glorie Farm Winery. Doug has been supplying grapes to the valley winemakers for years. But of late Doug and his talented group have been turning out some excellent wines, especially with the help of the talented wine maker Kristop Brown.

I recently ran into Doug at the Bounty of the Hudson Wine Festival just this last month. He was pitching a number of his wines, but my eyes were attracted to two new wines...a new rose' and a Marquette. I was anxious to taste them!

The first thing I tried recently was the Glorie Rose of Cabernet Franc 2017. This is a fine fresh rose made from 100% estate Cab Franc, and its filled with strawberries, and bright Bing cherries, rhubarb, lime, and cream. This is a delicious, high quality rose that is a standout just in the valley, but could easily compete on Long Island or the Finger Lakes as well. Truly great stuff. And BTW, I love, love the new label!

Glorie Farm Winery Marquette is a big dark deep wine with bramble berry and dark cherries, cedar and hints of dried blueberry.  Also hints of toast and vanilla. A pretty, and lovely, medium-bodied red with big flavor and soft tannins. Very, very drinkable.

Monday, April 09, 2018


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hudson chatham winery dinner
thursday 26 april 2018
prix fixe menu, $75
We’ve paired our favorite Spring dishes with Hudson-Chatham Winery’s most exciting wines. There will be a single seating at 7pm, and the vintners will be available to describe the wines and answer questions!  

Formaggi e Carni Locali Four Fat Foul St. Stephen, Stella Vallis Tomme and house-made pate de campagne.
2016 Empire Reserve A New York State “super blend” of Baco, Maréchal Foch, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, aged two years in French oak to produce a supple and silky wine.

Risotto ai Forieri di Primavera Risotto with the harbingers of spring: locally foraged ramps, asparagus, English peas, artichoke, and shiitake mushrooms.
2015 Estate Seyval Blanc  This estate-grown hybrid of Sauvignon Blanc is aged in stainless steel and finished with oak to round out the mouthfeel and accentuate tropical notes of pineapple on the finish. A luscious dry white.

Anatra alla Griglia Grilled boneless breast of magret duck served au jus with Cognac-poached Dan Baker pears and orange farro-grain salad.
2015 Estate Chelois A French-American hybrid that yields a distinctive bright cherry note against a palate of bramble fruit.


Costola d’Agnello alle Erbe Grilled lamb rack rubbed with herbed Parmigiano. Moscato-pomegranate reduction and garlic mashed potatoes.
2016 Baco Noir Old Vine Made from the fruit of 67-year-old vines, this Baco is rich with notes of cranberry and dark chocolate.

Tiramisù A special take on the classic from El Toulà restaurant in Treviso features Hudson-Chatham’s 20 Cask Barrel Fino Espresso, made from soaking dry, sherry-like Fino wine with espresso beans in the winery’s own solera.

reservation deposit (per person)

In order to confirm your reservation we require a deposit of $10 per person. Your deposit will be applied to the cost of the dinner ($75) and is fully refundable up to 24 hours prior to your reservation. For groups of 7 or more, please call us at 518.828.6529

Please indicate your party size below and click “check out.” We look forward to seeing you!


6th Annual Hudson Berkshire Wine & Food Festival May 26 & 27, 2018

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The Hudson Berkshire Wine & Food Festival

Saturday May 26, 2018 11:00 am - 6:00 pm           Sunday May 27, 2018 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Memorial Day Weekend - Columbia County Fairgrounds - Chatham, NY.

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General Admission- Non Tasting Tickets - $10. per person

 12 and under free- **No Pets Please**

Tickets online at

This unique interstate festival will feature award-winning wineries, distilleries, cideries and craft breweries from the Hudson Valley and the Massachusetts Berkshire Region all together under one roof!  There are displays by local crafters, jewelers and artisans. Our Pride of NY and Berkshire Grown food producers will be selling and sampling gourmet cheeses, olives and pickles, jams and jellies, maple syrups, baked items and more!   For lunch stop by one of our great food concessions!  Greek on the Go, Jason Hall's Gourmet Foods,Guido's Italian Ice and more!

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 Music By Tony and Alex Schettino

Festival Website updated regularily.... Watch for Updates!

We are family friendly! There are "Kid Friendly" fun activities... 

  Children 12 and under are FREE




Remember For Eventbrite tickets to choose the day you will attend. 

Event is sponsored by

Hudson Berkshire Beverage Trail , NY Wine and Grape Foundation, Pride of NY

and Hudson Valley Wine Country.Org 

For more information on this and all the Hudson Berkshire Beverage Trail events please contact Trail Director Karen Gardy at 518-732-7317 or by email

12th Annual Rip Van Winkle Wine, Brew, and Beverage Festival Sat May 12, 2018

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The Fortnightly Club is hosting its 12th annual Rip Van Winkle Wine, Brew and Beverage Festival on Saturday, May 12th, 11:30 AM-5:00 PM, at the Historic Catskill Point located at 1 Main Street, Catskill, NY. Tickets are available at the entrance for $25.00 per person. Advance tickets are also available for purchase at For additional information you can visit the 2018 Rip Van Winkle Wine, Brew and Beverage Facebook page or go to for additional information. All proceeds from this event in the past have been donated back to our community park at Dutchman Landing.

