Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Wine Word Wednesday: Wine Futures

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Kick Off Summer At The Hudson Berkshire Wine & Food Festival

Start off you summer tasting what the Hudson Valley has to offer at the the Hudson Berkshire Wine & Food Festival Saturday May 28th and Sunday May 29th at the Columbia County Fairgrounds in Chatham, NY.

This unique event is Interstate and features award winning wineries, distilleries, cideries, farm producers and crafts from the Hudson Valley and the Massachusetts Berkshire Region. You will be able to sample and purchase wine, gourmet cheese, baked goods, grass fed meats and more.

Learn about wine, cider and beer at seminars led by Fred LeBrun and Stephen Cassles.  There will be food pairings by local Chefs and more fun activities all weekend.

Festival hours are Saturday 11am - 6pm and Sunday 11am - 5pm rain or shine.Tickets for this event are $25 per person.  To purchase tickets visit 

Friday, May 20, 2016

Graduation Day

It's college graduation this weekend in my house.  My daughter is graduation from Johnson & Wales with a degree in Hospitality Management. She is lucky because this is her second graduation event,
she finished her undergrad in February, a trimester early and this weekend she gets to walk across the stage and get her college diploma. She is staying on to complete her MBA so I guess the final final graduation will be next May.  Right now we are talking this year and what we are going to celebrate with.

We celebrated in February with our friends that are family and live close to us in Cape May. This weekend we will be celebrating with family that will be traveling to Providence.

What wines did I serve, will I serve and will I gift to the graduate?

The first graduation event we had a nice dinner at the Ebbitt Room in the Virginia Hotel.  This hotel is where Melanie use to work and did her internship. In my opinion The Ebbitt Room seems to be the only restaurant in Cape May with a decent wine list.

We began with a toast with Taittinger Champagne and served 2011 Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon from the the Alexander Valley.

Celebration #2 will be at Bravo Brasserie and will begin with Martini & Rossi Prosecco.  Since it is lunchtime and not a 'formal' dinner, I think I will let everyone choose their beverage of choice especially since some people will be driving 3 hours home afterwards.

What kind of wine do I give the graduate?  Like many 21 year olds, Mel began her journey into the wine world liking the sweeter wines. I have seen her palate mature to now dry but fruity white wines. I think what's in order is to give her a sampling of some nice white and rose wines for the upcoming summer. You can bet there will be some Albarino in there as that is one of my new favorite white wines.  As for the reds, she's not that thrilled with them yet, so  I'll introduce them to her slowly during the course of the next year. By the next graduation I'll be giving her a bottle of something red for aging.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

More Albarino Please

We are into week 6 of Albarino and I can't tell you how much I am enjoying learning all about Green Spain, Galicia and the wine.

The Celtic tribe that was known as Gallaeci settled in the region during the Iron Age. They left behind castros which were fortified, Iron Age settlements which survived until after the arrival of the Romans.

Castros were fortified enclosures that were surrounded by ditches and walls. Inside they were circular stone dwellings with thatched roofs and were laid out in neighborhoods separated by streets and squares. If you visit Galicia, Spain you can see these castros.

The Celts did not have any written language.  Modern day Galicians speak Gallego which is a dialect related to Portuguese.

The wines that were paired with this history lesson were a Bouza do REI, 2015 Lagar de Bouza Albarino and a Adega Eidos, 2014 Eidos de Padrinan Albarino.

Bouza do REI is located in the heart of the Salnes valley between the estuaries of Arousa and Ponteverda.  This is the largest coastal plain in Galicia and one of the most fertile.  It is considered to be a historical sub-region of Albarino. The vines are grown on small hill 100 metres above sea level. This winery was one of the first wineries registered in the DO of Rias Baixas.

When I opened the Bouza do REI Albarino the nose reminded me of a Viognier.  Very floral, but then the smell of fresh ocean air came into play followed by some lemon peel. On the palate it was fresh, crisp, acidic with lemon citrus and a hint of stone fruit and passion fruit touched with wet stone. This wine retails for $16

Located at the foot of the hillside called Padrinan in the southern end of Salnes, Adega Eidos is a family winery that has been making wine in the Rias Baixas region since 1993.  In Padrinan there are many small vineyards that provide the winery with grapes.  They are a very boutique winery as production is only at 35,000 bottles from 25 acres of vineyards.

The 2014 Eidos de Padrinan Albarino reminded me a little of a Fume Blanc.  The nose was grassy hints of lemon peel, tangerine.  On the palate it was soft and rounder.  Not as much of a racy acidity as other Albarinos can be.  There was a little bitterness on the finish.  The retail price on this wine is $22.

Don't think I didn't pair this with anything.  I sauteed up some scallops with Windy Acre Farms greens and some of the Albarino. Yes, it was easy and delicious.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Good Morning Friday with Marie, Ed & The Hudson Valley Wine Goddess

In case you missed the Good Morning Friday with Ed and Marie LaDuca radio show last week, I'm bringing it to you.  Just click below and listen as I discuss wine, how I found my passion, my family history in wine and more.

I love Marie &; Ed!  They were one of the first like minded people we met when we moved down here.  We met when we attended a Slow Food dinner and also found out that Marie actually heads up the South Jersey Chapter. We've been friends ever since.

I was thrilled when they invited me to their show, but I didn't realize I was their first in studio guest. I feel very honored. I hope they invite me back because I have a blast!!

Even though the broadcast was a bit slanted towards Mother's Day, the gifts I spoke about are great gifts for anyone, anytime.  Since it is radio, here are the visuals for what was shown. You can find out more about the Savino and Goverre at  and the wine sippy cups at