Competition Tomorrow morning, I'll be up early to be in the car and on the road to Rhinebeck, NY in the Hudson Valley by 5:30 a.m.

Why on earth would I get up so early on a Saturday, especially now that Jackson typically sleeps in later than that? Well, there's a very good reason. One of the best reasons, actually — wine.

I'm honored to be judging the Hudson Valley Wine & Grape Association's 5th Annual Hudson Valley Wine Competition at Terrapin. The festivities begin at 9 a.m. sharp, and I certainly don't want to be late.

It will be a long day (we're going to wrap up around 3 p.m. or so) but it will be great to taste a bunch of Hudson Valley wines and also see/meet some of my favorite regional wine blog peeps, including Debbie, Tish and Brian.

Should be fun. Expect a report next week.