Tapping the Hudson Valley: Wineries, Breweries, Distilleries, Cideries — Day Trips & Weekend Itineraries
By Debbie Gioquindo
You know that the Valley is a renowned grape-growing and winemaking region, and you’ve read about the extensive beer and craft beverage scene. You’re excited to try all the area has to offer, but you have no idea where to begin. Sound familiar? If so, you’re in luck, because Debbie Gioquindo — a.k.a. The Hudson Valley Wine Goddess — has written this book. A certified travel counselor and the former marketing director of the Shawangunk Wine Trail, Gioquindo thoroughly understands how overwhelming it can be to plan a tasting-oriented trip through the Valley.
Gioquindo uses these pages to provide a series of well-informed itineraries (seriously, this thing is comprehensive to the nth degree) for sampling the breadth of wineries, distilleries, cideries, and breweries throughout the region over single or three-day periods. Each plan overflows with helpful descriptions and suggested pit stops — including restaurants, historic sites, scenic lookouts, and lodging — as well as basic directions and drive-times should you find your GPS system lacking.
Ever diligent, Gioquindo also adds an easy-to-digest history of area alcohol production, grape varieties, and