Hudson Valley Wine and Food Fest Recap

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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!

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New Macallan Distillery Thrills in 4D & Debuts Edition No.4

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Photo credit: Wes Tarca

The Scotch Whisky game has been changed! Single malt Scotch Whisky brand, Macallan, has raised the stakes with its new distillery in Speyside, Scotland – and it’s worth a serious visit. Scotland’s not on your itinerary this summer? You can still visit…virtually. This week, Macallan has built an immersive virtual reality experience for guests in Grand Central Station’s Vanderbilt Hall.

No passport needed, visitors (21 years old and older) will be transported to Speyside, to the beautiful estate and distillery within a massive, all-encompassing cube, alongside specialized projectors which display video of the grounds and in-depth views of all the distillery has to offer.

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Participants can marvel at the panoramas above, behind and on either side. All senses will be heightened as 4D special audio, wind, and scent diffusion technology matches the footage being played. Further, you will be able to choose your own adventure and select which part of the distillery you’d like to see through interactive controls using leap motion and Microsoft Surface tablets.

And if that isn’t cool enough, you can sample the latest gem to the Macallan family, Edition No. 4 Whisky, which was crafted with the intrigue, sophistication, and modernity, with the new distillery in mind, by Master Distiller Nick Savage.

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The Macallan Distillery Experience is open to guests and free of charge beginning Wednesday, July 25 through Friday, July 27 (which also happens to be National Scotch Day). Check out the schedule below:

Wednesday, July 25 – 11:30 AM to 7:30 PM

Thursday, July 26 – 11:30 AM to 7:30 PM

Friday, July 27 – 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM (National Scotch Day!)