Wine Tasting in Upstate New York at America’s Oldest Winery. #BrotherhoodWinery

We drove up to the Hudson Valley in New York State for a quick 2 day getaway for the Jewish New Year break. It is always a pleasant experience for me to drive the Palisades Parkway in the Fall because the foliage alone is worth the trip. Leaves turn the most vibrant yellow/gold, orange and burgundy colors that I believe artists try to copy in all types of forms but never truly succeed. The sunsets are the same majestic color as those leaves. It is hard to believe that you are only an hour away from New York City.

My first stop  was Harriman at the Woodbury Commons Outlet. I haven’t visited in years and was surprised to see massive construction happening. This is a very well kept premium outlet shopping venue. They have just about every store you can possibly want. Stores range from the obtainable priced GAP Outlet to the more high end brands like Prada and Gucci. It was nice to have all of those luxe stores in one place and I was loving everything in Tom Ford.

There is a comfy Hampton Inn near Woodbury Commons that we stayed in. There was a pool so Angelique was extremely happy.

We got a great warm and sunny day for our visit to Brotherhood Winery. It is a 20 minute drive from Harriman and well worth the trip. The winery does not have a vineyard so if you are looking to walk through vineyards this won’t supply that. I can assure you though that this winery does not disappoint. It is a beautiful venue/grounds and you must take the $10 tour and wine tasting. On the tour, you are guided through underground tunnels where barrels of wines are stored. You can feel and smell the history of this place. After the tour you are brought to the tasting room for about 4 different types of wines, dry or sweet. You are given your Brotherhood wine glass after the tasting as well. After the tasting you can purchase some great New York State wines in the Brotherhood store.  We lunched on some really fresh fare at the on site Vinum Cafe.

The view from my Hampton Inn Hotel room.
The view from my Hampton Inn Hotel room.
This black barn and gold signature is so luxe and gives you the feel that you are visiting a special place.
This black barn and gold signature is so luxe and gives you the feel that you are visiting a special place.
Small rows of vineyards are on the grounds to show a variety of grapes that are grown in New York.
Small rows of vineyards are on the grounds to show a variety of grapes that are grown in New York.
The grounds are beautiful and worthy of many "selfie" moments.
The grounds are beautiful and worthy of many “selfie” moments.
While on the tour we met an amazing couple and Lou bonded with Angelique immediately. He shared some childhood memories of making wine with this dad when he was a boy many moons ago.
While on the tour we met an amazing couple and Lou bonded with Angelique immediately. He shared some childhood memories of making wine with this dad when he was a boy many moons ago.
The selection of wines in store at Brotherhood.
The selection of wines in store at Brotherhood.
Our tour guide, Howard, also conducted the tasting.
Our tour guide, Howard, also conducted the tasting.
This Brotherhood Riesling is a favorite on the White House Menu.  Former President, Bill Clinton insisted that American wines should be served in the White House. Before this there were no American wines on our White House menu.
This Brotherhood Riesling is a favorite on the White House Menu. Former President, Bill Clinton insisted that American wines should be served in the White House. Before this there were no American wines on our White House menu.

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One of the tunnels where the barrels of wines are kept.
One of the tunnels where the barrels of wines are kept.
Loved these Medieval type light fixtures that illuminated the tunnels.
Loved these Medieval type light fixtures that illuminated the tunnels.

What are some of your Fall travel plans? Please share.

 

Photos: John Ricard

http://www.johnricard.com

All shot on his Leica M.

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