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The early part of the year looked promising. There was an easing of restrictions and a preview of our “new normal.” We even went maskless for a while! The Valley welcomed summer downpours, so fields and vineyards are now exploding with what looks to be a bountiful harvest. Wet weekends and a wafting haze may have dampered our moods at times this summer, but weathering tough times is how our wine and craft beverage businesses survived the past year. In our feature article (page 6), read how local distillers are getting “Spirited Away” as the boom in the Hudson Valley continues. More distillers than ever before are opening their doors and embracing the region’s terroir to create new and different products. Local makers are also expanding their lines to include canned wine and cocktails, a segment that has been experiencing unprecedented growth since last year’s lockdown. Look for to-go options filling the shelves as producers continue to innovate and find ways to connect to the community when a tasting room visit may not be an option. It’s an exciting time for the industry, and there’s no sign of slowing! Grab-and-go seems to be the current mantra as we all try to make up time lost over the past eighteen months. But nature often takes an opposite approach. In Wine-ing a Whey, we look at how some local cheese producers transform milk from stress-free animals— those that are nurtured, even coddled—to make some of the best tasting cheeses on the planet. Get a look at how slow food is made, and whet your appetite starting on page 11.

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Harvest season will inevitably sneak up on us like every year, but event planners are doing their best to fill the fall with fun, safe tasting experiences. Be sure to check out page 48 and add a few events to your calendar. It’s never too soon for us to talk about the holidays. To help make them stress-free, our team has curated a wine and craft beverage lovers’ Gift Guide (page 47) filled with ideas for everyone on your list! At this point, we can’t slow the clock from speeding towards December, but what we do know is that it’s never too soon to enjoy a glass of wine or craft cocktail. Cheers,

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ROM THE TOP OF A HILL IN CLAVERACK, John Frishkopf can see the future of craft spirits in New York, and it’s looking wide open. “You see the Catskill range to the west, the Taconics to the east, you get an idea of the magnitude of the experience,” said Frishkopf of the spot where construction is beginning on a state-of-the-art distillery known as Klocke Estate. “We want to create a world-class brandy, and of any place in the U.S., this is the place to do it.”

Fifteen acres of grapes and 25 acres of cider apples have already been planted. When construction finishes next year, Klocke Estate will become an “earth-to-glass” distillery making brandies out of the fruit grown on their 180-acre property and the surrounding area. When guests enter the Estate they will ascend the hill and be surrounded by the vineyards and orchards leading up the distillery where the brandies are made. At its heart, the guest experience will be reflective of the Estate in its holistic approach, offering immersive distillery experiences coupled with earth-to-glass brandy and terroir-driven menu offerings supported by hospitality that reflects the spirit of the Hudson Valley. Klocke may be the newest craft distillery to plant its flag in New York’s fertile soil, but they’ve got company. The state’s craft spirits industry has been booming over the past few years, with more and more distilleries opening every year. “We have over 100 members now,” said Louise Newsome in reference to the New York State Distillers Guild, of which she’s a board member (in addition to being the co-owner of Cooper’s Daughter Spirits at Olde York Farm). “We didn’t have that many when I joined the board over three years ago. We’ve doubled.” A recent report by the Guild stated that there are now 160 distilleries in New York, generating over $3 billion in direct economic activity, and directly employing over 6,000 people. What’s the takeaway from this rapid growth? For starters: Laws have consequences.

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Room to Grow Derek Grout of Harvest Spirits got the state’s first Farm Distillery License 15 years ago after working for years to get the laws changed to benefit small farms who wanted to distill spirits using their own bounty and let consumers taste the spirits directly on the farm. “I didn’t realize when we were pushing for this legislation back in 2006 that it would help create an industry,” he said. But looking back, Grout said it wasn’t a lack of entrepreneurship or know-how that was holding the nascent industry back, it was the laws. Once the laws changed, the spirits industry was able to ride the same wave of interest from consumers who were driving the farmto-table movement and the craft beer movement. It’s taken a few years, but now that consumers have found that they can have the same experience with spirits, there’s no going back. Even with New York distillery licenses easier and cheaper to get, new distilleries can’t open fast enough…and others are seeing the success and want to get in on the action.

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“I didn’t realize when we were pushing for this legislation back in 2006 that it would help create an industry.”

“Ten years ago I thought we’d be a sleepy little three or four person operation, plateau and have a nice steady, comfortable existence,” said John Curtin of Albany Distilling Company. “And what we’ve seen is that demand has far outstripped our ability to produce— which is a good problem to have!” Curtin has been able to kit out his whole bar at the distillery using nothing but New York craft spirits made by him and his fellow distillers across the state, a feat that he said would have been impossible even a few years ago. Now he’s hoping other local bars will follow suit. “I would love to walk into a bar and instead of just seeing Jack and Jim and Maker’s, I’d love to see one or two of those and then a dozen New York whiskeys.” Bars may change their mind soon enough as the quality of local whiskeys continues to improve. As Jeremy Kidde from Black Dirt Distillery pointed out, we’re only in the beginning of the second decade of the local craft spirits industry, which means that whiskeys and brandies that have been aged for ten years or more are only starting to become available to tasters now.

—Derek Grout, Harvest Spirits

And you may be surprised as to who’s going to be drinking those aged spirits. Paul Coughlin of Taconic Distillery said that when he first started making whiskey, he thought of it as a “football drink,” only enjoyed by men in the fall. He was wrong on both counts, and he credits his own growth in the industry to the fact that both men and women are enjoying his spirits year-round.

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“There’s an increasing number of distillers like us who grow what they use for their spirits,” said Rick Kneipper of Shady Knoll Distillery. “People are starting to recognize that, just like in wine, you want to know where your spirits come from. That helps wonderfully because then people want to come and visit, and see your rye growing in your fields and your apples growing in the orchards.” Kneipper also thinks the incredible versatility and different flavor profiles that spirits offer is drawing in wine lovers and beer drinkers who are looking for something new. “Some people say they’ve never tasted anything like this before,” said Kneipper about one of his whiskeys. “That’s what I think is drawing people. They’re having taste sensations they’ve never had before, they think it’s interesting,


they want to see where it’s coming from and where it’s made. That happened with wineries decades ago and now it’s just starting with craft spirits.” At Stoutridge Distillery, Steve Osborn has had a unique vantage point to the craft spirits boom. Starting out as a winemaker, Stoutridge has shifted to producing more and more spirits over the past four years. Osborn agrees that the same feeling of intimacy that drew consumers to visit local vineyards is now fueling the spirits revolution, as consumers realize they can get the same feeling from a distillery. “If you go local you can learn more about it,” he said. “You can get a nice story. The products aren’t just a label. There’s someone behind the label. People want an experience, and then they want a product that reminds them of the experience.” But if the change in laws helped birth the industry fifteen years ago, it’s legislation that is now holding the industry back. Distillers rejoiced when, during the COVID pandemic, they were allowed to ship their products directly to consumers in-state for the first time ever. Then the laws were rescinded with little advance notice. “We all got to dip our toes into it because of COVID and we saw how powerful it was,” said Newsome of the direct-to-consumer law that was temporarily on the books. “And how much the consumers

want it. COVID changed everything.” Kneipper at Shady Knoll pointed out that small distilleries can’t possibly compete with the large marketing budgets and distribution infrastructure of national distilleries, but being able to permanently sell directly to consumers, ideally across the country, would help level the playing field. As a model, he pointed to the small vineyards of California, who have been able to thrive by growing their mailing list of vineyard visitors on vacation throughout the years, and then continuing to sell to them for years to come, without ever having to try and get their wines on store shelves nationwide. If the direct-to-consumer laws change, the growth in New York’s distilling industry could be something sustainable, instead of a boom-and-bust. Klocke Estate may be the newest distiller in the state, but Frishkopf is taking the long view. He first fell in love with brandy after visiting some of the most famous distilleries in Europe, ones that have been around for hundreds of years, and was humbled meeting distillers who were barreling spirits that they knew wouldn’t be opened until after they were gone. Craft distilling in New York may be becoming trendy, but Frishkopf’s goal is to build something that will outlive trend after trend after trend. “I love that idea of a legacy distillery that will be producing for the next century,” he said. •

YES WE CAN Part of that is driven by COVID: Consumers got used to being able to get to-go cocktails from bars in New York during the pandemic, but with that no longer being legal, they’re popping open a can instead. They also served as a convenient alternative to mixing drinks at home, said John Curtin from Albany Distilling Company, who started making canned vodka cocktails in addition to their whiskeys, rums, and vodkas.

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IF THE CRAFT SPIRITS INDUSTRY has been booming, the canned spirits industry is absolutely exploding. NielsenIQ recently announced that during the 4th of July holiday period this summer (defined as both the two weeks before the holiday and the two weeks after it), national sales of ready-to-drink (RTD) spirits were up 67% compared to 2020, and an astonishing 428% since 2019.

“With COVID, and people not being able to go out anymore, if they want a cocktail, canned cocktails are an easy alternative to buying a dozen ingredients,” he said. “Even at bars, with social distancing, it’s nice to just crack open a can and hand it over instead of everyone crowding around the bar.” But Matt Green of Beacon’s newly-opened Liquid Fables thinks that the RTD market hasn’t even begun to take off. Green worked in the craft beer industry for years before striking out on his own to develop his own line of canned cocktails, each named after a different one of Aesop’s fables (although future cocktails may be based around mythical creatures as well). As he sees it, craft beers introduced consumers to big flavors such as sours and IPAs, as well as their higher alcohol content compared to domestic, mass-market beers. Now those consumers are looking for something else that’s big, bold, and flavorful. [ MORE ] hvwinemag.com • Fall 2021 9


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“With beer, you can do a lot, but with liquor there’s the ability to go in so many different directions,” he said. “I think liquor works a lot better with some of the farm products in the Hudson Valley, too.” Liquid Fables’ initial offerings include “The Town Mouse & The Country Mouse,” a gin-based cocktail with blueberries and basil, and “The Lion in Love,” a rye whiskey-based cocktail with raspberry and maple syrup. “We wanted people to be able to smell the rye, but the maple syrup cuts the harshness and gives it a little more mouthfeel, so it has a richer flavor and is dangerously easy to drink.” An avid outdoorsman, Green also thinks that consumers will find that RTD spirits can go places regular spirits never can. “I don’t want to pack glass bottles and a shaker in my backpack when I go on a hike,” he said. But Green said that bartenders shouldn’t worry. “There’s a lot that goes into a cocktail at a bar that you can’t do in a can,” he said. “There are ingredients that you don’t want to put in a can, there’s the appearance, the glass, there’s all that. When I go to a nice restaurant, the appearance of the cocktail is just as important to me as the flavor.” •

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THE POWER OF PLACE IN HUDSON VALLEY CHEESE By Kathleen Willcox

IT’S EASY TO ROMANTICIZE the concept of terroir. But when it comes down to it, terroir is rooted in the earth. It comes down to soil, elevation, climate, weather, and for cheese, what the animal in question is eating, and its relationship with its herd and the humans who care for it. It’s no coincidence that the names of many Old World cheeses— Parmesan, Comté, Camembert—are named for the region they hail from. The native grasses those cows, goats, and sheep are eating, the humidity of the air, the unique bacteria in the soil and the cave in which the cheese is aged, all contribute to the flavor that lands on your plate. “Cheese is living,” says Mary Rizzo, proprietor of Albany’s The Cheese Traveler. “Up until the moment you eat it, it’s changing. You have to look at what the animals eat and how they were raised, just as much as you look at how the cheese itself was crafted when you want to assess a cheese’s terroir.” [ MORE ]

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The Place In the classic European model of cheesemaking, the person who makes the cheese isn’t the same person who raises the animal. “Making great milk, making cheese, and then selling the cheese itself require very different skill sets,” says Colin McGrath, cheesemaker and founder of McGrath Cheese Company in Hudson, NY. “I am not a farmer. I know a lot about farmers, and I talk to the farmers I work with regularly about the health of the animals, what they’re eating, and how the weather may be affecting their moods or health, but I don’t actually farm myself.” Instead, he picks up cow’s milk twice a week from Brookby Farm in Dover Plains and brings it back to Churchtown Dairy in Hudson where he makes and ages his cheese. “It’s a great relationship,” he says. “I’ve worked with a lot of farmers over the years, but the reality is, it’s getting harder for smaller dairy farmers to make a living in the Hudson Valley. I really wanted to work with a farm with 30 or fewer cows because I knew they’d have a better life, be outside eating grass May through October, and then local hay during colder months. And Brookby is able to stay small and successful by selling to a cheesemaker, instead of a dairy co-op.” Lee Hennessy, farmer and cheesemaker at Moxie Ridge Farm & Creamery in Argyle, NY, both raises his 40-member herd of goats, and makes the cheeses. (Hennessy began pursuing a career in cheesemaking after having a revelation with a very special goat on a farm in Provence; but that’s a different story.) He finds that having control of the life cycle of the milk from start to finish helps him get the quality he needs. “There’s so much that goes into the flavor of the cheese, and I really like having a hand in every step of the process,” Hennessy explains. “I make sure that my goats graze native grasses and plants, and forage for thistle. Everything is farmed organically, so they don’t get anything with chemical inputs. During the winter, I give them feed sourced from within 10 miles.”

