The Rhinebeck and Red Hook arts communities are hosting the 10th annual Art Along the Hudson (AAH) Spring Kick-off Media Event on Wednesday May 15, 2013. It’s an opportunity to showcase the expanding arts community in the northern area of Dutchess County. The purpose of this AAH event is to bring together business owners, elected officials, artists, arts patrons and the media with a focus on the many and varied cultural opportunities available and how they generate economic growth.
The evening begins in the Rhinebeck High School auditorium at 5:30 p.m., with guest speakers celebrating the role the Arts have in our lives. We are very fortunate to have NYS Senator Terry Gipson and Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro share a few words about the Arts and Economic Development in our region. Keynote speaker Liza Donnelly, local cartoonist with the New Yorker, will share her views concerning the Arts and Education.
The celebration continues at the Juried Art Exhibit reception at the Betsy Jacaruso Studio & Gallery, 43-2 E Market Sreet (in the courtyard behind Bread Alone) in Rhinebeck, with refreshments donated by village restaurants and live music.
The art exhibit was juried by Dennis Anderson, who served as the Director of Curatorial & Tour Services at the Empire State Plaza Art Collection in Albany for 22 years, and Mary-Kay Lombino, who is The Emily Hargroves Fisher ‘57 and Richard B. Fisher Curator at The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College. They selected artwork representing each of the AAH communities along the Hudson River corridor: Ossining, Peekskill, Garrison/Cold Spring, Beacon, Newburgh, Greater New Paltz Area, Poughkeepsie/Hyde Park, Rhinebeck/Red Hook, Kingston, Saugerties, and Woodstock.
Art Along the Hudson, now expanded to 11 neighborhoods, is a unique year-round collaborative marketing effort to promote towns on or near the river as vibrant arts and cultural communities. It also promotes seven Hudson Valley Studio Tours offering art lovers great opportunities to meet the many artists living and working in the Hudson Valley. A new 2013 brochure will be available at the Kick-Off Event describing the art venues and studio tours.
The Arts are now more than ever a significant economic factor in the revitalization of Main Streets. It is in large part the arts and cultural organizations that help fill restaurants and lodgings, and bring dollars and jobs to the Hudson Valley. From major metropolitan areas to small rural towns, the research shows to what degree the nonprofit arts and culture industry attracts audiences, spurs business development, supports jobs and generates government revenue. Locally, as well as nationally, the arts mean business.
Join us to celebrate our vibrant cultural communities and a year of arts events that will stir the soul and engender prosperity. The Juried Art Exhibit will be on view from Thursday, May 9–Saturday, June 1, at Betsy Jacaruso Studio & Gallery, 43-2 E Market St (the courtyard behind Bread Alone) 845-516-4435. Gallery Hours: Thurs. 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Fri. & Sat. 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
For more information on the exhibitions and offerings of the Art Along the Hudson Kick off evening contact: email@example.com or visit www.artalongthehudson.com
by Jim Planck, photographs by Jennifer Barnhart
All who have ever lived in an old time house know full well how troublesome the upkeep can be. Windows that used to fit seamlessly into their sills now call to every draft and winter breeze to come visit, doors stick in their jambs on humid days, and foundations that once seemingly would have supported the Empire State Building now have shifted and sag, bulging where the rainwater swells the cracks.
Imagine, however, not dealing with those problems at 100 or even 125 years old, but spread those years over the sweep of more than three centuries – a full 350 years – and that’s precisely the challenge the Greene County Historical Society faces every day in preserving its Bronck House Museum, the oldest standing stone house in upstate New York.
To help them do that, and in recognition of the Bronck House’s 350th Anniversary, the Society is conducting Windows on History, a massive fundraising campaign to help correct the existing problems and prevent future ones.
GCHS President Robert Hallock explains, “As we often say during the tour of the houses, this house is older than the United States, older than the English colony of New York, and dates back to the time the Dutch had a colonie of New Netherland here in the Hudson Valley.”
Upstairs window showing signs of age. Photo by Jennifer Barnhart.
“Over the years – what these windows have seen, or more appropriately, what the Bronck family members have seen from these windows! The Dutch losing control of their colonie; the English settlement of the colony; the French and Indian War; the American Revolution; the formation of Greene County; the War of 1812; the Civil War; World War I; and the Great Depression.” Then, in 1939, the Bronck House was donated by the family to the Greene County Historical Society and residency at last ended.