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Our Spring Fundraiser at the Historic Catskill Point, a spectacular venue located directly on the Hudson River at the end of Main Street. Guests will sample and purchase wines and cheese from a limited group of select New York state wineries and cheese makers. To further tempt the palette, patrons will have the opportunity to taste distilled products and brews along with baked goods, chocolates and other tasty items. There will be other items available for purchase also.

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Catskills Beverage Trail Announces November Craft Beverage Festival Nov 4, 2017

Mark your calendars!

Hudson-Chatham Winery Opens New Tasting Room in Troy NY

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Thursday, July 20, 2017


Exterior of Hudson-Chatham Winery’s new Troy tasting room. (photo provided)
Hudson-Chatham Winery’s ongoing expansion plans are moving along nicely. The Columbia County winery and tasting room was founded in 2007, added a second tasting room in 2015, and now has added a third tasting room to its lineup.
The new venue — called Hudson-Chatham Winery Troy — is located at 203 River Street in downtown Troy, briefly the home of Sweet Sues whose chef-owner Sue Dunckel maintains a connection with the site by providing its breakfast and lunch fare. The menu includes, obviously in addition to H-C wines and adult beverages from other local producers, coffee made for the winery by Chris’ Coffee Service of Albany. Plans call for a broadening of the menu to include local artisanal cheese varieties.
Troy hours are 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, although hours may be extended on Fridays and Saturdays. Brunch will be offered on Saturdays and Sundays.
“Everything we do is Hudson Valley or Capital Region,” Carlo DeVito, who runs the winery with his wife Dominique, told local media. “The idea is that it’s local, local, local, local.”
The new venue is managed by Mackenzy Morgan. DeVito said plans are being discussed to add several more satellite tasting rooms at locations to be decided.


Hudson-Chatham Winery’s new tasting room at 203 River St. in downtown Troy.
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Carlo DeVito, owner of Hudson-Chatham Winery in the company’s new tasting room at 203 River St. in downtown Troy.
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TROY, N.Y.>> There’s a new place to do some tasting in the Collar City’s downtown district.
Hudson-Chatham Winery, located in Columbia County, is opening a tasting room at 203 River St. in downtown Troy, the former location of Sweet Sue’s.
After a sneak peek at Troy River Fest earlier this month, the new business will be open to the public this Fourth of July weekend, followed by a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony with the Troy Downtown Business Improvement District, with details to be announced.
This is the 10-year-old winery’s third tasting room, adding to its on-site tasting location in Ghent, and one opened in 2015 in Tannersville.
The new tasting room will be open Tuesday through Sunday from about 10:30 to 5 p.m. most days, and later on Fridays and Saturdays.
In the daytime, the Troy tasting room will offer breakfast and lunch fare by Sweet Sue’s chef Sue Dunckel, along with coffees made especially for Hudson-Chatham Winery by Albany-based Chris’ Coffee Service. Brunch will be served on Saturdays and Sundays.
Later on, the space will have more of a wine bar vibe with local cheese plates and, of course, wine. The tasting room will offer a variety of Hudson-Chatham wines, as well as other area spirits, beer and cider.
“Everything we do is Hudson Valley or Capital Region,” said owner Carlo DeVito, who runs the winery along with his wife Dominique. “The idea is that it’s local, local, local, local.”
All Hudson-Chatham wines are made using Greene and Columbia county grapes.
The majority of the winery’s products are dry red wines, the most notable being its Baco noirs. The upstate winery was awarded the title of having the highest rated Baco noir in North America, DeVito said.
For those who prefer other styles, Hudson-Chatham Winery makes a little bit of everything, DeVito said, “so we have something for everyone.”
At the new site, customers can do a tasting session of five different wines for $7, or order by the glass or bottle. Bottles will be for sale to take home, too.
The tasting rooms spirits, beer and cider inventory will also be available to drink on premise or purchase to-go.
On why the owners decided to offer products from other local businesses alongside their own, DeVito said they wanted to offer some variety to the consumer, as well as support other producers from the region. “I’m all about local, and there’s a lot of people making really great product and to me it’s an easy way to get it on out,” he said.
Regarding the winery’s most recent expansion to Rensselaer County, “Troy is a great little market,” DeVito said, noting that the demographic includes a younger population that the winery would like to reach.
Furthermore, the district was appealing. “I love this historic downtown area,” DeVito said. “It’s a great neighborhood.”
While there are a number of downtown bars, DeVito believes the tasting room and wine bar will offer something different to the area, because all of its products are strictly local.
Looking ahead at his goals for this new downtown Troy endeavor, DeVito said, “We just want to become a part of the scene. That’s really what we’re thrilled about.”
Run by manager Mackenzy Morgan, this new location will host a schedule of special tasting events and local music.
Once the Troy tasting room is established, the winery owners would like to open a few more in the future, DeVito said.
For more information about Hudson-Chatham Winery visit or call (518) 392-9463.
Further details and updates on the new troy tasting room are available on the Hudson-Chatham Winery Troy Facebook page.

Beer Diviner Hosts Beer Camp August 19 & 20, 2017!!!!!

The Beer Diviner, a farm brewery in the Hudson Valley i offering a Beer Camp August 19 & 20, 2017!!!! The event will feature many local farm craft beverages, brewing demonstrations, and a chance to meet with local distillers, brewmasters, winemakers, and cider makers. Food, music and other entertainment as well!!!!