Hudson Valley Wine and Food Fest Recap


Glasses were raised, bottles poured, growlers were filled, and hunger was quenched at Hudson Valley’s 17th Annual Wine and Food Festival in Rhinebeck, NY.  Hosted on the Dutchess County Fairgrounds, thirsty crowds flocked to booths representing the best wine Hudson Valley has to offer. Featured rave-worthy vineyards include  Don Tony Perez, (Yonkers, NY), with its silky Petite Verdot, and Baldwin Vineyards’, (Pine Bush, NY), award-winning Strawberry Wine along with their unique hops-touting Autumn Crush, made with apples, pumpkin and hops.


The chic Tousey Winery, (Germantown, NY), definitely made a statement with its modern museum designed booth staring its beautiful, white dessert wine, Bloomé.


Mead, spirits and traditionally made ciders rounded out the delicious weekend libations. Mysto Mead, (Carmel, NY), a honey-based wine producer, showcased its wide variety of mead including the impressive, Silver Medalist: Basil Mint.

Many New York State distilleries showcased luscious, traditional and creative selections. Harvest  Spirits Farm Distillery (Valatie, NY) fans tasted clean, flavorful swills like the John Henry Single Malt Whiskey, Core Black Raspberry Vodka, and Cornelius Peach Brandy.

Harvest  Spirits Farm Distillery seletions

Another rad distillery in attendance was Olde Farm Distillery based in Hudson, New York. Female owned and operated, this distillery uses seasonal ingredients to make gems such as Cacao Maple Vodka, Smoked Maple Bourbon, and seasonal spirits.

New York Cideries had a great presence at the festival. Specializing in traditional craftsman and taste techniques, Pitchfork Cider in Hopewell, NY offered its fresh pressed, gluten-free cider.


Another popular cidery was Awestruck Hard Cider (Sidney, NY) which use 100% New York State apples in its thoughtfully crafted and named selections like Hometown Homicider, and the pleasant Lavender Hops.IMG_8610

The day also included cooking demos by local chefs, food artisans with homemade condiments, and alluring food trucks serving local grilled sweet corn, Puerto Rican and Ecuadorian food, gyros, pulled pork nachos, and so much more!



Jet Away for Oktoberfest

It’s Oktoberfest and Samuel  Adams, in conjunction with Jetblue Airline, is kicking off the festivities in style. For the very first time, Sam Adams will sponsor an inflight beer tasting for passengers attending  the Great American Beer Festival® in Denver, Colorado.  The festival (October 5th until 7th) is the premier U.S. beer event which celebrate American craft beer and breweries at the Colorado Convention Center.

Jim Koch (Brewer and Founder of Sam Adams)

While airborne, an exclusive tasting will be led by Brewer and Founder of Sam Adams, Jim Koch. Beer-lovers will enjoy the beloved, gold medal-winning, Samuel Adams  Octoberfest brew, known for its smooth, creamy, yet slightly sweet malty flavor. That’s not all… two additional secret selections from the iconic brewer will be savored during the flight, while passengers engage in Oktoberfest-themed activities (with many surprises!) to help the time fly by.

Interested in this unique getaway? Visit and book your seat on JetBlue Flight No. 97 which departs from New York City’s JFK Airport at 8:22 PM on Thursday October 5th. Sit back, relax and enjoy a new mile-high experience. Prost! (Cheers!)