Saturday, March 14, 2015

Hudson-Chatham Empire 2011 Named as One of Best Reds in New York by Wine Enthusiast magazine!

Hudson-Chatham Empire 2011 scored big time with the publishing of a list in Wine Enthusiast of the best red wines of New York state.
"Ranging from earth- and cherry-flavored Cabernet Franc to a variety of blends, New York's red wines run the gamut in flavor and quality offerings. Step out of your West Coast comfort zone and seek out these selections, a mere fraction of the offerings coming from this red-hot wine scene," wrote Anna Lee C. Iijima in her article 24 Red Wines From New York State in Wine Enthusiast. 

Hudson-Chatham 2011 Empire Reserve Red (New York), $25; 85 points. Ruddy, primary red cherry and berry notes persist from nose to finish on this blend of Baco Noir, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Ripe black-fruit flavors are fleshy and ripe on the palate, but demure in concentration and length. —A.I.

We couldn't be more thrilled!!!

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Saturday, March 07, 2015

Kevin Zraly, the Guinness Book of World Records, and Hudson-Chatham Baco Noir Old Vines

Largest BYOB Party Ever, James Beard Awards, Kevin Zraly
by Susannah Gold
Avvinare May 10, 2011

Last night the James Beard Awards were held in New York City. Many of the wine and food luminaries were of course in attendance, those getting awards and those merely watching the festivities. I really like this article in The Atlantic about the Awards.

For those of us who were not invited or prize winners, one had to celebrate in other ways. Luckily, my friend Eric Orange of Local Wine Events invited me to Kevin Zraly’s after party which was billed as the largest BYOB party.
I am not sure how many people where there but it seemed like a rockin’ crowd to me. I saw many of the wine world luminaries I know and some I do not. Kevin won the Lifetime Achievement award for his work in the field. Hats off to him. I have sat in on many of his classes and enjoy his enthusiasm and warmth, verve and energy when teaching. Many of his former colleagues from Windows on The World were in attendance which was very touching.
Hudson Chatham Baco Noir
Everyone brought a wine to the event. I tasted a number of wines including some that I had never tried such as a Baco Noir from the Hudson-Chatham Winery. I was favorably surprised.

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Wednesday, March 04, 2015

CrushBrew: The boutique Hudson-Chatham Winery is changing the terroir of New York wines

