Thursday, October 27, 2011


Halloween specials at Ghent winery and in Chatham village
October 26, 2011 at 3:30 pm by Bill Dowd

GHENT — Hudson-Chatham Winery has a treat for visitors 21 and over who show up in costume at the Columbia County facility Saturday: a free tasting.

“Hallo-wine” will run from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The tasting room will be decorated for Halloween, and owners Dominique and Carlo De Vito are promising “a special witch’s brew” to try.

In keeping with the holiday theme, Prudence the tarot card reader will be on hand from 11:30 to 4:30, doing readings every 15 minutes. The cost is $20 per person.

“If you’re looking to spend the day in the Chatham area seeking thrills and chills, the village is having a day-long celebration at the shops along Main Street,” says Dominique De Vito. “From 6 p.m. on, you can visit the haunted house at the Wenk Funeral Home on Payn Avenue. It’s a great one! To end the evening with something sublime, you can attend the Leaf Peeper Concert of exceptional pieces by Mozart and Brahms at the St. James Church on Hudson Avenue. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m.”

The Hudson-Chatham Winery is located at 1900 State Route 66, roughly midway between its two namesake communities. Phone: (518) 392-9463.

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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Hudson-Chatham Winery Hosts
Aaron Hacker's
A macaroni and cheese extravaganza!

A dish of gooey macaroni and cheese is one of the ultimate comfort foods. Now pair it with a glass of wine (or cider!), and you've got 100% soul satisfying!

This Saturday, October 22,
from 12-5 pm, the Hudson-Chatham Winery will be hosting Aaron Hacker
to sample and serve his legendary mac-n-cheese, a concoction crafted by the
local artisanal cheese lover himself using all local cheeses.

(We've had Aaron's mac, and it is really, really, really good. If you're lucky, he may even share his recipe with you.)

Mac Attack!
10-22, 12-5 pm
Come in for some of Aaron Hacker's legendary mac. A sample is free; a
bowl is $5.

10-29 12-5 pm
An awesome day, with goodies and ghouls galore. Save the date!

Berkshire Beverage Trail Ramble

The next Trail event is Veteran's Day Weekend, November 11-13, 2011. Passports to visit the 3 wineries, brewery, and distillery on the Trail will be available soon. Also check out
It's a great weekend to be in Columbia
County, and you'll want to include a trip to the winery on Saturday for some of
Aaron's incredible mac-n-cheese to be enjoyed with delicious wine or cider.

Dominique & Carlo DeVito and the
Hudson-Chatham Winery Tasting Room Staff
Hudson-Chatham Winery * 1900 Rte 66 * Ghent
NY 12075 * 518-392-WINE

p.s. - If you're a winery Case Club
member, please send us your mailing address so we can send you a membership
card. We just received them and want to be sure you have yours asap. Remember,
membership entitles you to special savings! Email us with any
A couple of weeks ago I my sons had some friends sleep over. The understanding was that they would all help at the winery the next day. I asked them to do some barrel washing. They eagerly volunteered. Then they disappeared, and it seemed to take them a lot longer to wash the barrels than it should have.
Flash forward a few weeks later, I pull out my digital camera because I'm going to need it, and I download everything on it, so I can clear the card which is near full. When I examine the files, I found the film file you'll see if you click through.
All I did was supply the titles. They boys did the rest.

Monday, October 10, 2011


Come and get it!

Baco Noir Old Vines 2010 vintage is now available. This is a tremendous vintage of this very special wine. The 2009 edition won a Bronze at the Dallas Morning News and New York Internation Wine competitions this years. But it also garnered some great reviews:

"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. "
- Joe Shico, Why Wine Blog

"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…"
- Jason Rzutkiewicz,89 points, Cellartracker

"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!"
- Brian Kirby, The Other 46

Come on in and try some!

Sunday, October 02, 2011


The very popular, but very limited Paperbirch Bannerman's Castle Amber Cream is now available!

We've only made a small amount this year, so that we can increase our quantities for next year, by expanding our solera. Bannerman's Castle is made using the traditional solera method. Our solera is 14 barrels, and it takes the wine 4 1/2 years to make it's way through French oak and Italian chestnut. It's all done by hand, and unfined and unfiltered.

With it's rich nutty flavor, Bannerman's Castle is a premiere sherry, with a touch of sweetness.

Supplies are limited. There is a 2 bottle per person limit. You can come on down to the tastingroom or you can call and order the wine to be shipped.

