Dominique launched a freelance career when her twin sons were young, and she has written numerous books on everything from dogs to decorating to cooking, including The World Atlas of Dog Breeds. The learning curve for the winery was steep, but rewarding. Since purchasing the house and land that are now the Hudson-Chatham Winery in early 2006, she has learned more than she ever thought she would about agriculture, wine making, marketing, retail sales, and owning a small business.
Now in its 11th year, the Hudson-Chatham Winery’signature Sangria & Jazz Festival is on Saturday, August 11, from 11 am – 6 pm. 11th Annual on August 11th – that’s easy to remember! As always, there will be the 5 fresh-made sangrias, local food options, and tarot card readings. This year there is also LIVE JAZZ with Patricia Dalton and the Jazz Colleagues.
The Jazz Colleagues will be playing throughout the day. The six musicians who’ll be sharing the stage – including vocalist Patricia Dalton – are internationally recognized performers who will have festival goers grooving to their great jazz music. Their instruments include keyboard, bass, sax, clarinet, and trumpet. Their sound is amazing.
The food this year will be from The Taste Box and Yummy Kitchen, both from Chatham, NY. Chef Chris Morales of The Taste Box puts together some of the best Mexican food in the upper Hudson Valley, and Yummy Kitchen’s Asian fusion dishes get rave reviews wherever they’re serving. Grandma Apple’s mini cheesecakes will be here, too.
And there’s the sangria, of course! We make 5 different sangrias with our wines and fresh fruit, including our signature strawberry-lemonade sangria made with the Ghent Blush – a crowd favorite.
Admission to the festival is free! Costs are depending on what you want: $15 to try the sangrias; $8/glass of sangria; wine-tasting fee in the tasting room; and other prices are by individual vendors. The winery is also selling its book, Seasonal Sangria: 100 Recipes to Enjoy All Year Long. Festival hours are 11 am to 6 pm. Bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on. Absolutely no outside food or beverages are permitted.
The Hudson-Chatham Winery is proud to be Columbia County’s first winery. Owners Carlo and Dominique DeVito bought the property that became the winery in early 2006, pleased by its south-facing slope, appropriate soil for growing grapes, and great location along Route 66. The site is the last 14 acres of what was once a thriving dairy farm. With the site established, the DeVitos planted the vineyard and built the tasting room. The winery opened to the public in September 2007.
Now in its 8th year, the Hudson-Chatham Winery is a well-established local and tourist destination in Columbia County, voted the Capital Region’s Best Local Winery in 2011, 2012, and 2014, and Columbia County’s Best Winery in 2014 and 2015. People come for the award-winning wines it has produced, as well as for the sunny and friendly tasting room experience, which includes outdoor seating with great views from spring through fall, and a candlelit fireplace in the winter. Since it opened, the winery has featured other locally produced gourmet items in the tasting room, including Hudson Valley artisanal cheeses, jams, sauces, and other gourmet items.
Of course the main reason to come is for the wines, and Hudson-Chatham is proud of its multiple award-winning wines and high scores its wines have received from Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast magazines as well as Edible Manhattan, Edible Hudson Valley, and the Wall Street Journal over the years. It produces a range of wines from dry to sweet to sparkling and dessert wines. An article about Hudson Valley wine and cheese venues in the New York Post (Oct 2012) commented, “Next, head up the parkway to Columbia County, where it’s all about the Hudson-Chatham Winery, which even the biggest snobs will admit can be pretty darn good.”