Hudson Chatham Winery

The boutique Hudson-Chatham Winery is changing the terroir of New York wines

Inside the sun-filled Tasting Room at the Hudson-Chatham Winery in Ghent, New York, the spirit is warm and convivial despite the bitter cold, snow-covered outdoors. Chatting with Dominique and Carlo DeVito, owners of the winery, is lively and energizing. Carlo, larger than life in presence, settles in to recollect on the trials and tribulations of starting a winery on old dormant farm land. Dominique, as diminutive as Carlo is large, elaborates on the details with finesse.
In 2006 the DeVito’s, both in publishing and commuting to New York City from Freehold, New Jersey, decided they wanted a better, more bucolic life for raising their young twin sons. Carlo grew up amidst the vineyards In New Jersey, traveled wine countries worldwide and professionally published several significant books on wine (including Kevin Zraly’s Windows on the World Complete Wine Course). He says his passion for wine was the driving force behind the search for land to build a vineyard. At the time Hudson, New York was realizing a renaissance, New Yorkers were buying second homes here and the agricultural landscape of the Hudson Valley was perfect. The DeVito’s found a 14-acre farm that had been non-productive for thirty years and it was ideally located on Route 66 midway between Hudson and Chatham, New York.
The Hudson-Chatham Winery was born and the pursuit of a new venture as vintners was realized by the DeVito’s. That first year, they planted 1,000 vines with grapes from the Finger Lakes, mostly Muscat and seyval blanc. In 2007, Carlo attended a wine competition of both commercial and homemade wines. Two of the three wines that he liked were Baco Noir made by Steve Casscles, a winemaker from Athens outside of Catskill. Eventually, DeVito and Casscles bonded over many glasses of wine in Casscles’ wine cellar. It was fortuitous that Casscles would become the winery’s winemaker as he and DeVito were to begin revolutionizing the wine movement in the Hudson Valley. Using hybrid grapes indigenous to the land, baco noir and chelois, Casscles and DeVito were raising the bar on the quality of wine. The grapes are French hybrids that can tolerate the Northeast’s harsh winters as they are hardy, vigorous and disease resistant. And, as DeVito says, great wine is made with great grapes, period. The proven testament is that Hudson-Chatham Winery produces five different Baco Noirs, some made with 60-year-old vines, one the winery’s first estate Baco Noir and all 2013 releases (it is a fact that the DeVito’s Baco Noir is the highest rated in the U.S.).
Raising the standard of wine making in the Hudson Valley – and New York State – producing excellent wines – Seyval Blanc, Chardonnay, Riesling, Baco Noirs, Pinot Noir, Merlot and, most recently, the three-year-old Leon Millot (to be released at the winery’s “Spring Fling on March 21-22) has led to receiving numerous awards and national recognition. The winery also produces dessert wines, sweet wines and a sparkling apple wine. However, with only 14 acres of land and production growing in leaps and bounds by consumer demand, the DeVito’s have vines being grown in two of Casscles’ vineyards, as well as others in the area. The winery’s production has grown from 500 cases in 2007 to 3,000 cases in 2014 and an expected 3,500 cases in 2015.
Creating a stellar winery is just another stepping stone in his terroir. Carlo DeVito has been in the publishing business for more than 20 years and most recently started his own publishing company, Warren Street Books. DeVito’s unassuming demeanor belies his talents and accomplishments. He is a prolific author of more than 15 books on wine, sports, dogs and now history. His current book, Mrs. Lee’s Rose Garden – The True Story of the Founding of Arlington, will be released in May. He is considered one of the most experienced wine, beer and spirits editors in the world and has published for numerous lifestyle magazines, as well as books for Wine Spectator and Esquire; wine luminaries Kevin Zraly, Matt Kramer and Oz Clarke, and many books with writers e.g. Stephen Hawking, Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. and Dan Rather. Also, DeVito is co-founder of the Hudson Berkshire Beverage Trail and president of Hudson Valley Wine Country.
And what does the future hold – for surely being the owner of a winery can’t hold Carlo DeVito down? The DeVito’s are planning joint ventures with: Hudson Valley Distillery to release Clear Mountain Gin next month; and Chatham Brewing Company’s “Barrel Reserve” beer stored in a winery baco noir barrel.
Wines from Hudson-Chatham Winery can be ordered by contacting Dominique and Carlo DeVito at By late spring, orders should be available online. For details about the wines, visit
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Hudson-Chatham Baco Noir Old Vines 2013 Chosen by Wine Enthusiast as one of the Best Holiday Wines 2014!

Mike DeSimone and eff Jensen, in their article Comfort & Joy, highlighted the Hudson-Chatham Baco Noir Old Vines 2013 as one of the best wines for the holidays in the December 2014 issue!!!

Hudson-Chatham Merlot 2011 Scores Big in March 2015 Wine Enthusiast!

Hudson-Chatham Winery scored big once again in Wine Enthusiast magazine! Our Merlot 2011 scored 87 points!!! Great review! Click on the image for a larger version to read more!

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Your Wedding in the Hudson Valley at Hudson-Chatham Winery

A perfect, romantic setting for the most important day of your life.
Smaller tents are also available.