The Bronck House Museum’s history, and the heritage it represents, truly are of international cultural value, as the Museum regularly draws visitors from all over the world. In 2012, people from the Netherlands, Brazil, Japan, Australia, and Russia all visited the Museum.
The Museum’s three sections – the 1663 stone house, the 1685 stone house, and the 1738 brick house – all need work. Wooden sills and frames have rotted, bricks have frozen and split, mortar has worn to dust – and all must be addressed, as together they form the strength and endurance of the structures.
Please help Windows on History fulfill its mission by providing whatever donation is possible. Visit our website at www.gchistory.org to make an online donation, or mail a check to Greene County Historical Society, P.O. Box 44, Coxsackie, NY 12051.
The Bronck Museum is a National Historic Landmark and a NYS Revolutionary War Heritage Trail site. Help preserve one of the Hudson Valley’s earliest structures in the year of its 350th Anniversary. Thank you.
To learn more about the Bronck House and farm and the 350th anniversary year, visit the Greene County Historical Society website, http//www.gchistory.org. The Bronck House kicks off its 350th Anniversary celebrations in May.
by Andrew Nelson, photographs by Jen Kiaba
Photo by Jen Kiaba
Two Boots was created by two indie filmmakers who loved pizza, beer and all things New Orleans (the two “boots” refer to the geographical shapes of Italy and Louisiana). Still owned and operated by co-founder Phil Hartman, Two Boots brings its unique Cajun-Italian cooking, funky folk art and deep commitment to the community wherever they go.
Hartman opened the very first Two Boots Pizzeria on Avenue A in New York City back in 1987. As a young filmmaker he only set the goal of using the restaurant to fund his next film project. Little did he know that the idea of blending Cajun and Italian would take off like wildfire. The result is a respectable chain of pizza joints spanning from Hell’s Kitchen to Baltimore to Los Angeles and a 25 year run of serving top shelf pies to an ever-growing fan base.
In the summer of 2012 Hartman unlocked the doors to his latest venture, Two Boots Hudson Valley. Of the nearly 15 restaurants on his roster, this one holds a particular spot in his heart as it sits directly across from his Alma mater, Bard College, from which two of his children are also graduates.
The cuisine at Two Boots Hudson Valley blurs the line between that of easy comfort food and tasteful creative eats for the foodie. The meatball sliders, for example, are just off of what Grandma made as it’s laced with andouille sausage, tucked into a garlic knot and served with a side of tangy sauce.
photo by Jen Kiaba
You can experience the best of both boots’ (Italy and Louisiana) traditions in one-of-a-kind pizzas like the “Tony Clifton” and “The Dude,” which showcase organic and artisanal ingredients from Fleisher’s Meats in Kingston and nearby Newton Farm. Customers can enjoy a “Grandma Bess” pie, with organic San Marzano plum tomato sauce, mozzarella, garlic, olive oil, fresh basil and parmigiano blanketing a square sheet of crispy Sicilian crust, at the restaurant or for delivery. Or plunge into a blackened catfish po’boy sandwich with remoulade and homemade Cajun slaw. Or indulge in the “St. Tula,” which is only available at Two Boots Hudson Valley. It’s a white pie with roasted garlic and peppers complimenting Fleisher’s Sausage of the Day and topped with a drizzling of sweet red pepper pesto.
The bar is stocked with local treasures like Keegan Ales and the Mekas Family’s special Limoncello, plus creations like the Beastie Boys-themed “Sure Shot.” (The late Beastie Boy, MCA, attended Bard.)
The fun doesn’t end at the table either. The stage and dance floor are often the setting for live performnces, DJs, films, readings and more.
February marks a special time for Two Boots as a whole, as February ushers in Mardi Gras. Two Boots Hudson Valley is making a month-long celebration of it with a list of the Hudson Valley’s best local talent peppered with guests from NYC and beyond.
Pamelech Klezmer Orkester. Photo by Jen Kiaba.
To learn more, visit http://www.twoboots.com/TW2008/bard, or http://www.facebook.com/TBHudsonValley
February Happenings at Two Boots
Friday, February 1, 7 p.m.:
Author Tony Fletcher reads from his new book “A Light Never Goes Out: The Enduring Saga of the Smiths” with Smiths music by Robert Burke Warren and DJ Grasshopper of Mercury Rev.