Call us at 518 392 WINE to order your wine, or email us at and leave your name and phone number. We accept Visa, Mastercard, and Discover. We ship within NY state, and other states as well (limited by US and local state laws).

It won't last.

Saturday, October 01, 2011


ICON is an arts and entertainment mag that is distributed to 20,000 households in
Bucks County and Philadelphia, PA, and Hunterdon County and Princeton, NJ.

Pat Savoie is a wine and culinary travel writer living in New York City. She is a frequent contributor to Sommelier Journal magazine, and a regular contributor to Wine Enthusiast magazine since 2003, where she wrote a monthly feature on American Viticultural Areas until March. Pat has been the wine columnist for ICON magazine since 2003. Pat has been Co-Chair of the Wine Media Guild, an organization for professional wine writers, for three years. She helps organize all of the monthly tastings and the annual Wine Writers’ Hall of Fame induction dinner. She has been a member of the Society of Wine Educators for several years.

Wrote Ms. Savoie: Hudson-Chatham Winery: Carlo and Dominique DeVito acted on their love of wine several years ago – moving from New Jersey, buying an old farm and planting vines. Their winery specializes in small handmade batches. They are doing great things with the Baco Noir grape. The Reserve 2010 is light and spicy, while the Old Vines 2010 is dense and complex, with dried black cherry notes. They also make “Empire,” which blends three wines made from Baco Noir from the Hudson Valley, Merlot from Long Island and Cabernet Franc from the Finger Lakes. Their 2009 Estate Seyval Blanc is dry with apple pie notes. []
Where to Find the
Hudson-Chatham Winery
in October

Welcome Fall!

It's the favorite time of year for so many - but maybe especially for wine lovers. It's harvest season, it's fall festival season, it's the time of year for enjoying bigger wines with bigger foods, and dessert wines by the fire with friends.

At the Hudson-Chatham Winery, we're celebrating the season by making the tasting room an extra-special place to be, and also taking our show - and our award-winning wines - on the road. Wherever your celebration of fall finds you, we just might be there, too.

Happy Fall, Happy Festing, Happy Feasting

The Hudson-Chatham October Calendar 2011

At the Tasting Room!

The tasting room is open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 12-5 pm. We're also open on Monday, 10-10, Columbus Day. We'll be busy all month making new wine, bottling our 2010 reds, and getting ready for Hallo-Wine here on 10-29. The winery is a fun and relaxing place to enjoy and learn about our wines.
Bethel Woods Wine Festival
If you want to try a bunch of NY state wines in one place - including award-winning Hudson-Chatham Wines - check out this great festival in the lower Hudson Valley.

Rhinebeck Crafts & Chocolate Festival
A wonderful crafts and chocolate festival complete with wine - what could be better!? Find us there all weekend with our award-winning wines.

Goold Apple Festival
This is an amazing family festival on the grounds of Goold Orchards in Castleton, complete with a wine tent. That's where we'll be. C'mon in and say hi!

But wait - there's more! October is bursting with activity in Columbia County, and there are other delights worth knowing about.

One is the Leaf Peeper Concert series. It's an amazing line-up of classical music concerts featuring top-notch musicians under the directorship of Sanford Allen and Clarion Concerts in Columbia County, Inc. There are concerts on October 1 in Claverack, October 15 in Hillsdale, and October 29 in Chatham.

Another is the Art & Wine event in Albany on October 5. It's part of Hudson Valley Wine Magazine's pairing of Valley artists with Valley wineries. Come see the great range of work produced and try some wonderful wines.

Then there's the Hudson Valley Bounty's Annual Chili Festival on the Hudson Riverfront on October 8, where you can taste lots of chili recipes and vote for your favorite. The Hudson-Chatham Winery will be there, too, offering wines that pair perfectly with this classic dish.
We'll be hosting a "Mac Attack" day at the winery on Saturday, October 22. Resident cheesie Aaron Hacker will be cooking up his special recipe featuring several Hudson Valley cheeses and other secret ingredients that add up to heaven on a plate.

That same Saturday - 10/22 - you can enjoy fine art and special treasures at the Artisans Along Main Street festival in nearby Valatie. Come see why this town is one of Columbia County's gems.

Oh - and there's the annual Columbia Film Festival in downtown Chatham this month! There's always an amazing line-up of films, and Chatham is only 10 minutes from the winery, so you can begin or end a wonderful afternoon or evening with a tasting and a movie. How great is that?!

So much to see and do in October! See you at the Winery - or in town - or in the Valley!