They served a delicious orzo almond torte dessert pasta. They also generously provided the recipe on a card for those of us aspiring chefs to try at home. The winery is located in a 200 year old barn. The vineyard is located in back of the barn, so visitors are invited to meander among the vines and enjoy the sound of the streams and the view of the mountains. It is very picturesque. Their wines are a combination of their own grapes and another farm’s grapes, also grown locally. The 10 acres that compose the vineyard grow 2 white varietals…..Seyval Blanc and Vignoles, and 2 red varietals…..Foch and Millot.
The winery produces more than 20,000 bottles annually. I appreciate the quality of their wines and the intimate tasting room, which is on the second level of the barn. The lighting is dim and the decor is rustic. This visit the tasting featured 2005 Vidal, 2006 Cayuga White, 2005 Blackberry Kir, 2004 Rosalais and finally the 2006 Peche. The Cayuga and the Peche are both Gold Medal Winners and the Rosalais is a Silver Medal Winner! All were delicious.
I especially enjoyed the Rosalais, which is a Loire Valley style rose. But the pièce de résistance was the Peche! This was like drinking pure peach nectar… only not as heavy and with that welcome little kick!
This is a perfect dessert wine. It would be great mixed with Champagne or drizzled over vanilla ice cream or fruit salad. The 13 varieties range from $6.25 to $21.95 per bottle. A 5% discount is offered on 6 bottles and a generous 10% on a case. You can even mix and match. Their wines are so popular, that many sell out very early in the season. I am dying to get my hands on a Baco Noir! This is one spot not to miss. Being a Francophile and a wine lover, this place is perfect forme. Their grapes and wines are so…French.
52 Allhusen RoadNew Paltz, NY 12561
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