Category: Red Wine

Palaia Winery & Meadery

The owners of Palaia Winery are from the Woodstock generation and – as the peace symbol on all their labels attests to – they aren’t afraid to show it. A family run winery with a tasting room in a 200-year-old barn on land once owned by Aaron Burr, Palaia is affectionately known as the Hudson Valley’s “hippie winery.”

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Bunches of Baco Noir grape hanging on the vine

Bountiful Baco Noir

Baco Noir is a French-American hybrid grape that was bred by François (some say Maurice) Baco. Baco (1865 – 1947) was a teacher from the town of Belus, Landes, Armagnac Province, France (south of Bordeaux).

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Perplexing Pinot Noir

The insightful observation made by the famous wine writer Jancis Robinson in her 1986 book, Vines, Grapes and Wines best sums up many thoughts on this illusive grape variety.

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Fruitful Frontenac

Frontenac is one of the most widely planted of the Minnesota hybrids in the Hudson Valley, successfully bred by grape breeding pioneer Elmer Swenson (1913-2004).

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Nuances of Noiret

Noiret is a relatively new hybrid grape variety used in red wine production, offering another option for cold climate grape growers.

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How Well Do You Know Franc?

When wine drinkers refer to a “Cab,” more often than not they are referring to Cabernet Sauvignon, not the Hudson Valley’s newly claimed signature grape, Cabernet Franc.

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Hudson-Chatham Winery

The Hudson-Chatham Winery was started by Carlo and Dominique DeVito when they acquired their property in 2006. Last year was the 10-year anniversary of their opening to the public.

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