Sunday, December 20, 2009

Wreath Fineries - Sunday December 20

The Hudson Valley received a dusting of snow. The roads are fine.

The wineries are all open.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Wine Trail Statment on weather - December 19 & 20

In the spirit of the season, The Shawangunk Wine Trail Wreath Fineries ticket holders for Saturday, December 19 will be able to use their tickets on Sunday, December 20. If the inclement weather prevails and you are unable to attend on either the 19 or 20, all the wineries except Adair will be open on Saturday, December 26 and Sunday December 27. You will be able to visit the wineries, receive your wreath, ornaments, glass and wine tasting. Food will not be available. Tickets are non refundable.

Monday, December 14, 2009

December 13 Wreath Ticket Holders

Due To inclement weather on Sunday Dec. 13 the Shawangunk Wine Trail has decided that customers who purchased tickets for Sunday December 13th who were not able to make it to all of the wineries due to poor road conditions that those tickets will be honored by the wineries they could not visit on either Dec.. 19th or 20th.

Sunday, December 06, 2009

Vote for your Favorite Shawangunk Wine Trail Wine

The Shawangunk Wine Trail Wineries need You to Vote for your Favorite
Shawangunk Wine Trail Wine

The New York Cork Report is holding a Readers Choice Awards and they need to hear from you!

The editors have chosen their finalists for the wines of the year, but they all have different palates and preferences -- and now they want to hear from you. It's time for our first-ever "New York Cork Report Readers' Choice Awards."

They looking for nominations for wines from across the state, in each region, and we're leaving it up to you to decide which wines should be considered.

The nominating is open until December 15 at midnight. Then they will tally the nominations and choose finalists. From the 16th through the end of this month, they will have polls set up for each reason to pick winners.

Please visit the New York Cork Report and in the comments of the post, nominate at least one your favorite Shawangunk Wine Trail Wines as your choice for Wine of the Year. The rules are simple: The wine has to have been released in 2009. That's it. And if you aren't sure, nominate it anyway and we'll double-check the release date.

Thank you for your support!

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Warwick Valley Winery Wreath Fineries Specials

Warwick Valley Winery is offering two great specials for people attending Wreath Fineries at the Wineries December 5,6,12,13,19&20.

  • If you are starting at Warwick Valley Winery receive 20% discount on any 3 American Cordials purchased between the hours of 10am and 12noon.
  • 10% discount on any Gift Basket purchased during the Wreath Fineries event

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Wreath Fineries at the Wineries update

Dec 5-Sold Out.
The following are sold out Dec 6 - Warwick, Applewood and Baldwin.
The following are sold out for Dec 12 - Brimstone, Benmarl,Warwick,rotherhood & Palaia.

Remember you can begin at other wineries.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Wreath Fineries Ticket Update

Wreath Fineries tickets are selling quickly. On Saturday, December 5th there are only three tickets available. Two tickets starting at Palaia and one ticket starting at Glorie.

On Saturday, December 12 Warwick Valley Winery is sold out for starters.

Don't delay get your tickets today.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Veggies and Vino this Saturday

Don't miss this one of a kind event, this Saturday, September 26 at Whitecliff Vineyards and Winery.

Veggies & Vino!

featuring The Bernstein Bard Trio

Saturday, September 26th, 2009
Two sets - starting at 3:30 and 5:30pm

This exciting new Whitecliff tasting event offers an exploration of wine pairings with seasonal vegan and vegetarian cuisine, built around local Hudson Valley produce. Recipes will come from the cookbooks of local cookbook author, Nava Atlas, who will speak briefly, and will be available to autograph books. (This is a tented event, and will run rain or shine.)

Tickets include:

* Tapas sized portions of 3 different dishes
* 6 wines selected for their pairing ability with the foods
* Live music by The Bernstein Bard Trio (on mandolin, guitar & double bass).

Glasses or bottles of wine will be available for purchase throughout.

Choose from 1 of 2 sets, starting at 3:30 or 5:30pm. OR, if the weather is fine, bring a blanket for lawn seating, good for both sets.

* $19 in advance
* $21 at the door
* $25 for lawn seating if the weather is nice
Call 845.255.4613 to reserve your tickets!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Getting ready to harvest - nets in place

Getting ready to harvest is no easy task. Here is some video of the netting in place at Whitecliff Vineyards. The netting keeps out birds and deer that can do a lot of damage to the crop. Well..the eat it,and the netting keeps them from chowing on the grapes that are meant to make good wine.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Bounty of the Hudson Pictures

Here are pictures from the Bounty of the Hudson Wine Festival held at Millbrook Winery on August 1 and 2.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Bounty of the Hudson -This Weekend

This weekend don't miss the Shawangunk Wine Trail's Bounty of the Hudson Wine Festival at Millbrook Winery. Festival hours Saturday and Sunday are 12noon to 5pm.

There will be 19 wineries, farms for your fresh veggies, and many other vendors. Live music to picnic by and the restaurants that will have food for purchase are Twisted Soul, Gigi's, Parties by Tomas and Slammin Salmon.

