Monday, March 30, 2015

Hudson Valley Wines Wow Northern New Jersey Chapter of American Wine Society 2015

There will be a special wine tasting hosted by the NJ Meadowlands chapter and will take place at the Award winning wine school MAKE WINE WITH US located at 21 Currie Ave. Wallington, NJ (less than 2 miles from Giants Stadium).
March 26th Thursday 7:00pm- 9:00pm Hudson Valley Wines  

The event was hosted at MAKE WINE WITH US near the Meadowlands in New Jersey. A great pace with state of the art facilities. I tasted some their wines. Great stuff! Had an absolute ball! If you want to make wine and live in New Jersey, this would be a great place.

Danny Klein was our host. He's the regional VP of the American Wine Society, and an all around great guy. I have met Danny at numerous events and we always seem to hit it off. He's an incredibly accomplished guy and very knowledgeable about wine.

Here's part of the crowd assembling. More came to join.

For the whites were started off with:
True Thirst Hard Apple Cider
Hudson-Chatham Seyal Blanc Block 1 2013
Tousey Chardonnay 2013
Whitecliff Chardonnay Reserve 2013

All these wines were very well received. The True Thirst was a nice shocker for the crowd. This cider, made at Brotherhood in Washingtonville, NY, is a dry cider and many in the crowd compared it favorably with sparkling wine. The Hudson-Chatham Seyval was a nice surprise, as many in the crowd were not familiar with the grape. The two chardonnays were a big hit, and contrasted nicely - the Tousey was fresh and bright and the Whitecliff was extremely elegant with slightly more oak.

Tousey Pinot Noir 2013
Hudson-Chatham Baco Noir Old Vines 2013
Millbrook Cabernet Franc 2013
Whitecliff Estate Cabernet Franc 2013
Hudson-Chatham Empire 2012
Brookview Station Estate Frontenac

The crowd loved the red wines from the Hudson Valey! Tousey Pinot was a big favorite, and the Hudson-Chatham Baco was a real crowd pleaser. Both Cabernet Francs, from Millbrook and from Whitecliff, were both very, very impressive. The Hudson-Chatham Empire was another favorite, and the Frontenacwas the sleeper. Again, few had ever had it, but compared it to a blend of Syrah and Petite Verdot. It showed beautifully!

It was a very successful tasting, and many said they would be up in the spring and summer o sample more wines in the valley.