Hillrock Estate Distillery, in Columbia County, in the Hudson Valley, continues to draw coverage and praise. No question that both are well in order. A great piece in the Winter 2013/2014 issue of Edible Hudson Valley about Hillrock, owner Jeffrey Baker and the rest of the crew! And kudos to Eric Steinman and Nancy and Ray Painter of Edible Hudson Valley.
Brotherhood, America's Oldest Winery makes lovely sparkling. They've been doing it since 1839. The Grand Monarque is aged for a minimum of 2 years before disgorging, producing a Brut with rich flavors and aromas bathed in tiny long-lasting …
Governor Cuomo says the statewide wine and grape industry saw a bountiful harvest this year but in the Hudson Valley the weather didn't allow wineries to fair as well as other parts of the state. "Our grape harvest hasn't been that good actually - we had a lot of rain earlier in the summer and we had a lot of problems with disease," Applewood Winery and Naked Flock Cider owner Jonathan Hull said.
…wines to wine & food festivals across the state this summer and fall; She traveled down to the Hudson Valley, all the way up to Plattsburgh and Sackets Harbor. She saw some familiar faces, gained some new wine-loving fans and brought the atmosphere of the Tasting Room to you for a change!
The affable and charismatic David Ramey produces benchmark Chardonnay wines from the Russian River Valley in California. His blended wine, sold simply as Russian River Chardonnay , is excellent , but the three single-vineyard wines he offers, Hyde, Hudson and Ritchie, are at a totally different quality level. Ritchie is perhaps the most refined and backward of the three; if one wants to draw a Burgundian comparison then Puligny Montrachet might be the nearest equivalent.
Eventually I found the place to turnoff, a road that used to be called the Catskills Turnpike. There was no traffic on the Turnpike on this summer afternoon.
I stopped at the side of the road to admire the view. I hadn't been in a place that looked like this in a long, long time.
I arrived at Ken and his wife Linda's …
…line, treats you to a squirt of his locally sourced, antibiotic and hormone free whipped cream on a Hudson Valley grown buckwheat cracker. His whipped cream might taste great, and I'm glad that people will support locally sourced food products, especially from animals that are not crammed with antibiotics and the like. That's exactly what I want to eat. But this dude and his whipped cream, however, are still foodster.
Foodster is more about attitude than anything else. Same with …
…best parts of travel - eating and drinking. Imbibers were able to sample wines and spirits from the Hudson Tousey and Millbrook wineries were pouring, as were Hudson Valley distilleries, and Dutch Spirits. There was also a deluxe tasting bar, where experts talked attendees through flights of 's most famous spirit, presented by Mexico , Cafe Frida, and from ., .
NYC area travel …
Now I'm in our midtown hotel (The Hudson), with two hours to get it together and get to JFK. I cannot wait to see Gus.
Have a great weekend. I'll be more coherent on Monday morning when the topic will be...CHINA!