CIDER ON A MISSION Aaron Burr’s infamous duel with Alexander Hamilton may have ended his political career, but few may know that both Burr and cider apples were instrumental in forming the region during Colonial times – when men were men, and cider was America’s original table wine. Aaron Burr Cidery in Wurtsboro now re-creates this popular beverage with the same sense of irreverence as Mr. Burr himself, even daring to craft cider from unsprayed wild and abandoned apples from local farms (making it the first and only licensed cider of its kind). We can’t decide what we like better for quaffing on a late summer’s day – the rustic, tavern-style Homestead Apple or the brisk, spicy yet sophisticated Ginger Cider, a blend of Orange County cider apples fermented with grated ginger and carrots. Now that’s a challenge we can handle. Visit www.aaronburrcider.com
UNDERSTANDING AND APPRECIATING WINE, BEER , AND SPIRITS Robert W. Small and Michelle Couturier
Understanding the fundamentals of wine can be overwhelming and confusing. Add beer and spirits to the mix and the task is even more formidable. Beverage Basics, Understanding & Appreciating Wine, Beer & Spirits, a comprehensive, well-structured book by Robert W. Small, Ph.D. and Michelle Couturier, with Michael Godfrey on beer, covers the essentials of these beverages in an easy-to-read format, including almost everything you’ll need to know to get more out of your beverage tasting experience. Beverage Basics opens with the often-overlooked history of beverages, the health-related and social issues surrounding alcohol, as well as laws regarding its sale and distribution. Covered are the basics trials and tribulations of growing grapes and making wine. Its 460+ pages are heavily illustrated with sidebars, charts, and color photography depicting different regions and highlighting key points, and even includes an aroma wheel. The appendix includes examples of wine and beer labels from both New and Old World wine regions and how to decipher them, complete with useful regional maps. Small, a wine and spirits expert and educator, chairman of the Los Angeles International Wine competition, and judge at the New York Wine & Food Classic, presents wines the way you want to learn about them – by varietal, rather than origin. In each section, he provides information about the appellations where the varietal is grown, how it fares in the vineyard and its continued on page 64
POCKET WINE iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad (v1.2) $ 3.99 www.wineparadigm.com
Pocket Wine offers a concise, yet detailed introduction into the complex world of grape varieties, wines and wine blends. Offering definitions and grouping by both style (aromatic, fruity, etc.), grapes (alphabetically) and food types (red meats, pasta/pizza, etc.) the app is an excellent portable encyclopedia for the wine novice, and a helpful reminder for more experienced oenophiles. There is a noticeable lack of our regional varietals among the 78 wine grapes listed. While the more common names like Riesling, Chardonnay and Cab Franc are included, most popular East Coast and Hudson Valley varietals such as Baco Noir, Seyval Blanc, Leon Millot, DeChaunac, Vignoles, Cayuga, Marechal Foch, to name a few, are absent. Otherwise it’s a handy pocket reference at your fingertips!
WHAT WE LIKE: – Simple and easy navigation – Glossary of terms
WHAT WE’D LIKE TO SEE: – More support for local varietals like Baco Noir, Seyval Blanc, Cayuga, etc.
– Can create personal “My Taste” profiles and notes on grape varietals – Offline use, email support, no ads
www.hvwinemag.com • Summer/Fall 2012
Summer/Fall Issue of the Hudson Valley Wine Magazine