Don't miss this wonderful wine festival featuring all Hudson Valley Wineries.

Weather reports say it is going to be a great weekend. Hopefully they are correct!

Ticket special for those reading the Gunks Wine Blog. Receive $10 off each ticket with Code TWBTY by 7/31 Tickets must be purchased in advance.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Warwick Valley Winery & Distillery featured on the Today Show

Warwick Valley Winery & Distillery was featured on NBC's Today Show. You can read all about the cocktail that was created with their American Fruits' Black Currant Cordial.

Click here to read the article.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Eric Clapton Tribute

Are you an Eric Clapton Fan? If so you don't want to miss the Tribute to Eric Clapton featuring Steve Devenuta and 337 this weekend July 18 at Applewood Winery. 1pm - 5pm. Best of all FREE ADMISSION! **Rain date of Sunday July 19th

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Happy 4th of July from Applewood Winery

Michele and Jonathan are excited about their vineyard. This spring they decided to farm all their own grapes organically. This means that no synthetic chemicals are used in the production of the grapes. As you know however, we just had one of the wettest June’s on record. This means that there has been incredible disease pressure on the grapes. But despite all this the organic methods have been working well for us. It’s a lot more work requiring much more attention. So we see all this soggy weather as having a silver lining. It’s shown us that organic grape growing is viable here in the Hudson Valley.

SPECIAL 4th OF JULY HOURS We will be open Friday July 3rd in addition to our regular hours of Saturday and Sunday 11 to 5pm – Live music in the Courtyard 2-5PM, Try our signature “Summer Sangrias” WayWay Blue, Blackberry Fields or International Blush Café open..

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Around the World in 80 Miles

This weekend is Around the World in 80 Miles. You get to Eat Local, Drink Local and travel the world.

This year the countries being represented are Stoutridge Vineyards – France; Palaia Vineyards – Spain; Whitecliff Winery – Mexico; Benmarl Winery - Native America; Glorie Farm Winery – Cuba; Brotherhood Winery – Ireland; Brimstone Hill Winery – Sweden; Applewood Winery – Egypt; Baldwin Vineyards – Italy;, Adair Vineyards – South Africa and Warwick Valley Winery – Thailand.

Tickets for this event are $25 plus tax in advance and buys a Passport with Visas for each "country" good for the day purchased, and a souvenir Wine Trail etched wine glass. Event tickets include tasting fees at all eleven wineries and gourmet food tasting. The event starts at 10 am each day and runs until 6pm. Your travels must begin at your designated starting winery.

Some of the starting wineries are sold out for Saturday. That means you just can't begin the day there, since they only have enough passports and glasses for the people who signed up to begin at that winery. After you begin at YOUR starting winery you can go to all the wineries on the trail in whatever order you would like.

Advance tickets are on sale until Thursday. Ticket sales will end at 6pm. For Sunday tickets use this coupon and receive $10 off your ticket.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Fresh Fish in th Vineyard

Planning to stop in at Whitecliff this weekend for Fresh Fish In the Vineyard.

Whitecliff's winemaker is going fishing this week for trout, to cook up fish tacos for our May 16th and 17th tasting with our white wines.

Trout tastings will be offered from 11:30-5, both this Saturday and Sunday. Tickets, which include 6 wines, and 2 trout tacos with fresh salsa, are $14 in advance and $16 at the door.

We hope to see you this weekend!

Friday, May 01, 2009

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Warwick Valley Winery wines 2 double Gold Medals

Warwick Valley Winery & Distillery is proud to announce that we have won two prestigious Double Gold Medals for our American Fruits Pear Brandy and Strawberry Liqueur at the Fingerlakes International Wine Competition. National and international judges rated a record number of wines and spirits submitted from all over the world before giving the coveted double gold to our pear brandy and strawberry liqueur. Silver medals were also awarded to our Doc's Draft Hard Apple and Doc's Draft Black Currant Ciders. For more info on the competition and results, visit

Monday, March 30, 2009

Your invitation the the NY Riesling Experience

After you view your invitation, scroll down and take the Applewood Riesling Quiz.

Applewood Winery Riesling Quiz

To get everybody in the spirit of things for The NY Riesling Experience on May 2nd and 3rd here at the winery in Warwick. We have decided to test your Riesling IQ and allow you to write your own Riesling Manifesto. There will be 4 prizes and a grand prize awarded to those who demonstrate the greatest powers of Riesling, which can be difficult after a few glasses.

To claim your prize you must answer me these questions three:

Best Meal you've had with Riesling?

Best Riesling Cocktail? Come on, James Bond could come up with something...

Famous Riesling Quote?, ie; The more you Riesling the less you create. Raymond Chandler The wise are instructed by Riesling Marcus Tullius Cicero Riesling is not what decides love. Moliere

Bonus Question Most interesting place you've ever had a Riesling?

Send us an email to or leave a comment here with your name and email answering these three questions below to enter. We will give away a bottle of Riesling for the winner of each category and a grand prize of a mixed case of Applewood Wine to the best overall entry. How cool is that! The winners will be judged by Jonathan & Michele and will be announced at The NY Riesling Experience and here on our website blog.

