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Martha Clara going German for a weekend

RIVERHEAD, Long Island — Martha Clara Vineyards, never a snob about beverages, will host its 11th annual Oktoberfest the weekend of September 8-9.

German beers, food music — and wine, of course — will be available at the North Fork facility from 1 to 5 p.m. each day.

This is a rain-or-shine event. Admission is $10 for each day. Click here for Saturday tickets, or here for Sunday tickets.

Martha Clara is located at 6025 Sound Avenue. However, the Herricks Lane entrance will be used for Oktoberfest visitors. Phone: (631) 298-0075.

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Posted by on August 10, 2012 in Beer Event, Wineries


Rooster Hill debuts its first Sauvignon Blanc

You may have to get your local wine merchant to special-order it, but a Finger Lakes winery has just released a limited amount of its first Sauvignon Blanc in a region best known for its Rieslings.

The wine, made from a grape variety that originated in western France, is getting very good early reviews, which should mean the 65-case supply from Rooster Hill Vineyards will go fast.

Rooster Hill, located on the east side of Keuka Lake, actually made the wine from grapes grown on the east side of Seneca Lake at Sawmill Creek Vineyards, also its supplier for Chardonnay grapes.

Winemaker Barry Tortolon split the 1.5 tons of purchased grapes into different lots and fermented them using two different yeasts to provide different notes — one grassy and steely, the other fruity — then blended them into one final product.

Rooster Hill Vineyards is located at 489 Route 54 near Penn Yan. Phone: (315) 536-4773.

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Posted by on July 31, 2012 in Wineries


10 NY wines best-of-class in California competition

LONG BEACH, CA — The Long Beach Grand Cru competition held over the weekend was a medal bumper crop for New York State wines — 115 medals, among them 10 best-of-class, 26 gold, 55 silver and 24 bronze.

Best-of-class winners, which were in the final “sweepstakes” round, included:

• 1 for 21 Brix — Ella’s Red (Concord) from Lake Erie

• 1 for Chateau LaFayette Reneau 2– 010 Estate Dry Riesling

• 2 for Coyote Moon — Twisted Sister (Frontenac) and Marquette

• 2 for Goose Watch  — 2011 Diamond and 2011 Rose of Isabella

• 4 for Swedish Hill —  2011 Riesling, Niagara, Catawba, and 2010 Late Harvest Vignoles

Gold medals went to 21 Brix Raspberry, 2011 Dry Riesling, 2011 Gewurztraminer, and 2011 Chardonnay; Anyela’s Vineyards 2010 Riesling and 2008 Cabernet Franc; Chateau LaFayette Reneau 2010 Chardonnay Proprietor’s Reserve, 2010 Semi-Dry Estate Riesling and 2011 Semi-Dry Estate Riesling; Coyote Moon La Crescent; Dr. Konstantin Frank 2010 Rkatsiteli, 2011 Dry Riesling, and 2011 Semi-Dry Riesling;

Also, Goose Watch 2011 Cabernet Franc and 2010 Traminette; Hazlitt 2010 Riesling Homestead Reserve; Johnson Estate 2011 Delaware and Concord; Penguin Bay Tuxedo Red and 2011 Riesling; Sparkling Pointe 2009 Topaz Imperial, North Fork of Long Island; Swedish Hill 2011 Chardonnary-Riesling Blue Waters, Blanc de Blanc, 2011 Dry Riesling, and 2011 Cayuga White; and Wagner Vineyards 2010 Riesling Estate Bottled.

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Posted by on July 23, 2012 in Competition, Wineries


Schenectady County winery NYS’s newest

NISKAYUNA — New York’s newest winery has opened in a location that might surprise many people.

Capoccia Vineyards & Winery, located at 2820 Balltown Road in this Schenectady County community, is a project involving Domenic Capoccia, owner of Northeastern Contracting, and three sons, Nick, 21, Justin, 18, and Michael, 15, that is an outgrowth of a longtime family hobby of making wine.

The new enterprise’s tasting room and store — shown above right — sells seven varieties of wine, all made from New York grapes. Three varietals are grown on three acres here, the rest sourced from the Finger Lakes.