The Hudson-Chatham Winery is the dream of Carlo and Dominique DeVito, both publishing professionals who have long shared a love of wine. This exciting new winery, which specializes in small hand-made batches of wine, is dedicated to the richness of the Hudson River Valley, particularly its wine, agriculture, literature, art, history, and many other attractions that make it a rich and special region. The Hudson-Chatham Winery, located between the historic towns of Hudson and Chatham, is the first winery in Columbia County. The widely acclaimed winery has also be a featured wine at the Culinary Institute of America and in Kevin Zraly’s American Wine Guide 2009.
As well as creating fine artisanal wines, the DeVito family (including two dogs), and many valued friends, have worked hard restoring the winery's grounds and its prestigious circa 1780 farmhouse. The winery will feature hand-crafted wines, cheeses and desserts, and will include vineyard tours and a gazebo with scenic views.
The dance floor is waiting for you.
While we can accommodate larger weddings, we specialize and welcome small wedding parties (less than 100 guests).
Our special touches make your wedding unique.
The Hudson-Chatham Winery features:
* Views of the Catskill and Berkshire Mountains
* Great fall foliage views
* We can handle weddings of any size
* We specialize in small weddings
* Great space for bridal showers and rehearsal dinners
* Offer Bridal Suite in 1790s farmhouse during event
* Pet friendly property
* All events feature New York State wines
* Discounts for weddings held Monday through Friday
* Offers complete list of vendors for all your wedding needs

Hudson-Chatham Winery has received rave reviews from Wine Enthusiast, Wine Spectator,, the New York Times, Sommelier Journal,, WAMC, and have appeared on Food Network's Farmhouse Rules.

Hudson-Chatham's highly acclaimed wines have received rave reviews in Wine Enthusiast, Wine Spectator the New York Times,,, the Wall Street Journal, NPR/WAMC, and many other places. The Hudson-Chatham Winery has been named the Best Winery in the Capital Region by Capital Region Living magazine 3 out of the last 4 years!


Site Fees (all site fees are due in advance and are not refundable)
1. Weddings requiring a tent (approx 100+ people - not including cost of tent - 6 hours)
2. Weddings of 60 or less people in the tasting room facilities (not including food & wine 5 hours)
3. Rehearsal dinners in tasting room - (room fee only - other services not included - 3 hours)
4. Mon-Fri weddings - we offer reduced fees for weekday events
Bridal Suite (3 room suite and bathroom)
1. Day rate - same times as event
2. Stay Over Rate (includes light breakfast)
1. Corking fee (wine servers)
2. Personalized small bottles for guests
3. Hudson Valley Artisnal Bread and Cheese Plates available upon request (price to be quoted)
Wine Charges
15% off on pre-ordered mixed case quantities
10% off on all bottles to guests who wish to buy wine

Tent & Party Rentals:
Cantele Tent Rentals
(518) 672 7227

Columbia Tent Rentals
(518) 851-9460

Chatham Flowers & Gifts Florists
Crazy Daisy Florist
(518) 822-0977
Gibson Girl Gardens
N. Scali Nursery & Florist
(518) 828-4910

Blima's Catering
290 County Rte 25
Hudson, NY 12534
Phone number (518) 822-9075      
Mr. Thomas J. Carlucci
43 Kinderhook Street Chatham, NY 12037
p. (518) 392-3663

Georgia Ray's Kitchen Catering/Event Planning
Mr. Danyell C. Ray
149 Joslen Blvd. Hudson, NY 12534
p. (518) 828-3245 f. (518) 828-8695

Random Harvest
1785 State Route 23
Craryville, NY 12521
(518) 325-5103

Hotels & B&Bs:Columbia County Lodging Association

Limo Services:
All Occasion Limousine Service
(518) 479-LIMO
Allure Limousine Services
165 Merwin Rd
Valatie, NY 12184
(518) 392-8989
J Pulver, Inc.
15 Union Turnpike
Hudson, NY 12534
Today’s Limousine
(518) 452-4242
Bus Services
Amrod Enterprises
Cramden Coach
518 537 5083
Music - DJs Bands Quartets and Trios:B-Side Trio
Bill Dustin The Central New York Showcase
Booking Line: 315.427.3199
Karaoke Craig DJ Services Inc
521 Willowbrook Rd
Surprise, NY 12176
(518) 966-5444
Sound Control DJs
19 Wisconsin Avenue
Rensselaer, NY 12144
518 479-7257
Melinda Gardiner Music
22 West End Road
Hillsdale, NY 12529
p. (518) 325-5546 f. (518) 325-3089
Gig Masters - Book A Star Tonite - Duos, Combos, Jazz and Classical
Hudson Valley Live Music Duos, Ensembles, Orchestras
New York Wedding Bands and Entertainment

The Daily Meal; Travel & Food Hudson-Chatham Highlighted in Travels Through the Berkshires

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Fall in The Berkshires: Elegant, Serene and Colorful
by Deborah Bowen
The Daily Meal
Travel and Food
Nice mention of Hudson-Chatham Winery in this piece - the editor

I just returned from a quick trip to the Berkshires, to Lenox, Massachusetts with a stay at the peaceful Garden Gables Inn, dating from 1780. Classic New England and a great base for soaking in the colors of October’s finest foliage, the inn reminded me of my many summers and falls in this beautiful corner of Massachusetts and made me fall in love with bed and breakfasts all over again.