The People But Hennessy’s reasons for raising his goats by hand go deeper. “I want to make sure they’re all happy,” Hennessy says. “Goats are agents of chaos. They’re always getting into trouble, so I always have my eyes peeled for small injuries. I also look at how they’re interacting with other members of the herd, and respect that hierarchy. And when it comes to herding them, I believe in ‘herding happy.’ Some farmers can herd less carefully, and that creates stress in animals, which can be tasted in the milk.” Indeed, the effect of stress on livestock and meat quality is well-documented by studies, the first and most thorough one conducted by animal welfare activist Temple Grandin in 1980. McGrath is also a believer in the effects of the human aspect of terroir. “If we as humans are stressed, we’re not going to produce our best work,” he notes. “It amazes me that people don’t connect the quality of a cow’s life with the quality of the milk or meat it produces.” 12

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If you’re eager to explore the local terroir of cheese, Rizzo at The Cheese Traveler has devoted about half of her case to regional cheeses. “When I build a cheese plate, I think about milk type and texture,” she says. “I’ll take something softer, runny and stinky, and put it next to something harder and nutty and crumbly. And I love blue cheese. I tell people who are scared of blue cheese to add local honey, or bacon to the plate. It transforms those strong flavors.”

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For McGrath, the truest bite of Hudson Valley terroir can be found in “the ones that are more delicate and mild. With aging, some of those minor seasonal nuances can be masked by the intensifying flavors that come with age.” Try his Fresco, a soft and spreadable, buttery delight, where you can taste the sunshine and grassy freshness of the cow’s diet. For Hennessy, he prefers a wine-style horizontal tasting. “You can get a sense of how the same batch of milk is transformed through different production methods, and with time,” he says. Try his Fresh Chevre, his just-this-edge-of-funk Pinwheel, and his Bulgarian Feta, washed in a traditional salt-whey brine. There is no guarantee, of course, that all cheese has terroir. Massmarket, high-volume cheese is often made with milk from farms that prioritize volume over quality, and where animals may not even see the world outside the barn often, if ever. Their lives, arguably, are unnatural, dramatically divested from the delicious diversity of grasses, bacteria and weather patterns that shape the flavors of artisanal farm cheese.

“It amazes me that people don’t connect the quality of a cow’s life and the quality of the milk or meat it produces.” –Colin McGrath When it comes to cheese, you should take the same approach you would with wine: first, think local and artisanal, and look for cheeses made by people whose business decisions reflect their commitment to the community and the land. But if you’re craving a beautiful French Equirrou from Pays Basque, don’t deny yourself. (You’ll be tasting the spring meadows of France, which may be as close as any of us can get to globe-trotting for now.) As our cheese aficionados explained, there are numerous ways to explore cheese’s terroir. Dig in and remember: what grows together, goes together, so grab your favorite Hudson Valley bottle of beer, spirits, cider, or wine, and see how those flavors compliment each other. Better yet: hit the free, self-guided Washington County Cheese Tour on September 11th and 12th, a weekend dedicated to local curds and craft beverages, and a unique opportunity to meet some of the farmers and cheesemakers who make our lives so much more delicious. • MAKING WHEY (opposite page, top to bottom) The curd-making process

at McGrath Cheese Company starts with milk from stress-free cows (mcgrathcheese.com); Mary Rizzo stocks The Cheese Traveler in Albany, NY, with a variety of regional cheeses (thecheesetraveler.com); (above, top to bottom) Lee Hennessy’s goats graze on native plants and grasses at Moxie Ridge Farm & Creamery (moxieridgefarm.com); McGrath’s soft and spreadable Fresco, elegant with fresh grassy notes.

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VISIT APPLEWOOD WINERY in the heart of the historic Hudson Valley and discover the oldest working farm in Orange County and one of the oldest farms west of the Hudson River. The Hull family and their friends began planting fruit trees in former pastures in 1949. In 1994, the winery was created and vineyards planted. Remarkably, the vistas from the vineyards today have changed little from the time before George Washington was born. When Applewood first started making wine they had two goals in mind: To make some really great wines and to have as much fun as possible doing so. Now they want to share their passion for wine and make it an easy, enjoyable experience for you and your friends and family. When you visit Applewood you get to taste wine right where it comes from. You’ll find plenty of true connoisseurs in Applewood’s tasting room: People who know what they like and don’t need a wine critic’s review to justify it. Novices can learn about the world of wine in a comfortable setting, and even the most jaded imbiber will find a rich and complex tasting experience. Food is constantly talked about in Applewood’s tasting room, almost as much as their wines. If you love chocolate, Applewood offers a chocolate pairing along with a wine flight that shouldn’t be missed. The Cider Café features applewood-fired pizzas, cheese and charcuterie boards, pretzel bites with Applewood’s own honey mustard dipping sauce, housemade hummus, and more. For cider lovers, Naked Flock features a flight of four, 4-ounce pours. Rotating tap lines feature limited edition and seasonal options, as well as core ciders. The Cider Bar offers pints and growler fills, and cans and bottles are available to purchase to enjoy at home or wherever you are heading this summer!

MEET THE OWNERS AND WINEMAKER Jonathan and Michele Hull are the owners of Applewood Winery. Jonathan grew up on the farm at Applewood and moved to New York City to attend NYU. When he met Michele, his idea of a gourmet meal was takeout. But Michele worked at the famous Windows on The World restaurant, and was wise in the ways of food and wine. Living in New York City was a great learning experience, but Jonathan yearned to return to his agricultural roots. With his newfound love of wine that Michelle had instilled in him, Jonathan hit on the idea of opening a winery on the family farm. The prodigal son returned home and opened the winery with Michele’s gracious hand guiding the tasting room. She’s been welcoming guests to the tasting room ever since, and Jonathan has been on the cutting edge of the Craft Beverage movement in Orange County for 20 years.

It gives everyone at Applewood Winery great pleasure to share with you their harvest of wine and cider. Of course, you can just hang out and listen to live music in the courtyard, too.

S AV O R T H I S

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WHITE

RED

COCKTAILS

SEYVAL CHARDONNAY RESERVE VIDAL RIESLING WAWAYANDA WHITE TRAMINETTE

MERLOT INTERNATIONAL RED BLACKBERRY RUBY’S KISS

SPARKLING RIESLING AND MOSCATO LEMON GINGER SHANDY NAKED ROSÉ MARTINI

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CIDER

DRY CITRA HOPPED PUMPKIN SMASHED CHERRY MEAD

Traminette is a white hybrid known for its versatility. It’s spicy with floral aromas and notes of lychee, apricot, and honey. Pair it with a Thai Noodle dish with fresh veggies in a spicy peanut sauce made with ginger, honey, soy, rice vinegar and chili garlic oil, and it’s the staff’s favorite pairing of this year (so far)!


IN THE SPOTLIGHT GROOVY CUVEE Applewood’s newest wine release comes in an exciting new format – cans! Groovy Cuvee is a lightly sparkling, low-alcohol wine made with 100% Cayuga Grapes. At only 10% ABV, this wine is easy drinking, fruit forward, and portable—a great wine to take with you anywhere!

NAKED FLOCK PUMPKIN CIDER Autumn sees the release of Applewood’s Naked Flock Pumpkin Cider! This cider is semi-sweet and spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. Pumpkin, like all of Applewood’s ciders, is pasteurized and contains no added sugar. This cider has a mellow flavor, not overly sweet like a pumpkin spiced latte. A perfect fall treat!

THE ESSENTIALS ADDRESS

82 Four Corners Road Warwick, NY 10990

PRODUCTION

Medium (5,000 to 10,000 cases)

OWNERS

Jonathan and Michele Hull

PHONE

845-988-9292

WINEMAKER / CIDER MAKER

WEBSITE

applewoodwinery.com

Jonathan Hull

TASTING FEE

$15 for a flight of 5 wines

TOURS No

FROM NYS THRUWAY (I-87): Exit 16 Harriman (Woodbury Commons) for NY-17 West to Exit 127 Greycourt Rd. Follow signs to Sugar Loaf then Warwick, Cty. Rt. 13. Three miles past Sugar Loaf, turn right on Four Corners Road, go 1 mile. Travel time: 1 hour from George Washington Bridge. FROM ALBANY, KINGSTON, NEWBURGH & CONNECTICUT: Take NYS Thruway (I-87) South to Exit 16 Harriman (Woodbury Commons). Then same as above.

EVENTS

Mar–Dec

Free music in the courtyard every Saturday and Sunday, 2–5pm. Cider café open for lunch Saturday and Sunday, 12–4:30pm.

Wed–Sun 11am–5pm

Sept–Oct

Daily

11am–5pm

Closed

New Year’s Day,Thanksgiving, Christmas Day

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BROTHERHOOD, AMERICA’S OLDEST WINERY Established 1839

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BROTHERHOOD REMAINS THE OLDEST WINERY in America, continuously operating from 1839 to today, even throughout Prohibition. The winery began as a small, family-run operation producing wines primarily for sacramental and medicinal purposes. It has survived the Civil War, two World Wars, and Post-Prohibition laws that changed the alcohol industry following the repeal – a true testament to the winery’s deep roots and strength. Despite the dramatic shifts in the American palate that have favored a myriad of wine styles over the decades, the winery has remained responsive to the fluctuations in American preferences. Brotherhood Winery is one of the largest producers of wine in New York State for both its own production and private label contracting. By purchasing grapes from independent growers, including the Finger Lakes, Long Island, and throughout the State, the winemakers select fruit that best exemplifies the territory from which it was grown to produce a variety of premium and sparkling wines which are readily available in the tri-state region. The latest improvements at Brotherhood include top-of-the line upgrades to grape presses, aging vessels, bottling machinery, and updates to laboratory facilities. Consistent remodeling efforts made to preserve the historical integrity of the restaurant, tasting hall, gift shop, museum, and catering hall are a priority to accommodate the daily tours and weekly weddings. In the tasting room, you will find limited edition wines as well as a variety of hard apple ciders and a fresh line of New York wines. The gift shop is a menagerie of accessories, décor, and apparel, great for last-minute presents or hostess gifts. The onsite restaurant, 1839 Restaurant & Bar, serves lunch and dinner that will be sure to satisfy your appetite. The beautifully renovated Grand Monarque Hall has proven to be the premier place to host a wedding or special event in the Hudson Valley.

MEET THE WINEMAKERS BOB BARROW Bob Barrow, winemaker and head cider maker at Brotherhood, graduated from Virginia Tech in 1998 with a B.S. in Biology and a Chemistry Minor. He worked at Williamsburg Winery in Virginia before starting at Brotherhood in 1999. A native of Dutchess County, Bob spends his time in the lab and cellars creating Brotherhood’s blends, sparkling wines, and ciders. KELLY ONG Laboratory Manager Kelly Ong joined the Brotherhood team after graduating with a B.S. in Chemistry from Marist College in 2010. Kelly works on formulating and analyzing wines and ciders, formula approvals, monitoring the fermentation, inventory and production lines, and creating quality control plans. HALEY SILVERMAN Haley Silverman started at Brotherhood in 2016, after graduating from Stony Brook University with a B.S. in Chemistry and Environmental Studies. Haley divides her time between the laboratory and the production line as a Quality Control Technician, ensuring each product meets the company’s formulation and taste standards.

