Monday, September 01, 2014

Hudson Valley Wine & Food Festival Sept 6 & 7, 2014 at Rhinebeck!

Hudson Valley Wine and Food Festival
September 6 and 7, 2014
Dutchess County Fairgrounds
6550 Spring Brook Avenue
Rhinebeck, NY 12572
Phone: 845-658-7181

The Hudson Valley Wine & Food Fest is a celebration of all things wine.  The event’s main focus is highlighting the wonderful wineries to be found in the Hudson Valley and all over New York.  As a NY Farm market, the Hudson Valley Wine & Food Fest offers New York wineries the opportunity to sell wine by the bottle, thus offering a marvelous opportunity for guests to purchase the state’s finest wines directly from the winery.

As the second half of their name would suggest, the Hudson Valley Wine & Food Fest highlights some of the best food in the area.  Since it’s inception in 2001, the event has featured lots of unique gourmet specialty food vendors.  You can find everything from farm fresh cheeses, farm raised meats, salsas, BBQ sauce, pasta, pasta sauce, dip mixes, drink mixes, soup mixes, pastries, baked goods, maple syrup, candy, nuts, granola, olive oils and more.

In addition, they host some of the region’s best restaurants in a small Restaurant Showcase area that allows you to sample some of their specialties, and of course, the festival has fantastic Cooking Demonstrations that go on throughout the weekend. They are also rounding up some of the area’s best and most unique food trucks for your gastronomic pleasure.

Educate your mind, nose and palate at the free wine education seminars that take place throughout the
Wine & Food Fest weekend. Join regionally and nationally recognized wine authorities for free wine education. You’ll learn about choosing, serving, tasting and storing wine as well as other fun wine facts.

Due to recent changes in New York Liquor Authority regulations, New York craft breweries are now permitted to sell beer by the bottle at farm markets like the Hudson Valley Wine & Food Fest. The Hudson Wine & Food Fest is very pleased to add some of the region’s best Craft Brews to our event.
There’s more than just wine and food at the Festival.  Patrons can enjoy a wide selection of fine art and craft vendors, home improvement companies and other businesses that enhance the gourmet lifestyle.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Red Newt Cellars - Always Impressive (NY)

I have long been a fan of David Whiting and Red Newt Cellars. I remember meeting him a the first year he was at Finger Lakes Wine Festival the first year Red Newt went into business. I have been a fan ever since. This past July I went with Bryan Van Deusen and Rich Srsich, as usual. We stop there almost every year. I look forward to stopping there every year.

I've always liked the tastingroom. It's airy, and roomy, and beautifully appointed. We settled in for our tasting.

The first wine I tried was the Dry Riesling Reserve 2010. It was lovely. Green apple and citrus come across almost immediately. Followed by other tropical fruits. A tremendous fruitiness covers the palate, never sweet, and then a big pop of citrus finishes the taste. Incredible, sophisticated, elegant. An amazing wine.

Gewurztraminer 2007 Dry Sawmill Creek was a aromatic dry light white. Perfume-y, delicate, elegant. Absolutely one of the best Gewurztraminers I ever tasted. Fabulous!
Pinot Noir 2011 This is a lovely, light bodied dry red, with big whiffs of bright cherry and nice follow up of vanilla. A lovely wine.
Cabernet Franc Glacier Ridge  2011 was, as always, one of the Cabernet Francs on the east coast. Impressive. Big, dark, deep fruit, cherry, raspberry, plum, and hints of cassis. A nice mellow middle, and a lovely finish with moderate tannins. Gorgeous. Incredibly well balanced.  
Viridescens 2011 is a blend of 56% Merlot, 29% Cabernet Franc, and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon. Dark cherry, blackberry, and cassis are the big fruit up front. Nice middle and then a well balanced dose of tannins. Complex and elegant. As lovely a Meritage as you will find on the east coast.
Hellbender Port is an impressive mixture of Noiret, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc,  and Merlot. A lovely, deep, impressive wine, with gorgeous fruit and sweetness, that is mitigated by the tannins provided by the Cab Sav and the Merlot. Again, very impressive.
I have never been disappointed by a visit to Red Newt. And neither will you be.

Wolf Hollow Brewing (NY)

I tasted Wolf Hollow when I went to a festival in May. I was immediately impressed by the three tastes I had! I was blown away!

Alright, all you have to do is read this statement on the website, and you know why I like these guys: "In an effort to bring the “micro” back to micro-brew, WHBC will focus on crafting beer and relationships. We believe that there is great value in the power of good beer to bring people together and that the more we grow as a community, the more good things might come from the building up of those relationships. To this end, WHBC will be a hub around which our small town of West Glenville might become even more connected. WHBC is not designed to be the next Sam Adams, but instead to stay true to the community from which it springs and to always do its best to provide its local residents, friends, and neighbors with world-class quality beer that they can truly call their own.  We like to say that we have a BIG vision, operating on a SMALL scale.  We wanted to concentrate on perfecting the craft and focus on our product and our customers in a responsible way."

Wolf Hollow Amber is an American Amber Ale of 5% ABV. This is the Wolf Hollow Amber is the flagship beer of WHBC because it is crafted after the unique character of West Glenville. The toasted notes and the warm reddish hue lure you in, and then the dry-hop keeps this beer honest. A very easy drinking beer.

District 6 IPA is an American India Pale Ale with a 6.7% ABV. According to Wolf Hollow, "The local firefighters of District 6 in West Glenville work hard for their community and they deserve a beer that reflects the intensity and clarity of that work." This is a pale yellow India Pale Ale is dry-hopped, so it has a big, floral nose. Absolutely beautiful! And a nice bitter finish. Great beer!

Pulpit Supply Brown is a lovely drinking 5.2%ABV American Brown Ale. A beautiful maltiness greats the nose, but it also has a lovely hoppiness at the finish. According to Wolf Hollow, "The Nugget hop used provides subtle florals reminiscent of the District 6. When Wolf Hollow’s Brewmaster made a decision to “put off” seminary in favor of brew school, one of his colleagues famously responded, “Lord knows, preachers need beer too.”" This is a great beer!

Three quick tastes were all I needed to make the decision on this brewery. And then I had a couple long pulls. And I was thrilled. And you will be too!