#WineStudio Session XVI – Liquid Voices of Hudson Valley

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August 5, 2014 6:00 pm
August 26, 2014 7:00 pm
PROTOCOL wine studio
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What is #WineStudio?

PROTOCOL wine studio presents an online twitter-based educational program where we engage our brains and palates! It’s part instruction and wine tasting, with discussions on producers, grapes, tourism, terroir, regional culture, food and wine matching and what all this means to us as wine drinkers.

Want to learn more? Jump on over to our Facebook group page.


Way back a lifetime ago, I was this close to attending the CIA. Culinary Institute of America, that is. Hailing from the Suburbs of New Jersey, experiencing the green, rolling hills, majestic farmland and overall beauty of the Hudson Valley has stuck with me for years. Oddly enough, I never returned.

While directing the #WineStudio program, we meet some of the most fascinating people, those that remind me of that lifetime ago. Enter Debbie Gioquindo, Hudson Valley Wine Goddess. Debbie interviewed GUY and I on her podcast, back in November 2013 and I recently updated the post, do have a gander. This program would not be possible without the invaluable help of Debbie, a true wine lover and friend.

Hudson Valley Food & Wine Fest

Deb and I got to talking and she asked me to be a wine judge for the Hudson Valley Food & Wine Fest first week September. And it’s only fitting to highlight the Valley on the August #WineStudio program. Here I come Hudson Valley!

Week 1 August 5 – Introduction to the Hudson Valley

Of ice sheets, Huguenots and Muhheakantuck. Plus a robust food, arts and agricultural scene including Brookview Station Winery whose story begins over a century ago.

Week 2 August 12 – Scientists - Whitecliff Vineyard and Winery @WhiteCliffvino

Owners and founders, Michael Migliore and Yancey Stanforth-Migliore, purchased an empty field thirty years ago and built the winery from the ground up! Michael works closely with Cornell Cooperative Extension testing new grape varieties, and pushing the envelope on the quality of grape growing in the region. We’ll discuss their new geothermal winery building.

Whitecliff Vineyard and Winery 2013 Estate Bottled ‘White Rose’ 75% Traminette 25% Gewurztraminer

Week 3 August 19 – History - Brotherhood Winery @BrotherhoodWine

In 1810, a French Huguenot emigre (or was he a cobbler from New Jersey of Scottish descent?) named Jean Jaques purchased land in New York’s bucolic Hudson Valley and began planting grapes. By 1837, Mr. Jaques needed more land, so he purchased a plot in the quiet village of Washingtonville, NY, and planted another vineyard. By 1839, his first underground cellars were dug and Mr. Jaques fermented his first wine vintage. Those cellars, the oldest and largest in America, are still in use today at Brotherhood Winery. (we’ll explore the long history that is Brotherhood!)

Brotherhood Winery NV “B” Sparkling New York Chardonnay

Week 4 August 26 –  Hudson Valley on the Wine Map - Millbrook Vineyards and Winery @millbrookwinery

John S. Dyson is a pioneer in the global wine industry, an innovator in site-specific planting, and extensive vineyard research. Millbrook Vineyards & Winery belongs to Pebble Ridge Vineyards & Wine Estates, a wine group John and Kathe Dyson created that is devoted to producing the very finest wines of their particular growing regions.

A Cornell graduate in agricultural economics, former New York State Commissioner of Agriculture (1975) and Commissioner of Commerce (1975-79), he was directly responsible for the Farm Winery Law of 1976; his “I Love NY” campaign, developed while he was Commissioner of Commerce, has been one of the most successful advertising branding campaigns anywhere.

Millbrook Vineyards and Winery 2013 Tocai Friulano Proprietor’s Special Reserve Estate Bottled
Millbrook Vineyards and Winery 2012 Cabernet Franc Proprietor’s Special Reserve Estate Bottled

August #WineStudio is sponsored by Hudson Valley Tourism @HudValleyTravel

Big thanks to Mary Kay Vrba, Executive Director,

About #WineStudio and True Wine Culture

The True Wine Culture message is wine education, so that we may gain a better understanding of our world through wine and our part in that world – we’re continually searching and pioneering an American cultural perspective. #WineStudio prepares us to engage our brain and palate through this interactive online wine community. Read more about Tina and GUY.

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Out of stock!#WineStudio Session XVI – A Liquid Voice of Hudson ValleyFree!Online Tasting Only - must have blog to write follow-up post and be available online each Tuesday evening in August for the one-hour show of Session XVI. Each media sample bottle will ship directly from winery.