I welcome back guest blogger Judy Nayer who has just spent a month in the same area, making her home in the nearby town of Hillsdale.

If you're looking for the perfect place to stay while exploring the upper Hudson Valley and the Berkshires, I suggest you visit The Inn at Green River in Hillsdale.  Just a 2 ½ hour drive from New York City and located in a scenic, pastoral setting 25 minutes from either Hudson or Great Barrington, the inn is one of only three Select Registry inns in the Hudson Valley.

This beautifully restored 1830 property combines the upscale elegance of a small country inn with the warmth and hospitality of the best of the bed& breakfasts. Each of the seven guestrooms is lovely and true to the website photos, and the breakfasts served in the sunroom and dining room are memorable. Among my favorites was the poached pear with goat cheese followed by very thin pear pancakes made from local artisanal flour. Also topping my list was the roasted plum with Greek yogurt and a local honey drizzle which preceded mini frittatas with tomato and spinach and a slice of polenta. Homemade scones, locally made jams and fresh fruit accompany each meal, leaving guests smiling and ready to begin their day. 

The mastermind of all of this is owner/innkeeper Deborah Bowen whose talent and commitment to excellence began 25 years ago when she opened her doors to guests after renovating and expanding this Hudson Valley gem. Deborah is passionate about her guests, and it shows.  From the moment you walk through the door she makes you feel as if you are at home. She helps you plan your days with suggestions for local outings and dinners (and maps how to get there), and always has a batch of homemade ginger molasses cookies and tea in the afternoons, perfect for relaxing in the living room, library, or outside in a hammock.  We all crave authenticity in our lives, and here it is evident in myriad details: watercolors painted by Deb’s grandfather, sterling silver napkin holders that were Deb’s grandmother’s, lampshades handcrafted by Deb, a book collection well curated over time—just to name a few. There is nothing staged here. Even after 25 years, Deb’s labor of love is as obvious and passionate as ever and generously shared.

The setting is so lovely you may be tempted not to leave the inn at all, but there’s a lot to see and do. True to its name, Hillsdale is an area of rolling hills, with beautiful vistas at every turn, and Columbia County is blessed with more farmland than any other Hudson Valley county. The excellent farm-to-table restaurants have located here to take advantage of the relationships between chef and farmer in the state. Visit the farms, wineries, and bakeries throughout the region, and check out the local calendar for festivals and farmers’ markets. In this area, growing food while preserving the land is a passion. In Ghent, the Hawthorne Valley Farm is a biodynamic farm that spans 400 acres and includes a farm store and restaurant, and the Hudson-Chatham Winery is known for its award-winning wines. I really enjoyed the Old Chatham Sheepherding Company, where you can see farmers make fresh cheese and yogurt. 

Olana, courtesy: Wikipedia
Nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy the many opportunities for hiking, biking, swimming, and skiing in the area, including the trail system at Taconic State Park. Take the mile-long hike to see a dramatic waterfall at Bash Bish Falls, and in the winter, enjoy cross-country and downhill skiing at the Catamount Ski Area. This area is also rich in cultural and historic attractions. Plan a visit around Tanglewood, the summer home of the Boston Symphony, and don’t miss the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Hancock Shaker Village, and the Mount, Edith Wharton’s home in Lenox. A little further, in Williamstown, is the renowned and recently renovated Clark Museum. And not to be missed is Olana, just outside of Hudson, the home of Hudson River Valley school painter Frederick Church. A guided tour will take you through a mansion that looks like a Persian palace, and outside around the grounds you will see some the area’s most spectacular scenery with breathtaking views of the Catskill Mountains.

