Palate Wines and Spirits Newburgh NY


We’ve been very curious about the buzz on what’s happening in Newburgh to revitalize this once vibrant city.  Having passed through town on our way north or south on 9W, Visited the waterfront, and gotten mixed messages.

A little research for an afternoon jaunt brought us to charming Liberty Street home of  Ms. Fairfax,  Washington’s Headquarters, Wherehouse bar and a new Bistro, Liberty Street.


If I was opening a wine store it would be very much like this.


Wines and liquors I love with reasonable prices.

Opened in May of last year by former Brooklynite Philippe Pierre who carefully selects every bottle here. The shop is small but adequately diverse, you can be confident you’ll enjoy the wines you’ll find here. In fact, I expect to be back for a case in a couple of weeks, and I was.

We found two wines from Puglia we really loved. A Fiano and a Primativo.

Trip to Puglia 

Palate Wines & Spirits

115 Liberty St, Newburgh, NY 12550
(845) 419-8466


Sweet Reminiscence of Puglia, Yet Home in the Hudson Valley


A favorite wine we found at the engaging Palate Wine and Spirits shop in Newburg, NY inspired this dinner. A Fiano from Puglia (Apulia) one of our very favorite parts of Italy. Puglia is the “heel of the boot” of Italy, the lower south east peninsula wrapped by the Adriatic and Ionian Seas.

Wine made with the Fiano grape is very popular, In this part of Italy,  a bright and flavorful wine. Yet the grape can be hard to grow and has low yields. It is rarely farmed outside of Italy. We fell in love with it on a wine pilgrimage to Italy in the fall of 2012. It can be hard to come by in the US so we were delighted to find this wine in here at wine store in the Hudson Valley.

This one is by Masseria Li Veli a winery founded in 199 by the Falvo family who also owned the fine Avignonesi estate in Tuscany.

The fresh ingredients for the dinner we made came mostly from Dan Madura Farms a regular vendor at Cold Spring Farmers Market who had gorgeous yellow cauliflower, onions and abundant fresh parsley this week.  With this produce we made a dish from Tal Ronnen’s fabulous vegan Crossroads Restaurant recipe book, “Cauliflower With Olives and Sun-dried Tomatoes.” Other ingredients came from our own Cold Spring Foodtown and Adams Market in Wappinger.

For the pasta dish I  created my own recipe for Orchietta, the classic Purglian pasta.  We bought some exceptional Italian sausage, that Chris of Marbled Meat Shop has just made. Sauteed it with escarole and onions, EVO, Kosher salt, and hot red pepper flakes, some white wine, veal stock and as a last step a tablespoon of arrowroot to thicken the sauce.

These dishes with a nice baguette from Marbled and fresh herbs from our own garden as well as freshly ground cheese, and of course accompanied by a perfect wine, were an inestimable culinary luxury.

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The Cauliflower Recipe  by Kris Carr.


Sip and Savor at Brunette Wine Bar Kingston

Brunette Wine Bar Kingston Market Radish, Chevre Cheese, Malson Salt

Try anything, everything here and you will be very pleased.  Open about a year now Brunette has been on our must visit list for sometime. At last a trip to the Rondout section of  Kingston brought us here.

Brunette Wine Bar Kingston Sip a Rose

The curators and owners, Tracy and husband Jamie Kennard are the most gracious and interesting hosts. Deeply dedicated to presenting very fine local, natural, genuine food and wine. Our conversations wove through all sorts of topics as we carefully savored each sip and bite.

Brunette Wine Bar Kingston Trout Roe Nachos, Creme Fraiche, Kelle Chips Brunette Wine Bar Kingston Smoked Salmon plate, creme Fraishe, pickled onions

Along with the food we enjoyed some very nice wine and will be back soon for more.


33 Broadway, Kingston, NY

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Cure for the Way Too Cold!

Dinner Oveja Blanca

If there was ever a day for a hot homemade chicken soup today is one.  With this magic potion all sorts of ills are cured and Subzero temperatures are soundly turned to happiness. A bright salad and a crisp wine makes warmer days seem well, not so far off.

A perfect pairing is this dry muscat, created at Bodegas Fontana in Castile-La Mancha, Spain, by the wine making team of oenologist Tomás Buendia and Master of Wine Sam Harrop. Two men who I think would find themselves very much at home here in the Hudson Valley.

Discovered at Dylan’s Cellar in Peekskill, the wine is of Fontana’s  “Oveja” (sheep) series. These wines are created out of  a reverence to the region, “single bottlings of exciting experiments” meant to show the “potential of the area and grape varieties.”  Much the way many of our Hudson Valley winemakers craft their vino. And we do love our Hudson Valley sheep.

We liked this wine so much that we bought a heard on our next trip to Dylan’s.

A Heard of Sheep

“Intensely aromatic and expressive, with aromas reminiscent of lychees, grapefruit and rose petals. Light bodied, very fresh on the palate, the fruit is perfectly balanced by the crisp acidity and a dry, mineral finish.” Winery

It really knocked our socks off! Well no, those socks are staying on. But astonished “Wows!” were on our lips as we savored this precious wine.

If you love bright sauvignon blanc, crisp pinot grigio, or unoaked chardonnay you will love this wine.

