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Sip with a View

  |   May 1, 2021  |  Comment

Picture above: Whitecliff Vineyard, Gardiner

It was a long, cold, snowy winter, but the return of warm weather and widespread vaccines are buoying our spirits. It’s time to crawl out of hibernation and enjoy some much-needed fresh air and human company. A pondside glass of local craft cider or a carafe of rosé at the foot of the Gunks sounds like the perfect way to soak up some vitamin D and get in the summer spirit. These craft beverage producers offer epic scenery to go with their tipples for the ultimate al fresco sipping experience. 

Twin Star Orchards, New Paltz

Twin Star Orchards in New Paltz is home to the Brooklyn Cider House tasting room, which serves wood-fired pizzas and burgers, cheese plates, homemade ciders, local beer, and wine. Sit pondside or at their outdoor seating area with a serene view of the 200-acre orchard. On the weekend, enjoy live music while sipping on a refreshing craft bevvie in the summer air. Pups are welcome. 

Left Bank Cider, Catskill

What started as a humble hobby making hard cider with a pillowcase and a hand press using farmers’ market discards has grown into Left Bank Cider, a line of unfiltered dry ciders from mostly foraged apples. Alongside ciders, the Catskill tasting room also serves up New York State wine, beer, spirits, and bar snacks both indoors and outside on their patio overlooking the Catskill Creek. For a double-header, hop over to Crossroads Brewing afterward for a brew in their creekside biergarten.

Two Way Brewing, Beacon

Two Way Brewing in Beacon crafts their rotating selection of beers with local ingredients. The brewery’s west-facing patio boasts sunset views of the river and the Hudson Highlands. Take in the panorama while you chow down on bar food snacks like nachos or jumbo wings and sip a pint. With eight taps, it can be hard to pick what you’re drinking, so sample them all with a flight.

Kingston Standard, Kingston

Kingston’s newest microbrewery offers a delicious taste of the sea with fresh North Atlantic oysters and lobster rolls, plus sourdough pizzas. The company strays from the popular IPA-driven mission of many modern breweries, and instead specializes light, guzzleable beers like traditional ales and lagers, lambics, and Flemish reds. They also serve local cider, whisky, and natural wine. Head out to the gravel patio to sit beneath the string lights, or snag a parking lot picnic table for an afternoon beer in the sun in the midst of Midtown Kingston.

Milea Estate Vineyard, Staatsburg

Milea Estate Vineyard in Staatsburg showcases the Hudson Valley terroir in each bottle of craft wine they produce. Enjoy a glass of one of their wines in their tasting room patio and garden area. Sip a crisp rosé, semi-dry riesling, or a chardonnay in the warm summer breeze while looking out over green pastures and rolling hills in one of the oldest wine growing regions in the country.

Hudson Valley Distillers, Germantown

Hudson Valley Distillers is dedicated to producing hand-distilled spirits from their own farm-grown fruits and grains for a distinctive taste of place. Enjoy a snifter of their “uncommonly gentle” bourbon, a pour of the Three Cedars Vodka, a martini with their Fellows Gin, or a bottled cocktail in their outdoor garden, which is kid- and dog-friendly. If you fall in love with the 10-acre grounds, you can rent the onsite four-bedroom farmhouse for a weekend. 

Millbrook Vineyards & Winery

Soak up the Catskill Mountains from the Millbrook Vineyard and Winery’s terraced seating while you sip on one of their wines by the glass or bottle. If you’re feeling peckish, order a cheese plate with local cheeses, crackers, and pickled goods. The taproom also serves local beer from Mill House and King Court Brewery. Snag a picnic table or bring your own blanket for a classic picnic and watch the sun set over the mountains. 

Rose Hill Farm, Red Hook

One of the state’s oldest fruit farms, Rose Hill changed hands in November 2015. Under new owners Bruce and Holly Brittain, the farm has transitioned to holistic orchard management practices and launched a natural wine and cider program. Order a drink at the barn-cum-tasting room and sit on the patio or stroll the rolling 144-acre farm for breathtaking views of the Catskills. In season, you can pick your own cherries, blueberries, plums, apricots, nectarines, peaches, and apples at their orchard. And come fall, the farm stand offers honey from the hives, mulled hot cider, warm apple crisp, and cider doughnuts. 

Whitecliff Vineyard, Gardiner

Husband-and-wife team Michael Migliore and Yancey Stanforth-Migliore produced their first vintage on the nascent 70-acre Whitecliff Vineyard in Gardiner in 1998. Now they have one of the largest vineyards in the Hudson Valley, growing over 20 carefully selected winemaking varietals. Head to the taproom for a tour of the winery and a glass on the grass in full view of the Shawangunk Ridge. 

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