Posts Tagged“hudson valley”

Top 10 Tastes from TasteCamp 2014: Hudson Valley

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With TasteCamp 2014 in my rearview mirror, I’ve spent some time considering event — what we tasted, who we talked to and what they said — and while I’m not typically the biggest fan of “Top 10″-style writing, I think my iinitial thoughts lend themselves to the format, so that’s what we’re going with. More generally, the event couldn’t have gone better. My c0-host for this year’s event, Carlo DeVito of Hudson-Chatham Winery  (make sure you try his Chelois and Baco lineup), worked his tail off to put together an event that truly immersed our group of 20 writers in the…

TasteCamp 2014: Hudson Valley Kicks of Drink Local Wine Week 2014

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Tomorrow morning, I head up to the Hudson River Region of New York’s wine country to take care of some final preparations for this year’s TasetCamp event, presented by Drink Local Wine (DLW). This weekend, nearly two dozen writers will join me as we immerse ourselves in the Hudson Valley’s wine, spirits, cider and beer communities through a series of tastings, visits and discussions. I look forward to tasting some of my favorite local libations again, but also to making new discoveries. That’s the fun part. But TasteCamp is really just the beginning — the beginning of “Drink Local Wine Week…

5 Questions with… Bryan Van Deusen, Hudson-Chatham Winery

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Some might say Bryan Van Deusen of Hudson-Chatham Winery was born and bred for his current role. Not in the way that perhaps a family winery passes through the generations and how their children are often groomed to one day take the helm, but rather in the way that while many of us were on family vacations to the beach or amusement parks the Van Deusen clan would head to wine country. His parents love of wine (are you reading Lenn and Evan?) clearly influenced his youth and as you’ll see from this week’s edition of our “5 Questions with…” feature has also…

TasteCamp 2014 Invites Writers to Explore Hudson River Valley Wine Country

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Today, I’m thrilled to announce that our TasteCamp will take place October 10-12, 2014 and that we’re bringing it back to New York — in the Hudson River Region. Somewhat sandwiched between New York’s two most prominent fine wine regions, the Hudson River Region doesn’t get the attention that it deserves. Historically, the region has been known for the types of sweet, hybrid grape-based wines that appeal to tourists rather than fine wine lovers, but over the past decade that’s changed significantly. Hybrids are still quite common, but through improved viticultural and cellar practices, quality has never been better. And,…

Quick Q&A with Carlo DeVito, Owner, Hudson-Chatham Winery

For this week's Q&A, we pose our questions to Carlo DeVito, an author, publishing professional, blogger and yes, winery owner. He, with his wife Dominique, owns Hudson-Chatham Winery in Ghent, NY, one of the Hudson Valley's newest wineries. What (and where) was the first bottle of wine you remember drinking? I have been trying and tasting and drinking wine since I was a kid. It was always at our family table. Italian. French. Californian. I've tasted some wonderful California cult wines and First Growth Bordeaux. But I do remember my first bottle of New York State wine, which I bought…

Three Hudson Valley Baco Noirs

Last night, as a part of my Week of 3s project, I tasted three different Baco noir wines from three different Hudson Valley wineries. These were actually the first Baco noirs I had ever tasted and after the tasting I'm still not sure that I quite know what to expect from the hybrid variety. They were all quite different. So what is Baco noir exactly? It's a cross of Folle Blanche (a French vinifera wine grape) and an unknown American grape from the Vitis riparia family. It first created by French wine hybridizer Maurice Baco, so that's where the name comes…

The Politics of New York Wine

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By Finger Lakes Correspondent Jason Feulner My educational background is in public policy, which does occasionally mix with talk of wine, although not often. Last month my interest was aroused by a news release from the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, the contents of which were shared on several websites and in print. Through the Agriculture Department a task force has been formed to address the regulations, research and promotion of New York State’s wine industry. To preemptively analyze this task force’s mission before it even produces a word is perhaps foolish for observer and reader alike,…

Rivendell Winery Location for Sale in the Hudson Valley

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I just heard this morning that the vineyards and buildings once associated with Rivendell Winery are for sale and on the market. The winery itself is moving to a new location. For $1.6 million, you can get 45 acres, a 3,000 square foot pavilion (currently the tasting room) and three single-family residences and several outbuildings on the property. The property, located in Gardiner, NY on the Shawangunk Wine Trail in the Hudson Valley region, is a little off the beaten path, but the tasting room/building is absolutely beautiful. Nena and I were there a few years ago and really saw…

Nena’s First Apple Pie of the Fall

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In our house, there’s only one baker. And it’s not me. Baking just requires a level of precision and adherence to ratios and recipes that I’m simply not capable of. I always put a little extra of this or that in when I’m cooking. Do that when you’re baking, and you could end up with a horrific result. Nena, on the other hand, is quite a baker. It’s one of the things that I fell in love with early in our relationship. Between my cooking (and hers as well) and her baking, we are a complete culinary set. She completes…

New York Cork Club: July Selections

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It’s the first day of July and as we head into the holiday week (if only we had the whole week off of work, right?) it’s time once again to let you know what coming next for members of the New York Cork Club. This month, I’ve chosen two unique wines that you’ve probably never heard about, let alone tasted. First is the Macari Vineayrds 2005 Malbec ($22). Merlot gets most of the attention in these parts, but over the past couple of years a couple varietally bottled malbecs have really impressed me — both for their quality and their…