The tasting room is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday. The seven wines it stocks were made from the 2011 harvest — Cabernet Franc, Vignoles, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Traminette and Rosette. They are priced from $12 to $20, depending on varietal.

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Millbrook expands its reserve tasting portfolio

MILBROOK — Millbrook Winery has unveiled a new reserve wine tasting program.

The Dutchess County winery is offering a five-sample flight of its premium wines for $25 per person from 1 to 4 p.m. Wines in the lineup include estate-grow and -bottled along with a Pinot Noir from it sister winery, Williams Selyem. That means wines from the Hudson River Region as well as from California’s Russian River Valley and Central Coast Region.

In addition, Millbrook is offering an expanded wine-by-the-glass menu, featuring eight more reserve wines in addition to those previously available from its Portfolio Sampler Tasting. Each of the wines is available by the sample or by the glass.

The selection:

2011 Tocai Friulano – Hilltop Hill
2010 Grand Reserve Chardonnay
2010 Grand Reserve Pinot Noir
2009 Williams Selyem Central Coast Pinot Noir
2008 Cabernet Franc Proprietor’s Special Reserve
2010 Chardonnay Block Two West
2009 Williams Selyem Unoaked Chardonnay
2010 Pinot Noir Proprietor’s Special Reserve

Millbrook Winery is located at 26 Wing Road. Phone: (845) 677-6186.

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Posted by on July 15, 2012 in Wineries


Split-weekend sangria festival at Benmarl

MARLBORO — Benmarl Winery’s 7th annual Sangria Festival is set for double exposure — the weekends of July 21-22 and August 18-19.

For a $20 admission fee, attendees will get a souvenir wine glass, vineyard and cellar yours, sangria samples and be entertained by live music and Flamenco dance. The event will run from noon to 7 p.m. each day Food, additional sangria and wine will be available each day.

There also are several discount admission offers. For example, Wine Club members will receive free admission for two people, or 25% discount advance admissions are available by going online and entering promo code NL7.

Bemmarl is located at 156 Highland Avenue Marlboro, Ulster County. Phone: (845) 236-4265.

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Posted by on July 12, 2012 in Hudson Valley, Wineries


Brooklyn wineries offering orange wines

BROOKLYN — Someone once said Americans will drink or eat anything if it’s colored orange. At least two New York wineries are hoping that’s true.

Both the Brooklyn Winery and Brooklyn Oenology have produced unusual wines from oranges.

A 2010 Brooklyn Winery Finger Lakes Orange Chardonnay is being offered for $22 for a 375ml “half bottle,” or $15 by the glass at its 213 North Eighth Street location (between Driggs Avenue and Roebling Street).

A 2010 Brooklyn Oenology Orange Pinot Gris is being offered at $25 for a 750ml bottle, or $11 by the glass at its 209 Wythe Avenue (at North Third Street) location.

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Posted by on June 18, 2012 in Tasting Room, Wine


Special local chardonnay to aid Lake George band

LAKE GEORGE — Adirondack Winery is releasing a special edition chardonnay called Musical Medley to benefit the Lake George Community Band.

“We are proud to announce that $5 from the sale of each bottle of this very special Chardonnay will be donated to the (band),” said Sasha Pardy, Adirondack Winery president and co-owner.

The wine has been in the works since last year,and more than 1,000 bottles have been produced ” … with the hope that the wine will sell quickly and the donation proceeds will be a boon for the LGCB’s modest operating budget,” said Pardy, a clarinetist with the band.

“I am astounded by the depth of musical talent we have in this local group of musicians. The band includes a wide range of musicians from high school teens, to local musicians picking up their instruments for the first time in years, to a large group of current and former professional music teachers, performers, directors and composers.”

The wine is available only at the winery’s tasting room at 285 Canada Street and from its online store. It is priced at $15 a bottle.

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Posted by on June 12, 2012 in Fundraiser, Wineries


Smoking out trouble in grape country

This is a sight you don’t see very often, but when you have an erratic late winter and early spring as we saw in the Finger Lakes, it’s not terribly surprising.

This photo shows Magdalena Vineyard, the northernmost of the Herman J. Wiemer Vineyards in the heart of the Finger Lakes, where several weeks ago hay bales were set afire in hopes the smoke would protect the fragile grapes when the temperatures dipped.