When you are hungry after all this touring there are a great many options. Closest to the Inn at Green River, and my favorite choice for dinner, is the Old Mill Inn, with delicious fare and terrific hospitality. Sit at a table in the bar section and you will feel like a local within minutes, or enjoy the elegant dining room. I loved the organic salmon with crispy horseradish crust, parsnip puree, and beet coulis on one occasion, and returned to splurge for a classic filet mignon on another. If possible, save room for one of the decadent desserts. Nearby, I had an excellent dinner at John Andrews: A Farmhouse Restaurant, which emphasizes local seasonal ingredients. For lunch, right in Hillsdale is the Crossroads Food Shop, with baked goods and grilled sandwiches. The town of Great Barrington has many dining options. My favorite was Bizen, an organic Japanese restaurant that competes very well with the best in New York. When you visit the city of Hudson, go to Baba Louie’s Organic Sourdough Pizza Company for lunch (also in Great Barrington), and don’t miss Mexico Radio for the best fish tacos this side of the border. Among a plethora of restaurants here, I recommend the Italian Ca ‘Mea and the French bistro Café Le Perche, and there are dozens more to try. Plan your time so you can explore the numerous galleries, antiques, and boutique shops of this city—it has been undergoing a major revival in the last few years.
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Wne Enthusiast Awards Hudson-Chatham Cabernet Franc 88 Points!





TasteCamp At Hudson Valley: Hudson-Chatham Winery
The Passionate Foodie
November 1, 2014
by Richard Auffrey
In organizing TasteCamp in the Hudson Valley, Lenn Thompson had assistance from Carlo Devito (pictured above), an author, publisher, writer, winery owner and probably more. He and his wife, Dominique, own the Hudson-Chatham Winery, located in Ghent, and it was the first winery in the Colombia County. One of our TasteCamp visits was to his winery, where he served us lunch, sampled us through many of his wines, and ran a tasting of wines, ciders, and cassis from other local wineries and cideries

I've met Carlo before on other wine trips, and found him to be personable, jovial, self-deprecating, passionate about wine, and hard working. When you consider everything that he does, you might wonder when he finds time to sleep. For example, he has authored over 15 books, writes the blogs East Coast Wineries and Hudson River Valley Wineries, and operates Warren Street Books, And he still finds time to operate and promote his winery, a winery that has garnered attention from the national media.
Carlo and his wife purchased the 14 acre property in 2006, and planted about 1000 vines of mostly hybrids. In 2007, they opened their winery and would subsequently plant more vines, so that they now have about 5 acres of vineyards, mostly hybrids. They hired Steve Casscles as their winemaker, and expanded the winery in 2012, increasing production and storage capacity, and now produce about 4000 cases annually. Besides table wines, they also make Port-style wines, Sherry-style wines, Cassis and Grappa. Carlo has a diverse palate, and wants to emulate some of the wines he loves in the best way he can in the Hudson Valley.
On the day of our visit, they were pressing grapes. As you can see, this is a very hands-on, artisan operation.
Carlo loves Spanish Sherry and has a dream of making a Sherry-like wine that will taste like amazing aged Sherry. He created his own Solera, in a small building behind the tasting room. Using mainly 25 year old, Italian chestnut barrels, he is trying to make a three stage solera, drawing no more than 1/3 from a barrel each time he takes any wine. At this time, the wine is an average age of four years, though he wants the Solera to last for many more years, even though his children might be the ones that ultimately benefit from it. He knows that his dream will take many years to accomplish but that doesn't discourage him.

The building where the Solera is stored lacks air conditioning or heat. He wants the weather to affect the wine, to let it do its worst. So far, that hasn't hurt the wine in the least. Carlo isn't seeking to emulate any specific style of Sherry, though he has previously bottled a Cream-Sherry style wine. His primary goal is consistency, to make a product that is essentially similar each year, though it might gain in complexity with time. Unfortunately, he didn't have any of his Cream Sherry available for me to taste. Carlo also wants to make Port-style wines, generally in a Tawny style. I got to taste a barrel sample and it showed promise. Carlo has very ambitious, long-term plans,
Carlo led us through a tasting of more than a dozen of his wines and spirits. His wines are about 70% dry reds, and all are produced from New York state grapes, with 85% being made from Hudson Valley grapes. All of their wines are also single vineyard, hand made, and hand pressed, Their tasting room was busy on the day we were there, and the guests seemed to be enjoying the wines very much, and buying a number of bottles. It was good to see that his wines were so well received.

