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Hopping Up Hudson Valley Cider

By Christopher Matthews With its tradition of apple-producing excellence — and aided by the New York Farm Cidery license option — the Hudson Valley (HV) has become an epicenter of the burgeoning (hard) craft cider scene, supported by the Hudson Valley Cider Alliance. And as a … Continue reading

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Killer Bordeaux Bargain: Chateau Carbonneau

By Christopher Matthews It’s no secret that Bordeaux represents a great source of wine value, despite the outsized focus on the Grand Cru chateaux and hallowed First Growths (which certainly have their place, too). Value, of course, is a very relative thing, but … Continue reading

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A Winning Home-Brewed Cider

By Christopher Matthews Apples have long been a touchstone here at Upstate-Downtown, whether via our farmhouse, where we “inherited” three productive Empire apple trees — a great window into the growing season — or in the Hudson Valley more broadly, through its apple-growing traditions and excellence. Part … Continue reading

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A Minervois “Reunion”…with Sainte Eulalie

By Christopher Matthews This past weekend I had a reunion of sorts. Not with college or grad school classmates, mind you, but with one of my favorite French producers from the Languedoc, Chateau Sainte Eulalie, located in the rugged, herb-laced hills of … Continue reading

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Bordeaux Braves Yet Another NYC Blizzard

By Christopher Matthews For the second year in a row, the annual NYC tasting of the Union des Grand Crus de Bordeaux was affected by a blizzard — winter storm Jonas — this time the weekend preceding the January 25th … Continue reading

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Culinary Heirloom: The Cricket Tea Room Cook Book

By Christopher Matthews It’s funny sometimes how the mind works, and how certain thoughts can lead to action. The subject of this post — The Cricket Tea Room Cook Book — was co-authored by my Great-Great Aunt, Tona Webb Perry, and served … Continue reading

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Tuscan Value: the Maremma

By Christopher Matthews Tuscan wines, like Chianti (in its many iterations), the esteemed Brunello di Montalcino and the “Super Tuscans” (such as Sassicaia and Antinori’s Tignanello), are well-known on these shores, at least among cognoscenti. Less familiar, but sources of distinct value, are some of … Continue reading

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