S AV O R T H I S WHITE

RED

SPARKLING

GEWÜRZTRAMINER #BAE RIESLING RIESLING CHARDONNAY WINE MAKER’S PRIVATE SELECTION RIESLING

NEW YORK RED PINOT NOIR ICON MERLOT ICON CABERNET SAUVIGNON BROTHERHOOD CABERNET SAUVIGNON

B SPARKLING RIESLING B SPARKLING ROSÉ

ROSÉ

DRY ROSÉ #BAE SPARKLING ROSÉ

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SPECIALTY

HOMESTYLE SANGRIA HOLIDAY #BAE WINE SELTZER (BLACK CHERRY, PEACH, PINEAPPLE, WATERMELON)

Brotherhood Winery is the producer behind the #Bae Wines brand – a social wine brand with a line of sweet, tasty, and uncomplicated wines meant to share and enjoy. Launching this summer is their line of #Bae Wine Seltzers in four delicious fruit flavors! Before Anything Else, #Bae Wines is here for you! Check them out on Instagram @Bae_Wines


IN THE SPOTLIGHT BROTHERHOOD CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2021 New York Wine Classic Best Cabernet Sauvignon winner! 2017 vintage. Made from 100% New York Cabernet Sauvignon grapes and barrel aged for a minimum of 12 months. Old-world in style, it has all the typicity of a Cabernet Sauvignon; flavors of ripe berries with a nice tannin structure and a long, soft, smoky finish. 

I LOVE NY

As America’s Oldest Winery, Brotherhood is proud of our home state of New York. This great wine captures the true craft of New York using a delicious blend of 100% New York grown and loved grapes with a delicious fruit-forward character.

THE ESSENTIALS ADDRESS

100 Brotherhood Plaza Drive Washingtonville, NY 10992

BROTHERHOOD PINOT NOIR

New 2017 vintage release! Crafted in the style of a true Burgundian Pinot Noir. The 2017 vintage exemplifies bright fruit flavors of cranberry, cherry, and black tea, creating a complex light to medium bodied wine.

PRODUCTION

Large (10,000+ cases)

OWNERS

Chadwick and Castro families

PHONE

845-496-3661

MANAGER

WEBSITE

brotherhood-winery.com

TASTING FEE

$15, includes glass

Hernan Donoso, President

WINEMAKERS

Bob Barrow, Kelly Ong, Haley Silverman

TOURS

Private Tours – check website for updates

EVENTS

Jan–Mar Fri–Sun

11am–5pm

ORANGE

HOURS

Visit brotherhood-winery.com for upcoming events.

Apr–Dec

GETTING HERE FROM NYS THRUWAY (I-87): Exit 16 (Harriman) for NY-17 W to Exit 130. Take 208 North to Rt. 94 in Washingtonville. Make a right at the light on Rt. 94 and at the next light make a left on Brotherhood Plaza Drive. Brotherhood is at the end of road on the left.

Sun–Thurs 11am–5pm Fri 11am–6pm Sat 11am–7pm

Closed

New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day Check website for updates on opening.

PICKUP/DELIVERY* – Order online for pickup, or – Order online for shipping by UPS delivery *until further notice

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WARWICK VALLEY WINERY & BLACK DIRT DISTILLERY Established 1994

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THE STORY BEGINS IN THE ORCHARD. In 1989, Warwick Valley Winery purchased an orchard and began to learn how to cultivate fruit. Local apple growers and extension agents taught them the basics and contributed to their early success. Their first product, in fact their entire business, started as a result of an abundant apple crop that lead them to experiment with hard cider. They were soon hooked, and their doors opened to the public in the fall of 1994. Years of experimentation and hard work led to the development of their acclaimed Doc’s Draft Hard Apple Cider, made using the finest fruit available. The passion for creating wines and ciders soon evolved into an idea to begin distilling and to open the first distillery in the Hudson Valley since Prohibition. It was their belief that the fruits grown in the fertile Hudson Valley could be made into the highest quality fruit brandies and liqueurs. In 2001 they developed New York’s first fruit microdistillery. Using the same principle that had brought them success with wine and cider, they created a line of fruit brandies and liqueurs – American Fruits – made to capture and preserve the essence of fruit at its peak ripeness. Black Dirt Distilling, LLC, was formed in 2012. While Black Dirt Bourbon and Black Dirt Apple Jack were born at the Warwick Valley Winery & Distillery, since 2013 they have been produced in a 4,000-square-foot distillery on a 60-foot column still. The distillery now produces up to 50 barrels a week. The post-and-beam tasting room at Warwick provides visitors a unique environment to explore many offerings of wines, ciders, brandies and liqueurs. Overlooking a goose pond and the orchards, its bucolic setting is perfect for enjoying some great wine, music and food from their Pané Café, which serves fresh bread, pizzas, sandwiches, and salads all weekend long.

MEET THE WINEMAKER Jason A. Grizzanti is a renowned New York State winemaker, pomologist, viniculturalist, businessman, and the innovator behind the Empire State’s first fruit micro-distillery. Jason is a principal and chief operating officer in charge of production at the Warwick Valley Winery in the Hudson Valley’s picturesque apple capital. Under Jason’s direction, the facility has garnered critical acclaim and awards for its fruit distillates including an 87 rating from the Beverage Tasting Institute for Grizzanti’s Pear Brandy; a Gold Medal at the New York Wine and Food Classic for his Pear Liqueur; coverage in Forbes Life magazine for the bourbon barrel-aged Apple Liqueur; a Gold Medal-winning Ruby Port; and Best of Show recognition at the Hudson Valley Wine Competition for Jason’s American FruitsTM Sour Cherry Cordial.

S AV O R T H I S WHITE

CIDER

SPIRITS

WARWICK VALLEY WINERY RIESLING

DOC’S SOUR CHERRY & DOC’S HOPPED MIXED (HOPPY CHERRY) DOC’S PEAR

BLACK DIRT NEW YORK RYE BLACK DIRT 4-YEAR BOURBON WARWICK GIN

RED

BLACK DIRT RED

COCKTAILS

BLACK DIRT BOURBON & COLA ON TAP SMOKED OLD FASHIONED

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Black Dirt’s flagship Bourbon notched a Double Gold medal at the prestigious San Francisco World Spirits competition. Sample Black Dirt Bourbon in the tasting room alongside local beer, Doc’s Ciders, and the (in)famous Warwick Valley Winery Sangria.


IN THE SPOTLIGHT GIN PIG

Gin Pig puts his best foot forward with juniper prevailing on the nose and palate followed by a balanced pepper spice and slight sweetness. He finishes warm and smooth with hints of strawberry and rose petals. A true sipping gin, perfect on his own or incorporated into your favorite cocktails.

THE ESSENTIALS ADDRESS

114 Little York Road Warwick, New York 10990

PRODUCTION

Large (10,000+ cases)

OWNERS

PHONE

845-258-4858

Joseph Grizzanti, Jason Grizzanti, Jeremy Kidde

WEBSITE

DIRECTOR OF SALES

wvwinery.com blackdirtdistillery.com

Jeremy Kidde

WINEMAKER

Jason Grizzanti

TASTING FEE

$6 includes glass

TOURS

$15 distillery tour

EVENTS

Year-round

GETTING HERE FROM NYC & NJ: Take Rt.17 North into New York State toward Albany (I-87). Get off at Exit 15A, Sloatsburg. Make a left off exit onto Rt. 17. Take Rt.17 north for 7 miles, then make a left onto Rt.17A. Stay on Rt. 17A for approximately 17 miles into Warwick. At the intersection of Rt.17A and Rt. 94 make a left, onto Rt. 94. Proceed on Rt. 94 for 1/4-mile, make a right onto Little York Rd. The winery is 1 mile on the right.

Daily

11am–6pm

ORANGE

HOURS

Visit wvwinery.com for upcoming events.

Closed

New Year’s Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day

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BALDWIN VINEYARDS Established 1982

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IN 1982, THE BALDWINS purchased a farm which had been the Hardenburgh Estate since 1786. The estate included a stone home and 18,000 square feet of outbuildings situated on 37 acres of prime alluvial farmland. In the 39 years since, Baldwin Vineyards has garnered awards for their Chardonnay, Merlot, Riesling, Landot Noir, Port, and a dozen other wines, as well as pioneered New York’s entry into the premium fruit wine category. The Baldwins’ philosophy on fruit wines, which began a trend throughout the entire Northeast, was to vinify fruit wines as premium varietal wines. Instead of making the fruit wines dry, as was the tradition, the Baldwins finished many of their fruit wines so they tasted like the fruit they started from. Baldwin Vineyards was named “New York State Fruit Winery of the Year” at the New York International Wine Competition 2020. Starting with their Strawberry Wine in 1985, they have since added Apple, Blueberry Merlot, Black Raspberry, and Spiced Apple wines which have also won many more awards over the years. The Black Raspberry Wine has won numerous gold medals in wine competitions, including a Gold Medal at the International Eastern Wine Competition. Baldwin’s Spiced Apple Wine garnered a Gold Medal and a 95/100 points in 2020. Their Strawberry Wine took a Gold at the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition. Baldwin’s Apple Wine garnered a Double Gold Medal and Best Fruit Wine at the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition, and the “Best Fruit Wine in New York State” at the New York Food and Wine Classic. There is plenty of indoor and outdoor seating at the winery, as well as goats, ducks, and chickens roaming the grounds. Guests can bring lawn chairs, blankets, food, and fishing poles to try their hand at catch-and-release fishing in the fully stocked ponds. Baldwin Winery is pet-friendly—well-behaved, leashed dogs are welcome.

MEET THE WINEMAKERS Pat and Jack Baldwin were living in New Jersey in 1981, enjoying wine as a hobby since their first visit to Europe in 1974 had started their love affair with wine. After visiting one of the dozen wineries in New York’s Hudson River region at the time, Pat remarked, “That would be a nice way to live.” Two years later, Baldwin Vineyards opened and the Baldwins sold out of their first year’s wine in a few months. In December 2014 the torch was passed, and the second generation of Baldwin winemakers took the helm. Pat and Jack’s daughter, Wendy Baldwin-Landolina and her husband Alex Landolina have studied for many years under the tutelage of their parents. Now they create the same fine crafted wines that the Baldwin family has created for the last 39 years. Baldwin Winery produces small batches of each of their wines. If you have a favorite, definitely stock up while it is available.

S AV O R T H I S WHITE

DRY: CHARDONNAY OAK RESERVE MIST DI GRECO AUTUMN CRUSH SEMI-DRY: CHARDONNAY ILLUSIONS TRAMINETTE

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ROSÉ

DESSERT

BLUSH

LATE HARVEST RIESLING APPLE WINE STRAWBERRY WINE SPICED APPLE WINE

RED

CABERNET SAUVIGNON LEMBERGER MALBEC HUDSON HARMONY BLUEBERRY MERLOT EMBERS

New York International Wine Competition named Baldwin Vineyards “New York State Fruit Winery of the Year 2020 and 2021.” Baldwin’s Apple Wine was awarded a

SPECIALTY

Double Gold Medal, and proclaimed “Best

SEASONAL SANGRIAS WINE SPRITZERS NYS CRAFT BEER

of Show” in the prestigious Finger Lakes International Wine Competition!


IN THE SPOTLIGHT NOW HOSTING PRIVATE EVENTS AT THE WINERY

Baldwin Winery is the perfect venue to host small weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, and bridal showers, as well as corporate events and fundraisers. The party room accommodates up to 40 guests, or rent the entire winery and picnic area. With uncompromising service, the Baldwin Vineyards’ family will help you create a memorable event customized to your needs.

THE ESSENTIALS ADDRESS

176 Hardenburgh Road Pine Bush, NY 12566 845-744-2226

TASTING FEE

$15 for 4 wines (2 oz. samples) Includes crackers and engraved souvenir wine glass

HOURS

GPS co-ordinates are -74.293735, and 41.618957.

Wendy Baldwin-Landolina

MANAGER

ULSTER

baldwinvineyards.com

Anthony Landolina

WINEMAKER

Alex Landolina

EVENTS

Jan–Mar Sat-Sun

PRODUCTION OWNER

WEBSITE

FROM NYS THRUWAY (I-87): Exit 16 (Harriman) for NY-17 W, then continue on NY-17 W to exit 119 for NY-302 N to Pine Bush. At the first traffic light in Pine Bush, continue through the light onto Maple Avenue. Turn left onto Hardenburg Road. The old stone house and winery will be on the right side. Baldwin Vineyards is on the Orange/Ulster county border in southeastern New York.

