Category Archives: Hudson Valley

2014 Hudson Valley Wine & Spirits Competition: Millbrook, Clinton Vineyards Stand Out

By Christopher Matthews For the third year in a row, Millbrook Vineyard and Winery, the Hudson Valley’s perennial wine flagship, won the Hudson Valley Winery of the Year award at the 2014 Hudson Valley Wine and Spirits Competition. But it … Continue reading

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Hudson Valley (Belated) Blooms, 2014

By Christopher Matthews Winter 2014 went into overtime in the Hudson Valley. Then spring sputtered; cool weather lingered. Daffodils and tulips came up more or less on schedule, but the second wave of spring blooms, like irises and peonies, have … Continue reading

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Got Glögg? Hudson Valley has Hetta

By Christopher Matthews In the early part of this Interminable Winter of 2014, I received a fitting assignment for the season from Edible Hudson Valley: to write a piece on Hetta Glögg, a bottled mulled wine in the Nordic tradition, produced in … Continue reading

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Bargain German Pinot Gris: Villa Wolf

By Christopher Matthews I’m always looking for quality, inexpensive wines…with some character (which is the tricky part). And, truthfully, I have found quite a few such bargains at Sipperley’s Grog Shop, a somewhat disorganized, but bustling shop in the center … Continue reading

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What Wine with Rabbit Pappardelle? A Mercato Test

By Christopher Matthews Last week was completely exhausting for me — and for many others, too. It was the annual madness of the United Nations General Assembly Ministerial Week, where a record number of world leaders descended on Manhattan’s Turtle Bay, bringing heavy security … Continue reading

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Gold Galore at 2013 Hudson Valley Wine & Spirits Competition

By Christopher Matthews Last weekend I had the honor once again to be a judge at the Hudson Valley Wine and Spirits Competition. The tasting started early on a gorgeous September morning at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds, where the golden sunshine outside was matched by … Continue reading

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Mosel Pinot Noir? Aber Ja (from Stein)!

By Christopher Matthews Germany is rightfully known for its Riesling. Not only is Germany by far the world’s biggest producer of the noble grape; it’s also the international benchmark for Riesling styles and excellence — from delicate, shimmering off-dry Kabinetts and complex, dazzling dry … Continue reading

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Hudson Valley Bootlegger Gone Straight

By Christopher Matthews October 17, 1932 was a bad day for Dutch Schultz, the legendary mobster, bootlegger and racketeer. After several attempts, Federal agents finally raided and shut down an elaborate bootlegging operation, bankrolled by Schultz, on a Pine Plains, … Continue reading

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Manhattan Cocktail Classic 2013: In a New York State of Mind

By Christopher Matthews At the opening gala of the fourth annual Manhattan Cocktail Classic (MCC) last week, some 3,000 decked-out cocktail enthusiasts and bar professionals descended on the New York Public Library for four floors worth of creative libations (87 different cocktails in total, mixed by world-renowned bartenders), … Continue reading

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Ramp Fest 2013 in Hudson, NY

By Christopher Matthews Here at Upstate-Downtown, it’s no secret that we’re crazy for ramps — those pungent wild spring onions ripe for picking this time of year. And we’ve written extensively about them, from foraging, preparing and cooking and pairing with … Continue reading

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