Category Archives: Spirits + Cocktails

KAS Krupnikas: Baltic Spirit from the Hudson Valley

By Christopher Matthews Quality. Authenticity. Versatility. Highly desirable traits for most any product, not least spirituous beverages, but often elusive as a trifecta. One such excellent potation that I recently covered for Edible Hudson Valley Magazine is KAS Spirits’ Krupnikas, a … Continue reading

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2016 Hudson Valley Wine & Spirits Competition: Fjord Vineyards Sweeps Top Awards

By Christopher Matthews Relative newcomer Fjord Vineyards made quite the statement at the recent 2016 Hudson Valley Wine & Spirits Competition. Not only did its 2015 Albariño win Best in Show, Best Overall Hudson Valley Wine (made w/HV fruit) and Best … Continue reading

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2015 Hudson Valley Wine & Spirits Competition: Millbrook, Robibero Share Top Honor

By Christopher Matthews Stop the presses! For the first time since the award was originated four years ago, Millbrook Vineyard and Winery, the Hudson Valley’s perennial wine flagship, was not the sole Hudson Valley Winery of the Year winner at … Continue reading

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Dutch’s Spirits Takes Shape in Pine Plains

By Christopher Matthews Dutch’s Spirit’s, a farm distillery in-the-making in Pine Plains, NY, located on the very same grounds where infamous mobster Dutch Schultz bankrolled an elaborate Prohibition-era bootlegging operation, is nearing (physical) completion. Last weekend, on the 82nd anniversary of the Federal raid that shut down Schultz’s illicit underground booze … Continue reading

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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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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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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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Accolades Pour in for The Dead Rabbit

By Christopher Matthews Sometimes we call it right here at Upstate-Downtown. Occasionally, we hit a home run. Last February, we predicted big things — and highly recommended — The Dead Rabbit, a recently opened tri-level, 19th century-style Irish/New York drinking establishment on Water Street in the Financial District. … 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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