No

Small (less than 5,000 cases)

PHONE

GETTING HERE

TOURS

12–5pm

Apr–May / Nov–Dec

Live Music

Every Saturday and Sunday through October

Thurs–Mon 12–5pm

June-Oct

Thurs–Mon 12–5pm Sat 12–8pm

Closed

Tues–Wed, Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day

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BENMARL WINERY Established 1957

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WINE HAS BEEN MADE from the grapes of the Hudson Valley since the 17th century when the French Huguenots grew vines and made wine in New Paltz. Among the young farmers attracted to this burgeoning industry in the early 1800s was Andrew Jackson Caywood who bought and planted a handsome piece of land high above the river in a grape growing community that had begun in 1772. When the community incorporated as the Village of Marlborough, in 1788, a cluster of grapes carved in its seal commemorated its major crop. Caywood became an outstanding viticulturist and leading authority in the development of new grape varieties. When the Miller family bought the Caywood property in 1957 and renamed it Benmarl, it had outlived all of its early contemporaries to become America’s oldest professional vineyard. The Millers rebuilt its steep terraces, replanting them with European wine grapes, both hybrid and vinifera, carrying on Caywood’s private experimentation at a time when New York’s wine industry was at a low ebb. In 2006, the Spaccarelli family purchased Benmarl Winery from the Miller family, with the intention of reviving the spirit of Hudson Valley viticulture and the process of wine making. By replanting many of the abandoned vineyards and refurbishing the estate, they have managed to bring a new light to Benmarl, without sacrificing the tradition and history that makes it so special. Along with new plantings of Cabernet Franc, they are pushing the envelope with plantings of Blaufrankish, Saperavi, and Muscat Ottonel. Benmarl and the Spaccarelli family are dedicated to the renaissance of New York’s first vineyard region. They strive to produce high-quality wines that are enhanced by the regional character which sets them apart from any others in the world.

MEET THE WINEMAKER At Benmarl Winery, the winemaking process has been increasingly focused on the idea of expressing the exceptional historic terroir that the winery sits on. “The decisions that we make in the cellar are very important,” says Matthew Spaccarelli, the winemaker at Benmarl. “But not as important as the quality and consistency of the fruit that we grow and purchase.” The Spaccarelli family has also been looking to the future by refurbishing their existing vineyards and planting new ones. Investment in new temperaturecontrolled tanks, French and American barrels, and a state-of-the-art bottling line, has added to their focus on quality and consistency. But the changing climate offers a new set of challenges for winemakers in the Hudson Valley, as well as a responsibility to produce wines in a more sustainable manner. “The decisions that we make today will inevitably shape the environment we will have to work in down the road,” says Spaccarelli.

S AV O R T H I S WHITE

ROSÉ

RED

2019 MUSCAT OTTONEL

2020 DRY ROSÉ

2019 CABERNET FRANC

Benmarl Winery was awarded “Hudson Valley Winery of the Year” at the Hudson

2018 STAINLESS STEEL CHARDONNAY

2019 PROPRIETORS RESERVE 2019 SLATE HILL RED

Valley Wine & Spirits Competition­—two

2020 RESERVE RIESLING

2019 MALBEC

2020 SEMI DRY RIESLING

years in a row! A distinguished judging panel

2019 ESTATE CABERNET FRANC

awards this honor to the winery whose

2020 SAUVIGNON BLANC

wines received the highest average score.

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IN THE SPOTLIGHT 2020 DRY ROSÉ

This dry, pale pink blend of 55% Merlot and 45% Cabernet Franc has become a staple at Benmarl over the past few years. Balanced, approachable, and extremely food-friendly, this wine is a perfect fit for a multitude of culinary endeavors. 2019 CABERNET FRANC

Earthy with notes of raspberry and cherry. Lightly oaked with a spicy finish of black pepper and vanilla. 2019 PROPRIETOR RESERVE

This dry red blend of 80% Merlot, 13% Malbec and 7% Cabernet Franc is Benmarl’s richest red wine. Notes of red plum and blackberry, tobacco and dark chocolate.

THE ESSENTIALS ADDRESS

156 Highland Avenue Marlboro, NY 12542

PRODUCTION

Medium (5,000–10,000 cases)

OWNER

Victor Spaccarelli Jr.

PHONE

845-236-4265

GENERAL MANAGER Angelo Curci

WEBSITE

benmarl.com

ULSTER

WINEMAKER

Matthew Spaccarelli

TASTING FEE $15

TOURS No

GETTING HERE FROM NYS THRUWAY (I-87): Take Exit 17 (Newburgh) then take I-84 East and exit at Rt. 9W Newburgh (just before the Newburgh/ Beacon Bridge); Rt. 9W North about 4.5 miles, then turn left on Conway Rd., keep to the right. The Benmarl entrance is one mile on the right. FROM ORANGE COUNTY & PA: Rt. 9W Newburgh (just before the Newburgh/ Beacon Bridge); Route 9W north about 4.5 miles, then turn left on Conway Rd., keep to the right. The Benmarl entrance is one mile on the right. FROM PUTNAM COUNTY & CT: Take I-84 West and cross the Newburgh/ Beacon Bridge; Route 9W North about 4.5 miles, then turn left on Conway Rd; keep to the right. The Benmarl entrance is are one mile on the right. Buses please call in advance.

EVENTS

HOURS Jan–Mar

Thurs–Sun 11am–6pm

Visit the website for upcoming events.

Apr–Oct

Sun–Thurs 11am–6pm Fri 11am–8pm Sat 11am–8pm

Nov–Dec

Daily

11am–6pm

Closed

New Year’s Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day

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GLORIE FARM WINERY Established 2004

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GLORIE FARM WINERY is a small, boutique style winery residing in a 1913 barn on a farm high on Mt. Zion Mountain. With panoramic views overlooking the Hudson Valley, there is breathtaking beauty across the entire property. There are more than a dozen varieties of grapes grown on the vineyard, and almost all Glorie wine is made from estate grapes. The winery is located in the middle of a working farm that focuses on growing high-quality Hudson Valley fruit. The 52-acre property at Glorie Farms has over twenty acres of fruit—apples, peaches, pears, grapes (both table and wine), currants, and quince. Glorie Farms provides fruit to local markets, CSAs, and farm stands, and fruit is also available to winery guests in season. Owners Dan and Jacqui Heavens are focused on producing delicious, high-quality fruit and wines; and in experimenting and bringing new and different wines and ciders to you. Guests can expect an extensive variety of wines crafted almost entirely from estate grapes, as well as ice cider, hard cider, and perry. With over 20 wines to choose from, there is a wine for every palate and preference—from dry estate wines (red and white) to creative sweet and fruit wines. Live acoustic music, food vendors, intimate guided tours, and unique events are all a part of the experience. There are plenty of picnic tables spread throughout the expansive property; no reservations are needed for outdoor seating, and there are no time limits. Feel free to bring a picnic, your family, your dog, and spend the day having a drink with the owners and taking in the gorgeous views.

MEET THE WINEMAKER KRISTOP BROWN

“I have been working at Glorie Farm Winery since 2012 and during that time I have grown to appreciate the terroir of the Marlboro mountains, and have gained respect for the community of winemakers and farmers that strive to make expressive and unique wines from the fruit here.” “I now understand that wine is made in the vineyard, and as winemaker it is my job to guide the fruit on its journey from grape to wine.” MEGAN LAMB

Megan graduated from The Culinary Institute of America with a concentration in Advanced Wine, Beverage, and Hospitality, among other degrees. She is also a farm hand at Glorie Farms and a server in the winery; so Megan has a depth of understanding about the entire wine experience, from the vineyard to the glass. Megan brings her creativity, passion, and very strong work ethic to everything she does.

S AV O R T H I S WHITE

RED

SEYVAL BLANC 2020 CHARDONNAY (UNOAKED) 2020 RIESLING (BONE DRY) 2020 VIDAL BLANC SEMI-DRY ROSÉ

MARQUETTE CABERNET FRANC 2018 SUNRISE BLOCK CABERNET FRANC 2018 SUNSET BLOCK CABERNET FRANC 2019 SYNERGY CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2019

ROSÉ OF CHAMBOURCIN (DRY) 2020

FRUIT WINES

QUINCE WINE

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CHERRY WINE STRAWBERRY & CHERRY WINE MISFITS (NATURALLY FERMENTED) RASPBERRY WINE PEACH WINE HARD CIDER & PERRY

ICE CIDER PERRY 2020 HARD CIDER 2020

The terroir at Glorie Farms gives their dry whites a unique flinty finish. The expression of the soil was particularly emphasized in 2020 by an early harvest, so the dry whites from this vintage are exceptionally clean and crisp. The unoaked Chardonnay is a standout, with notes of pineapple, passion fruit, wildflower honey, and blood orange.


IN THE SPOTLIGHT HEAVENS ICE CIDER 2020

Made in the same style as an ice wine, Heavens Ice Cider is made with 100% Glorie Farm apples that were frozen to concentrate their natural sugars.

PHOTO: Synchronous Social Media

Ice ciders are naturally sweeter and higher in alcohol than regular hard ciders; this one has a very full body and a crisp tang to the finish. This is the first ice cider made at Glorie Farm, and was transferred by hand, five gallons at a time, on a 19-degree day in January. It was well worth the effort!

THE ESSENTIALS ADDRESS

40 Mountain Road Marlboro, NY 12542

PRODUCTION

Small (less than 5,000 cases)

OWNERS

Dan Heavens and Jacqui Ferrari Heavens

PHONE

845-236-3265

MANAGERS

Dan Heavens and Jacqui Ferrari Heavens

WEBSITE

gloriewine.com $20 for an outdoor tasting of five wines, includes stemless glass

ULSTER

WINEMAKER

TASTING FEE

Kristop Brown Megan Lamb (assistant winemaker)

TOURS

Seasonal, by reservation

HOURS

GETTING HERE FROM THE NYS THRUWAY (I-87): Exit 17 (Newburgh). Take I-84 East to Exit 39. Turn left onto 9W North. Drive 7 miles to the village of Marlboro. Turn left onto County Route 14. Drive 1.5 miles to the stop sign, and turn right onto County Route 11. Drive one mile and turn left onto Reservoir Road. Drive one mile and turn right onto Mountain Road. Winery will be on the left.

EVENTS

Year-round

Live Music

Closed

Check the website for artisan markets, art events, music events, and other entertainment.

Fri Sat–Sun Holiday Mon

2–8pm 11am–5:30pm 11am–5:30pm

New Year’s Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day

Every Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Holiday Monday

PICKUP* Order online or call for curbside pickup of bottles, cases, and beer growler fills. *until further notice

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NOSTRANO VINEYARDS Established 2010

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NOSTRANO VINEYARDS is a family-owned and operated 75-acre farm, vineyard, and winery in Milton, NY. Although Nostrano Vineyards was established in 2010, winemaker Nic Bozzo’s family has been growing grapes, apples, and other fruits on the farm since 1943. Nic himself grew up on the farm and is the fourth generation in his family to carry on the fruit growing tradition on this piece of land. Even in the early days of the farm, the family made some wine for themselves using their own grapes, but it wasn’t until Nic studied landscape design in New Zealand that he began to envision creating a vineyard back home. Today, Nostrano grows ten acres of wine grapes, three acres of seedless table grapes, and six apple varietals that are original to the property. Although Nic prefers not to put suggestions into tasters’ heads of what flavors they should be picking up on when they enjoy his wines, he can’t help but notice how his farm’s legacy of fruit production reveals itself in the bottles. “Maybe it’s just my memories, but the grapes that come from where we had peaches planted for years, I’m always catching a hint of peaches from the Rieslings we make from those grapes,” he said. “With the Cab Franc, I’m tasting the black cherries and red currants that were there. So I’m taking some of the past and putting it towards the future to tell the story of how a farm changes over time.” Nic and his wife Kayleigh, who is the tasting room and events manager, run the dayto-day operation at Nostrano Vineyards and reside on the property with their family. The Tasting Room sits atop a picturesque hill overlooking a serene farm and vineyard vista. Visitors can enjoy estate wines, local cheese and charcuterie boards, and regular live music indoors at a rustic chic tasting bar or al fresco taking in the beautiful Hudson Valley scenery. Nostrano Vineyards operates a seasonal wedding venue on-site offering a truly unique and personalized experience with complete privacy in Hudson Valley’s wine country.

MEET THE WINEMAKER NICOLAS BOZZO

Nic is Nostrano Vineyards’ proprietor, grape grower, and resident winemaker. He completed his B.L.A. from SUNY ESF at Syracuse University and studied Winery Design & Eco-Agriculture tourism in New Zealand. “When I was studying landscape architecture, I realized that it pertained to pretty much every aspect of your life,” he said. “Everywhere you look, it’s landscape architecture.” Nic’s case study for school involved designing vineyards, which meant studying everything from how wine is made, to how the driveway into the winery needs to have different focal points. With his interest in sustainability and land management, Nic has been utilizing his knowledge to design and establish the vineyard and boutique winery, joking that the vineyard now doubles as his giant landscape architecture project to work on for the rest of his life. When Nic isn’t in the production warehouse you can find him pruning grape vines, operating heavy equipment, or handcrafting reclaimed wood furniture for the farm and vineyard.

