Summer 2018

Landscape with lake in distance surrounded by hill range


Summer means more hours to spend outdoors, savoring the scenery that earns the Hudson Valley world renown. Toasting these superlative vistas seems only appropriate, so in this issue, we’ve identified some of the most picturesque places we know to raise a glass to a splendid view. 

Also, be on the lookout for the 10th Anniversary issue of Hudson Valley Wine Magazine! We cover tastemaker predictions for craft beverages, up-and-coming grape varieties, and what’s new in mead and spirits. As always, check in with us on Facebook and Twitter!

Six Scenic Sips in the Hudson Valley 

Whether you prefer a view of the river, mountains, farmland—or all three at once—you can find great places to enjoy a view over a delicious craft beverage. Here are six suggested sights worth seeking out this summer.

From the Heights. At the top of Mt. Zion Mountain in Marlboro you’ll find Glorie Farm Winery. You’ll also find expansive views of the valley for miles in all directions.

Treehouse Treat. If you loved watching the world from a treehouse as a kid, you’ll love the treehouse tasting room built on a 50-foot tree at the Angry Orchard in Walden. 

Over the River. There’s a reason many events are held at Benmarl Winery in Marlboro. From the lawn, you get an unobstructed view of the Hudson River and the surrounding valley landscape.

Panoramic Perfection. At every turn, the views from Hillrock Estate Distillery in Ancram are the forested rolling hills of the Hudson Highlands and the distant Berkshire Mountains.

Farm Finery. All the elements of a lovely rustic farm vista are in place at Applewood Winery (top) in Warwick: orchard views, green lawns, comfortable picnic tables, split rail fences, and an expansive pond. Just breathe in the photo that tops this newsletter!

Seasonal Sipping

Perfect on a hot summer day, this sangria recipe is a favorite at Benmarl Winery!

Strawberry Mojito Sangria
1 bottle Benmarl Semi Sweet Riesling
2 cups fresh strawberries, sliced
Juice from 1 lime, plus slices for garnish
8 large mint sprigs
Club soda
Light rum

In a large pitcher, muddle mint with lime juice. Remove mint, then add wine and strawberries and refrigerate for at least 4 hours. To serve: stir well, pour in ice-filled glasses and add 2 ounces of rum and top with club soda. Garnish with fresh mint and a lime slice. Enjoy!