As the folks at Wiemer explained it, “Many of you have asked how we dealt with the whims of our weather this year. March decided to come in hot and heavy, sometimes reaching 75 degrees. Then April arrived and threw some cold water on the party, turning the dial down to 25 degrees. But our vines showed typical Finger Lakes resilience, despite the widespread bud damage across the Northeast.

“Our warmer sites were somewhat shielded by the temperature moderating lake effect, and we did our part by summoning colleagues and family members in a three-day around the clock effort by surrounding the vineyards with hay bales. Each bale was set on fire to encourage air circulation and reduce the likelihood of damage. … While it is honestly hard to say whether it is the hay burning spectacular that protected the vines, or whether it was simply the lake effect, we are simply grateful that only small patches of vines surrendered to the cold.”

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Posted by on June 2, 2012 in Agriculture, Wineries


Anthony Road takes lone U.S. Gold in France

STRASBOURG, France — Judges at the prestigious Riesling du Monde competition this year awarded 63 gold medals. However, despite the rise of Rieslings in America, particularly in the Finger Lakes, only one went to an American entry.

Anthony Road Wine Company‘s 2009 Finger Lakes Riesling Martini-Reinhardt Selection was awarded a gold medal.

By country, 38 Golds went to France, 16 to Germany, 3 to Austria, 2 each to Hungary and the Czech Republic and 1 each to South Africa and the U.S. Riesling originated in the Rhine Valley and Moselle regions, believed to have been cultivated there since Roman times.

Anthony Road was founded by Ann and John Martini. Their first wines were made from the 1989 grape crop and released in 1990. Their vineyard manager is son Peter, and their winemaker is Johannes Reinhardt, a native of Germany whose family boasts that it has been in the wine business since 1438.

The winery is located at 1020 Anthony Road in Penn Yan, NY. Phone: (800) 559-2182.

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Posted by on April 30, 2012 in Competition, Wineries


Sheldrake Point hosting 2 regional tastings

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OVID — The folks at Sheldrake Point are feeling very ecumenical these days. Two events are proof to that. Both are limited-seating tastings of various Finger Lakes wines in specific categories.

Dessert Rieslings: 2 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, May 6.

Sheldrake winemaker Dave Breeden will lead a blind tasting of dessert-style Rieslings, from late harvest to frozen grape examples. At least six examples produced by various Finger Lakes wineries and small foods will be provided to showcase dessert style Rieslings’ affinity with foods other than desserts. Producers’ labels will be revealed at the end.

Gewürztraminers: 2 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, July 8.

Breeden will lead this blind tasting as well, a followup to a similar event he hosted last year. Examples have been selcted from various producers on the west side of Seneca Lake and on Keuka Lake. The tasting will include small food paired with the wines. Producers’ labels will be revealed at the end.

Seating for both events is limited to 20 guests. Reservation deadline for the Dessert Rieslings tasting is April 25, and June 30 for the gewürztraminers tasting. Contact Antoinette at (607) 532-9401 extension 106. Admission to each event is $25 per person, $15 for club members.

Sheldrake Point is located at 7448 County Road 153 in this Seneca County community on the west side of Cayuga Lake. It also has a tasting room at 5930 State Route 414 in Hector.

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Posted by on April 17, 2012 in Finger Lakes, Tasting Event, Wineries


A decade of La Barrique at Peconic Bay

CUTCHOGUE, Long Island — Winemaker Greg Cove will be leading a reservations-only vertical tasting of a decade of La Barrique at Peconic Bay Winery.

“We are cracking the doors of the library once again,” says a winery announcement.

“Inspired by the success of our vertical Riesling and Merlot tastings, we recently uncorked past vintages of the La Barrique Chardonnay, a moderately oaked Burgundian style wine. Our in-house tasting … revealed vintage after vintage of vibrancy and youth to even Greg’s surprise.”

Reservations are $25 per person ($15 for wine club members). The event is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 5.

Peconic Bay Winery is located at 31320 Main Road. Phone: (631) 734-7361.

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New era to debut at Silver Thread Vineyard

LODI — The tasting room at Silver Thread Vineyard will open for the season this Friday with something quite new.

