Valley Vineyards Come Of Age

As the economy struggles and wacky weather compromises this year’s harvest, Valley vintners are doing surprisingly well thanks to a little local love and another killer vintage



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Brookview ApplesPhotograph courtesy of Goold Orchards/Karen Gardy

2009 Wine Events

Aug. 1-2
Bounty of the Hudson
This year’s Bounty of the Hudson Wine Festival will be held at Millbrook Winery. Come sample the best vintages the Valley has to offer, along with food and produce from local restaurants and vendors, live music, and cooking workshops. Tickets available at www.gunkswine.com or call 888-241-0769.

Aug. 22-23
Whitecliff Vineyard’s Red Wine and Grass-fed Beef
A local event through and through: Enjoy tasting samples of London broil from Gardiner-raised cattle and local veggies paired with Whitecliff’s red wines. For tickets, call 845-255-4613.

Sept. 5-6 & Oct. 10-11
Baldwin Vineyard’s Strawberry, Chocolate, and Wine Festival
Join the makers of the Valley’s favorite Strawberry Wine for a delicious dessert and wine-tasting event. Sample a number of Baldwin’s wines paired with dessert favorites like strawberry shortcake and chocolate-dipped strawberries. The Labor Day weekend event features the debut of the new Cherry Wine, while Columbus Day weekend spotlights the newest Merlot and Brut Champagne. No reservations necessary. For more information, visit www.baldwinvineyards.com.

Sept. 26
Whitecliff Vineyard’s Veggies and Vino
This exciting first-time pairing event features vegetarian and vegan cuisine made from all-local and seasonal produce. “There is very little done to highlight what wines do well with vegetarian dishes,” says Whitecliff co-owner Nancy Migliore. Local vegetarian cookbook author Nava Atlas will be in attendance, and the evening includes music from the Bernstein Bard Trio. For tickets, call 845-255-4613.

Oct. 10
Millbrook Vineyard’s 19th Annual Harvest Party
This year, the popular Valley vineyard’s annual tasting event features food from three of Drew Nieporent’s Myriad Restaurant Group eateries. The James Beard Award-winning restaurateur’s famous New York City establishments include Nobu and TriBeCa Grill. For tickets, visit www.millbrookwine.com.

Dec. 5-6, 12-13, 19-20
Shawangunk Wine Trail’s Wreath Fineries at the Wineries
This annual holiday event lures participants from one winery to the next collecting ornaments for their grapevine wreath as they sample holiday food and wines. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.gunkswine.com.

 

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