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September 6 and 7, 2014 Dutchess County Fairgrounds 6550 Spring Brook Avenue Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Phone: 845-658-7181 The Hudson Valley Wine & Food Fest is a celebration of all things wine. The event’s main focus is highlighting the wonderful wineries to be found in the Hudson Valley and all over New York.
I have long since been a fan of David Whiting and Red Newt Cellars. I remember meeting him a the first Finger Lakes Wine Festival the first Red Newt went into business. I have been a fan ever since. This past July I went with Bryan Van Deusen and Rich Srsich, as usual. I've always liked the tastingroom. It's airy, and roomy, and beautifully appointed. We settled in for our tasting.
I tasted Wolf Hollow when I went to a festival in May. I was immediately impressed by the three tastes I had! I was blown away! Alright, all you have to do is read this statement on the website, and you know why I like these guys: "In an effort to bring the “micro” back to micro-brew, WHBC will focus on crafting beer and relationships.
So this last summer, there was a small wine and beers fest at The Beer Diviner. You didn't have to pull my arm to get me to go. The beer diviner is a funky place. Dr. Jonathan Post, a former English professor (you know I like him already) traveled to Africa and mad beer.
Went to Vermont with the family, but of course had to turn it into a research trip as much as possible. One has to take advantage of his opportunities. I brought two books before we left. I wanted to be able to make informed decisions. That, and I love local beer books. The fir book I bought was the FarmPlate Vermont Beer Book by Kim Warner. It's part of the FarmPlate series.
Hudson Valley Distillers are two couples who have banded together to create a unique distillery here in the Hudson Valley. Earlier in the year, sometime in June, they opened the doors to their tasting room in a Grand Opening. As you can plainly see, I would never make it in the newspaper business. The tastingroom and distillery are located in an old renovated barn.
I first came across Green Wolf Brewing through my wife Dominique, who bought some for us to share at the Schenectady Green Market. I was very much intrigued. Dom is a tough customer, but she was impressed by their commitment to local, and was willing to take them for a test drive. Green Wolf Brewing says all the thing you want to here about when you here about small beer producers.
So, I have a friend, Kelley Slagle, who owns Farm to Glass Tours, which takes people on personal tours of Hudson Valley wineries, breweries, and distillers, especially in Dutchess and Columbia Counties. Kelley is the real deal. She is a highly accomplished mixologist, and she has brought her prodigious talents to the Hudson Valley.
Bootlegger 21 Handmade Vodka, a Gluten free, 100% American corn grain, has a unique genesis. First off, I love the whole vibe of the package. It's a beautiful, stylish approach, with romantic reverence, to the Prohibition era of the 1920’s and 30’s. Just as the Bootleggers shrugged off the 18th Amendment making the transport and sale of liquor illegal in the U.S.
(Disclaimer: I was not drunk. I wrote this story and then forgot to post it. Sincerest apologies to all involved. I realized I FB'd the photos but didn't file the story...LOL. Apologies. Great stuff as always from TheFarmer VaLa! - C.
OK, so I am behind in my reviews. So shoot me. I'm on a beer streak, so let's continue here. I love Paradox Brewing! There, I said it. I've been wanting to say it for a long time, but I hadn't got the chance. I tried them this early spring, at the Taste of Upper Hudson in Saratoga Springs, and I am way behind, if that doesn't give you the feel for how far behind I am, then there it is.
I an repeating this article because I have not yet had a chance to sample any of their beers. But S&S Farm Brewery represents the next new wave of brewing - farm to glass craft beers. This will be the next new explosion in the craft brewing business. And it is both important to see this going on in the state as well as in he Hudson Valley. Very exciting stuff. - C.
There is an old saying in the wine business - it's a lotta beer to make wine. And it's true! And summer is a beer kinda time! So while we were in the Finger Lakes this past summer, trudging through yet another long, arduous day of wine tasting, we decided to stop in at what has fast become a new regional tradition - stopping in at Two Goats Brewing. Two Goats is on Seneca Lake.
The Register highlighted the new Columbia-Greene-Berkshire Wine, Beer, Spirits and Cider Summit to be held on September 9, 2014 at Hudson-Chatham Winery to bring more focus on the region for it's burgeoning craft beverage businesses.
My name is Carlo DeVito, and I am the author of East Coast Wineries: A Complete Guide from Maine to Virginia published by Rutgers University Press. This blog is dedicated to primarily east coast wines and wineries including Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia. It will also feature products and information from other regions.