This will mark the debut of Paul Brock wines, created by the new owner-winemaker. He and wife and co-owner Shannon (right) will be offering Dry Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Dry Rosé, Good Earth White and three single-vineyard Rieslings, all featuring the new Silver Thread label.

A pair of reds finished and bottled by Paul Brock from the 20120 vintage also will be available for tasting — Blackbird and Pinot Noir.

The opening-day tasting sessions (11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday) will include complimentary food pairings from Muranda Cheese of Waterloo, Normal Bread of Geneva and Six Circles Farm’s garlic spread from Lodi.

This is the first season for the winery under the Brocks’ ownership. They purchased the 27-acre layout last August from Richard Figiel. Before that, Paul was the winemaker for Lamoreaux Landing and Shannon was wine director at the New York Wine & Culinary Center in Canadaigua.

To mark Earth Day, which this year will fall on April 22, Silver Thread is offering free shipping through April 30 for 12-bottle cases of its sustainably-grown wines.

Silver Thread is located on the eastern shore of Seneca Lake at 1401 Caywood Road in this Seneca County community. Phone: (607) 582-6116.

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Posted by on April 3, 2012 in Winemaker, Wineries


Reneau’s Dry Riesling a smashing success

ONTARIO, CA — A Finger Lakes winery’s entry has been “Grand Champion” in the New World International Wine Competition (NWIWC).

Chateau LaFayette Reneau’s 2010 Dry Riesling earned the honor after winning “Best New World White Wine,” “Best New World Riesling,” “Best of Varietal,” “Best of Class” and a Double Gold.

Hats off to winemaker Tim Miller and owner Bob Reno for this sweep of categories.

Chateau Frank fared quite well, its 2006 Blanc de Noirs taking “Best New World Sparkling Wine,” “Best of Varietal,” “Best of Class” and Double Gold en route to topping that category.

Another particularly strong honor was taken by Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards’ 2010 Chardonnay, rated “Best New World Chardonnay.” In a state known for its Chardonnays and nearly all of the judges from California, it was quite a coup for the Finger Lakes winery.

Other strong New York finishes:

  • Dr. Frank 2010 Gruner Veltliner (Best of Class and Gold)
  • Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards Vidal Ice Wine (Best of Varietal, Best of Class, Double Gold)
  • Merritt Estate Bella Rosa (Best of Class, Gold)
  • Sparkling Pointe 2006 Blanc de Blancs (Best of Class, Double Gold)
  • Swedish Hill Winery 2010 Vignoles 25th Anniversary Reserve (Best of Varietal, Best of Class, Gold)
  • Riesling Cuvee (Best of Class, Double Gold)
  • Dr. Frank 2010 Pinot Gris (Double Gold)

In addition, Golds went to:

  • Belhurst Estate Winery 2010 Chardonnay
  • Dr. Frank 2011 Dry Riesling
  • Sparkling Pointe Cuvee Carnaval
  • Swedish Hill Winery 2010 Riesling

The complete results for all medals in all categories are available online.

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Posted by on March 24, 2012 in Competition, Wineries


JD Wine Cellars tasting room sets brief closing

MACEDON — JD Wine Cellars will close its tasting room from Friday, March 23, through Sunday, April 1, reopening at noon Monday, April 2.

Joan and Doug Allen, the “J” and “D” in the company name, plan to be off at a wine show during that period and, they say, “hope to return with a few new ideas for the season.”

JD Wine Cellars is located at Long Acre Farm, 1342 Eddy Road, in this Wayne County community near Rochester. Phone: (315) 986-4202.

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Posted by on March 20, 2012 in Wineries


New owners to re-open Dundee winery

DUNDEE — The Villa Bellangelo winery is expected to re-open in the next few weeks under new ownership and with a new winemaker.

Christopher Missick, an attorney in California with family in the Rochester area, has completed purchase of the business from Michael Litterio and hired Ian Barry as winemaker. Barry had been with Keuka Lake Vineyards in Hammondsport.

The 10-acree Yates County facility is targeting doubling of its output, to 6,000 cases, and expanding some of its main lines such as a semi-sparkling Moscato and the Scooter value label series.

Currently, the 10-acre property has only a few rows of grapevines. Planting a block of Riesling is planned.

