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Thursday, September 18, 2014

New Daily Feature: News of the Day in the World of Wine, Spirits and Beer by Philip S. Kampe

Industry News  reported by Philip S. Kampe
A summary of today’s, September 18, 2014 edition, of wine, spirits and beer related news.

> Former ‘Cru restaurant owner, Roy Welland, fetches over $6.6m at a recent auction held in New York by Wally’s auction house. All 1,767 lots were sold. Burgundy was the highlight with a 55 lot cache of Domaine Bachelet fetching $216,480. Estate Domaine G Roumier sold 196 lots for $882, 464. A second auction is planned for November 21 and 22 in Los Angeles.
> Piper-Heidsieck and Charles Heidsieck Champagne sold to EPI for over $600m..
> Demarville of Veuve Clicquot to experiment with super-sweet style of Champagne.
> Finger Lakes winemakers fight gas storage plan.
> Domaine Faiveley buys top Chablis producer, Billaud-Simon.
> In a first, a wine from India was awarded a Gold medal during judging at the Asia    Wine Awards, yesterday. The company will be revealed on October 22nd at the award ceremony.
> Super Tuscan estate Monteverro plans to significantly increase production of its top wines over the next decade.
> Wine investment firm, Boltons, goes under.
> Dogfish Punkin Ale is back for 2014
> Redhook Brewery’s ‘Out of Your Gourd’ Pumpkin Porter set for release.
> Grey Goose opens new home in the Cognac region of France.
> The Bombay Sapphire Distillery at Laverstoke Mill opens to the public on October 1st.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Hudson Valley Wine & Food Festival in Rhinebeck, September 6th & 7th by Philip S. Kampe


         Hudson Valley Wine & Food Festival by Philip S. Kampe

Wine and Food Festival Day Trips  by Philip S. Kampe
This is the time of year when grapes are harvested in North America and Europe.
New vintages are in the offing. New wines will evolve.
It is also the time that the northeast is home to numerous wine and food festivals. There is a great day trip to consider from anywhere in the Upstate New York area, the Berkshires and NYC.
This weekend, on Saturday, September 6th and Sunday, September 7th, the Hudson Valley Wine and Food Fest takes place at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck, N.Y.

This is the 13th year of the event, which features wines from New York state. At last count, over fifty vineyards will be represented at the festival. The events main focus is to highlight the wonderful wineries that are found in the Hudson Valley and all over New York state.

As a NY Farm market, the Hudson Valley Wine and Food Fest offers the wineries the opportunity to sell wine by the bottle, thus offering the consumer the right to purchase wine directly from the winery.

The food part of the Fest features some of the best food produced in the Hudson Valley. Featured are many unique gourmet specialty food vendors. You can find everything from fresh cheese, farm raised meats, salsas, BBQ sauce, pasta, pasta sauce, drink mixes, dip mixes, soup mixes, baked goods, maple syrup, candy, nuts, granola and more.

In addition, the regions best restaurants and food trucks will be represented. You can purchase tickets to purchase food, priced from $1 to $5 per portion. Also, don’t forget the chefs, who will host cooking demonstrations throughout the weekend.
When: September 6th and 7th (Saturday and Sunday)
Time: Saturday 11am-6pm    Sunday 11am-5pm
Where: Dutchess Fairgrounds, Rhinebeck, NY
Tickets: One day tasting $40  Weekend $70
Designated driver and non-alcoholic admission: One day $22  Weekend $37
12 and under: Free
Philip S. Kampe