Saturday, February 2, 9 p.m.:
DJ Dance Party with In The Cut (DJs Effie and MarMar). Cover: $5
Saturday, February 9, 9 p.m.:
Mardi Gras Celebration with DJs Mr Chips and Mikey Palms (SouthPaw Bklyn). Cover: $5
Thursday, February 14, 7 p.m.:
Valentines Day Dinner and a movie night
Friday, February 15, 9 p.m.:
The Grape and the Grain, Nightmares For A Week and Leonard Banks. Cover: $5
Friday, February 22, 8 p.m.:
Alexander Turnquist & Avondale Airforce. Cover: $5
Saturday, February 23, 8 p.m.:
Sweet Clementines & The Argentine (Bklyn). Cover: $5
Plus every Monday night, 8:30 p.m.:
STUMP TRIVIA with trivia jockey Michael Nickerson.
by Ariadne Prior-Grosch
Since 1970, the average annual temperature in New York has risen 2.4°F. This rise in temperature represents only a fraction of the warming we could see over the next 60 years under climate change scenarios. Recently, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) published a report detailing how the State’s economy and environment may be affected by climate change. By understanding climate change and its associated risks, New York State can plan more effectively to adapt, mitigate and prepare for these vulnerabilities.
While there are many uncertainties associated with climate change, climate scientists agree that the frequency and intensity of extreme events will increase. This means that the Hudson Valley will experience more extreme flooding events (à la Hurricanes Irene and Rita last year), heat waves, and droughts. Researchers estimate that the average temperature in the Hudson Valley will increase 3 to 5 degrees by 2050, threatening many popular apple varieties of the region. The effects of climate change will create many challenges for energy production, agriculture, water supply and human health. Therefore, it is imperative that we begin to take steps to address these challenges. However, the current lack of understanding and acceptance of climate change has hampered attempts to take serious action.
Recently, vocal climate change deniers have successfully dominated and driven the debate on climate change even though the climate science community overwhelmingly agrees that the Earth’s climate system is unequivocally warming. When thinking about climate change communication and education, trusted messengers play a crucial role in changing this trajectory to move the conversation toward addressing how we will deal with the effects of a warmer climate.
Research at the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication has focused on the underlying psychological, social and political reasons that people choose to engage or disengage regarding climate change issues. Since 2007, there has been a noticeable decline in the percentage of Americans who believe climate change is happening. Between 2008 and 2010, Yale researchers estimate there has been a 13 point drop in the percentage of Americans who believe climate change is occurring; additionally, almost 40% of Americans think there is a significant amount of disagreement between climate scientists. This statistic illustrates that the concerted campaign on the part of various interest groups to convince the American public that the science of climate change is still unsettled has been extremely effective at sowing seeds of doubt. In light of this research, “perceived scientific agreement” has emerged as a gateway belief that can fundamentally change one’s perception of climate change.
In order for climate change communication to be effective, it must be personable and connect the effects of climate change in a tangible way to every American’s well-being. Since the slow economic recovery and preoccupation about jobs has dominated the conversation in the United States in recent years, media coverage of climate change has declined. General confusion regarding the difference between climate and weather and previous winter events such as “Snowmageddon” have confirmed in the minds of some, that climate change is a hoax invented by scientists looking for funding. On the contrary, extreme droughts in the Southwest and the warm winter we just experienced in the Northeast have been framed by some climate change activists as proof of climate change.
Global Warming’s Six Americas, a joint project between Yale and George Mason University, groups Americans into categories across a spectrum from “highest belief/most concerned” about global warming to “least belief/least concerned.” The messenger, and how trustworthy they are perceived to be, emerges as a critical component for successful climate change communication. Different people have different concerns and will connect to a tailored message that speaks to their life experience. It is possible, however, for everyone to find common ground; research shows that all Americans support renewable energy research and rebates for fuel efficient cars and solar panels. Interestingly, when it comes to issues such as preparedness and resilience at the community level, everyone believes it is important to implement policies to protect the local water supplies and environment in light of a changing climate.
Concerned about the effects of climate change? Consider reaching out to the editors of your local paper and requesting information regarding climate change to show that interest in the issue exists. Since many people still tune in daily to the local weather report, television weather forecasters could serve a critical role as climate change communicators to their viewership. Weather forecasters are generally perceived as trusted individuals by their audience, so call up your local weather forecaster and ask about climate change. Ask if this weird weather we’re experiencing is related to climate change. Maybe it could engage some of the doubtful and move them along the spectrum towards being concerned about climate change.