“We’ve got a really great slope on the east end of the property that goes toward Seneca Lake,” Missick, who has vacationed near Lake Ontario over the years and plans to relocate here this month, told the Democrat & Chronicle newspaper.

The purchase price for the winery, initially listed at $499,000, was not disclosed.

Villa Bellangelo is located at 150 Poplar Point, overlooking Seneca Lake. Phone: (607) 243-8602.

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Posted by on March 15, 2012 in Wineries


‘berries, chocolates and wine at Baldwin

PINE BUSH — If you’re a fan of strawberries, chocolate and wine, you’re going to be ecstatic about Baldwin Vineyards‘ 2012 schedule.

The Orange County facility will be holding a “Strawberry, Chocolate & Wine Festival” every weekend beginning in April when it reopens for the season.

Wines that will be offered include Baldwin’s merlot, cherry, brut champagne style, late harvest riesling, blush and apple. And, every weekend Baldwin will be offering barrel samples of new wines that have not yet been bottled.

Proprietors Patricia and Jack Baldwin planted their first vineyard here in 1982, and their second a year later. Today, they produce a portfolio of 15 different wines made from grapes and other fruits.

The winery is located at 176 Hardenburgh Road. Phone: (845) 744-2226.

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Posted by on March 7, 2012 in Hudson Valley, Wineries


‘Spring Fling’ fundraiser at Brotherhood

WASHINGTONVILLE — Brotherhood Winery is planning a “Spring Fling” to usher in the new season.

The event, a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, is set for 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, March 24.

Included in the festivities will be open wine tasting bars, dinner, raffles and drawings, a live DJ and dancing. Tickets are $45 per person, inclusive.

All Tickets will be held at the winery and available upon check in with valid I.D. You can purchase them online by clicking here.

Brotherhood, America’s oldest licensed winery, is located at 100 Brotherhood Plaza Drive in this Orange County community.

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Posted by on March 7, 2012 in Fundraiser, Hudson Valley, Wineries


Winter construction working at Columbia County winery

Work is proceeding nicely in this Winter of No Snow on the new tank room at the Hudson-Chatham Winery in Ghent, Columbia County.

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Posted by on January 31, 2012 in Wineries


27 spots will host ‘Between the Lakes’ wine, food tastings day

Here’s a good bet for a nice day in the Finger Lakes: The “Between The Lakes Wine & Food Day,” set for noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, January 28.

The event, which will be held at 27 wineries located on the west side of Cayuga Lake and east side of Seneca Lake, will feature local wines and foods, with tasting room fees still in effect but samples of anything from stews, soups, dips, and desserts are free with the tastings.

If you need additional information, call (800) 869-9271.

Participating wineries:

  • Americana Vineyards
  • Atwater Estate Vineyards
  • Bellwether Hard Cider
  • Buttonwood Grove
  • Cayuga Ridge Winery
  • Chateau Lafayette Reneau
  • Cobblestone Farm Winery & Vineyard
  • Damiani Winery
  • Goose Watch Winery
  • Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards
  • Hosmer Vineyards
  • Kings Garden Vineyards
  • Knapp Winery & Vineyard Restaurant
  • Lakeshore Winery
  • Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars
  • Lucas Vineyards
  • Montezuma Winery
  • Penguin Bay Winery
  • Red Newt Cellars
  • Sheldrake Point Vineyards
  • Standing Stone Vineyards
  • Swedish Hill Winery
  • Thirsty Owl Wine Company
  • Three Brothers Wineries & Estates
  • Ventosa Vineyards
  • Wagner Vineyards
  • Zugibe Vineyards

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Posted by on January 13, 2012 in Finger Lakes, Tasting Event, Wineries


HV wines getting more respect

Hudson Valley wineries can be forgiven for often thinking of themselves as the Rodney Dangerfield of New York’s producers. But, in the last couple of years the region’s offerings have been getting a little more respect.

The latest comes from the fact that, for the first time ever, the influential magazine Wine Enthusiast has coordinated a tasting of some of the Valley’s best wines. The wines scored high on the magazine’s 100-point scale, with 20 of them hitting the 84- to 89-point range consistently across six producers. This is the first major tasting of the region by any major news organization.