Muscat is an ancient grape with 200 varieties. Some studies suggest it is the oldest domesticated grape, taking us back millennia.  Here in New York State a variety called Valvin Muscat is grown and made into very nice wine.

It can be found in dry, sweet and sparkling wines. All so very delightful.

Dylan’s Wine Cellar

Bodegas Fontana

Hudson Valley Sheep Festival



A Fabulous Wine from One Far Away Hamlet to Ours

ColleStefano Verdicchio di Matelica
Life here in our precious hamlet of Garrison, NY is filled with many pleasures. This week we loved a wine from another pretty hamlet, one in Italy called Collestefano in the Province of Macerata of the Marche region. Paired with a homemade dinner locally sourced.

It was a white wine called Verdicchio, made with the Italian wine grape of the same name, primarily grown in the Marche region of central Italy. Very popular in the US during the 60s and 70s, distributed in an iconic green fish shaped bottle. Sadly greedy commercial interests let the quality of the wine diminish and so did its market.Verdicchio Fish Bottle

Fortunately that has changed and today very fine Verdicchio wines can be found in most better wine shops. It is a wine I promise you will enjoy.

Noted Italian wine writer Ian D’Agata  asserts in his book Native Wine Grapes of Italy that Verdicchio “is arguably Italy’s greatest native white grape variety.” We agree.

This one from the Matelica DOC, is delightful.  We had it with a dinner at home of orecchiette pasta with sauteed shrimp with swiss chard, onion, pine nuts, garlic, EVO and Pecarino Romano cheese. All ingredients but the pasta and pignoli nuts from our Cold Spring Farmers Market and local gardens.

Orecchiette with Shrimp Kale Onions Pine Nuts

Made by Fabio Marchionni who in 1998 took over the estate that had been in his family since the 60s.  He had recently gained a degree in Enology and completed a wine apprenticeship in Germany.  The children of Italian wine families always seem to come back home.

Over the years with the help of his parents and devoted wife Silvia, Fabio has built a very successful winery which he may pass on to their daughters, Elena and Serena.

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His wine, Collestefano Verdicchio di Matelica, imported by Hudson Valley based Polaner Selections.  An importer, by the way we have come to trust.  We purchased it at Suburban Wines in Yorktown Heights.

It is on Decanter’s Magazine 2015 Top 13 Verdicchio Wines List

Made with 100% estate fruit form a vineyard  that enjoys a cool dry climate that is on the Esino River between the foot of Appenine Mountains and the coast of the Adriatic sea. It is certified organic.

The wine is accurately described like this.

“Medium-bodied with crisp acidity and good structure with flavors of apricots, peaches, minerals, mint, almonds and flowers all make an appearance in this soft, caressing white. This is well balanced and meant enjoy now but will cellar for over the next 3-5 years. It is clean and refreshing on the palate, and leaves a long, pleasing finish.”

Suburban Wines Yorktown Heights

Polaner Selections



As Much as We Love the Hudson Valley, McLaren Vale Keeps Calling

McLaren vale, sweeping vines from samuels ridge winery
McLaren Vale, Samuels Ridge Winery – image source:

They say Mclaren Vale is the unique marriage of a premier wine region and beach lifestyle has created a melting pot for all things culinary, vinous and artistic. You could say that the Hudson Valley is a unique marriage of a great wine region and river valley lifestyle and so on.

Well bringing this back home, during a trip to Australia I fell in love with the rich, robust, Shiraz wines of this region. I buy them when ever I see them at a reasonable price. This one found at Dylan’s in Peekskill was not just reasonable it is a steal.

Mclaren Vale Shiaz

Wines from this region are exciting and delicious and pair well with many dishes, even a Tonkotsu Ramen we had last night.

Dylan’s Wine Cellar

Mclaren Vale



Stagnant Employment & Wages? Not in the Hudson Valley Food & Beverage Biz!


You may live here and probably know. It is not hard to notice. Seems like everyday we see a new restaurant, brewer, food maker or purveyor etc. popping up in the Hudson Valley.

Recently we got the real stats.  Presented at the exciting 2015 Hudson Valley Beer, Wine, Spirits & Cider Summit, an annual event of the Hudson Valley Food & Beverage Alliance “fueled by” Hudson Valley Economic Development Corporation.

So the news is this, over 57,000 people are employed by HV based Food and Bev businesses which represents growth of 20% in employment numbers over the last five years with a healthy 7.5% growth rate in wages.

Why does this make us happy? Continue reading Stagnant Employment & Wages? Not in the Hudson Valley Food & Beverage Biz!


News of Whitecliff Vineyard – Hudson Valley Wine

Whitecliff Sign

It has been more than three decades since Michael Migliore and Yancey Stanforth-Migliore, founders and owners of  Whitecliff broke ground on their vineyard in Gardiner, NY and now they have something new and exciting on the horizon. At a point when many might be contemplating retirement Michael and Yancey have their eyes on loftier goals. Read More 

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Domaine De Verquier Rasteau Rouge a Beautiful Wine From Another Valley


We love Hudson Valley wines and we really love Rhone Valley wines. We drink a lot of them and they are all good, but once in awhile something comes along that I want to shout about.

This beauty has incredible drinking pleasure at a value price that you won’t believe. It is available at Viscount in Wappinger Falls where I am going tomorrow to get some more!    Continue reading Domaine De Verquier Rasteau Rouge a Beautiful Wine From Another Valley