Starting as a child at the age of five, Louis DiCrescenzo wandered between rows of vines, toddling along behind his grandfather as he worked the vines in their family vineyard in Monte San Biagio just south of Rome. Today, with four generations of winemakers behind him, Louis and his son Michael combine tradition and innovation to create high quality estate-bottled wines at Altamont Vineyard & Winery. With more than 20 types of grapes grown and harvested in the Helderberg mountains of Upstate New York, Altamont Vineyard & Winery produces a carefully curated selection of fine red and white wines. Visitors can take meandering tours of the picturesque winery and vineyard, cruising through the vines, heading to the wine room to see how it's all made, and sipping samples of the final result: adult juice boxes. The vineyard is also an ideal destination for events, private parties, tastings, and tours.
We are a winery and vineyard in Southern Vermont. Three and a half hours from NY City, two and a half from Boston and an hour and a half from Hartford CT. We manufacture wine from our grown grapes as well as import grapes to create world class wines.
As stunning fall colors settle into the leaves of Saratoga County, beer lovers gather at the Malta Drive-In to celebrate the changing of the season with 27 different German and seasonal fall craft beers. Traditional German food complements a wide selection of American seasonal favorites, such as the Fall Summit ale from Peak Organic Brewing Company and the traditional Oktoberfest beer produced yearly by the Spaten brewery. The organizers endeavor to entertain more than taste buds, arranging live musical performances throughout the day from German accordion player Herb Liebenhagen, Saratoga favorite Headband Jack, and the Bluz House Rockers. Visitors also partake in games and contests such as Best Brat Costume or Who Smells the Most Like Cabbage.
The wines of Thirsty Owl Outlet & Wine Garden have won nearly as many medals as there are grapes on a vine. Produced on the shores of Cayuga Lake, these wines have attracted a dedicated fan base at competitions near and far, with the riesling earning especially high marks. Filling out the rest of the portfolio are a late-harvest chardonnay, a jammy syrah with notes of pepper and oak, and a port-style dessert wine that's perfect for pouring all over a sundae. Visit the winery's gorgeous tasting room and bistro, where you can sip on the handcrafted wines while enjoying lunch or dinner.
At first, making wine was just a hobby for Rich and Tara Nimmo. The couple began doing so at Rich's uncle's winery in western Pennsylvania. Soon, though, they turned that hobby into a full-blown passion, complete with annual wine-tasting trips, vineyard tours, and even a cellar of their own. Today, the Nimmos are responsible for a large selection of handcrafted dry, sweet, red, and white wines, the majority of which start with hand-selected grapes from the Finger Lakes region. Visitors to the Nimmos' tasting room sip on the couple's creations at an Adirondack-style tasting bar surrounded by rich wood tones.
The team behind Rare Earth Wine Bar doesn't adhere to a hierarchy. Owners and staff alike are proficient in every aspect of service, from recommending wine to washing the dishes. This sense of open-mindedness and community is evident throughout. They encourage visitors to try something new or to even peek into the kitchen to watch the chef prepare their dinner, ensuring it wasn't created by evil robots. And then, of course, there's the wine, available in adventurous flights or by the varietal. Their well-curated selection of vinos hail from California to Canada to New Zealand. And the staff is always happy to make pairing recommendations with their wide variety of food choices?from small, shareable plates to hearty entrees.
The chefs incorporate wine into many dishes, such as a poussin, or young chicken, braised in a Madeira reduction and a Delmonico strip steak seared with red wine, but all them were designed with wine pairings in mind. For example, the staff recommends sipping Bois Noyer merlot with the seared duck breast and Between the Lines pinot noir with the braised quail.