Real Wines with Slow Food Hudson Valley

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Date(s) - 01/18/2017
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Brunette Wine Bar


A tutored tasting of eight additive-free, organically/biodynamically farmed “natural” wines (valued at $20-25 per bottle). A plate of local cheese, charcueterie and fruit will be provided as well.

Despite its image as a pure, unadulterated beverage, wine has become as much a victim to homogenization and over-industrialization as food has – more so if you consider wine’s unique ability to transmit place and to continue living in the bottle. Fortunately, wine is having its own revolution as a new generation of producers throw out the overly-sterile rulebook, bring back ancient farming techniques, revive grape varieties on the brink of extinction, reject the over 70 additives legally allowed in wine, and in the process make some of the most vibrant and curious wines you’ve ever tasted.

Here in the Hudson Valley we are fortunate enough to have local wine shops, bars and restaurants featuring natural wines heavily or even exclusively dotted all across the region.

Please join us at Kingston’s beloved natural wine bar, Brunette, where natural wine expert Christina Pickard will lead us through a tutored tasting, of the world’s most provocative and honest wines, provided by some of our region’s top artisan wine shops ( with a sampling of local cheese and charcueterie too!)

**Christina Pickard is a professional wine writer, educator and presenter, who, after living abroad for 13 years in both Britain and Australia, has recently made a move back to her home country and currently resides in the beautiful Hudson Valley. Christina has owned her own wine school, been a regular presenter on UK television, and contributed to over a dozen magazines worldwide, including Decanter, Wine Enthusiast, and Food & Wine. She specializes in natural wines while also being a passionate foodie and wannabe gardener.

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Wednesday Jan 18 6pm – 8pm
(Snow Date: Wed Feb 1 6pm – 8pm)
Where: Brunette Wine Bar – 33 Broadway, Kingston (Rondout)
Tracy and Jamie Kennard

Profiles of  Contributing Participants

Brunette Wine Bar
In a meticulously designed, light-filled space which feels as though you stepped into an Alice and Wonderland tea party in France’s most fashionable district, Brunette has quietly crafted a small but thrilling list of handcrafted and unusual natural wines, earning them, in just over a year, an extremely loyal following.

The Reed Street Bottle Shop is a neighborhood store in historic Coxsackie Village just off the Hudson riverfront. Owners Susan Baldaserini and Shai Kessler believe that drinking wine should be a lighthearted affair, and picking a great bottle doesn’t need to be a stuffy or intimidating experience. They pride themselves in sourcing wine and spirits that come from small, independent, minimal intervention producers, and aim to send you out of the shop feeling like you’ve scored a gem that you can’t wait to pop open.

Ester Wine and Spirits is a small wine shop in the city of Kingston, NY that specializes in wines produced on a smaller scale with little or no manipulation and wineries that hold mission statements in tune with the health of the consumer and the planet as well. Founded in 2014 by a Brooklyn born New Yorker, Ester hopes to represent the international market of wine and spirits. His goal as a buyer is to be thoughtful and eclectic in his selections in order to explore, learn and discover the fast paced industry of fermentation and distillation.

Kingston Wine Co. is in the historic waterfront district of downtown Kingston and is a meeting place for Old and New World wines. Literally and figuratively we place the kitchen table at the center of our shop. We are driven by the connections that wine can create around a large table breaking bread with friends and strangers.

Hudson Wine Merchants was established in June 2004, in historic Hudson, NY, Hudson Wine Merchants offers the finest wine and spirits from all over the world. Our selections are based on vineyard visits, industry tastings, and our constant pursuit of the best available bottlings of character, by the most talented vignerons and distillers working today.

McGrath Cheese Company – Cheese Maker Colin McGrath is the founder of McGrath Cheese Company.  Colin began his career in the food industry at the young age of 15.  His work in restaurants fed his passion for food and led him to study at and get his degree from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY.  Colin’s work in the food industry then led him down a different path as he fell in love with the art, science, and tradition of making cheese.  At the age of 20, Colin became Head Cheese Maker at Sprout Creek Farm in Poughkeepsie, NY.  In his time at Sprout Creek, Colin has developed an award-winning line of cow and goat’s milk cheeses. Colin’s cheeses have been nationally recognized over a dozen times. Some of his proudest recognitions include; 1st place in the United States Championship Cheese awards, 2 Good Food Awards, 1st place in The New York State Fair Dairy Competition,  Multiple 1st places in the American Cheese Society Annual Competition, and 3rd Best in Show at The American Cheese Society Annual Competition.  Colin has now turned his dream into reality by founding McGrath Cheese Company.

Colin knows that high quality milk is the backbone of the cheeses he creates.  Therefore, he is committed to building good relationships with local farmers and giving them a fair price for the best, local milk available. Colin lives in New York’s Hudson Valley with his wife and two children.

John Kowalski is a professional chef who has been a chef instructor at the Culinary Institute of America for over 20 years. His recent accomplishments include the 2010 publication of his book, The Art of Charcuterie, a book well-received and acclaimed by the food industry.  Some of his products will be included as part of the tasting.