S AV O R T H I S WHITE

ESTATE SEMI-SWEET RIESLING 2020 ESTATE RIESLING 2020 ESTATE DRY RIESLING 2019 ESTATE SEMI-SWEET RIESLING 2019

PHOTOS: Alex Healy Photo

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ROSÉ

RED

AVA ROSÉ 2020

ESTATE CABERNET FRANC 2016 ESTATE CABERNET FRANC 2017 ESTATE BACO NOIR 2019 ESTATE PINOT NOIR 2020

The 2020 Ava Rosé is a complex and balanced rosé with aromas of strawberry and honeysuckle. This lively and versatile wine has notes of peach and citrus zest with bright acidity, and pairs well with most foods. Produced from Nostrano’s Pinot Noir and named for the winemaker’s daughter, Ava Rosé is a joyful celebration of summer meant to be shared with friends and family!


IN THE SPOTLIGHT 2020 PINOT NOIR

Nostrano Vineyards’ Pinot Noir is planted in front of the original family homestead on a south-facing slope in a location with a unique microclimate. With protection from the mountain and full sunlight throughout the growing season, the fruit offers vibrant floral notes and a delicate, yet sophisticated, finish—a true expression of the Hudson River Region and terroir. Pinot Noir and Riesling are two of Nostrano Vineyards top producers, and with Ava Rosé being produced from Pinot Noir, they added another acre of Pinot Noir grapes to the vineyard last spring. Look for the next vintage of Estate Pinot Noir available in the Tasting Room this fall.

THE ESSENTIALS PRODUCTION

ADDRESS

Small (less than 5,000 cases)

14 Gala Lane Milton, NY 12547

OWNERS

Nicolas and Kayleigh Bozzo

PHONE

845-234-5283

TASTING ROOM MANAGER

WEBSITE

TASTING FEE

$10 with souvenir glass

EVENT MANAGER

Kourtney Cassalina

WINEMAKER

Nicolas J Bozzo

TOURS

Fee varies

HOURS

EVENTS

Feb–Mar Sat

Kayleigh Bozzo

ULSTER

nostranovineyards.com

12–5pm

Visit the website for upcoming events.

Apr–Dec

GETTING HERE FROM THE NYS THRUWAY (I-87): Exit 17 (Newburgh). Take I-84 East to Exit 39B. Turn left onto 9W North. Drive 12 miles to the town of Milton. Turn left onto Milton Turnpike (CR-10). After 2.2 miles turn left onto Lattintown Road (CR-11). Continue 0.1. miles, then turn right onto Gala Lane (private road).

Fri Sat–Sun

2–8pm 11am–5pm

Closed

January, Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day

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ROBIBERO WINERY Established 2010

MEET THE WINEMAKER

Established in 2010, Robibero Winery is set on a 42-acre property that is nestled in and around the breathtaking Shawangunk ridge. The estate vineyard is comprised of Vidal Blanc and Cabernet Franc, two varieties that grow best in our soil. The tasting room is a family-friendly, pet-friendly establishment that includes a spacious concrete bar, fireplace, and plenty of indoor seating. Outside, the 90-foot deck offers panoramic views overlooking the vineyard and a pergola-covered patio. Along the lushly manicured sloping fields of the property, you will find a huge outdoor stone firepit and picnic benches that welcome you to bring your lunch.

Whether crafting crisp and clean white wines or dry and complex red wines, Kristop’s skills shine. In 2016 and 2017, Robibero Winery won “Best Red Wine in the Hudson Valley” for their 2013 Estate Cabernet Franc. This award recognizes Kristop’s commitment both in the vineyard and in the cellar. Together, Kristop and the Robibero Family are producing handcrafted, premium artisan wines that are distinctive to their terroir and limited in production. Stop by for a visit and taste for yourself!

A B OUT US

“WE ARE NOT A WINE COMPANY therefore we don’t have a corporate mission. We are a family that happens to have a passion for wine. We are a family that loves each other very much. We fight with passion and forgive quickly. We call each other 20 times a day. We know that if we win together, we lose together. We think if it’s easy, you’re probably doing it wrong. We can’t make decisions easily and we overthink everything we do. We believe in giving more when you want to give up. We think if you work half days that means 12 hours. We drink a lot of coffee and a lot of wine. We don’t believe in wine rating systems. We believe that you should like what you drink and drink what you like. We like to laugh until we can’t breathe. We think it’s important to be able to laugh at yourself. We believe you don’t need to know all the answers; no one is smart enough to ask you all the questions. We think that if your name is on the sign, you probably should be in the building. We don’t have a plan, we have a dream. We are not chasing our dreams; we crush them and put them in bottles.”

To find out more about what’s happening in the tasting room become a fan at: facebook.com/RobiberoWinery or follow on Instagram: @RobiberoWinery

Kristop Brown is considered one of the most technically gifted winemakers in the Hudson Valley. Kristop’s winemaking origins began at Benmarl Winery when he learned to make wine under the apprenticeship of Eric Miller. He further expanded his knowledge when he ventured to the West Coast to practice his craft in Walla Walla, WA. In 2011, Kristop returned to his winemaking roots when he joined forces with Robibero Winery.

S AV O R T H I S WHITE

RED

LIMITED

2019 87 NORTH 2019 CHARDONNAY 2019 DRY RIESLING 2019 TRAMINETTE 2020 SIENNA

NY TOUGH THE STRAY 2017 87 SOUTH 2018 MALBEC 2018 PETIT VERDOT

2020 ESTATE VIDAL BLANC 2018 ESTATE CABERNET FRANC 2019 HARO

ROSÉ

2020 NEW YORKIE ROSÉ

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Every weekend at the winery enjoy wood-fired pizza topped with crisp arugula, balsamic drizzle and freshly cracked pepper. Pair with a glass of Robibero’s rich, silky 2019 Merlot.


IN THE SPOTLIGHT 2018 ESTATE CABERNET FRANC

Estate grown, produced, and bottled. Deep color and flavor developed from our clay soil. Intense earth and bright red berry mingle with classic Cab Franc spice. Incredible structure, dense layers, and a lasting finish.

2020 SIENNA

Named after the proprietor’s first granddaughter Sienna, this crisp and clean white wine is a unique blend of 85% Stainless Steel Chardonnay and 15% Riesling.

THE ESSENTIALS ADDRESS

714 Albany Post Road New Paltz, NY 12561

PHONE

845-255-9463 (WINE)

WEBSITE

Small (less than 5,000 cases)

OWNERS

Harry, Carole and Tiffany Robibero

TASTING ROOM MANAGER Juan Chavez

WINEMAKER

ULSTER

Rnewyorkwine.com

PRODUCTION

Kristop Brown

TASTING FEE $20

TOURS

Not at this time

GETTING HERE FROM NYS THRUWAY (I-87): Exit 18, New Paltz. Turn left at traffic light onto Route 299/ Main Street. Follow Main Street through the Village of New Paltz. Cross over the Wallkill River’s small metal bridge. Bear left onto Libertyville Road (Rt. 7) at the fork just past Wallkill View Farm. Follow for 4.5 miles and stay straight on Libertyville Road as it merges with Albany Post Road. Robibero Winery is on the right hand side of the road.

HOURS

EVENTS

Jan–Apr

Live Music

May–Oct

Check the website for upcoming events.

Thurs–Sun 11am–6pm Daily

11am–6pm

Every weekend from 2–5pm

Nov–Dec

Thurs–Mon 11am–6pm

Closed

New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day

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STOUTRIDGE VINEYARD & DISTILLERY Established 2000

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STOUTRIDGE VINEYARD is a premium estate winery and distillery located 70 miles north of Manhattan. Stoutridge is one of the few Natural Wine wineries in the U.S., producing award-winning wines made without adding chemicals and without filtering or using pumps to move wine through the process. In 2017, Stoutridge opened its distillery at the same location. The distillery is producing award-winning spirits using the same sustainable, craft, local-flavor philosophy. Stoutridge Vineyard is half a mile from the Hudson River on the southeast facing slopes of a ridge of land on which grapevines and fruit trees have been continuously planted for 225 years. Next to the winery is a picturesque and historic stone farmhouse known to the local elders as “The Homestead.” The barn associated with this house was the Marano Winery between 1902 and 1919. The only remaining foundation wall remains as the façade of the entrance patio. Stoutridge’s new distillery features three Christian Carl stills for brandy and vodka, a Specific Manufacturing still for New York rye, and a Chip Tate & Co. direct-fired post still for single malt whiskeys. The silos are full of local corn, rye and barley, and all of the work from grain to glass is done on-site. One of the primary goals at Stoutridge is to capture local flavor while minimizing the environmental impact of the operation. There are many structural features and production processes employed to conserve energy and minimize water utilization. For electricity, Stoutridge utilizes 290 solar panels mounted on the south-facing roof which can produce 65 kW of electricity on a sunny day, enough to power all operations and return excess power to the grid. The park-like grounds at Stoutridge are a wonderful place to spend an afternoon in this time of social distancing. Pack a lunch, take a drive, and relax at a picnic table near the pond where you can watch nature while enjoying a bottle of wine. Or enjoy a craft beverage under a tree with a good book. Pets on leashes are welcome, as well.

MEET THE WINEMAKER & DISTILLER Stoutridge subscribes to the Natural wine philosophy of winemaking using a gravity winemaking approach and no chemical interventions. This philosophy focuses on mastering techniques that help fermentation flavors come to the forefront of the wine, rather than techniques that bring a wine to the marketplace faster. The Distillery is primarily focused on making world-class single malt and blended whiskeys using malt from Stoutridge’s malt house; and Genever-style gins from their own grain mashes and botanical recipes. Stoutridge also makes rye whiskey, which is a New York specialty, and various brandies from locallygrown fruit. They produce delightful vodkas, grain-based and grape-based, as a by-product of whiskey and brandy productions, and from these vodkas they make various gins. Recently Stoutridge launched an innovative portfolio of liqueurs and potable bitters.

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WHITE

RED

SEYVAL/RIESLING RIDGE WHITE SEYVAL BLANC

MERLOT NOIRET QUIMBY LEGACY

ROSÉ

SPIRITS

RIDGE ROSÉ

ABSINTHE GIN 1 GAIETÉ FRANÇAIS LIQUEUR

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ISLE OF XIOS LIQUEUR GENEVER D’ARTEMIS RYE EMPIRE WHISKEY SOUTHERN ULSTER BLENDED WHISKEY SOUTHERN ULSTER SINGLE MALT WAGNER’S NEW YORK STRAIGHT BOURBON

Isle of Xios and Vincent Grappa were each awarded ‘Best of Category’ at the American Distilling Institute’s (ADI) 2021 Craft Spirit competition.


IN THE SPOTLIGHT ABSINTHE

Stoutridge has crafted several different absinthes, each with its own unique botanical composition and flavor complexity.

GAIETÉ FRANÇAIS

A recipe from mid-1800s Paris during the zenith of liqueur. Intense and rich, yet beautifully delicate and nuanced. ISLE OF XIOS

Savory, floral, sweet with that hauntingly delicious mastic flavor from antiquity.

THE ESSENTIALS PRODUCTION

ADDRESS

Small (less than 5,000 cases)

10 Ann Kaley Lane Marlboro, NY 12542

OWNERS

Stephen Osborn and Kim Wagner

PHONE

WAGNER’S NEW YORK STRAIGHT BOURBON

DISTILLERS

TASTING FEE

$15–$50 (see website for details)

PET FRIENDLY

This straight rye is made from 100% Hudson Valley grain and aged in barrels made from Hudson Valley-grown oak. It carries the internationally recognized Empire Rye quality designation.

HOURS

Stephen Osborn and Kim Wagner

Yes

Year-round

FROM NYS THRUWAY (I-87 N): Exit 17 (Newburgh) for I-84/NY-300. Continue on I-84 East to Exit 39 for US 9W/NY-32S (just before the Newburgh/Beacon Bridge). Continue on US 9W North for 7 miles to the village of Marlboro. Turn left onto Co Rd 14A (Western Avenue). In 0.3 miles turn right onto Prospect Street and make the first left onto Ann Kaley Lane. Proceed to the parking lot at the end of the road.

