Friday, November 27, 2009


It's that time of year!

We're all dressed up for the hoildays. And this weekened we're opened extra hours.

Friday, November 27 kicks off our 3rd Annual Basket Making Weekend - choose what you want to put in a gift basket, choose the basket, and we’ll wrap it all up for you. We have a great assortment of gourmet items to pair with the wines, so the baskets can be quite varied.

Our hours all weekend (Friday, Saturday & Sunday) are 12 noon to 5:30 pm.

Come on down and visit!
And special thanks D. Curto for her fabulous and tremendous decorations. We feel so honored. Thank you, D!!!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009


The crowd was enthusiastic and curious, the food was excellent, and there was plenty of cheer in the air at the tasting last Saturday in Saugerties.

The food was very good. Cheeses from the Hudson Valley. And a four layered caserole of turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and studded with cranberries. Wow!!!!

The windows to the shop were very festive and pretty! Also in attendance were the folks from Whitecliff Vineyards (who were just featured in the Wall Street Journal!), and Cereghino Smith as well.

Thanks to Jordan and Suzanne for a wonderful event! And we missed saying hello to Issac!
123 Partition St
Saugerties, NY 12477-1536
845) 246-9463

Tuesday, November 17, 2009


We are proud to announce our new Apothecary Collection of Paperbirch Dessert Wines.

The apothecary dates back to the times of Chaucer. From then to the Victorian era, apothecaries often operated mythical shoppes, which, in addition to ingredients for medicines, sold tobacco, patent medicines, bric-a-brac, and alcohol. The apothecary of the day seemed a magic place, brimming with bottles of all shapes and sizes. The apothecary himself concocted his magic potions and elixirs by hand.

Today, we make our many medal-winning, highly-prized Paperbirch dessert wines by hand as well. And our elixirs taste magical. Now, Paperbirch offers a limited edition line of unique bottles, the Apothecary Collection. These gorgeous hand-crafted European 750 ml bottles are perfect for storing, and perfect for presenting and serving. Each bottle is hand filled, sealed in cork and double-dipped in sealing wax for long-lasting protection, to insure storability and quality. They make an elegant presentation and an excellent gift.

Paperbirch, always identifiable by its distinctive and signature cloth label, is dedicated to the art of fine dessert winemaking. This artisanal approach to an ancient tradition is what makes Paperbirch the best, highest-quality, most delicious dessert wines available.
Apothecary Collection wines:
Highland's Fine Ruby $29.95
Raspberry Fine Ruby $29.95
Cabernet Sauvingnon 2005 Fine Ruby $34.95
Bannerman's Castle Amber Cream $34.95

Thursday, November 05, 2009


Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Hudson Valley Wine Goddess
Debbie Lessner-Gioquindo
A Dessert Wine for my Sweet Tooth

Here's a style of wine I don't drink to much. I usually am not a fan of sweet dessert wine. However, lately I have acquired a taste for well crafted dessert wine. By well crafted, it's to my taste buds. I don't like it overly sweet and syrupy.This Paperbirch 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Fine Ruby Dessert Wine is from Hudson-Chatham Winery in Ghent, NY. This wine is 18% alcohol.On the nose you get that sweet smell with raisins and alcohol. This wine had nice balance and a soft and silky feel in my mouth. It was not overly sweet. The flavors that came out were cherry and raisins. I really enjoyed this wine after dinner. We had it with apple pie and I think it will go real well with something chocolate.

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Marilyn Bathany
Rural Intelligence

At a Recent Tasting, A Local Cider Ruled!

In England, the word “cider” (and, in France, “cidre”) describes a carbonated beverage containing alcohol—as little as 3% in France, as much as 8.5% in England (wine is usually between 11% and 14%). On this side of the Atlantic, a fermented cider is referred to as “hard cider,” to distinguish it from the unfermented, non-alcholic beverage children enjoy. But who wants anything that’s “hard”? Perhaps to skirt this subtle marketing concern, Hudson-Chatham Winery has given its cider a French name, Pomme Bullé—literally, apple bubble.

“Usually in France, it’s an aperitif,” says Dominique DeVito, who, with her husband Carlo, owns and operates Hudson-Chatham Winery. “They drink it when they come in from working in the fields. In both France and England, it’s a working man’s drink—meant to be refreshing, like a beer, just not as filling.”

Because their winery does not have the capacity to bottle carbonated beverages, the DeVitos have their Pomme Bullé made for them from Northern Spy apples and bottled to their specifications at Warwick Valley Winery, an hour south of here in the lower Hudson Valley.
At a recent tasting of three ciders at Little Gates & Company, wine merchants in Millerton, participants compared Pomme Bullé to two other ciders, an apple and a pear, both from a French producer. Hudson-Chatham Winery’s was the favorite, hands down. “That’s what they told me, anyhow,” says Dominique.

“We have always offered cider,” she continues. “It’s been part of our selection from the beginning. We wanted it because we love it ourselves, and because the Hudson Valley has so many apple growers.”