The Hudson Valley is one of the oldest producing wine regions in the U.S. and New York is the nation’s third overall producer of wine. In recent years, new wineries, new money and new people have helped raise the overall level to some degree. As I noticed when I judged in the Hudson Valley Wine Competition back in September, some of the highest level Valley wines can hold their own against the more well-known Finger Lakes and North Fork products, and the mid-range quality wines are growing in number.

“We are thrilled with the results,” said Carlo DeVito, president of the 26-winery Hudson Valley Wine Country trade group and co-owner of the Hudson-Chatham Winery in Columbia County.

“The Hudson Valley is a great example of some of the excellent wines New York State produces. Our passion and commitment to making quality wines has been recognized. We think this highlights what we’ve been doing here. The Hudson Valley is making wines that can compete anywhere.”

Here is a rundown of the scoring, by winery:


86, Tousey Winery 2010 Pinot Noir 2010, $20
85, Tousey Winery 2010 Cabernet Franc, $22
84, Tousey 2010 Chardonnay 2010, $16


89, Millbrook 2010 25th Anniversary Pinot Noir, $18
88, Millbrook 2010 25th Anniversary Chardonnay, $16
87, Millbrook 2007 Proprietor’s Special Reserve Cabernet Franc, $29
87, Millbrook 2009 Proprietor’s Special Reserve Chardonnay, $20
86, Millbrook 2008 Cabernet Franc, $20


87, Hudson-Chatham 2010 Casscles Vineyard Reserve Baco Noir, $20
86, Hudson-Chatham 2010 Cabernet Franc, $17
86, Hudson-Chatham 2010 Old Vines Baco Noir, $22
86, Hudson-Chatham 2008 Empire Reserve Baco Noir, $22
85, Hudson-Chatham 2009 Old Vines Masson Place Vineyard Pulteney Farm Baco Noir, $20
84, Hudson-Chatham 2010 Field Stone Baco Noir, $30


88, Oak Summit Vineyard Pinot Noir, $35
85, Oak Summit Vineyard Chardonnay Hudson, $28


85, Brotherhood Pinot Noir, $16
85, Brotherhood Grand Monarque Champagne, $25
84, Brotherhood Blanc de Blancs, $11


88, Whitecliff Vineyard 2010 Reserve Chardonnay, $17
87, Whitecliff Vineyard Cabernet Franc, $20
86, Whitecliff Vineyard 2010 Traminette, $16


84, Palaia Vineyards 2008 Cabernet Franc, $19

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Robibero joins Shawangunk Wine Trail

Inside the Robibero tasting room.

NEW PALTZ — The revitalization of the onetime Rivendell Winery has taken another step forward.

The facility, now called the Robibero Family Vineyard, has become the 12th member of the Shawangunk Wine Trail, a network of wineries located throughout the Hudson Valley.

Harry and Carole Robibero purchased the 42-acre site in 2003. The Rivendell Winery already was in operation on the premises, but in 2007 it moved elsewhere, giving the Robiberos the opportunity to begin business on their own.

Robibeo has scheduled a February 11-12 tasting event called “Sweet & Sinful Revenge” to mark Valentine’s Day. I’m not sure where the “revenge” part comes in, unless it is taken from the saying “Living well is the best revenge.”

In any event, the program includes tasting chocolates, cupcakes and wines in various combinations, while presenters will discuss trhe history of the grapes used in those wines, as well as the art of pairing foods and wines.

Tickets are $15 each, payable the day of the event although the reservation deadline is February 9. Seatings are scheduled for 1, 2:30 and 4 p.m. each day. Reservations may be made by e-mail, at Robibero, 714 Albany Post Road near this Ulster County community, or by phone: (845) 255-9463.

Other member of the Shawangunk Wine Trail:

Adair, Applewood, Baldwin, Benmarl, Brimstone Hill, Brotherhood, Glorie Farm, Palaia, Stoutridge, Warwick Valley and Whitecliff.

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Posted by on January 2, 2012 in Hudson Valley, Upstate, Wine Trails, Wineries


Finger Lakes ‘winery’ for sale

WATKINS GLEN — Cascata Winery, founded in Schuyler County in the 1990s, is up for sale.

Before you get ready to indulge your fantasies about running a winery, be aware that the $329,000 asking price isn’t the bargain it might seem to be for a full-fledged winery. Cascata has been contracting with Lakewood Vineyard to produce its wine. The property contains no vineyards or winemaking equipment.