Stephen Osborn

stoutridge.com

RYE EMPIRE

GETTING HERE

WINEMAKER

WEBSITE

ULSTER

This three-year-old whiskey is bursting with flavors of toffee, butterscotch, apricot and vanilla bean.

845-236-7620

Thurs–Sun by appointment

PICKUP/DELIVERY* 11am–6pm

– Call 845-236-7620 to place an order for curbside pickup.

Closed

TASTINGS*

EVENTS

– Outdoor seating; first-come, firstserved. – Reservations recommended for the tasting room.

Thanksgiving, Christmas Day

For a complete listing of events visit stoutridge.com.

*until further notice

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WHITECLIFF VINEYARD Established 1998

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HAILED AS “ONE OF THE VALLEY’S most ambitious wineries,” Whitecliff takes pride in being part of a vanguard of innovators who have added European wine grapes, highquality new hybrids, and complex European-style wines to the Valley’s traditional focus on fruit wines and sweet wines. Their 30+ years of experimenting in both the vineyard and the wine cellar have shaped a winery with deep roots in the region’s traditions, producing wines that offer variety, depth, and serious fun. After 20 years of running a tasting room that features close to 40 different wines—all fermented, blended, and bottled at Whitecliff, many from their own estate-grown grapes —Whitecliff has learned that taste is thoroughly personal, and that the quality of their hospitality is almost as important to your experience as the quality of their wine. Over the years, Whitecliff has brought many new wines into production to satisfy the broadranging tastes of their visitors, and they love to hear people exclaim, “Wow, I like them all!” They are especially proud of their lively, intelligent staff, well-trained in wine but friendly and welcoming by nature. All of this has led to Whitecliff being hailed by the local press recently as the “Best Winery in the Hudson Valley.” The truest measure of wine quality at Whitecliff is the fact that they were able to bring a truly prestigious award home to the Hudson Valley from the San Francisco International Wine Competition, where their Riesling won “Best White Wine in Show.” That means they beat 1,290 wines from 27 countries and 28 states, in a blind judging by 45 respected judges. This was a victory not only for Whitecliff, but for the whole region, as it closes the discussion as to whether the Hudson Valley’s local wines can compete on the world stage! Regional, authentic, and artisanal, Whitecliff reflects everything that is unique about the beautiful Hudson Valley.

MEET THE OWNERS AND WINEMAKERS Husband and wife team Michael Migliore and Yancey Stanforth-Migliore have created Whitecliff over the past 30 years, doing much of the work with their own hands. As executive winemaker and vineyard manager, and with a Masters in Chemistry from SUNY New Paltz, Michael Migliore applied his background in science to teaching himself the chemistry and art of winemaking. He works closely with Cornell Cooperative Extension and also serves as president of the Hudson Valley Wine and Grape Growers Association. Yancey Stanforth-Migliore oversees sales and marketing, taking inspiration from her previous work as fundraiser for Scenic Hudson. Brad Martz joined Whitecliff as a volunteer on the 2010 harvest, and brought so much focus, energy, and intelligence to the cellar work that they are now proud to have him as their full-time winemaker. His work brings international awards and interesting new wines to Whitecliff with every vintage.

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WHITE

ROSÉ

AWOSTING WHITE BLANC DE GAMAY NOIR ESTATE RESERVE CHARDONNAY RIESLING

ROSÉ OF GAMAY NOIR

SYRAH TWO CABS

RED

SPARKLING

ESTATE CABERNET FRANC ESTATE RESERVE GAMAY NOIR ESTATE PINOT NOIR MERLOT MALBEC SKY ISLAND

ESTATE NORTH RIVER BLANC DE BLANC

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DESSERT

ESTATE BOURBON BARREL BLONDE 2016

Saturdays in October (and perhaps September, too) Whitecliff expects to pour and sell from a market tent at their gorgeous new vineyard in Hudson at 4150 Route 23, the very first right off the east side of the Rip Van Winkle Bridge. A must-visit!


IN THE SPOTLIGHT GAMAY FLIGHTS

In the fall, Whitecliff will offer a unique tasting flight of four different styles of Gamay Noir: sparkling red Gamay, Gamay Blanc, Rosé of Gamay Noir, and traditional Gamay Noir. Whitecliff produces many tons of this versatile grape at their new vineyard below Olana State Historic Site in Hudson—as well as at their home vineyard in Gardiner, so it has inspired them to experiment. It is true tasting fun to find the common threads and differences in a single grape variety depending on the vinification methods. Stop in and try them all!

THE ESSENTIALS ADDRESS

331 McKinstry Road Gardiner, NY 12525 845-255-4613

WEBSITE

Various flights: $13–$16, with souvenir glass Gold Tasting: $40 for seated tasting of 8 wines, winery visit, cheese plate, souvenir glass

HOURS

GETTING HERE FROM THE NYS THRUWAY (RT. 87): Exit 18, New Paltz. Turn left onto Route 299. Drive through the town, across the Wallkill River and bear left onto County Route 7 at the fork after Wallkill View Farm. Stay on Route 7 for 7.9 miles and turn left onto Route 7A, McKinstry Road. Whitecliff is 0.8 miles along on the right.

Jun–July, Oct Daily

Aug–Sept

Mon–Thurs, Sun Fri Sat

Nov–Dec

Thurs–Mon Sat

WINEMAKERS

Brad Martz and Michael Migliore

EVENTS 11:30am–5pm

Thurs–Mon Sat

ULSTER

TASTING FEE

Feb–May

OWNERS / MANAGERS

Christine Ascolese, Tasting Room Manager

whitecliffwine.com

Sat–Sun

Medium (5,000 to 10,000 cases) Michael Migliore, Yancey Stanforth-Migliore and Tristan Migliore

PHONE

Jan

PRODUCTION

11:30am–5:30pm 11am–6pm 11:30am–5:30pm 11:30am–5:30pm 11:30am–7pm 11am–6pm 11:30am–5:30pm 11am–6pm

Check the website for upcoming events.

TASTINGS – Plenty of outdoor tables with spectacular views to enjoy tastings, snacks and artisanal Hudson Valley cheese plates, and wine by the glass. – Indoor seating available for reservations and inclement weather.

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MILEA ESTATE VINEYARD Established 2015

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THE 98-ACRE MILEA ESTATE VINEYARD is a very successful winery in the historic Hudson River Region, dedicated to capturing the unique, natural environmental benefits of soil, climate, and sunlight to produce outstanding, award-winning wines. Located in one of the oldest wine-growing regions in the entire country, Milea Estate Vineyard is in the heart of the fertile Hudson Valley, 80 miles north of New York City, nestled among beautiful rolling hills and surrounded by beautiful streams, horse pastures, dairies, and orchards. It is at the very center of the nation’s most exciting, diverse and up-andcoming farm-to-table movement. The Milea Estate Vineyard’s winemaking approach is firmly grounded in Old World traditions, using estate-grown or locally-sourced varietals that thrive in the area’s unique soil and climate conditions. The topography of the Hudson Valley is perfectly suited for fruit production, with the first vineyards in the region dating back to 1677. What does all of this mean for Milea Estate Vineyard? From its first crush in 2015 that resulted in award-winning wines, the vineyard has maintained its high wine-making standards, continuing to produce extraordinary varietals that are continuously growing in popularity with wine connoisseurs. Milea Estate Vineyard consistently produces fresh, clean, crisp and balanced wines that pair elegantly with all types of food and appeal to everyone’s taste. In 2019, Milea Estate Vineyard opened its elegant tasting room with spectacular views of the vineyard and surrounding countryside. The tasting room is open to visitors Wednesday through Sunday. There is also a magnificent event space, which can be used by wine lovers to host tasting parties. Milea Estate Vineyard is proud of the awards won at the New York State Wine Classic and the Hudson Valley Wine & Spirits Competition, as well as its selection by the Culinary Institute of America as the wine of choice for Hyde Park events.

MEET THE OWNERS In 1984, Barry Milea and his father purchased part of the Rymph Family Farm, a property that Barry fell in love with, and dreamed of returning it to its farming origins. In the summer of 2015, Barry Milea, Ed Evans, and Bruce Tripp formed Milea Estate Vineyard. Their focus was to produce quality wines from fruit grown in the Hudson River Region. Barry added adjoining land to the property in 2016, culminating in a 98-acre estate with some of the best soil and most beautiful landscapes in the country, perfect for the Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling, and other wines that the vineyard now produces. The Hudson River Region is not only one of the oldest grape-growing regions in the U.S., but is also the place that Barry, Ed, and Bruce call home. Bruce Tripp and Ed Evans are responsible for planting, harvesting, and producing the exquisite wines that Milea Estate Vineyard offers, while Barry Milea focuses on the business side, ensuring Milea Estate Vineyard’s growth and prosperity in the market.

S AV O R T H I S WHITE

ROSÉ

SPARKLING

RIESLING 2020 TRAMINETTE 2020 CHARDONNAY 2018 RESERVE CHARDONNAY 2019

ROSÉ 2020 ROSÉ OF PINOT NOIR 2020

PROCEEDO 2020

Milea Estate Vineyard crafts wines that have won several medals over the past few years,

RED

including the Hudson Valley Wine & Spirits

BLAUFRANKISH 2019 CABERNET FRANC 2018 MERLOT 2018

Competition. Their wines were selected by the Culinary Institute of America as the wine of choice for Hyde Park events.

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IN THE SPOTLIGHT NY WINE CLASSIC WINNERS!

Milea Estate Vineyard’s wines received numerous awards at the prestigious NY Wine Classic earlier this year. Here are some highlights: 2018 Cabernet Franc Hudson River Region. Gold Medal, 91 points. 2019 Reserve Chardonnay New York State. Silver Medal, 89 points. 2019 Blaufrankisch New York State. Gold Medal, 91 points. 2018 Merlot New York State. Silver Medal, 88 points. 2019 Traminette New York State. Silver Medal, 86 points.

DUTCHESS

THE ESSENTIALS ADDRESS

450 Hollow Road Staatsburg, NY 12580

PHONE

845-266-0384

WEBSITE

MileaEstateVineyard.com

TASTING FEE $15

PRODUCTION

Small (less than 5,000 cases)

OWNERS

Barry Milea, Bruce Tripp, Ed Evans

MANAGER

Ed Evans

WINEMAKER

Bruce Tripp

TOURS

By appointment only

GETTING HERE FROM TACONIC STATE PARKWAY: Take Salt Point Turnpike (NY-115) towards Poughkeepsie. Drive .6 miles and turn right onto Hollow Road (CR-14). Continue for 5.4 miles. Milea Estate Vineyard is on the left. FROM ROUTE NY-9G: Exit Hollow Road (CR-14) East. Continue 2.3 miles. Milea Estate Vineyard will be on the right.

HOURS

EVENTS

Year-round

Check the website for upcoming events.

Closed

PICKUP/DELIVERY*

Wed–Thurs 12–6:30pm Fri–Sat 12–8pm Sun 2–6:30pm Mon–Tues, New Year’s Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day

Open for pickup on days and hours listed at left. *until further notice

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CLERMONT VINEYARDS & WINERY Established 2009

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SINCE ITS GRAND OPENING in 2014, Clermont Vineyards & Winery has established itself as a staple on the Hudson Valley wine trail. Situated in the beautiful and historic town of Clermont, NY, the winery is housed in a 125-year-old former dairy barn, less than a mile from the Hudson River and the historic Clermont State Park. In 2004 owners (and cousins) Tony Trigo and Vasco Meireles planted 4,000 vines on the site, which boasts dramatic views of the Catskill Mountains. Patrons are often greeted by Clermont’s welcoming staff, and led to either the expansive tasting room or one of the two large outdoor seating areas to sample their awardwinning wines. Clermont Vineyards offers several white varietals including Aurore, Chardonnay, Seyval, and Vidal Blanc. Their reds include Cabernet Franc, Corot Noir, Lemberger, Marquette, Noiret, and a few other French-American hybrid red grape wines, all of which are 100% grown on-site. Clermont Vineyards is also home to the first Arandell wine in New York State. In 2015, Clermont’s Cabernet Franc took home top honors, receiving the Gold Medal at the Hudson Valley Wine & Spirits Competition. A selection of Clermont’s wines can be found at Bond St. Wines (bondstwines.com) in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn.