Like ordinary apple cider, Pomme Bullé tastes autumnal but is much less sweet. “There’s no question, it’s more popular at this time of year,” says Dominique. “It compliments fall foods— stews with root vegetables—and seasonal desserts, especially apple pie.” It also is an ideal foil for the savory-with-a-touch-of-sweet traditional Thanksgiving menu.
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Tuesday, November 03, 2009


Edible Manhattan Nov/Dec 2009
Available on News Stands Now!
Amy Zavatto wrote the story.
Behind the Bottle, Back to the Land to Make Baco
Hudson-Chatham Winery 2007 Baco Noir Reserve, $19.

From the article:
“When I opened this bottle, my husband’s cousin, Alessandro, was visiting from Lombardy, Italy; he grew up helping his dad press, ferment and fill bottle after bottle of rustic reds, so I was curious to see what he’d think. We sat at the dining room table, popped the cork and sipped. ‘You know,’ he said, ‘it really reminds me of a Barbera,’ and I immediately understood what he meant.” With its zippy acidity and medium-light body, DeVito’s 2007 baco noir carries aromas of blackberry and black cherry, and has a wild, brambly quality that added a rustic edge, making me hanker for a long-simmered, tomato-y veal stew.

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Just in time for the holiday season, New Yorkers will be able to sip New York wines, sample New York foods, and shop for both at City Winery on Sunday, December 6. The afternoon event will also feature a jazz trio led by guitarist Steve Salerno to usher in the Jazz Winterfest celebration of the Long Island Wine Council.

More than 35 wineries from throughout New York State will be joined by farmers and food producers, as well as several local restaurants, to present a taste of New York and celebrate the season. From 2 to 6 pm, consumers may sample over 100 wines from Long Island, the Hudson Valley, the Finger Lakes, and other regions, and have the opportunity to purchase those they particularly enjoy.

Joining the wineries are Beth’s Farm Kitchen, Katchkie Farm, McCadam Cheese, Mercer’s Wine Ice Cream, Red Jacket Orchards, Remburgers Maple, and the New York City Watershed Agricultural Council.

Several local-focused restaurants will provide samples of their cuisine, including Cool Fish (from Long Island), whose chef-owner Tom Schaudel will be on hand signing his popular book, “Playing with Fire—Whining and Dining on the Gold Coast”. Other restaurants include locavore favorites Jimmy’s No. 43, North Square, and Palo Santo.

The $45 ticket includes wine and food sampling, as well as a souvenir wine glass, and may be purchased at City Winery is located at 155 Varick St., phone 212-608-0555,

The wineries will be showcasing Gold Medal winners from the 2009 New York Wine & Food Classic, with Finger Lakes wineries highlighting their “signature wine”, Riesling.

Participating Long Island wineries include Bedell Cellars, Bouké Wines, Brooklyn Oenology, Castello di Borghese, Duck Walk Vineyards, Laurel Lake Vineyard, Lieb Family Cellars, Long Island Meadery, Macari Vineyard & Winery, Martha Clara Vineyards, Medolla Vineyards, Onabay Vineyards, One Woman Wines & Vineyards, Palmer Vineyards, Raphael Vineyard, Scarola Vineyards, Sherwood House Vineyards, Sparkling Pointe, and Wolffer Estate Vineyards & Winery.

Wineries from the Hudson River Region include Benmarl Winery, Brotherhood Winery, Hudson-Chatham Winery, Millbrook Winery, and Silver Stream Vineyard.

Finger Lakes wineries include Anthony Road Winery, Chateau Frank and Dr. Frank Vinifera Wine Cellars, Chateau LaFayette Reneau, Damiani Wine Cellars, Heron Hill Winery, Keuka Lake Vineyards, Shaw Vineyard, Standing Stone Vineyards, Wagner Vineyards, and White Springs Winery.

Wineries from other regions include Coyote Moon Vineyards from the Thousand Islands, and The Winery at Marjim Manor in the Niagara region.

Mercer’s Wine Ice Cream is a unique blend of New York milk and New York wine first created in 2003, and is now sold in many states as well as France, the Netherlands, and China. McCadam Cheese, another product of New York milk, has won numerous national awards for quality, including “Best Cheese in America” in Wisconsin. There will be wide range of other foods for sampling, along with recipes using local ingredients created by the restaurant chefs.

The “Uncork New York!” celebration is sponsored by the New York Wine & Grape Foundation in conjunction with other organizations focused on local wines and foods including City Winery, the “edible” publications, Finger Lakes Wine Country Tourism Marketing Association, Long Island Wine Council, Pride of New York (Department of Agriculture & Markets), and Wine & Food Associates.

Monday, November 02, 2009


It was a dark and stormy night as I drove up the long, gravel driveway. Jack'O'Lanterns dotted both sides of the road, glaring ghoulishily from the darkness. The vines of the trellises looked like long, spindley arms, with long, bony fingers, and the coupla flickered with what looked liked flashed of blue light.

The begining of a horror novel? Nope. It was Hallowine 2009 at the Hudson-Chatham Winery.
Here's some pics.

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