Decorated with pictures of baseball greats, Dugout Grill's dining room fills with the aroma of scratch-made takes on classic ballpark food. Handcrafted with Black Angus beef, the grill's burgers range from traditional bacon cheeseburgers to a specialty asian fusion burger flavored with a secret marinade. Similar toppings, from homemade chili to bacon and cheese, crown hot dogs split down the middle, grilled, and then sealed back together with magnetized relish. For dessert, Dugout Grill has nine varieties of milk shakes and malts, as well as cups, cones, and sundaes made with your choice of 12 ice-cream flavors.
Inspired by his grandfather’s legacy of superior wine crafting, Harry Robibero took the first step in rebooting the family tradition by buying 42 acres of property in the Hudson River Valley with his wife Carole in 2003. He couldn't start harvesting any grapes just yet, however—there was already an operational winery on the premises. He bided his time, waiting for the opportunity to fill his home's glasses and well-concealed flasks with his own cask-aged creations. In 2007, the original winery announced that it was vacating the acreage, opening the door for Harry to finally cut the ribbon on his family's very own vino haven.
After years of revamping the property, the family now welcomes visitors to savor red and white artisan wines by the bottle or glass while playing board games, watching sports on the 52-inch TV, warming up by the indoor fireplace, or listening to music during one of the winery's weekly events. The Robiberos also helm tasting sessions, in which oenophiles can sample a lineup of their expertly handcrafted libations. During the warmer months, they open the outdoor patio so that their guests can sip on sangria or wine while overlooking the lush vineyards speckled across the fertile valley.
Established in 1977, proprietor Ben Feder was inspired by the tradition of small European Estates when he focused on cultivating Seyval Blanc and producing white wine, champagnes, made in the classic ‘methode champenoise and late harvest dessert wine on his 15 acre vineyard. In recent years the portfolio has been expanded t
Pastas, olive oils, and tomato sauces imported from Italy line the aisles of Noto's Italian Deli, giving shoppers all they need to prepare authentic Italian cuisine at home. But many patrons prefer to leave the food preparation to the cooks behind the deli counter. Starting at 6 a.m., those cooks fry eggs for breakfast sandwiches and omelets brimming with pastrami, homemade italian sausage, and other savory ingredients. Later in the day, the focus shifts to sandwiches piled with italian meats, housemade stuffed lasagna, homemade italian sausage, chicken marsala, and specials such as Black and Bleu philly cheesesteaks. Patrons quench their thirst with natural fruit juices and fresh fruit-flavored waters.
The smile on Yancey's face as she holds her double gold-winning riesling up to the camera is infectious. It perfectly captures the love, dedication, and immense pride she and her husband Michael take in crafting their well-received bottles of wine at Whitecliff Vineyard.
Their artisanal labors of love started more than 30 years ago when Michael decided to transform an empty field into a winery. Following the traditions of his winemaking grandfathers and armed with a master's degree in organic chemistry, he started experimenting with grape growing. Determined to produce wines that would rival European classics, he eventually expanded his vineyard to contain more than 20 varieties of grapes, each with an uncanny resemblance to the American flag.
Today, he and Yancey sell their wines in farmers' markets and stores from Albany to New York City. They also invite visitors to stop by their scenic winery for wine and cheese pairings or events that include art openings.