What it does contain is a restored Victorian-era home that was the residence for various Sterling Salt Co. executives from the 1920s to the 1970s. It houses a tasting room, an art gallery, and a B&B called The Professors’ Inn.

Cascata was founded in 1995 by college professors Coralee Burch and the late David Hannie. Burch’s daughter and son-in-law, Sara and Kurtis Vondracek, have operated the Seneca Lake business for several years. Although it is closed for the season, prospective buyers can visit the property at 3651 State Route 14, two miles north of Watkins Glen. Phone: (607) 535-8000.

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Posted by on December 27, 2011 in Wineries


NYS winery tally hits 316, and counting

The number of wineries in New York State has hit 316, with six more licenses pending. In addition, there are 54 satellite stores with two more pending.

That’s the year-end tally, according to the New York State Wine & Grape Foundation (NYWGF).

“Most impressive, the 20 new wineries are spread across 15 different counties from Chautauqua in the Lake Erie region to Suffolk on Long Island and even King’s (Brooklyn),” said Jim Trezise, NYWGF president.

The newcomers, by country alphabetically:

  • The Apple Station Winery (Cayuga)
  • 21 Brix Winery (Chautauqua)
  • North Star Vineyard (Clinton)
  • Venditti Vineyards (Jefferson)
  • Red Hook Winery (King’s)
  • Harvest Moon Cidery (Madison)
  • A Gust of Sun (Niagara)
  • Midnight Run Wine Cellars (Niagara)
  • Long Cliff Vineyard & Winery (Niagara)
  • Raymor Estate Cellars (Ontario)
  • Saratoga Lake Winery (Saratoga)
  • Kymar Farm Winery & Distillery (Schoharie)
  • Eremita Winery (Seneca)
  • Deep Root Vineyard (Steuben)
  • Lime Berry Winery (Steuben)
  • Mattebella Vineyards (Suffolk)
  • Woodstock Winery (Ulster)
  • Monello (Yates)
  • New Vines Bed & Breakfast (Yates)
  • Point of the Bluff Vineyard (Yates)

The new satellite stores, by country alphabetically:

  • The Champlain Wine Company (Clinton)
  • Swedish Hill Winery (Saratoga)
  • Sheldrake Point Vineyard (Schuyler)
  • Empire State Cellars, Riverhead (Suffolk)
  • Harbes Family Farm & Vineyard (Suffolk)
  • The Winemaker Studio by Anthony Nappa Wines (Suffolk)
  • Magnus Ridge Winery (Yates)

“A 2011 law intiated by the state Department of Agriculture & Markets … has made it simpler for farm wineries to open satellite stores, so I expect even more to open in 2012,” Trezise said.

“From 2001 to 2011, 198 new wineries have opened, far more than in the previous 180 years, and in just seven years — from 2005 to 2011 — the 152 new wineries exceeded the total from the prior 20 years, essentially quadrupling the growth rate.

“Each new winery means new investment, new jobs, new tourists, and new taxes for the State of New York, which already benefits from more than $3.76 billion annually of economic activity generated by our industry.

“The challenge now is to grow the market at a greater rate than winery growth so that the new wineries aren’t cannibalizing the market share — tourists and sales — of the pioneering wineries that got everything started in the first place,” he concluded.

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Posted by on December 23, 2011 in Wineries


Experimental Cab Franc at Lakewood

WATKINS GLEN — An experimental Cabernet Franc wine has gone on sale at Lakewood Vineyards.

The wine was produced, according to the folks at Lakewood, “using a unique method developed by our winemaker. In late August we de-barreled and bottled a scant 84 cases.”

It is labeled as “Reserve Cabernet Franc,” and is being sold only at the winery, located at 4024 State Route 14.

The Lakewood crew is remaining rather tight-lipped about the particulars of the experimental wine. However, “It is, by design, unlike any Cabernet Franc you have ever tasted” says Chris Stamp. ” … You won’t find it on our tasting sheet or any store shelf, but if you ask one of our wonderful serves, they will probably slip you a taste from the hidden stash.”

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Posted by on December 13, 2011 in Wineries


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