Hudson-Chatham Winery: 5 Baco Noirs and Growing

When I first met Carlo he hadn’t even opened his winery.  He was a year away from that.  Since he’s opened I usually make at least one if not more visits to see him and Dominique and what they are up to. What was once a small winery nestled in the town of Ghent, New York is growing like a wild vine. Since it was a beautiful day we sat outside and had a glass of their Rose.  Or has Carlo calls it, his “orange wine.” It is made from Seyval, Geneva and Concord grapes. The grapes were all pressed together. Solera Building at Hudson-Chatham Winery Shortly after the Rose was poured we ended up walking over to the “Solera building” which will house a maximum of 20 barrels for the purpose of making Sherry.  He is using the technique that they use in Spain, maturing the wine using the solera system.  This is the system where you gradually blend small amounts of young wines with the older stocks in such a way that it is assimilated by the older wine.  It will then pick up the characteristic of the aged wine. We then moved into their tank and barrel area.  Long and behold they are entering into the Cider relm. Ron Bixby is their new Cider maker and he is from Little Apple Farm, a 5 acre, 100 year old organic apple farm. They have made 150 cases of organic natural apple cider. It is fermented in the bottle like a Belgium Ale. . The barrel room that use to house their wine, port and sherry, is now...

2007 Hudson-Chatham Cabernet Franc

When people purchase wines made in the Hudson Valley or New York for that matter, they often drink them when they get home.  I am going back to my buy one for now and one for latter because they age quite nicely. I recently found a 2007 Hudson-Chatham New York State Cabernet Franc in the cellar. It came out and met the corkscrew, the glass and my lips. Complex layers of aromas filled the air…. black fruit, blackberry, oak and spice.  There was some hints of wet tobacco. As the wine hit my lips and palate, flavors of black fruit and blackberry were enjoyed.  There was a chewy aspect to the wine and it finished with some white pepper spice. I paired this with Black Bean and Chorizo Chili and it was quite the pairing. I am sorry if you want the recipe, I kind of threw it together and didn’t record what I was...

Sky Bar – Wine Preservation System (The One)

As we were getting ready for dinner the other night Summer’s favorite “man in brown” appeared at our door carrying a large box.  I had no idea what was in the box as I didn’t remember ordering anything. To my surprise it was the Sky Bar – The One, wine preservation system.  Timing couldn’t have been more perfect as we were just opening a bottle of Hudson-Chatham 2010 Empire Reserve and dinner was in the oven. What did Paul and I do, we put it together.  After taking it out of the box it didn’t fit under our kitchen counter which is 17″ high. Bummer, so we moved it to sit on top of our wine cellar in the dining room.  Installation was easy, so easy, even I could do it as I assembled the door. Here are the pros: Cord wrap on back nice light quick start guide very good chiller easy to use doesn’t take CO2 dispensers (like the one we had) Negatives Size – a bit large and bulky Doesn’t do bottles with crown caps or bubbly. Here is the video of us putting it together.  (For some reason the second video was corrupt on my computer and I couldn’t get it to work in the program, but worked fine on YouTube..hence why there aren’t one.) The Sky Bar – The One retails for $349.99.  They also make one that holds 3 bottles and that retails for $849.99.  Definitely a keeper.  Anyone want my old one with the CO2? **Disclaimer – I received this product for review from the...

Sky Bar – Wine Preservation System (The One)

As we were getting ready for dinner the other night Summer’s favorite “man in brown” appeared at our door carrying a large box.  I had no idea what was in the box as I didn’t remember ordering anything. To my surprise it was the Sky Bar – The One, wine preservation system.  Timing couldn’t have been more perfect as we were just opening a bottle of Hudson-Chatham 2010 Empire Reserve and dinner was in the oven. What did Paul and I do, we put it together.  After taking it out of the box it didn’t fit under our kitchen counter which is 17″ high. Bummer, so we moved it to sit on top of our wine cellar in the dining room.  Installation was easy, so easy, even I could do it as I assembled the door. Here are the pros: Cord wrap on back nice light quick start guide very good chiller easy to use doesn’t take CO2 dispensers (like the one we had) Negatives Size – a bit large and bulky Doesn’t do bottles with crown caps or bubbly. Here is the video of us putting it together.  (For some reason the second video was corrupt on my computer and I couldn’t get it to work in the program, but worked fine on YouTube..hence why there aren’t one.) The Sky Bar – The One retails for $349.99.  They also make one that holds 3 bottles and that retails for $849.99.  Definitely a keeper.  Anyone want my old one with the CO2? **Disclaimer – I received this product for review from the...

Visiting Hudson-Chatham Winery

During December I took a ride up to Hudson-Chatham Winery to visit Carlo and Dominique.  I haven’t been up there in a while and forgot how beautiful it is up there.  It is so nice to see that they are growing. Hudson-Chatham is up to 3000 case production and they just recently expanded their facility.  (I did get to tour their new wine making facility but it was dusk and my pictures didn’t come out to well.) They’ve been busy, as they also expanded their tasting room.  It look great! We tasted mostly reds, all reds and I have to say they were nice.   I was very surprised at how nice the 2011  Baco’s were.  2011 was a tough year with the hurricane at harvest.  In the past I have favored the Old  Vines Baco, but this tasting I really liked the 2011 Baco Noir Reserve from Casscles Vineyard in Athens, NY. It was had a very  raspberry, fruity nose and was a tad smokey with a little hint of spice.  This will be great if aged a few years. I tasted the 2009 Merlot that had a very meaty nose and was full of plum and a bit complex.  The 2010 Empire Reserve Red was bursting with Cabernet Franc mid palate with cranraspberry notes.  The Empire is a blend from the three major NY wine regions and is 33% Cabernet Franc from the Finger Lakes,  33% Merlot from Long Island  and 33% Baco Noir from the Hudson Valley. I’m looking forward to tasting more wines from Carlo & Dominique.  Hopefully in the Spring I will find my...

Visiting Hudson-Chatham Winery

During December I took a ride up to Hudson-Chatham Winery to visit Carlo and Dominique.  I haven’t been up there in a while and forgot how beautiful it is up there.  It is so nice to see that they are growing. Hudson-Chatham is up to 3000 case production and they just recently expanded their facility.  (I did get to tour their new wine making facility but it was dusk and my pictures didn’t come out to well.) They’ve been busy, as they also expanded their tasting room.  It look great! We tasted mostly reds, all reds and I have to say they were nice.   I was very surprised at how nice the 2011  Baco’s were.  2011 was a tough year with the hurricane at harvest.  In the past I have favored the Old  Vines Baco, but this tasting I really liked the 2011 Baco Noir Reserve from Casscles Vineyard in Athens, NY. It was had a very  raspberry, fruity nose and was a tad smokey with a little hint of spice.  This will be great if aged a few years. I tasted the 2009 Merlot that had a very meaty nose and was full of plum and a bit complex.  The 2010 Empire Reserve Red was bursting with Cabernet Franc mid palate with cranraspberry notes.  The Empire is a blend from the three major NY wine regions and is 33% Cabernet Franc from the Finger Lakes,  33% Merlot from Long Island  and 33% Baco Noir from the Hudson Valley. I’m looking forward to tasting more wines from Carlo & Dominique.  Hopefully in the Spring I will find my...