In 1982, the Baldwins purchased a farm which had been the Hardenburgh Estate since 1786. The estate included a stone home and 18,000 square feet of outbuildings situated on 37 acres of prime alluvial farmland. In the 30+ years since, Baldwin Vineyards has garnered awards for their Chardonnay, Merlot, Riesling, Brut Champagne, Port, and a dozen other wines, as well as pioneered New York’s entry into the premium fruit wine category.
With 3.5 pounds of strawberries in every bottle, Baldwin’s Strawberry Wine boasts a complexity that appeals even to those who normally turn their nose up at dessert wines. And for sweet wine fans who find even sangria to be too dry, Baldwin’s line of fruit wines will open up a whole new world of multi-dimensional sweetness.
The Baldwins’ philosophy on fruit wines, which began a trend throughout the entire Northeast, was to vinify fruit wines as premium varietal wines, rather than the traditional method of adding water and other less expensive fruit juices to bring down the cost. Instead of making the fruit wines dry, as was the tradition, the Baldwins finished their fruit wines so they tasted like the fruit they started from.
Starting with their Strawberry Wine in 1985, they have since added Apple, Blueberry, Black Raspberry, and Spiced Apple wines which have also won many more awards over the years. The Black Raspberry Wine has won numerous gold medals in wine competitions, including a Gold Medal at the International Eastern Wine Competition. Their Raspberry Wine took the Gold at the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition.
But their original fruit wine, Strawberry, continues to be their most acclaimed offering. It’s won Double Gold at the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition, a Silver Medal at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, “Best Fruit Wine in New York State” at the New York Food and Wine Classic, and a Gold Medal as well as the Chairman’s Award for “Best of Category” at The Long Beach Grand Cru International Wine Competition. The Beverage Testing Institute has awarded it 88/100 points.
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Strawberry, Chocolate & Wine Festivals
Recognizing that wine goes best with food, the Baldwins started a tradition in 2006 to have frequent Strawberry, Chocolate & Wine Festivals, which involve tasting twelve of their wines accompanied by three chocolate/strawberry desserts.
The food makes all the vibrant flavors in the wines stand out, and the desserts taste much better accompanied by the various wines. Imagine tasting cheesecake with a Port, strawberry shortcake with Brut Champagne or Late Harvest Riesling, or chocolate desserts with Strawberry or Black Raspberry Wine.
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