Tuesday, January 31, 2012


Tale of Two Baco's
Debbie Gioquindo baco noir, hudson chatham winery Monday, January 30, 2012

This is the tale of two Baco Noirs that I've been hording in my wine cellar for a vertical tasting. Both the 2009 and 2010 Baco's are produced by Hudson-Chatham Winery in Ghent, NY and made from Old Vine Baco at the Masson Place Vineyard, Pulteney Farm in the Finger Lakes.

The 2009 showed some nice black cherry, plum and tart cranberry on the nose with a little vanilla. The palate showed plum and dark berries. The wine finished with some blackberry and a hint of pepper.

The wine itself was light in structure and slightly acidic.

Now onto the 2010 which nose was nice and fresh with oak, vanilla, cranberry. It was smooth and nicely balanced with flavors of plum, dark berry and cranberry. There was a hint of earth leading to prune flavors on the finish.

Overall both Baco's were nice. The 2009 had more structure and less acidity than the 2010, but that was to be expected. There were stronger fruit flavors in the 2010 and the color was brighter and more intense.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012


Top 10 US travel destinations for 2012
Robert Reid, Lonely Planet Author
The US: it’s a big place, and there’s a lot of ground for travelers to cover. So what’s buzzing for travelers in the coming year? It’s an annual tradition at Lonely Planet to try to answer that question, so the editors in our US office put their travel-noggins together to carve out a list of what’s new, interesting, and in some cases likely to be overlooked by travelers both domestic and international. Here are our 10 top picks that should be on your travel radar in 2012:

2. Hudson River Valley, New York
It should be a given that any visitor to New York City breaks for a day or two ‘upstate’ in the Hudson River Valley, a slice of rural Americana just north. It’s a real city break, with leafy drives, wineries and plenty of farm-to-table foodie options that draw even spoiled-for-choice Manhattanites away from the city.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012


For the first time ever, Wine Enthusiast magazine coordinated tasting
of some of the best wines of the Hudson Valley. The wines scored high
on the magazine’s 100-point scale, and proved that the Hudson Valley is
emerging region with wines that can compete in the international wine

The Hudson Valley is one of the oldest producing wine regions in the
United States, and New York State is the third overall producer of wine
in the U.S. But with the influx of new money, talent, and drive over
the last five years, the region is growing at a fast pace, and
producing a number of highly rated bright, flavorful whites, and soft,
approachable reds.

Wine Enthusiast editors tasted more than 20 Hudson Valley wines that
earned scores of 85-89 points consistently across seven producers. This
is the first major tasting of the region by any major news outlet, and
helps to establish the region as a producer of fine quality wines.
“We are thrilled with the results,” said Hudson Valley Wine Country
president Carlo DeVito. “The Hudson Valley is a great example of some
of the excellent wines New York state produces. Our passion and
commitment to making quality wines has been recognized. We think this
highlights what we’ve been doing here – the Hudson Valley is making
wines that can compete anywhere.”

The Chardonnays, Pinot Noirs, Cabernet Francs, and Baco Noirs all
scored very well, and highlight a region which produces wines that
showcase great food wines that are forward fruit, and feature bright
acids, medium-to-low tannins, and long finishes in a more European
tradition. Hudson Valley wines can be found all across the state, and
are featured in numerous stores and restaurants throughout the city.

Hudson-Chatham Wines scored:
87 Hudson-Chatham 2010 Casscles Vineyard Reserve Baco Noir $20.00
86 Hudson-Chatham 2010 Cabernet Franc New York $17.00
86 Hudson-Chatham 2010 Old Vines Baco Noir New York $22.00
86 Hudson-Chatham 2008 Empire Reserve Baco Noir New York $22.00
85 Hudson-Chatham 2009 Old Vines Masson Place Vineyard Pulteney Farm Baco $20.00

Congrats to our winemaker Steve Casscles and our crew at the winery!!

To find out more, all the scores are available on the magazine’s
website in their ratings area, and on other Hudson Valley websites such
New York Cork Report
Hudson-Chatham Wines
For Wines of the Year 2012

Lenn Thompson, Executive Editor of the New York Cork Report, announced the nominees for the Hudson River Region for the Wines of the Year 2012.

Hudson-Chatham Winery had two wines nominated:

Hudson-Chatham 2010 Baco Noir Reserve Casscles Vineyards
Hudson-Chatham 2010 Seyval Blanc Block 1 Estate

We are very proud and pleased to be nominated!

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