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Baco Noir Old Vines and Reserve and Chelois
Baco Noir Old Vines and Reserve and Chelois
Hudson-Chatham Winery

Ready to get out of the snow and have some fun? Well, make plans for dining out during Hudson Valley Restaurant Week (HVRW), which returns next week, March 10-23. Get out of the cold and enjoy great dining and great deals at more than 180 restaurants throughout the Hudson Valley. No tickets or passes are required, although reservations are strongly encouraged. HVRW features prix fixe, three-course dinners for $29.95 and lunches for $20.95 exclusive of drinks, tax and gratuity. Jump here to visit participating restaurants.

And, for the wine lovers out there, warm up at Hudson-Chatham Winery in Ghent. The winery will be offering guests three inviting and educational vertical wine tastings on Saturday afternoons this spring. Each vertical tasting will feature several different vintages of the same variety offered by the vineyard, a minimum of five vintages of the wine being poured, from barrel samples of the upcoming 2013 vintages to those, which were cellared from earliest vintages.

Guests are invited to compare the differences between aged and "young" wines, as well as the unique flavors created in each vintage by different growing conditions. The tasting will illustrate how the characteristics of wine change with age. Each vertical tasting will be complemented with food pairings created by Blima's Catering. Attendance is limited to 20 guests for each tasting date.
Saturday, March 15, 2014 - Chelois tasting (a wine of choice at the Culinary Institute of America)- a barrel sample of the 2013 vintage and tastings of the 2012 (to be officially released on March 21), 2011, 2010, and 2008 vintages.
Saturday, April 5, 2014 - Empire Reserve tasting - a barrel sample of the 2012 vintage and tastings of the 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, and 2007 vintages.
Saturday, May 3, 2014 - Merlot tasting - a barrel sample of the 2012 vintage and tastings of the 2011; 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, and 2006 vintages.

All tastings will begin promptly at 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. Full Vertical Tasting with accompanying foods is $25 per person ($20 for Case Club Members). RSVP via Email to: and indicate how many seats you will reserve. Provide a phone number and the winery will call for your credit card information. Seats are sold on a first-come, first served basis. Hudson-Chatham Winery, 1900 Route 66, Ghent; 518.392.WINE (9463). For details, visit Hudson-Chatham Winery. The winery is open year-round Friday, Saturday & Sunday from 12 noon to 5 p.m.

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