taste-camp-hvToday, 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, a small handful of producers are growing classic vinifera varieties in places that weren’t though suitable in the past.

In addition to visiting wineries and tasting wines, TasteCamp 2014 attendees will explore the region’s cider, beer and spirits industries as well.

Hudson Valley Wine Country has signed on as our title sponsor.

In addition, we will partner with Drink Local Wine (DLW) for this first time. DLW is an organization founded on the principal that there are great wines to be found everywhere, not just in the best known regions. A non-profit organization, the DLW mission is to promote the wines of these lesser known regions throughout the United States and Canada. (Full disclosure: I’m on the DLW board of directors.)

We will be issuing a joint press release later this week and hope to have registration set up later this month. In the meantime, keep an eye on this website for updates and more information.