Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Hudson-Chatham Winery and
Swoon's Summer Feast
An all-local menu celebrating the bounty of summer

If you're like us, you savor this time of year for the amazing flavors of the seasonal produce - corn, tomatoes, basil, beans - it's all super-fresh and oh-so-delicious. While it's wonderful to make your own special dishes from summertime bounty, they are even more magical in the hands of a world-class chef.

If you think so, too, you'll want to join us on Thursday, August 18, when we hook up with Jeff and Nina at Swoon Kitchenbar in Hudson for a special Summertime Feast featuring all-local foods paired with our award-winning wines. Like a glowing summer sunset, it'll be an experience to savor.

The folks at Swoon Kitchenbar in Hudson -- "arguably the most loved restaurant around" (according to the Huffington Post in an article on day trips outside of NYC) -- are preparing a special four-course menu featuring foods from Kinderhook Farm, Montgomery Orchards, and Holmquest Farm. The wines will be from the Hudson-Chatham WInery. A culinary event you won't soon forget!

Thursday, August 18
One seating only. 7 pm. Reservations required.
Swoon Kitchenbar340 Warren St. * Hudson, NY518-822-8938

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Saturday, August 13, 2011
12 noon - 5 pm

It's THE event of the season, and this year promises to be better than ever!

There will be 5 sangrias to try - from classic to contemporary - all featuring award-winning wines. Relax with a glass of your favorite fruit-and-wine combo and listen to the great flamenco guitar music of Maria Zemantauski and Jose Mirelles.

To complement your sangria, there will be a great selection of mouth-watering, belly filling Southwestern favorites, including the following: tamales (peanut chipotle beef, pulled pork bbq, tomatillo chicken, and vegetarian black bean chili), and burritos (chorizo, bean with brown rice, cheese, tomato, guacamole and lettuce). Chips and watermelon salsa (with sour cream and guacamole).

Hudson-Chatham Winery
Saturday, August 13 * 12 noon - 5 pm
1900 State Rte 66 * Ghent NY 12075

Friday, August 05, 2011


Tasted by Jason Rzutkiewicz on 4/17/2011 & rated 87 points: (11.5%) My first Baco Noir sampled as part of a #TasteNY event this one comes from 15-20 year old wines. Ruby to pure red on edges, cranberry, plum and spice on the nose. Smooth & juicy with light red fruit and a touch of forest floor flavors before a sour, tart acidity kicks in leading to a peppery finish. While some vanilla and oak is present this one isn’t over oaked and shows nice balance. A soft and approachable wine that made my introduction to Baco Noir an enjoyable one.

Tasted by Jason Rzutkiewicz on 4/17/2011 & rated 89 points: (12%) My second Baco Noir of the #TasteNY event this one comes from 60 year old wines and is darker hued. It immediately shows more depth on the nose and palate. Fruit is a bit richer with black sour cherry notes with soft, earthy forest floor undertones. Acid less but still lively. Given the persistent acidity this one has a nicer mouthfeel than one might expect. As with the “Reserve” the oak is well managed. A fresh, nuanced offering with a nice tang on a finish that linger shortly with gentle tannins. Make sure you are paying attention or you'll get some surprise sediment on the bottom like I did. If you’ve never had Baco Noir and are keen to try new things, like me, this is a well spent $19 bones…

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Why Wine Blog Names
Hudson-Chatham Old Vines
"Best New York Red Wine" recenetly reviewed the Hudson-Chatham Baco Noir Old Vines 2009.

Joe Suzadail wrote, "Whenever I open a dark red wine and smell aromas of tobacco, leather and some damp soil, I know I am in for a treat. That is what I got. Seconds on the sniffing brought out some black cherry and plums and hints of cranberry and vanilla. Very pleasant taste of dark berries, black plum, some tobacco or herbal and a bit of pepper. A nice finish, not overly long, was dry with blackberry, cranberry and a touch of pepper with some hints of chocolate. The Hudson-Chatham Old Vines Baco Noir 2009($28) is one of the best New York red wines I have tasted in a long time."

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TasteNY with Hudson-Chatham Winery
Wed, May 4, 2011
by Brian Kirby

My timing is terrible these days. Almost a month has passed since I had the opportunity to participate in the TasteNY event with Hudson-Chatham Winery. I’ll blame it on the abundance of great local wine I’ve had of late that has managed to divert my attention from writing this recap. In one sentence, TasteNY is a virtual wine tasting hosted by the New York Cork Report, with the primary goal of highlighting a New York winery, wine or region. This happened to be my fourth TasteNY event (be sure to check out the Finger Lakes Pinot Noir and Riesling events) and first to highlight a hybrid, Baco Noir.

Established in 2007 and located in Ghent, NY, Hudson-Chatham Winery is the dream of Carlo and Dominque DeVito (Carlo authors the excellent East Coast Wineries blog). Specializing in small hand-made batches of wine, the Hudson River Valley winery produces an assortment of wines from Cabernet Franc to their award-winning Baco Noirs, a variety that grows surprisingly well in the region.

(Brian Kirby)

Hudson-Chatham Baco Noirs
The tasting kicked off with the Hudson-Chatham 2009 Baco Noir Reserve. The fruit comes from Casscles Vineyard in Athens, NY and retails for a reasonable $19. Ruby color in glass, an initial nose of red plum, cherry and cranberry with a hint of spice at the end. Plummy, jammy finish. Great acidity with just enough tannin for balance. Overall, an approachable, fruity wine that surprises. 70 cases produced.

The second wine featured the Hudson-Chatham 2009 Baco Noir Old Vines. Also available for $19 in the tasting room, 150 cases were produced. The Baco Noir Old Vine comes from 60 year old vines from the Masson Place Vineyard. Layers of dark fruit and spice on the nose. Flavors of black cherry, raspberry and a touch of earth. A food-friendly wine that drank well over several days.

The tasting and especially Hudson-Chatham Winery opened several eyes to Baco Noir and the Hudson River Valley region. I’ll raise a glass to that. Cheers!
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