Friday, March 29, 2013

Brownies and Wine Divine April 6, 2013

No Gut Glutton Loves Hudson-Chatham Baco Noir

NY Drinks NY
2 Hour Review: NY Drinks NY Grand Tasting
was a Wine Lover’s Paradise
In case it hasn’t been clear yet, let the record stand: I LOVE wine. Love it. It pairs amazingly with my favorite indulgence, cheese, while also providing surprising and complex flavors that a Diet Coke would just never be able to impart. As such, if there’s a wine tasting going on at a reasonable price, you can basically expect me to be there. So when HowAboutWe for Couples was offering admission to the NY Drinks NY Grand Tasting for a mere 30 bucks per couple, you know that I was one of the first to sign up.
NY Drinks NY is a great event that takes the locavore craze to the wine scene, highlighting only wines that were made from grapes grown in NY State. With everything from cabernet francs to dry and semi-dry Rieslings to even an American-grown Malbec, the Grand Tasting event offered wine lovers a sampling of over 200 kinds of wine from the great New York state.
In addition to the variety of wines came a buffet of cheeses, fruit, and other charcuterie that paired wonderfully with the liquid supplements. My personal favorite was a fennel salad on baguette toast that paired deliciously with the variety of sweet Rieslings offered by the wineries at the event.
In terms of the actual wine, the standouts for me include...from Hudson-Chatham Winery...the Baco Noir and basically every Cabernet Franc from the participating wineries. I found the Cabernet Francs of most of the participating wineries to be a fantastic complement to any kind of food, as the blend of reds made a great pairing to everything from creamy to hard cheeses to salamis to pork. Overall, thanks to the NY Drinks NY Grand Tasting, I was able to find a variety of ~$15 bottles that I will definitely be purchasing in the near future. It certainly made for a perfect antithesis to the snowy weather going on outside, and a reasonable excuse for skipping the gym. Check out the NY Drinks NY website for more tasting events going on through the end of March – you’ll be sure to find your next favorite bottle of wine.
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Recently, the Village Voice made a list of the Top Ten NY wines tasted at the recent NY Drinks NY grand tasting at the Astor Wines and Spirits in New York City. No.10 on the list was Hudson-Chatham Empire!!!

Empire State of Wine: 10 Great Bottles from the Finger Lakes and Niagara Escarpment
By Lauren Mowery Wed., Mar. 27 2013 at 1:00 PM
Village Voice

As spring continued dragging her feet last week, New Yorkers traipsed through snow flurries to drink wine. Nothing new there, except that the second annual NY Drinks NY was in town, offering imbibers a taste of local wines. I focused my efforts on the Finger Lakes and Niagara Escarpment, two regions I hadn't visited and don't regularly have a chance to taste.

Aside from the joy of discovering more great New York wine to drink, I am happy to report that bottle prices are remarkably affordable. Land in the Finger Lakes costs significantly less than in the North Fork, so vintners can sell wines at prices equivalent to the spare change in your pocket (plus a few singles). The majority of bottles were priced in the low $20s, while many hovered between $12-$16. So if you like to drink good wine at low prices, look for your New York neighbors on the shelves.

If you're a data lover, here are some regional statistics: New York is third in nationwide wine production, with 316 wineries and nine American Viticultural Areas (AVAs). There are 115 juice producers in the Finger Lakes and 17 in the Niagara Escarpment. Annually, 180,000 million bottles are produced, though can any of us really envision what that looks like? Bern's Steak House in Tampa, Fla., claims to have the largest restaurant collection in the world at 600,000 bottles. (Yes, Tampa, home of Magic Mike, has the largest wine collection, and I hear it is a damn fine one.)
At NY Drinks NY, I tasted the offerings of nearly 20 wineries....The wines had a surprising sturdiness and weight, no doubt from the warmth of the micro-climate.