MEET THE WINEMAKERS Tony Trigo and his cousin and partner Vasco Meireles are heavy construction experts. Tony majored in civil engineering and minored in geology. He is a trained land surveyor and structural steel erection inspector with a career that spanned 38 years. In 2008, he retired as Senior Construction Safety Engineer from The Port Authority of NY & NJ. Vasco has a construction background and has proven himself to be a great winemaker, always looking for ways to improve the winemaking process—the old-fashioned way. Tony’s and Vasco’s cousin Frederico Meireles is a trained enologist in Portugal. His wines are vinted from grapes from the Douro Valley, best known for their Port wines. Three wines imported from the family’s winery – Grambeira Red, Grambeira White and Val Pedro – are available in the tasting room.

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WHITE

RED

SWEET

AURORE CHARDONNAY CHARDONEL GRAMBEIRA WHITE RIESLING SEYVAL BLANC VIDAL BLANC

ARANDELL CABERNET FRANC GRAMBEIRA RED LEMBERGER MARQUETTE NOIRET VAL PEDRO

ROSÉ

DESSERT

VASCO’S ROSÉ

TONY’S JEROPIGA

AURORE CHARDONEL RIESLING ROSÉ SEYVAL BLANC VIDAL BLANC BACO NOIR COROT NOIR MARÉCHAL FOCH NOIRET

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Take advantage of the beautiful 15-acre site by enjoying a homemade picnic or grabbing a bite from a neighboring business, like “Cue 2 Go” directly across from the winery on County Route 6. Enjoy the views with a glass of Clermont wine, and watch the beautiful sunsets from the winery’s expansive deck.


IN THE SPOTLIGHT AWARD-WINNING WINES

COLUMBIA

Clermont Vineyards produces awardwinning wines in the traditional Portuguese fashion using several grape varieties grown on location. In the first year of operation as a winery, Clermont Vineyards received four medals for their wines, and they continue to win awards with each new vintage.

CABERNET FRANC

This wine received a Gold Medal in the 2015 Hudson Valley Wine & Spirits Competition, and sells out quickly. MARQUETTE

One of Clermont’s top-selling red wines, and a Bronze Medal winner at the Hudson Valley Wine & Spirits Competition. TONY’S JEROPIGA

A Portuguese dessert wine made from late harvest Vidal grapes grown on the estate, and a Bronze Medalist.

THE ESSENTIALS ADDRESS

241 County Route 6 Germantown, NY 12526

PHONE

845-663-6611

WEBSITE

ClermontVineyards.com

TASTING FEE $8–$10

TOURS

When possible

GETTING HERE FROM NYS THRUWAY (RT. 87): Take Exit 19 (Kingston), then take Route 209/199 over the Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge to Route 9G. Turn left onto Route 9G, drive north 8 miles, turn right to County Route 6 (East). Look for the Red Barns at the top of the hill. FROM THE TACONIC STATE PARKWAY: Take the Red Hook/Route 199 exit, drive west on Route 199 through the village of Red Hook to Route 9G. Turn right onto Route 9G, drive north 5 miles, turn right to County Route 6 (East). Look for the Red Barns at the top of the hill.

PRODUCTION

Small (less than 5,000 cases)

OWNERS

The Trigo and Meireles Families

MANAGER

Tony Trigo

TASTING ROOM MANAGER Albert Trigo

WINEMAKERS

Tony Trigo, Vasco Meireles, Federico Meireles

HOURS

EVENTS

Apr–Dec Fri–Sat 12–6pm Sun 12–5pm

Check the website for upcoming events.

Closed

January–March, Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day

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HARVEST SPIRITS Established 2006

A B OUT US

HARVEST SPIRITS IS SEATED in the beautiful Hudson River Valley and located at Golden Harvest Farms, a third-generation apple farm and iconic Columbia County fixture, known for its year-round farm stand, fresh fruit sales, pick-your-own apples, and of course, their delicious cider donuts. Harvest Spirits Farm Distillery products are crafted in the “tree to bottle” method, with the apples grown steps from the distillery then pressed, fermented, distilled, and bottled all on-site. Working closely with several local farms, Harvest Spirits is a true Farm Distillery, promoting strong ties among the local farmers and sharing information readily, from farm to bottle. Having helped to forge the way in New York craft distilling, Harvest Spirits received New York State’s first Farm Distillery license in 2007 and shortly after produced New York’s first Applejack since the Prohibition era. Their award-winning spirits truly express the terroir of the Hudson River Valley and pay tribute to the abundant variety of the local fruit. Step into the distillery and you will get a sense of the homegrown and eclectic mix that has created this iconic place and space, where history, innovation, creativity, and the pioneering spirit have built incredible experiences and truly exceptional products. Sample their award-winning spirits, enjoy a cocktail or a draft of local hard cider or beer out on their deck under the wisteria blooms. Either way, a visit to this unique place where it all began should be top on your list.

MEET THE DISTILLER Derek Grout is a third-generation apple farmer and the distiller at Harvest Spirits. He is actively in charge of the distillery and all aspects of the distilling process, as well as product development. Derek’s responsibilities range from designing product packaging and website development, to promoting the products, to scrubbing the tanks. A graduate of Cornell University, Derek began his career as a graphic designer in Boston, MA. After spending too much time in front of a computer, he decided to return to his (literal) roots. In 2003, Derek moved back to his family’s apple farm in the Hudson Valley to help his father and to learn the family business of growing apples. When he’s not in the distillery, he continues to help out around the farm.

Harvest Spirits never compromises on quality. Their products are homegrown and meticulously handcrafted on the farm. Never any neutral grain spirits. No artificial ingredients, colors, or sugars added. One hundred percent gluten-free, excepting the whiskey, of course. One hundred percent family-owned and operated and independently distributed. The distillery is open daily for tastings, cocktails, and bottle sales.

S AV O R T H I S VODKA

APPLEJACK

WHISKEY

CORE VODKA BLACK RASPBERRY VODKA

CORNELIUS APPLEJACK PEACH APPLEJACK CHERRY APPLEJACK DISTILLER’S RESERVE APPLEJACK

JOHN HENRY WHISKEY

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CORE GIN

BRANDY

PEAR BRANDY

House-made craft cocktails, a wide selection of local beer and hard cider draft and by the can, and the Harvest Smokehouse is now open! Check website for more details.

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DISTILLERY

IN THE SPOTLIGHT ORCHARD BARBEQUE NOW OPEN!

Harvest’s roadside, on-the-farm barbecue joint is open and serving up tender pork, meaty ribs, sandwiches, and from-scratch sides, all applewood smoked in their Lang Smoker. Enjoy farm distilled spirits, apples, artisanal vinegars, and fresh and delicious food right from the Orchard!

DISTILLER’S RESERVE APPLEJACK

A single barrel release of the oldest and very best of the best applejack in the entire inventory. Aged nine years in a bourbon barrel, totally unfiltered, and in limited supply. Incredibly smooth, with flavors of maple butter, toasted oak, humidor and baked apple. Drink neat (not for cocktails).

THE ESSENTIALS ADDRESS

3074 US Route 9 Valatie, NY 12184

PHONE

518-758-1776

WEBSITE

harvestspirits.com

TASTING FEE $5

GETTING HERE FROM ALBANY AREA: Take Interstate I-90 East to Exit 12. Continue on Rt. 9 South for four miles. Harvest Spirits is on the left. FROM NYS THRUWAY (RT. 87): Exit 21A for the Berkshire Extension. Follow to exit B1. Continue on Rt. 9 South for four miles. Harvest Spirits is on the left.

PRODUCTION

Small (less than 5,000 cases)

OWNERS

Derek Grout and Ashley Hartka

MANAGER

Peter Upstill

DISTILLER

Derek Grout

HOURS

EVENTS

Year-round Mon–Thurs 11am–5pm Fri–Sun 11am–6pm

Visit harvestspirits.com/events for updates.

Smokehouse Thurs–Mon 11am–6pm

COCKTAIL GARDEN

Closed

– Seasonal cocktail garden has expanded seating

New Year’s Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day

– Reserve your own private fire pit – Check website for live music

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TACONIC DISTILLERY Established 2013

MEET THE TEAM

The Coughlin family purchased a former cattle farm in Stanfordville, NY, and renamed it Rolling Hills Farm in 2010. The farm’s 115 acres became the inspiration for Taconic Distillery’s entrance to Dutchess County’s local agribusiness market. The spirits business is a second career for both Paul and Carol Ann Coughlin, and they operate it with the help of their three daughters. What started out as a hobby has now grown into a thriving business operating in 21 states.

“We wanted to build a brand, support local farmers, create jobs and have fun,” says Coughlin, founder of Taconic Distillery. Prior to the spirits business, Paul was the founder and Managing Partner of Longroad Asset Management, LLC. He earned a degree from Georgetown University, is a three-time Ironman triathlon finisher and has competed in the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim.

A B OUT US

FOUR HUNDRED YEARS OF HISTORY and hospitality make the Hudson Valley an ideal location for production of our own native spirit – bourbon whiskey.

In the fall of 2016, Taconic opened its 4,200 square foot distillery, which includes a bottling, aging, retail, and tasting facility. The cozy tasting room and adjoining patio overlook scenic Dutchess County farmland and provides visitors with a unique setting to explore its products as well as more than 100 bottles of bourbon from various distillers. Says founder Carol Ann Coughlin, “We firmly believe you should enjoy bourbon in whatever form you choose, whether it be neat, on the rocks, or in cocktails.” An American foxhound is prominently featured on the label of Taconic Distillery’s products. The origin of foxhounds in the United States can be traced back to an English hunter named Robert Brooke, who settled in the Hudson Valley in the 1650s. In the early 20th century during the Prohibition era, foxhounds were notable for helping to alert moonshiners when government agents were closing in on their operations. For this reason, Taconic Distillery likes to credit the American foxhound with bringing the phrase “Man’s Best Friend” to the New World. The spirit and image of Copper, the Coughlin’s American foxhound, lives on in each of Taconic’s bottles. Taconic Distillery was recently awarded Gold and Silver Medals for their spirits at both the prestigious San Francisco World Spirits Competition and the consumer-judged SIP Awards. They received a Silver Medal from The 50 Best Bourbon competition and the Hudson Valley Wine & Spirits Competition, and were voted “Best Bourbon” by Maxim Magazine and Hudson Valley Magazine, and “Official Bourbon” of the Culinary Institute of America – Annual Beefsteak Dinner.

PAUL COUGHLIN, Founder

CAROL ANN COUGHLIN, Founder

As Taconic Distillery’s chief mixologist, Carol Ann develops recipes that use fresh, seasonal ingredients to complement the tasting notes in the spirit. She holds a BA degree from Hartwick College and an MBA from New York University. Carol Ann can often be found running or biking in the rolling hills of Dutchess County. BRANDON T. COLLINS, Distiller

Raised in Carlisle, OH, Brandon grew up with a love of chemistry that led to his passion for producing whiskey. During his tenure as Distillery Supervisor at Buffalo Trace, the oldest continuously operating distillery in the U.S., it was named “Whiskey Distillery of the Year” and “Brand Innovator of the Year” by Whisky Magazine.

S AV O R T H I S BOURBON WHISKEY

RYE WHISKEY

GIN

DUTCHESS PRIVATE RESERVE

FOUNDER’S RYE WHISKEY

STUBBORNLY DIFFERENT

STRAIGHT BOURBON WHISKEY

BARREL STRENGTH STRAIGHT BOURBON WHISKEY

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BARREL STRENGTH STRAIGHT RYE WHISKEY

AMERICAN DRY GIN

STUBBORNLY DIFFERENT BARREL FINISHED GIN

Three of their whiskeys have been rated 90+ by Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible. “Well done, people of Taconic Distillery,” wrote Murray. “You sure know how to make a rye whiskey!”

DOUBLE BARREL MAPLE BOURBON

The distillery was also voted “Best Bourbon”

BOURBON CREAM

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by Maxim Magazine, who compared their


DISTILLERY

IN THE SPOTLIGHT BOURBON CREAM

New in 2021, Taconic Distillery’s Bourbon Cream is handcrafted using straight bourbon whiskey, fresh New York State cream, and organic maple syrup. The result is a delicious, creamy treat that can be enjoyed on the rocks, in coffee, or poured over ice cream. DUTCHESS PRIVATE RESERVE

Taconic Distillery’s best selling bourbon is described as subtle and sophisticated. A beautiful bouquet of spice and honey with gentle notes of vanilla coming out to provide for a smooth finish. This is a bourbon for sharing with friends. FOUNDER’S RYE WHISKEY

Named for our country’s founding fathers, Taconic Distillery’s Founder’s Rye Whiskey is aged in virgin American white oak barrels to a golden caramel color. Rye lovers will appreciate its bold, spicy flavor with a mildly sweet finish. Founder’s Rye is delicious in cocktails and decidedly smooth when sipped neat or on the rocks. DOUBLE BARREL MAPLE BOURBON

Taconic’s seasonal creation, Double Barrel Maple Bourbon, comes from teaming up with Catskill Mountain Sugarhouse. The distillery fills emptied maple syrup barrels with aged straight bourbon whiskey. After a few months in the barrels, soaking up the maple sweetness, the liquid is bottled.