Take the quiz online to find out which of the “Six Americas” you belong to: http://environment.yale.edu/climate/
Image Credit: The GOES-13 satellite captured this stunning visible image of Hurricane Irene at 8:32 a.m. EDT, just 28 minutes before Irene’s landfall in New York City. The image showed Irene’s huge cloud cover blanketing New England, New York and over Toronto, Canada. Credit: NASA/NOAA GOES Project.
Ariadne Prior-Grosch is a first-year graduate student at the Bard Center for Environmental Policy. She blogs for the Center on the National Climate Seminar and writes about environmental topics for La Voz, a free monthly publication in Spanish that serves the Hispanic communities of the Mid-Hudson Valley, http://lavoz.bard.edu. She is a member of Few for Change, a scholarship program for students to continue past primary school in the indigenous Ngöbe-Buglé Comarca in Panamá. Visit http://www.fewforchange.com/ to learn more.
by Indigo Munoz-Weaver
So far, winter 2011/12 has been an unseasonably warm one here in the Hudson Valley. Everyone seems to be familiar with global warming, but many remain unaware of the current energy crisis. Anticipated record high temperatures in the summer months with increased demand for air conditioning, is only going to add to the energy problem.
The US produces 25% of the world’s greenhouse gases and yet we only account for 4% of the world’s total population. Up to 60% of the US’s electricity is generated from coal, which accounts for 40% of our carbon emissions. These statistics become staggering, added to the exponential rise in consumer and industrial demand for electricity that, since 1982 has exceeded utilities’ ability to meet that need by 25%, annually.
Something has to give—but what? We have an outdated electrical system, an accelerated increase in energy demand, and a pending decrease in our primary energy source—coal. That’s right. The Federal government has new laws pending to enforce stricter environmental regulations on coal-generated power plants by 2014. According to the Chicago Tribune, the resulting expensive upgrades will force many plants to close and energy costs to skyrocket by as much as 40-60%. Combating climate change, environmental degradation and a struggling economy, utility companies will have to leverage the delivery systems already in place to manage energy demands.
One of the key solutions to the growing problem is quickly gaining national support because of its multitude of benefits. We are talking about Smarter Grids, which offer improvements and cost savings from generation of electricity to consumption. Smart Grids are digitized systems that can increase utilization of energy by sending 50-300% more electricity through existing corridors. Smart Grids enable utilities to reduce high-demand periods, balance electric loads to help avoid local and regional blackouts and manage voltage changes. Smart technology also helps offset the need for new power plants and infrastructure.
A very important component of the Smart Grid is Smart Metering—which enables users to monitor and manage their electricity use in real time. Smart Meters give consumers greater control over their own electricity usage. By creating a two-way communication between the consumer and a utility, individuals will gain a window into their energy usage, giving them an awareness tool previously lacking. Washington D.C.’s Smart Meter pilot project, called PowerCents, revealed that through improved consumer awareness alone, energy savings of 5% can be achieved.
A number of countries, including most of the European Union nations, and Asia are way ahead of the US in the adoption of Smart Technology. That’s not to say America is standing idly by. As of September of 2011, 22% of all US households had Smart Meters installed. The Institute for Electric Efficiency (IEE) projects that by 2015—54% of all homes in the US will have them.
A number of states have adopted Smart Meters but New York is the first state in the Northeast to see this technology. In fact, right here in the Hudson Valley, Red Hook and Tivoli have been chosen to pilot Smart Meters because of their towns’ strong environmental record. This lower-carbon technology works. So far, every utility has implemented smart meters after their pilot projects’ completion. This is the future of energy technology—A vital tool for positive change. A real solution for real people.
If you live in Red Hook or Tivoli, you may qualify to be part of the Smart Meter pilot project. For more information or if you are interested in getting involved, please contact Green T Energy, Inc., a local electrical contracting company with an emphasis on energy conservation and sustainability at (845)247-3473.
Green T Energy, Inc. is a local electrical contracting company with an emphasis on sustainability and energy conservation. They are currently running a free Smart Meter Pilot Project exclusively for the Red Hook/Tivoli area that will help homeowners control their electric usage to save money, and the environment. They have also been involved in Central Hudson’s Commercial Lighting Retrofitting program for over a year. They handle all aspects of electrical work and lighting design from residential to industrial, and also offer home and business electrical energy audits. Their ultimate goal: Help secure the future for generations to come by decreasing our environmental impact on the planet.
by Brian PJ Cronin, photo by Kristen Cronin
Remember Winter, aka That One Weekend in October? That was weird.