Here are 10 bottles to try (including one cider!):
Red Newt Cellars, Gewürztraminer 2011, Finger Lakes, $15
Sheldrake Point, Gewürztraminer 2011, Finger Lakes, $18
Lamoreaux Landing, Dry Riesling 2011, Finger Lakes, $14
Arrowhead Spring Vineyards, Syrah 2010, Niagara Escarpment, $35
Freedom Run Winery, Cabernet Franc 2011, Niagara Escarpment, $22
Standing Stone Vineyards, Gewürztraminer 2010, Finger Lakes, $14
Anthony Road, Riesling "Art Series" 2010, Finger Lakes, $28
Sheldrake Point, Riesling Ice Wine, Finger Lakes, $65
Leonard Oakes Estate, SteamPunk Cider, Niagara, $11
Hudson-Chatham Winery, Empire Reserve 2007, Hudson River Region, $22 (A blend of Finger Lakes, Long Island and Hudson Valley wines)

Lauren Mowery writes the Unscrewed column for Fork in the Road and blogs at Chasing the Vine.

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Friday, March 22, 2013

Hudson-Chatham Winery Releases 2011 Chelois

Hudson-Chatham Winery Launches

2011 Chelois
Casscles Vineyard  

We invite you to celebrate the release of this very special wine with us on Saturday, March 23. We opened a bottle a week ago for ourselves and were very happy. At a tasting of NY wines in New York City this past week, it received rave reviews. Helping us celebrate will be Lisa from Block Factory Tamales in Germantown. Her fresh tamales made with local ingredients are amazing, and will pair perfectly with the Chelois.

We look forward to seeing you at the winery, 12 to 5 pm.

Friday, March 15, 2013


Hudson-Chatham Winery will be at the Astor Wine Center on March 18, 2013 for the NY Drinks NY Event, where we will be tasting Baco Noir Reserve, Baco Noir Old Vines. Empire, and our Cabernet Sauvignon Fine Ruby!
Come on down and see us!!!

Friday, March 01, 2013

Making the Most of March 2013

Making the Most of March
at the Hudson-Chatham Winery...
where spring is right around the corner!
Dear Carlo,
It's March! Lots of fun stuff is happening at the winery this month as the days get longer and - yes, we hope! - warmer!! We're open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 12 to 5 pm. Start looking for people out in the vineyard as we begin to prune the vines and set the stage for Vintage 2013.
Saturday, March 9, 6:30 pm  
Make your reservations now to join us at our first private wine dinner of 2013. Our limited-seating dinners are feasts of food and wine and friendship as we pair dishes created by amazing chefs with our award-winning wines. We are delighted to be working with Barbara of Blima's Catering in Hudson on an 8-course internationally themed dinner that is sure to astound! The cost is $75/person ($60/person for Hudson-Chatham Case Club Members), and includes food, wine, tax and tip. Email to make a reservation or to learn more
Wednesday, March 13, 6 to 8 pm
The Master Gardeners at Cornell Cooperative extension will be at the winery to explain how to grow and cook with some of the heirloom vegtables that can thrive in our are and are used by great chefs around the world. Touchstone Gold Beets will be the stars at tonight's session. You'll go home with seeds and recipes. Enjoy a wine tasting, as well! Register through Cornell by calling 518-828-3346 or email
Celebrate the release of the 2011 Chelois on Saturday, March 23, 12 to 5 pm.
We're having a party to celebrate the release of the 2011 Chelois, which has been in the bottle for the past 6 months awaiting this special day. The Chelois is from Casscles Vineyard in Athens, NY. It is a delighful, light-bodied but full-flavored red that's been touted by wine writers, praised by critics, won over fans at the Culinary Institute of America (where it's on the menu of the St. Andrews Cafe), and most of all been thoroughly enjoyed by many. One of its fans is Lisa from Block Factory Tamales in Germantown, NY, who will be at the winery all day serving her hot tamales and other specialty dishes. Come raise a toast with us on this special day at the winery.
As our thoughts turn to spring and newness, we leave you with this from the world-renowned wine writer Andre Simon:
"Wine makes every meal an occasion, every table more elegant, every day more civilized." 
Cheers, and Happy March!
Dominique & Carlo De Vito
Hudson-Chatham Winery
1900 Rte 66 * Ghent, NY 12075