THE ESSENTIALS ADDRESS

179 Bowen Road Stanfordville, NY 12581

PHONE 845-393-4583 WEBSITE taconicdistillery.com

PRODUCTION

Large (10,000+ cases)

OWNERS Paul and Carol Ann Coughlin HEAD DISTILLER Brandon T. Collins

TASTING FEE

$15 for 3 spirits, includes logo Glencairn whisky glass

STUBBORNLY DIFFERENT AMERICAN DRY GIN

Stubbornly Different Gin is a crisp, clean tasting spirit derived from a simple mix of citrus and a few select botanicals. The result is a refreshing gin that has a richer, rounder texture than traditional gin. It may be savored in cocktails or sipped on its own.

HOURS

PICKUP/DELIVERY*

Year-round Sat 12–6pm

– Open for pickup on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 9am–3pm.

Closed

New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day

GETTING HERE FROM TACONIC STATE PARKWAY: Taconic State Parkway to Route 44/Millbrook exit. Head towards Millbrook on Route 44. Continue on Route 44 and make a left onto Route 82. Continue on Route 82. Make a left onto Bulls Head Road. Make a right on Bowen Road.

EVENTS Check the website for upcoming events.

– FedEx shipping within NY State with two bottle minimum purchase. Message on FB or IG, or email: info@taconicdistillery.com. *until further notice

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HELDERBERG MEADWORKS A B OUT US

Established 2012

HELDERBERG MEADWORKS is a unique “winery” located at the edge of the Helderberg Mountains where fresh water and local raw honey are used to craft the finest mead. They are one of the few meaderies in the state who primarily produce mead. Owner and meadmaker Peter Voelker has been making mead for many years. In 2010, he decided to open Helderberg Meadworks with his wife Kirsten to share what he considers the best mead in the country. In 2015, the Voelkers were able to purchase more land to expand their small orchard and add a vineyard. While working hard to clear the land and plant rows of fruit, they were able to truly appreciate the beauty of the location and the view overlooking the mountains. It was clear this would be the eventual location of their tasting room, a perfect setting to relax and enjoy their mead and cider. Inspired by their Apple Mead, in 2016 Helderberg Meadworks began producing their own hard cider. The philosophy of using all-natural ingredients extends to their ciders, allowing them to bring out the crisp, fresh apple flavor. Thanks to the positive customer feedback at festivals over the past two years, Helderberg decided to make hard cider a permanent addition to their tasting room offerings. In addition to mead and cider, Helderberg makes a rare product called a “braggot,” a beer/mead hybrid made with grains and hops. A collaboration with Brown’s Brewing, Saison deMiel is a light French saison beer/mead hybrid that is 6% ABV, made with a lighter version of Odin’s Tears. It is very refreshing and perfect for sipping on the patio in the summer.

MEET THE MEAD MAKER Peter Voelker is an engineer by degree. His love for creating something personal and unique combined with a passion for history drove him to experiment with and study mead. He was born in NYC and lived his life in the Hudson Valley and Capital Region. He got his start making homebrew as soon as he graduated college, then branched out into other beverages. He began making mead over 20 years ago and has been perfecting it ever since. Having discovered through genealogy that he is a descendant of the first King of Norway, Harald Fairhair, Peter developed a mead that he would feel honored to raise in a toast with his ancestor. In honor of that link, the label for Heritage was designed to include the “Swords in Mountain” monument of three bronze swords standing 30 feet tall. That monument was erected in Norway to commemorate King Harald’s historic final battle of Hafrsfjord.

S AV O R T H I S MEAD

HERITAGE MEAD MAPLE MEAD ODIN’S TEARS DRY MEAD FERAL MEAD SWEET FERAL MEAD STAGHORN MEAD BLACK CURRANT MEAD

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CHERRY VANILLA SWEET MEAD PEPPER MEAD, MEDIUM SPICY SESSION MEAD LOKI’S LURE

CIDER

CLASSIC HARD CIDER MAPLE HARD CIDER CASSIS HARD CIDER CHERRY HARD CIDER

The Meadhall is open! Sample everything Helderberg has to offer in their new tasting room. It’s open Thursday and Friday evenings, and Saturday and Sunday afternoons—the perfect spot to enjoy a session mead or one of Helderberg’s signature cocktails.


MEADERY

IN THE SPOTLIGHT INTRODUCING ALEHORN MEAD!

This year, AleHorn has asked Helderberg Meadworks to be their official mead producer. So far five different meads have been created and released, with more to come: Longship, a semi-sweet traditional mead; Longship Maple, a seasonal semisweet maple mead; Drakkar, a limited edition semi-sweet, winter spiced mead; Valkyrie, a semi-dry hopped mead; and Odin’s Potion, a dry pyment (honey and grape mead). Look for others to be released soon! Alehorn Meads can be purchased online at www.alehorn.com, or at the Meadhall.

THE ESSENTIALS ADDRESS

6144 Route 30 Esperance, NY 12066

PRODUCTION

Small (less than 5,000 cases)

OWNERS

Peter and Kirsten Voelker

PHONE

518-795-8964

MANAGER

WEBSITE

helderbergmeadworks.com

TASTING FEE

$5 for 7 tastes; $15 for all with souvenir glass

Peter Voelker

MEAD MAKER

Peter Voelker

TOURS No

HOURS Jan–Feb

Visit the website for updates on events.

Mar–Dec

PICKUP/DELIVERY*

Closed

Open for pickup Thursday–Friday, 5–9pm; Saturday, 12–9pm; and Sunday, 12–5pm. Free local delivery. Meadworks.square.site

Sat Sun

GETTING HERE FROM NYS THRUWAY I-90: Exit 25A, I-88. Take I-88 to Exit 24, then Route 20 West for nine miles. Turn right onto State Hwy 30 North for two miles. Mead Hall is on the right.

EVENTS

Thurs–Fri Sat Sun

12–9pm 12-5pm 5–9pm 12–9pm 12–5pm

New Year’s Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day

*when applicable

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[ SEEDLINGS ] WHAT ’S NEW TO BUY, TRY, OR DO LEAVE THE DRIVING TO VIP Your car. Their driver. It doesn’t get much simpler than that! With a professional, licensed driver from VIP Winery Tours at the wheel, you’re guaranteed a stress-free time in Hudson Valley wine country. Not sure which tasting rooms to hit? Let VIP choreograph a course based on your beer, wine, cider or spirits preferences. Their knowledgeable staff will maneuver the back roads to get you there safely, recommend the best sites, and even make stops for food or entertainment along the way. Preorder a box lunch or chef-plated cheese and charcuterie board from their award-winning Aroma Thyme Bistro and make it a picnic at the winery. Operating in Ulster, Orange, and parts of Sullivan and Dutchess counties, VIP is also a safe way to hit your favorite harvest festivals this season.

RED, WHITE AND MURDER Who doesn’t love to settle in with a tall glass of wine and a good murder mystery when the weather gets chilly? The latest whodunnit in the “Can Be Murder” series by wine and travel writer Tammy Wunsch will have you reaching for the bottle again and again as you snuggle up with this fun, fast-paced thriller and piece together clues.

Skip the unreliable lift service apps, grab your best bae, fellow imbibers, or out-of-town guests (as many will legally fit in your vehicle) and leave the driving to VIP. $42 per hour per carload, 4 hour minimum. VIPWineryVacations.com

DOGGY DAYTRIPPING

Vineyards Can Be Murder takes place in the

Why not bring your four-legged friend along for the ride the next time you visit wine country? Well-behaved pets are welcome at most wineries, distilleries, and meaderies in the region, so you can sip and savor the scenery alongside your furry friend. Many even allow pets inside! (Look for the paw symbol throughout this issue to find out which locations are pet-friendly.)

In Vineyards, Kat also explores her just-rekindled relationships with Marco and Chance (high-school alumns she reconnected with in Reunions Can be Murder, the first book in the series), plans a wine tasting and determines the best time to harvest the grapes. All in a day’s work!

To get your pooch in the spirit, deck him out in branded merch like the Taconic Distillery Dog Collar, made of durable nylon with a quick-release buckle, and keep him in tow with the matching Taconic Distillery Dog Leash, five feet long with a sturdy lobster claw clip. Available at taconicdistillery.com/shop.

fictional New England-based Milano Vineyard where former homicide detective Kat Snow and friends are back for another wine tasting mystery. When the enigmatic vineyard manager at Milano Vineyards is discovered dead in his carriage house, Kat – a curious wine novice and new-hire in the tasting room – is hot on the trail, searching for a motive and the elusive killer before he, or she, strikes again.

Wunsch’s thirst for adventure, travel, and good wine are the foundation of this clever mystery that blends relatable characters and engaging dialogue in a familiar setting. Wunsch even includes wine tasting notes at the back of the book so you can feel like you’re at the winery where Kat uncovers clue after clue to solve the crime. Is the murder related to a deeper secret? Will Kat solve the case before any more people are killed? Vineyards Can Be Murder is exciting and entertaining – it’s also filled with murder, mayhem…and lots of wine. Dust off a bottle and awaken your inner sleuth. Kindle and paperback available on Amazon. Visit the author at TammyWunsch.com

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2021

FESTIVALS & EVENTS

Save the dates for these upcoming wine and craft beverage events! Check our online calendar for updates and subscribe to our free newsletter to receive news and special ticket offers delivered right to your inbox. Visit HVWineMag.com/events. SEPTEMBER 11 Fall Festival Harvest Weekends (through Oct 31, 2021) Treasury Cider | Hopewell Jct. treasurycider.com

11 City Winery’s Concerts in the 12 Vineyard Series 19 City Winery | Montgomery 26 citywinery.com/hudsonvalley

11- Hudson Valley Wine & Food Fest 12 Dutchess County Fairgrounds Rhinebeck HudsonValleyWineFest.com

11- Washington County Cheese Tour 12 Self-guided tour, various locations thecheesetour.com 18 Applepalooza Hudson Valley Farmhouse Cider StoneRidge Farms | Stone Ridge hudsonvalleyfarmhousecider.com OCTOBER 2-3 Hudson Berkshire Wine & Food Festival Columbia County Fairgrounds Chatham | see ad (left)

FOR TICKETS: www.eventbrite.com/e/new-dates-hudson-berkshirewine-food-fall-fest-tickets-152880819647

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2- New York Cider Week 17 Various locations CiderWeekNewYork.com

17 City Winery’s Concerts in the Vineyard Series City Winery | Montgomery citywinery.com/hudsonvalley

2 Bethel Woods Wine Festival Bethel Woods Center | Bethel BethelWoodsCenter.org 9  Craft: Beer, Spirits & Food Festival Bethel Woods Center | Bethel BethelWoodsCenter.org

8- Oktoberfest 11 Brooklyn Cider House | New Paltz twinstarorchards.com 24 Pooches & Pumpkins Hudson Valley Farmhouse Cider Stone Ridge Farms | Stone Ridge hudsonvalleyfarmhousecider.com NOVEMBER Season Finale Pig Roast 6 Brooklyn Cider House Twin Star Orchards | New Paltz twinstarorchards.com

20- Shawangunk Wine Trail 21 Wreath Fineries Various wineries gunkswine.com DECEMBER 4-5 Shawangunk Wine Trail Wreath Fineries Various wineries gunkswine.com

11- Shawangunk Wine Trail 12 Wreath Fineries Various wineries gunkswine.com


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C Columbia County Tourism 401 State Street, Hudson I columbiacountytourism.org

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Westchester County Airport

D Great Northern Catskills 700 Rte 23B, Leeds I greatnortherncatskills.com E Hudson Valley Wine & Food Festival Dutchess County Fairgrounds, 6550 Spring Brook Avenue Rhinebeck I hudsonvalleywine fest.com

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Milea Estate Vineyard 450 Hollow Road, Staatsburg I mileaestatevineyard.com

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F Hudson Berkshire Wine & Food Festival Columbia County Fairgrounds, 182 Hudson Avenue Chatham I hudsonberkshirewinefestival.com G Orange County Tourism 99 Main Street, Goshen I orangetourism.org H Town & Country Liquors 330 NY-212, Saugerties I townandcountryliquorstore.com


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