This has not been a good year for snow here in the Hudson Valley. I spent our only snowstorm of the season wondering if I had bought enough Halloween candy. We should be in the thick of cabin fever right now. We should be climbing the walls. Instead we wander through the 55 degree streets in a mid February stupor, our circadian rhythms broken and reeling. Did Christmas happen already? Is Spring Training underway? Are the groundhogs ever going to go into hibernation or are they just going to pull the seasonal equivalent of an all-nighter?
Somewhere in the middle of this ongoing space/time displacement, Cooper learned to crawl. I’m not sure what happened. I thought we had more time. Then again, I didn’t think I’d see tulips pushing their way through the dirt before Valentine’s Day. Everything is out of whack.
“At some point we’ll need to childproof the house,” I’d say off-handedly while Cooper scooted around on his bottom. “One day we’ll need to figure out how those baby gates work,” I’d mumble while Cooper pushed himself backwards around the room on his belly, wedging himself under the radiator. And then, after explaining to Kristen that it was too early to start buying furniture straps, one of Cooper’s toys rolled out of his reach and he…well, he just went and got it. Then he crawled back to where he was. Then he looked around the room, realized that everything at his eye level was now fair game, and smiled. We were dumbfounded, as were the cats, who were not ready for the giggling paperweight we’ve been carrying around for seven months to start chasing them.
We had originally been looking forward to Cooper becoming mobile. Crawling leads to walking, which opens up a whole load of new activities we can all do together. We picture the three of us running through the fields at the foot of Mt. Beacon. Chasing grasshoppers, fireflies, exhausted groundhogs.
But at that point, Cooper will no longer be the boy who stretches his arms out and looks at me with wide eyes whenever he wants to go someplace. He’ll find out that there are other ways to get around besides being snuggled against my chest as I walk around the house. He’ll just go. He’ll be out of sight, which is something he never is now.
And so we find ourselves feeling out hearts soar as we watch him crawl towards us and feeling them sink as he crawls away from us. We find ourselves desperately trying to savor these dwindling weeks of Cooper being completely dependent on us, dreading dropping him off at daycare even more, looking forward to picking him up after work more than ever. And we find ourselves in this strangest of winters, praying for the temperature to plunge and the sky to drop a few feet of hard snow onto the valley. Shutting down offices and roads. Freezing everything in place, even time, just for a few days.
Sometimes a little bit of cabin fever is a good thing.
Brian PJ and Kristen Cronin live in Beacon with their four cats, and their son Cooper James Cronin. View more of their photos at www.flickr.com/teammoonshine.
by Jen Kiaba, photos by Jen Kiaba
Entrance to Tousey Winery Tasting Room photo by Jen Kiaba
Tousey Winery, in Germantown, began in 2006 with a dream. Founder and beekeeper Ray Tousey longed to make his own cassis, a liqueur that has a long and complicated history in the Hudson Valley. Intrinsic to his dream, was Tousey’s desire to create a crème de cassis with all local ingredients, including his own honey.
Cassis is a sweet, dark-red liqueur made from black currants. Up until 2003, to find a local cassis was impossible. Beginning in 1911, black currants became a sort of “forbidden fruit” because a disease the berries shared with white pines. White pine blister rust was a fungus that was thought to easily pass from the currents to the pines. With a burgeoning lumber industry in the region, the logging industry put pressure on lawmakers to eliminate the currants; eventually both the federal and several state governments passed bans on growing black currants. New, disease-resistant, varieties of currants were later developed and in 1966 the government left it up to the states to lift the ban. The campaign to repeal the ban in New York State was spearheaded by Hudson Valley fruit grower Greg Quinn, who was able to persuade the state to lift the ban in 2003.
Previous to the ban, New York State was a leader in the production of currants, but today few Americans are familiar with the berries. Now wineries across the state, especially in the Hudson Valley, are moving to change that. The first local winery to begin producing cassis after the ban was lifted was Clinton Vineyards, in Clinton Corners. Since then the Hudson Valley has become increasingly known for the quality cassis that is produced by local wineries and vineyards. And for Tousey Winery, it was the cassis that started it all.
Tousey Winery's Creme de Cassis. Photo by Jen Kiaba
“Ray wanted to make a cassis with his own berries and his own honey,” said son-in-law and winemaker Ben Peacock. “In order to do this, he had to open his own winery. And with 200 hives he realized that a winery was a business in and of itself.” At that time Peacock and his wife Kimberly, Tousey’s daughter, were living in Europe and decided to come to the Hudson Valley to help Tousey refine and run his winery.
