I have to share a funny story that happened this evening. I was attending the 40 under 40 Shaker Awards at the Mid Hudson Civic Center. This was a lovely dinner and ceremony recognizing 40 movers and shakers in the Hudson Valley under 40 years of age. The Southern Dutchess Chamber of Commerce did a wonderful job organizing this event.

As I arrived at the Civic Center, just like most people, I headed to one of 4 bars that were set up. I knew going in the wine at events like this usually aren’t top of the line, but decent. When it was my turn to order, I asked the bartender what type of white wine she had. Her answer was “Merlot, Chardonnay, and White Zinfandel” and I stopped her mid stream, chuckling to myself and asked for a glass of Chardonnay.

The Chardonnay..I don’t know what brand it was (I couldn’t make out the bottle from where I was standing) I couldn’t tell you about the bouquet because it was in a plastic cup, taste‚Ķnothing stood out. I didn’t go back for a second.