While tastings were halted when businesses were closed due to the pandemic, production was not. In fact, many makers have been busy crafting brand new products or are eagerly waiting to release new vintages of popular bottlings this summer. Seek these out and show some Hudson Valley spirit (pun intended)!
10 Point Gin
Distilled and curated from distiller and cider maker Ed Evans using Milea-grown grapes and sustainable botanicals in small batches, and then aged in Chardonnay barrels.
2017 Estate Cabernet Franc
This fruit-forward vintage presents notes of tart cherry and red plum with herbal tannins finishing smoky and bittersweet. A bold expression of the Hudson River Region with aromas of earthiness and graphite, and rich color.
2019 Cabernet Franc Petillant
Dominated by aromas of strawberry, blood orange, and ruby red grapefruit, the bright acidity is balanced by a rich mouthfeel, encouraged by the presence of yeast lees in the bottom of the bottle. The gentle effervescence makes it a great party wine, yet refreshing to drink without ceremony.
Black Dirt Distillery
Balanced spice and sweetness with hints of strawberry and rose petals. Perfect for cocktails or on the rocks.
“It is notable for not being overly sweet as many are,” says co-owner and distiller, Stephen Osborn. “Use half a shot where you would usually add a dash of bitters.” When asked if this is the first amaro made in the Hudson Valley, he replied, “It just may be! We released a pastis in June. That’s a first, for sure!”
2019 Traminette and 2019 Dry Rosé
“The Traminette is a classic of the varietal—bright, refreshing, and aromatic, a little sweet and a little tart at the same time,” says co-owner, Yancey Stanforth-Migliore. “The latter has bold color and flavor, in a departure from the Provençal style, with plenty of raspberry on the palate. Both are perfect for summer!”
Glorie Farm Winery
Sunrise Cabernet Franc and Sunset Cabernet Franc
“The idea to keep the Cab Francs separate came during the taste trials when it became apparent to (previous owner and now consultant) MaryEllen Glorie that they had very different taste profiles,” says co-owner Ferrari Heavens.
A blend of coffee from Wired Coffee Roasters and roasted cacao from Cacao Vita. “It has a wonderful coffee nose that is strong but doesn’t take over your senses,” says owner, Peter Voelker. Bonus: The label glows in the dark.
“This will be New York’s oldest [applejack] to my knowledge,” says distiller Derek Grout.
#Bae Sparkling Rosé and #Bae Riesling
Luscious fruits and flowery notes pair perfectly with summer fare. Enjoy these refreshing wines by the bottle or can.
2019 New Yorkie Rosé
A dry rosé with bright acidity, made in the style of Provence. A super anytime sipper.
Top photo: Courtesy Stoutridge Vineyard & Distillery