It was a
fun-filled Saturday afternoon of wine tasting and wine
education in the Hudson Valley at the gorgeous Revel
32 in Poughkeepsie, New York for the 1st Annual Queen City International Wine
Festival. Built in 1845, expanded in 1895, and renovated in 2019, Revel 32 has
rich architectural details that complement the contemporary appointments.
Produced by Revel 32 and 1915 Wine Cellar with a wine seminar
by renowned wine expert Kevin
Zraly, the 1st Annual Queen City
International Wine Festival was a perfect afternoon of tasting, learning, and
mingling in the Hudson Valley.
still winter, it was a sunny and dry day, perfect for a drive to the Hudson
Valley to attend the 1st Annual Queen City International Wine
Festival in Poughkeepsie, New York on Saturday, February 18, 2023. There was a
curated mix of interesting wine and spirits companies in attendance who
presented a diverse portfolio of products for tasting.
Vineyards & Winery
Importer - Marketer - Distributor
Each of the
participating wine companies brought a wide variety of wines for tasting. The
United States was well-represented with domestic wines from California, New
York State, and Washington State. There were also international wines for
tasting from Argentina, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, New Zealand, Portugal,
South Africa, Spain, and Uruguay. From lower alcohol prosecco (11% alcohol) to
higher alcohol wines like a Super Tuscan (14.4% alcohol), there was something
for every palate and style preference.
Wine For The World
City International Wine Festival ran from 1:00 pm until 4:00 pm and over the
course of the festival we sampled several wines as well as some of the spirits
A Few of
the Many Highlights from the Wine Tasting
- In Sheep's Clothing - Cabernet Sauvignon, 2020, Columbia Valley, Washington, 13% alcohol, made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. Dark fruit on the
palate with nice acidity and tannins. Presented by Banville Wine Merchants.
Grapes & Greens
Brilla Prosecco DOC - Glera - Veneto, Italy NV, 11% alcohol, mineral notes on the palate and lively bubbles,
presented by Grapes & Greens.
Milea Estate Vineyard
Estate - Claret 2019, New York, 12.6% alcohol, a blend of vinifera grapes of Cabernet Franc,
Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Petit Verdot in a classic Bordeaux style. Dry,
lower alcohol, easy on the palate with a nice finish. Locally made in the
Hudson River region in Staatsburg, New York, and presented by Milea Estate
Millbrook Vineyards & Winery
Cabernet Franc 2020, New York, 13% alcohol, a blend of 75% Cabernet Franc, 20% Merlot, and 5%
Cabernet Sauvignon, that spent 14 months in French Oak, with red berries and
violet notes for an elegant finish. Locally in the Hudson River Valley in Millbrook,
New York, presented by Millbrook Vineyards & Winery.
Quintessential Importer for Hopewell Wine & Spirits
Palmer-Rosé Solera-Champagne, France, NV, 12%
alcohol. Made from a blend of Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir, and Chardonnay, this
champagne has a gorgeous salmon color, lively bubbles, and elegant notes.
Presented by Quintessential Importer for Hopewell Wine & Spirits.
American Super Tuscan Blend - Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese, 2018, Napa,
California, 14.4% alcohol, dark berry notes on this
powerhouse wine. Presented by Quintessential Importer for My Wine & Spirits
Spirits & Liqueurs
Spirits - Barber's Farm Distillery
aficionados had the opportunity to taste international spirits presented by Haus
Alpenz and T Edwards, as well as locally made New York State spirits
offered by 1857 Spirits - Barber's Farm Distillery made in Middleburgh,
New York, Cooper's Daughter Spirits made in Claverack, New York, and Four
Fights Distilling made in Corning, New York.
Haus Alpenz brought a diverse selection of international spirits from Barbados,
England, Indonesia, Italy, and Switzerland, and T Edwards brought a rum
from Minnesota as well as a mezcal from Mexico, in addition to their wines.
A Few of
the Many Highlights from the Spirits Tasting
Kirsch Eau-de-vie - Cherries, Zug, Switzerland, 41% alcohol, rich, cherry mouthfeel, with a soft palate finish.
Presented by Haus Alpenz.
John D. Taylor's Velvet Falernum, Rum Liqueur, Barbados, 11% alcohol, aromatic, sweet, add citrus juice (lemon, lime, or
orange) and your favorite rum and you have the makings for a great cocktail.
Add juice and soda water or tonic water and you have a fun, summer
lower-alcohol cocktail. Presented by Haus Alpenz.
1857 Spirits - Barber's Farm Distillery
From 1857 Spirits - Barber's Farm Distillery made locally in
Middleburgh, New York, we tasted their 1857 Estate Potato Vodka -
Barreled, 40% alcohol, finished in American White Oak Casks. This was
the first time we have sampled an aged vodka, and the aging and char from the
barrels gave the vodka a deep amber color and an interestingly tasty finish.
Cooper's Daughter from Claverack,
New York brought a selection of bourbons, vodka, Thai Basil Liqueur, and Black
Currant Liqueur. We sampled Cooper's Daughter, Black Walnut Bourbon,
40% alcohol, finished in black walnut syrup barrels that imparted a smooth
Four Flights Distilling
Distilling from Corning, New York brought a diverse
selection of spirits for tasting. For lovers of "high-octane" spirits there was
their Emperial Moonshine, 50% alcohol. We also sampled their Emperial
Apple Pie, 25% alcohol, that was a tasty "liquid apple pie" redolent of
vanilla, caramel, and cinnamon baked apple.
Seminar by Wine Expert Kevin Zraly
highlight of the Queen City International Wine Festival was the Wine Seminar
by Wine Educator and award-winning author Kevin
Zraly, whose many books include his Windows on the World Complete
Wine Course. Time with Kevin was well spent as his approach to wine education was
approachable, interesting, and we walked away with new wine knowledge. Read
about Kevin Zraly's wine seminar in the Wine Cellar section.
to the wine and spirits tastings and wine seminar, there was charcuterie and
pastries from 1915 Wine Cellar, interesting non-spirits vendors
including Duchess Tourism to discuss the many tourism opportunities in
the Hudson Valley, and AMAWaterwaysTM River Cruises to discuss
international travel ideas.
It was a
wonderful introduction to the 1st Annual Queen City International Wine Festival,
and we cannot wait to see what year two will bring. Until next time, cheers!
Poughkeepsie, New York 12601
information on Revel 32, upcoming events, as well as hosting a wedding or
special event there, please visit their website at: www.revel32.com
Poughkeepsie, New York 12601
1915 Wine Cellar
is open Tuesday through Thursday from 4:00 pm until 10:00 pm, and Friday and
Saturday from 4:00 pm until 12:00 am. Parking is available both on and off the
street in nearby parking lots. Parking is free after 6:00 pm and on Weekends
and Holidays. Visit their website for directions and more parking information.
information on 1915 Wine Cellar and their upcoming events including their live
music calendar, please visit their website at: www.1915.wine.
International Wine Fest
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