2010 saw the opening of Tousey’s Tasting Room, and this fall the Winery celebrated the opening of a new tank and barrel room. Since coming over from Europe, Peacock’s focus has been on positioning the winery as an integral part of both the local movement and as a draw for local tourism. “Now, we have a 15-acre vineyard,” he said, which puts the winery in the fortunate position of being able to produce estate products, entirely from their own fruits. (Currently about 50 percent of Tousey’s fruits are grown in their own vineyards, with much of the remaining grapes coming from the Finger Lakes region, specifically from Miles Wine Cellars on the western shores of Seneca Lake.)
Peacock acknowledges Clinton Vineyard’s pioneering of local cassis as an inspiration for their own production, however by using estate-grown currants and their own honey in the process, Tousey takes a different angle. Tousey Winery has also begun making a name for itself across the state, earning positive reviews for their Pinot Noir in both Wine Enthusiast and the New York Cork Report.
One of their more popular wines – the pinot noir – is described by the New York Cork Report as having “aromas of red raspberries, strawberries and cranberries mingle with slightly earthy, woodsy notes on a classic pinot noir nose,” Peacock suggests the Pinot Noir as a very food-friendly wine. “It pairs very well with most foods,” he said. “It will compliment ham, turkey and most pasta dishes. It’s a good all-arounder.”
Another of their wines that received a very positive review by the New York Cork Report is their oak-barrel aged Cabernet Franc. Lenn Thompson, Executive Editor of the popular blog, wrote that after tasting Tousey’s Cabernet Franc, it is “hard not to consider Tousey Winery a major player in the resurgence of quality wine in Hudson Valley.” The wine is described by Thompson as plummy, medium-bodied with hints of chocolate and spice. Peacock describes it as having a blueberry nose, with a softness to the palate, making it perfect for wintry, February-style foods to get locals through an increasingly frigid winter. “It pairs well with heavier meats,” he said. “It lends itself to something like pork or lamb.”
For the white wine enthusiast, Tousey’s Queen of Clermont blend is also popular. It is citrusy, with a hint of sweetness, making it a refreshing pairing for fare on the spicier side. Peacock recommends the Queen of Clermont as a compliment to Asian Cuisine that has heat to it, but also suggests it for salad and pastas. “It is crisp and refreshing,” he said. “It cleanses the palate with just a hint of sweetness. We generally recommend it to people who like their wines on the sweeter side. It’s a nice blend that’s not too dry.”
Tousey Winery's Rose, "Rebellion" photo by Jen Kiaba
Looking forward to warmer months, or perhaps another string of days in the mid-50’s, Peacock recommends Tousey’s Riesling (which has already sold out this season!), their Pinot Noir, as well as their Rosé. “Rosé is generally misunderstood,” said Peacock. “Many people turn their nose up at it, but it is actually one of the trickiest wines to make.” Cheekily called “Rebellion Rose,” Tousey’s rosé is a food-friendly wine with a floral freshness, making it perfect for lighter fare as the temperature rises.
As the weather warms, Tousey and Hudson Valley residents both can look forward to their first estate Reisling. An addition to the house red is also expected to be forthcoming, with a King of Clermont being bottled as a compliment to their already popular Queen of Clermont. With about 3000 gallons of their own fruit, Tousey is looking to bottle their whites in the spring, and their reds and rosé in the summertime.
In the meantime, all of their wines can be sampled in their Germantown tasting room, along with other products grown and made right on the estate. Located in the Blue Roof building, on the northbound side of Route 9, the Tousey Winery Tasting Room is open Friday, noon to 7-p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 5p.m. Tousey also has a table at the Rhinebeck Farmer’s Market on Sundays, where tastings are available. And, on Valentine’s weekend, the Tasting Room will host a special “Art, Love & Wine” event pairing the work of Rhinebeck artist Tom Cale with Tousey’s wines and festive nibbles. The event is free and open to the public.
For more information visit their website, http://touseywinery.com, visit their Facebook page, www.facebook.com/TouseyWinery, or call 515.567.5462.
Jen Kiaba is a photographer and writer based in Rhinebeck, NY. Her photography has been published in both regional and national magazines, and has recently been used for several international book covers. To see more of her work, visit http://photos.jenkiaba.com/