Hudson Valley Wine: Fine or Crime?

“I love the idea of Hudson Heritage, but I strongly disagree with the idea that only hybrid grapes represent the “heritage” of Hudson Valley wines. There are wonderful Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Franc wines produced in the Hudson Valley… I think that Hudson Heritage, as currently defined, is a step backward for Hudson Valley wines, and discourages new plantings of grapes that may give the Valley a place at the table with fine wines from other regions of the world. Hybrids are not going to do that.”

Steven Kolpan judges in the Hudson Valley Commercial Wine Competition, and judges the Competition itself. From his column in the current Hudson Valley Table


“I don’t think this is a good area for making wine. That may offend some people. It’s great apple country, but I don’t think you can make great wine here. Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.”

Neal Rosenthal, one of the most respected names in wine importing, passes judgement of his own on the Hudson Valley, in the current Chronogram

News is that a new magazine, Hudson Valley Wine, will publish its first issue next month. I look forward to it – and trust it will be as honest in its opinions as the above the two statements. I have my own mixed feelings about the Hudson Valley region. There are some good wineries here: Millbrook, in particular, makes excellent vinifera wines. But they may be the only ones. Read my review of their Cabernet Franc here. And my piece New York W(h)ines: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly here.

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