PO Box 193
2583 Route 32
Bloomington, NY 12411
Tastings by appointmentACREAGE
Paula Cereghino, Fred SmithMANAGERS
Paula Cereghino, Fred SmithWINEMAKERS
Paula Cereghino, Fred Smith
Paula Cereghino and Fred Smith wear all hats as owners, winemakers, label designers and sales staff, except during crush when they appreciate all the help they can get.
With a degree in Art and Philosophy, Paula subsequently found herself in retail and wholesale for many years. Her time at Sherry Lehmann Wine Merchants and Le Du’s Wines proved to be a true wine education and inspiration. Fred’s interest in wine developed while touring Europe as the bassist for influential rock band, Television. He was introduced to fine wines by generous promoters and wine-savvy English roadies.
Together Paula and Fred read books, attended lectures and seminars at the New York Horticultural Society, Cornell, and the American Wine Society. Along the way they met oenologists and winemakers who shared invaluable knowledge and insight. However, the grand teacher of all has been their fourteen years of “hands-on” winemaking.
When asked the question, “where’s your vineyard?,” their answer is “we leave the growing to the professionals.” Paula and Fred are winemakers, certainly not farmers, happy to have the freedom to source the grapes that best illustrate their brand. Just as an artisan brewer incorporates Washington State or Belgian hops to make their best beer, Cereghino Smith sources their Petite Sirah and Rhone varietals from the West Coast to craft their best wine.
Over the years, they’ve become known for their Petite Sirah, a Double Gold winner in the one and only competition entered. As a “winery without borders,” Cereghino Smith’s philosophy and mission is to produce premium wines in New York’s Hudson Valley.
Cereghino Smith has released their first rosé… Rosato, inspired by the food-friendly, dry rosé wines of Provence. Pairs well with grilled seafood, roast chicken and baked ham..EATEN BY BEARS 2011
This “GSM” blend, a trio of robust varietals featuring Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvedre, appears on restaurant wine lists at the Culinary Institute of America. The label features the work of William Beard 1825-1900. Our friend Bernie Mooney said, “You'll get eaten by bears,” when we moved to the Hudson Valley...hence the silly name and fabulous label.