Wednesday, August 18, 2010

WILLIAM DOWD
RAVES ABOUT HUDSON-CHATHAM
SANGRIA FEST!


A sunny day at a Sangria Festival

Special events are the order of things at wineries from the Niagara Escarpment in the far western part of the state to the north Fork of Long island as summer winds slowly to a close.
Here are a few scenes from the 3rd annual Sangria Festival held Saturday at the Hudson-Chatham Winery in Columbia County, owned by Carlo and Dominique DeVito. The event offered sangria flights, house-made wine tastings, Mexican food and live Flamenco music.

Text by William Dowd Photos by April Dowd.




Go to William Dowd's blog to see more photos!
http://drinkingny.wordpress.com/2010/08/16/671/

HUDSON-CHATHAM WINERY
BRINGS HOME THE GOLD
FROM NEW YORK WINE & FOOD CLASSIC 2010

Hudson-Chatham Winery Baco Noir Reserve 2008 Casscles Family Vineyard brought home a gold medal. Congrats to winemaker Steve Casscles, and to all the staff at Hudson-Chatham.

The 2009 Vintage should be out in October, as usual. We are very excited.

Congrats, Steve!

Carlo and Dominique
p.s. We also won a Silver Medal for our Paperbirch Cassis of Good Farm!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

HUDSON VALLEY WINE GODDESS
DEBBIE GIOQUINDO
RAVES ABOUT EMPIRE WHITE

Debbie Gioquindo
Posted 8/16/2010 at 4:15 AM PST
The "Empire" Strikes White
Hudson-Chatham Winery has released their 2009 "Empire Reserve White." Empire is a brand that Hudson-Chatham developed by blending wine wine from the three major wine regions in New York State: The Finger Lakes, The Hudson Valley and Long Island. The release of the Empire White compliments the Empire Red that was released last fall.

The Empire White is a blend of Seyval Blanc from the Hudson Valley, Sauvignon Blanc from Long Island and Riesling from the Finger Lakes. Carlo DeVito of Hudson-Chatham Winery told me this is one of his biggest winemaking risks he had ever taken. Instead of dimpled jackets and lots of filtering, they packed the barrels of blended wine in giant tubs of ice and tended to them daily. Their goal was to let the wine form as naturally as possible. The delicate flavors of the white wine mingled and the result is a great wine that expresses the terroir of the three regions.


Onto the wine! The color is a bit of the clear pale yellow of the Seyval and Sauvignon but the Riesling adds another shade of yellow. On a color palette it would be a light warm golden yellow.

On the nose I immediately smelled yeast which lead way to the citrus of the Sauvignon Blanc and Seyval. It is a very crisp and light wine with a soft mouth feel. The taste is a little mineral with lemon which leads to a honeydew melon which rounds out the taste and follows by a hint of green apple and grapefruit. The wine finishes with a citrus ending.

This is a limited wine and is available in Hudson-Chatham's tasting room or at the farmers markets they attend.

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Sunday, August 15, 2010

PHOTOS FROM
2010 SANGRIA FESTIVAL
AT HUDSON-CHATHAM WINERY



The entrance tent....the gateway to fun and festivities.

This was absolutely, and without a doubt, the biggest and best Sangria Festival yet. People enjoyed the wines, food from Mexican Radio, and lemonades from Birch Hill. Couples, friends, even a bachlorette party showed up for he fun. Big thanks to Dominique and Laura, who did most of the set up, and to Bryan, Susan, Valerie, Henry, Chris and Juliana! Also thanks to Gabby and Wendy! Special shout out to Rich Srsich, who as always, came through in the clutch!

The first Sangria ready and waiting - Traditional Red.

Henry and Laura discussing logistics.


Gabby putting together recipe cards.

Susan and Bryan preparing the winery before the masses arrived.

David Jackson, hamming it up before the crowds arrived. He braved the onslaught well.

Rich Srsich, a classmate and friend from Fordham University, and one of the voiceover professionals in LOCALS.

A wide angle shot of the festivities.


My friend Angel Rivera, a classmate from Fordham University.

Valarie and Susan at the end of the day!

Here's a little film clip.
video

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

It's a Sangria Fiesta at the
Hudson-Chatham Winery!
Join us!

Saturday, Aug. 14, 2010
12 - 5 pm


It's that time of year again - sangria time! We're celebrating our 3rd Annual Sangria Festival at the winery, and this year is going to be better than ever! If you've been before, you'll love the additions to this year's fiesta; if you've never been - well, this is the year! See you on Saturday!
Dominique & Carlo De Vito and your friends at the Hudson-Chatham Winery

3rd Annual sangria festival
At this year's Sangria Festival, you can sample 5 different sangrias for only $5. Red wine sangrias, sparkling sangria, blush sangria - you'll love trying all different kinds. There will also be live flamenco guitar music, carne asada burritos and chips & salsa from Mexican Radio, desserts from Kim & Meghan's Sweet Creations, fair foods from Birch Hill, chair massages, Calico Studios' handmade soaps, and more! It's a great event you won't want to miss!

Sunday, August 01, 2010

HUDSON-CHATHAM WINS "PEOPLE'S CHOICE" FOR FACE OF THE HUDSON VALLEY FROM
HUDSON VALLEY WINE MAGAZINE



From Linda and Bob Piero - Hudson Valley Wine Magazine

"The votes are in! Hudson Valley Wine magazine is pleased to announce the official winner of the People's Choice award for the Face of Hudson Valley Wine label competition...Hudson-Chatham Winery's Hudson River Valley Red!


Congratulations Carlo and Dominique!"
This year’s Hudson River Valley Red label art is by artist George Cooke. His West Point, from above Washington Valley is one of the most famous and oft used paintings/prints that highlights the Hudson River. Cooke was a famous portraitist and landscape painter, and eventually became known as a great painter of the south after he accepted a patronage position from Daniel Pratt, a southern aristocrat and entrepreneur.
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