Sunday, April 28, 2013

Hudson-Chatham Winery Seeks Assistant Vineyard Manager/Assistant Winemaker

Hudson-Chatham Winery Seeks Assistant Vineyard Manager/Assistant Winemaker
The Hudson-Chatham Winery is a small but growing winery in Ghent, NY, in Columbia County, just south of Albany and east of the Berkshires in a beautiful and distinctive area. Now in its 6th year, the winery is looking to hire an important addition to our team. Those interested in being part of our growing operation are encouraged to apply. Candidates can email a statement of interest along with a resume to or, or send it to Carlo & Dominique DeVito, Hudson-Chatham Winery, 1900 Rte 66, Ghent, NY 12075. All applications must be received by March 15, 2013.

Job posting date: 4/28/13
Job Title: Assistant Vineyard Manager/Assistant Winemaker
Hours: 20+ hrs. per week, year-round position
Wages: commensurate with experience and education
Start date: ASAP

Job Description:
The Asst Vineyard Manager/Asst Winemaker will work under the supervision of the General Manager and Winemaker to care for the 5-acre vineyard and assist with wine production. Job duties include:     
·  pruning and tying
·  shoot thinning, leaf pulling, shoot positioning
·  weeding, mowing, transplanting, seasonal care
·  sampling for nutrient levels
·  integrated pest management-- scouting, making recommendations, spraying and maintaining spray schedule
·  keeping detailed vineyard records
·  maintaining vineyard-related equipment
·  overseeing barrel room and winery production area, assisting with wine operation duties, including bottling, wine transfers, filtration, additions, winery sanitation, etc.
·  performing laboratory analysis as needed in the winery
·  assisting with tasting room sales, festivals, etc.

The ideal candidate will possess the following attributes:
·  1 or more years experience in vineyard and winery operations
·  2 or more years formal education or training in viticulture and enology
·  willingness to learn new equipment and techniques
·  ability to work unsupervised
·  excellent organizational skills
·  ability to lift 50 lbs.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Hudson-Chatham Wines Now Available At Astor Wines & Spirits In NYC

Voted "Best Liquor Store" 2011 by The Village Voice

The wine selection at Astor Wines & Spirits rivals any in the country, and the store houses the most comprehensive collection of spirits in New York City. Located in a landmarked historical building, Astor is a family-owned, family-operated, multi-generational business. Astor has been a fixture in the community since the 1940s, and remains committed to reflecting and upholding the values of the neighborhood.
Astor Wines & Spirits has been a Greenwich Village fixture since 1946. When we decided to move to bigger digs recently, we thought it was only fitting that we'd end up in a New York City Landmark, the De Vinne Press Building. A charming and formidable structure, it has stood on the corner of Fourth and Lafayette Streets in Manhattan since 1885. Its façade has been carefully maintained, leaving its... charming period-specific features intact. We aren't just interested in preserving great wines; we want to keep the rich history of our neighborhood alive as well, so the building is a perfect home for our new space. Whether you're a longtime Village denizen or just a passer-by, you'll appreciate the 50% larger sales floor and incredible new amenities at our new location, which is just a two-minute walk south of our old one.
Astor Wines & Spirits
399 Lafayette St.
New York, New York 10003
Closed until tomorrow 9:00 am - 9:00 pm

Hudson-Chatham Wines Now Available at The Wine Hut, in NYC!

The Wine Hut has a simple approach: authentic wines made by small passionate producers often using biodynamic or organic methods We have an approach that seeks out honest wine from growers who work with passion, individuality and zest.
The Wine Hut
213b, 6th Ave (Avenue of Americas)
New York, New York 10014
Phone(212) 229-2409

Hudson-Chatham Winery Moving Into May


This photo was taken last year on May 9, when growth in the vineyard was much farther along due to the very warm spring. Not this year!! But we know we're getting there, and hopefully we won't have a late frost like we did last year, which wiped out our primary bud growth. Mother Nature does what she wants to do! May is always a month of wonder, though, as things blossom and grow and the days get warmer and warmer. We're looking forward to the new growing season in the vineyard (and the raspberry and blueberry bushes), and our line-up of activities in the tasting room, including the Wine & Cheese Pairing classes, our Mother's Day weekend celebration, the Gourmet Gardening evening with Cornell Cooperative Extension (May 15), and the month's crowning event, the Hudson Berkshire Wine & Food Festival! We'll also be at the Rip Van Winkle Wine & Cheese Festival at the Catskill Point on May 11, as well as Foodstock in Callicoon, NY, on May 11.   

Hudson Berkshire Wine & Food Festival - May 25 & 26, 2013

Save the Date for the inaugural Hudson Berkshire Wine & Food Festival! The festival is being held at the beautiful, historic Columbia County Fairgrounds in Chatham, NY, and is the first "interstate" festival where you can sample wine, beer, spirits, ciders, and of course lots of local foods from producers and farmers from the Hudson Valley AND the Berkshires. The festival will also feature cooking demonstrations by top area chefs and talks on everything from cheesemaking to home brewing. Learn more and buy tickets at Check out the SweetJack offer for 50% off tickets for a limited time:


Hudson-Chatham Wine & Cheese Tasting Classes with Peter Kindel


     We are very excited to be doing wine and cheese pairing classes with our esteemed neighbor - cheesemaker and sommelier, Peter Kindel. Peter is currently the cheesemaker at Hawthorne Valley Farm, where he is turning the milk from biodynamically raised cows into a variety of heavenly cheeses. Peter will be pairing some Hawthorne Valley and other artisanal Hudson Valley cheeses with Hudson-Chatham wines to showcase and explain how and why certain wines pair so beautifully with certain cheeses.

The classes are:
FRIDAY, 4-26, 6 to 8 pm: white wines & cheese
FRIDAY, 5-17, 6 to 8 pm: red wines & cheese
FRIDAY, 5-31, 6 to 8 pm: dessert and "other" wines & cheese
Each class will taste and review 3 wines and 6 cheeses.
Classes are $40/person or $75/couple. Attend all three classes for $100/person or $200/couple. (Hudson-Chatham case club members get 10% off.)
Classes are limited to 20 people, so make your reservations now by emailing to   

"Mac Attack" on the Beverage Trail - Saturday, April 20, 2013


It's our spring Passport weekend on the Hudson Berkshire Beverage Trail, and we'll be warming things up with our own versions of macaroni and cheese at each venue. Your purchase of a Trail Passport ($20/$5 for designated driver) gets you a tasting at each location on the Trail, plus a tasting of the mac-n-cheese. When you've visited and tasted at all the locales, vote for your favorite. You'll be automatically entered to win a Trail basket valued at $100. Trail members are Hudson-Chatham, Brookview Station and Furnace Brook Wineries, Harvest Spirits Distillery, and Chatham Brewing. You can start at any of the locations. Saturday, April 20, 12 to 5 pm.