Carlo believes they are making some of the best red wines in New York, especially soft, approachable reds at very good value. Carlo also told me an interesting story which provided me a clear insight into his goals for his winery. He was once asked by someone, "What is it you are trying to do here?" As he is a a big sports fans, and has written much about sports, he replied, "This I the only way I know how to say this. If we were a sports team, my goal would be to make the playoffs every year and to win a championship or multiple championships. I'm not in it for any other reasons than that. I want us to be among the best of them every year." As I said, he is very ambitious.
I was impressed with many of their reds. The 2013 Pinot Noir is the first vintage they have made of this wine, and it uses grapes from the Hudson Valley. It spends almost four weeks on the skins and is aged in French oak for about nine months. With a light red color, this wine is light in body too, with pleasant cherry and raspberry flavors and a hint of spice. Easy drinking and tasty. The 2012 Chelois is an intriguing wine, made from a hybrid grape, and saw about nine months in oak. With a little spritz, the wine presented an intriguing blend of black fruit flavors, nice acidity, spicy undertones and nicely integrated tannins.

The 2011 Empire Reserve is a unique blend of three grapes from 3 different regions of New York, including Hudson Valley Baco Noir, Finger Lakes Cabernet Franc and Long Island Merlot. It spends at least two years in oak. Smooth and easy drinking, it had a delicious and complex blend of red and black fruits, a spicy backbone and herbal notes. Good structure and acidity, it had a moderately long finish, and I'd enjoy a bottle with pork or beef. It's not a pure Hudson Valley wine, but was tasty and interesting anyways.
At the heart of the winery is their Baco Noir, another hybrid grape, and these wines have garnered lots of attention. Forget your preconceptions and prejudices about hybrids creating lesser wines compared to vinifera. If you tasted these wines blind, you would never suspect they were hybrids. These are well-crafted wines of character, possessed of excellent taste, and you really owe it to yourself to check them out.

The 2013 Baco Noir Cascades Middle Hope is from 45 year old vines, and the wine was aged for about 9 months in French oak. It possessed pleasant cherry and raspberry flavors, with an underlying spice, especially on the finish. Easy drinking, with mild tannins. The 2013 Baco Noir Reserve, Casscles Vineyard possesses more intense fruit flavors, and more ripe plum and black cherry flavors, with spicy accents throughout the taste. It was smooth, with nice acidity and a lengthy finish. Very tasty. The 2013 Baco Noir Block 3 North Creek Vineyard has a similar flavor profile as the Reserve, except that the spice notes and tannins are stronger in this wine.

