Friday, June 24, 2016

This Weekend Adirondack Wine & Food Festival

Don't have plans this weekend, just head up to the Adirondack Wine & Food Festival taking place at the Charles R. Wood Festival Commons, 17 West Brook Road in Lake George, New York. The festival takes place Saturday June 25 and Sunday June 26. It's a beautiful time to be in the Lake George area too.

“This festival celebrates the bounty of amazing craft beverages and locally made foods that New York has to offer and we’re not short on vendors for this year’s event,” said Owner Sasha Pardy.

This year there are 21 wineries, 2 cideries, 19 Artisan Food Vendors, 6 Food Trucks and 1 Restaurant. View the list of vendors, click here.

Tickets for this event are $25 in advance and $35 at the door. To purchase tickets visit

Quest for Cocktails

My latest article in Hudson Valley Wine Magazine. 

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Wine Word Wednesday: Pinot Nero

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

#RoseRevolution with Ellipsis Wines

Rosé wines come in all flavors.  You may ask what I mean by that.  When you drink a Chardonnay, you expect a certain flavor profile.  Not entirely so with Rosé wines, because each Rosé is different, made with a different red wine grape.

Last week I had the opportunity to taste my first Rosé of Pinot Meunier by Ellipsis Wine Company .  Pinot Meunier is a grape that is mainly used in the blending of Champagne in France.   There is only 300 acres of Pinot Meunier planted in California and most of them are in the Carneros area.  The grapes for this Rosé come from Christine's Vineyard which is on the border of Sonoma County AVA and Russian River Valley AVA.

Jonathan and Devika are the beautiful couple that are behind this Rosé and Ellipsis Wine Company. They founded the company in 2008.   What began with producing a barrel of wine at home with friends turned into a first generation winery with an annual production of 1,600 cases of wine.

When asked Jonathan and Devika why they chose the Pinot Meunier grape for their Rosé they said they like the higher natural acidity the grape has and it brings more brightness and fruitiness to the wine. They also pick the fruit at 24 brix as that is their optimal point on the bright fruit and acidity combination for them to make the quality of Rosé

The wines beautiful shade of pink is so inviting.  The 2015 Rosé of Pinot Meunier had beautiful aromas of red berry fruit, strawberry and a hint of watermelon.

The wine had very nice structure and bright acidity.  Flavors  of ripe red raspberry, strawberry and a hint sour cherry filled the palate ending with a lime finish.

There are only 75 cases of this wine made and it retails or $25.

What I love about Rosé is that it is such a versatile grape.  I
paired this wine with a turkey burger with bacon, blue cheese and caramelized onions accompanied with a pickle relish mustard spread.

Burger Recipe:
1 lb ground turkey
2 tablespoons Crown Maple Syrup
2 tablespoons grainy mustard
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
Salt and pepper to taste

Mix it all together and throw on the grill.

Pickle Relish Mustard Spread:
1/2 cup Mayo
2 tablespoons pickle relish drained
1 heaping tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon of smoked paprika
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

Mix all together and chill for an hour before adding it to your burger.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Win Tickets To The Victory Cup - Farm Bash, Polo Match & Wine Festival

 Enter to win tickets to The Victory Cup

Photo credit: The Victory Cup

Spend the afternoon at "The Best Party of the Summer"!  Bring the dog, the kids, tailgate for the afternoon and enjoy the Polo Match, fashion, food and wine.

What is The Victory Cup? The Victory Cup began with Greg Ball back when he was a New York Senator.  He founded it as an annual political fundraiser.  Now that Greg has returned to the private sector, the Victory Cup lives on and is held every year to benefit various charities. To date approximately $25,000 has been raised and donated through the Victory Cup. 

This years event benefits Green Chimneys who has been helping children with emotional behavioral and social challenges maximize their potential. Programs give them a chance to explore and discover their strengths in a supportive environment that nurtures connections with their families, community, animals and nature.  They are recognized as a worldwide leader in animal-assisted therapy and educational activities for children with special needs.

Photo credit: The Victory Cup
What can you expect when you attend? Come ready to party! Enjoy the day with you family, check out the classic cars, watch the polo match. There will be food and wine tastings.  Savor a delectable farm to table meal (additional add on to the tickets) prepared by Chef Rich Parents of Clock Tower Grill on the polo field after the match with the polo players.

Photo Credit: The Victory Cup
What to wear? That is always a question, especially when attending an event for the first time. You will see everything from jeans and flip flops to people dressed up and ladies with their fancy hats and sundresses. Remember you are outdoors in grass and unpaved areas, so make sure your foot wear is appropriate and comfortable.  Have fun, accessorize. Ladies wear the hat you had picked out for the Kentucky Derby. It's all about having fun!

I will be awarding 3 people with 4 tickets to this fun event ($160 value) . Click here to enter to win.

If you would like to purchase tickets click here.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

#RosèRevolution begins with Passaggio Wines

June is Rosè month.  As we begin to embrace the wonderful world of Rosè wine I have to admit it has taken me a couple of years to fully understand Rosè and embrace it. (all that will be another blog post)

The month began with a wonderful Merlot Rosè by Passaggio wines.  I've known Cindy Cosco for a while but embarrassed to admit haven't had a chance to taste her wines until last weeks #winestudio. I am totally impressed with the quality of her wine.

Cindy wasn't always in the wine industry.  She was in law enforcement in a previous life. Like many left her career after 15 years to follow her passion and family tradition of winemaking.

Her wine career took her from working in a liquor store to winemaker in a custom crush facility.  Then deciding to go out on her own and recently opened a tasting room in Sonoma.

The Rosè  has her personal touch.  Picked by 12 of her friends. Sat on the skins from the vineyard to the winery and then pressed off.  Just in that short amount of time was enough to extract the color and some tannins from the skins.

The aromas of the wine are quite complex but bursting with red fruit. The wine is complex but elegant.  Something that will pair with many choices.

In the glass flavors of pomegranate, raspberry, red cherry dance on your palate with hints of tannins and light acidity followed by watermelon on the finish.  As the wine warms up in the glass the red cherry stands out a little more with hints of blackberry in the back.

The wine is a bit fruit forward, but not to much.  It's very enjoyable.  I paired it with leftover pizza and a salad straight out of my garden. It was the perfect summer meal.

The wine retails for $29 and is available on their website. Get it before it sells out as there are less than 50 cases made.  I know I did.  I order a few more bottles.