At The NY Riesling Experience we will have special bottling's of Sweet Riesling, Semi Dry, Dry as well as a vintage 2006 Riesling.

Good luck to all of you and may the best Wino win!

You must be 21 or over to enter and you must come to the winery to claim your prize.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Glorie Farm Winery Label Contest

Last year Glorie Farm Winery held a label contest for their Jumpin Jazz wine. The design here was chosen as the winner.

This week Glorie Farm Winery is holding another wine label contest for the label design for their "Red Quartet" wine. The contest will run on from March 15 - March 22.

If you are an artist, or know one, please go to and search under "Glorie Red Quartet." It will explain what they are and aren't looking for. They will also give you feedback during the course of the week so you can tweek your design. The grand prize is $150 if your label is chosen.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Applewood Winery to host New York Riesling Experience

Applewood Winery located in Warwick, New York is launching the first New York Riesling ExperienceA celebration of New York’s finest grape. The event will take place May 2 & 3, 2009 at the winery located on 82 Four Corners Road in Warwick, New York from 11pm to 5pm each day. Your visit to the New York Riesling Experience will feature Riesling tastings, Riesling food and wine pairings, Chef Demonstrations, Winemaker discussions, free recipes, comparative Riesling tastings and live entertainment. Admission to the event is $12 if purchased before April 30th or $15 at the door. Admission also includes admission to the Applewood tasting room with over a dozen different Applewood wines to taste.
Winemaker/Owner Jonathan Hull states that “Riesling is the grape of the 21st century. It is also a grape underdog. It’s not appreciated it and is the ultimate food wine. The grape has great flexibility, as it can be made, dry, semi dry, sweet, late harvest and ice wine. This grape grows very well in New York State and I want to bring awareness of the grape and the wonderful wines it produces to the wine consumer.”
About Riesling…Riesling vines are tough. They thrive in cold climates, on steep hillsides, and in marginal soil. The green-skinned grapes ripen later than many other varieties, and sometimes are left hanging on the vine to produce sweet late harvest wines or even ice wines when the grapes actually freeze on the vines. The aromas in the wine that the Riesling grape produces tend to be pear, apple, jasmine, lime, honey and some spice. The flavors range from bright, fresh citrus to ripe tropical fruit. The New York Riesling Experience, customer will have the option to taste the many different variety of wines the Riesling grape produces, as well as a variety of Riesling wines produced throughout the world.
Applewood Winery, is in the heart of the historic Hudson Valley! Come discover the oldest working farm in Orange County and one of the oldest west of the Hudson River. The Hull family and their friends began planting apple and peach trees in former pastures in 1949. In 1994 the winery was created and vineyards planted.
In our tasting room we talk food constantly, almost as much as we talk about our wines. It’s difficult to mention one without the other. Instead of “just talk” we offer a universe of wine experiences, food pairing weekends, tasting classes, a Summer Café and of course you can just hangout and enjoy the wine and listen to live music in the courtyard.
It gives all of us at Applewood Winery great pleasure to share with you our harvest of wine. Newcomers to the world of wine learn in a comfortable setting and the most jaded imbiber will find a rich and complex tasting experience. To purchase tickets to New York Riesling Experience visit Applewood Winery website or call 845-988-9292.
For your personal video invitation click here

Saturday, March 07, 2009

Wreath Fineries Tickets

Wreath Fineries Tickets go on sale Monday, March 9 at 9am. To purchase tickets go to

  • Tickets are limited, purchase early as this event sells out.
  • You must choose a starting winery
  • There are 25 tickets available at each winery for starting.
  • Ticket is defined as a single or couple ticket.
  • Purchases are limited to 4 tickets per order. (4 tickets in any combination of single or couple)
  • Tickets are on sale until the Wednesday prior to event.
  • Once ticket is purchased no changes are allowed.
  • Tickets are non refundable.
  • Event goes on regardless of weather.
Check Blog for any important messages prior to event.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Rivendell Winery Closes it's doors

It's sad news today as I tell you that Rivendell Winery has closed it's doors. Rivendell Winery was one of the founding members of the Shawangunk Wine Trial . They have done so much to support Hudson Valley Wines and New York State Wines! They will be truely missed. We wish them the best of luck and hope they can open their doors again in the future.

To read more about why they closed go to

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Adair Vineyards Winter Happenings

Adair Vineyards will be closed until Pasta Primo Vino and will open April 18 for the event. You can visit Adair at the following Farmers Markets throughout the winter season.
• Albany - Empire State Plaze - Every Wednesday
• Hastings on Hudson - January 10; February 14; March 14 and April 11
• Mamaroneck - January 17; February 7, 21; March 21; April 8,18; May 2, 16
• Rosendale - February 1; April 5
• Westchester County Center (White Plains) February 8, March 15
Adair's first Vintage 2007 Cabernet Franc is available in limited quanities. Only 40 cases produced. On February 4th Adair will be releasing the following:
• 2008 Peche
• 2008 Landmark Red
• 2007 Oak Aged Vidal