My favorite of the Baco Noies was the 2013 Baco Noir Old Vines, which is made from 60 year old vines. It was complex and intriguing, presenting a delicious melange of flavors, including ripe plum, blueberry, black cherry, vanilla and baking spices. It possessed a silky feel, was well balanced and had a lingering and pleasing finish. This elegant and alluring wine is something to slowly sip with friends, savoring its complexity and quality. I bought a few bottles of this wine, and highly recommend it.
Even some of their Grappa is made from their Baco Noir! Essentially, this is a distilled spirit using grape skins, and they have the grappa produced by Harvest Spirits. The basic Grappa was aromatic and pleasant, with cherry and red berry flavors. The Grappa Reserve, which sees some oak, was even better, with a smoother taste, and the red fruit flavors enhanced by spice notes. This would be a pleasant digestive after a nice dinner.
In the "sports league" of New York wines, Hudson-Chatham Winery is definitely a worthy contender.
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Hudson-Chatham Winery announced this weekend the introduction of two new collaboration beers that included several area businesses.  The Vassar Cup award-winning Chatham Brewing, the Beer Diviner of Stephentown, NY, and Vasilow’s Confectionery in Hudson, NY.
With the introduction of numerous new laws enacted by Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Liquor Authority, wineries are now allowed to sell locally brewed beers. Hudson-Chatham Winery was not only interested in selling new beers, but in taking it a step further.
Hudson-Chatham Baco Noir Old Vines was recently named among the best wines for the Holidays in the December 2014 issue of Wine Enthusiast
Carlo DeVito explained, “Collaboration beers are very hot in the brewing industry, and numbers of small craft businesses are pooling their efforts to make really cool special, exclusive, small production products. We wanted to sell beer, but we didn’t want to start carrying a lot of other people’s products. We wanted to do something unique, something special to the winery. I am a beer editor and enthusiast, and we at the winery decided to consult with some of our local brewing brethren. We’d already done a very successful Grappa with Harvest Spirits, so another collaboration project was a worthwhile endeavor.”
According to Imbibe magazine, “the past decade or so has seen a variety of brands partnering up. Many are small-batch productions, only available at the brewery or in its immediate area, but some have brought together bigger breweries with wider distribution.”
Jake Cunningham, Tom Crowell, and Matt Perry
“I first approached owners Jake Cunningham and Tom Crowell, and Master Brewer Matt Perry at Chatham Brewing about doing it. And they were instantly excited. We were thrilled. Chatham-Brewing is an award-wining brewery with a lot of awards behind them, and they are literally brewed on Main Street, in Chatham, NY. They have been a partner with us for years. We were thrilled. Matt was the man in charge of the project. He was really into it. I have a lot of respect for Matt as a Brew Master. And it’s very exciting watching him as Chatham Brewing continues to grow.”
Jonathan Post and the staff at Beer Diviner
“I also approached Dr. Jonathan Post at the Beer Diviner in Stephentown, NY, and mentioned to him what we were doing with Chatham Brewing. Jonatahan and I have many shared interest. He’s an Eglish professor and has spent extensive time in Africa, where he was named the Beer Diviner in a local ritual in Dagara, in Africa. He too was interested. We kicked around a couple of ideas.  And he went to work.”

The two resulting beers?
CHATHAM BREWING 8 BARREL RESERVE - Vassar Cup winning Chatham Brewing’s famous 8 Barrel Reserve is a big, strong brown ale, but this special batch was aged in Hudson-Chatham Baco Noir barrels for six months. The dark sour cherry, French Oak, and spice show beautifully. A collaboration product which shows real local terroir. It is only available at Hudson-Chatham Winery and Chatham-Brewing’s tasting room on Main Street.
BEER DIVINER HUDSON-CHATHAM STAGECOACH PORTER - The Beer Diviner of Stephentown, NY custom created a special blend with Hudson-Chatham in mind. This is a big caramel porter made using caramel from Vasilow’s Confectionery in Hudson, NY and aged in a Hudson-Chatham Baco Noir barrel. Big, dark, and filled with toffee and other spices. Almost a hint of dark cream sherry.
“Collaboration is fun, but intoxicating. I was constantly asking poor Matt if it was ready yet. I felt like Mars Blackmon, “Is it brewed yet, money? Is it brewed?” He was incredibly patient. I was like a little kid. Even when I was ready, he was like, wait, wait, it’s getting better flavor,” said DeVito.
Jim Vasilow and wife, Kate, of Vasilow's Confectionery
“And we came up with the idea of a caramel porter type beer with Jonathan, we had to buy caramel. We decided to use real caramel as a sugar which we sourced from Vasilow’s Confectionery, in Hudson, NY. It came in giant, fragrant blocks. They were like humongous Sugar Daddys. I just wanted to bite right into them.  It’s very exciting to see these beers finally hit the market. We started the 8 Barrel as long ago as May of 2014. So it has taken a while. But the results are very much worth having waited.”
Hudson-Chatham Winery was the first winery and local craft beverage producer in Columbia County. Chatham Brewing was the first brewer in Columbia county, and celebrated their eighth year in business in November 2014. The Beer Diviner has been a staple of the local beer industry for several years and is in the process of expansion.