By Megan Wilson and Sabrina Sucato
While the Valley offers a fruitful selection of cocktail bars and craft beer joints, those of us who live by the “wine all the time” motto may find that wine bars are more scarcely scattered. Below are some of the Valley’s best spots to spend Wine Wednesday, or really any day of the week. Cheers!
A family business within Poughkeepsie’s thriving 40 Cannon complex, 1915 leans heavily on European influence for its wine and charcuterie menus. With a wonderfully moody interior, the wine bar is an ideal place for after-work glasses of Cabernet Sauvignon or Chianti. Craving something besides wine? 1915 has an ample selection of brews available, too.
This new speakeasy-inspired spot (it’s only accessible through the Sisters Hudson storefront or a narrow alleyway) sports a colorful, mid-century modern style, an extensive wine list, and cheese plates from local dairy farms.
Taking residency on the Rondout since 2015, bright and chic Brunette focuses on filling their bottle menu with organic and biodynamic wines from around the world. Their by-the-glass options change weekly, encouraging customers to taste something new at every visit. On weekends they serve up espresso from Area Coffee and eclectic bites like Trout Roe Nachos; check out their calendar for special events.
Husband-and-wife duo Charles Mathews and Hope Troup Mathews—formerly of Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Westchester—have brought a new wine bar (opening in June at press time) to the Stockade District. Take a seat at the stone-top bar or settle into a plush booth to enjoy a variety of wines and seasonal tapas.
With a direct view of the Wappingers Creek falls—and a selection of international wines and small plates—it’s no wonder that di’Vine has several Best of Hudson Valley awards. Sit at the bar, in the upstairs lounge, or on the outdoor deck. Plus, live music every weekend!
Meaning something that contains two elements, Dyad supplies the best of food and drink. Carrying the high-caliber wines of a typical wine bar, but serving full entrees on top of a selection of tapas, Dyad is both a stop for a quick glass, or a sit-down dinner.
This funky little college town joint offers both a hip, yet inviting interior, and a dog-friendly outdoor space. Combine that with locally sourced wines and ingredients, not to mention a substantial beer and cocktail list, and you may have just found your new go-to bar.
Lawrence Park has cozy wine bar vibes down pat in Hudson. It describes itself as an “oenophilic sanctuary,” and we have to agree. The Columbia County hotspot features an ethically curated natural wine program with a variety of vinos by the glass or the bottle, along with a number of bottle-only offerings. During a daily happy hour, the venue serves draft wines, which pair beautifully with thoughtfully crafted charcuterie snacks and spreads. P.S. Don’t sleep on the cocktails here, either. They’re ever-changing and incredibly delicious.
Main Street has its fair share of taverns, but has been lacking a wine-focused spot for nearly a year—until now. Opened last December, the uber-cool Reserva Wine Bar (in the former Chill Wine space) offers up unique wines, Brazilian-American fusion small plates, and live entertainment.
Sonder has moved south from its original Hudson location but maintains its mission as a “vegetable-focused natural wine bar.” When you step inside you may feel like you’ve entered a Parisian bistro—and that’s precisely the point. The space is lovely, the food is locally sourced, the wine is naturally made, and a good time is guaranteed.
Named one of the best wine bars in the U.S. by Travel & Leisure, this location carries over 100 different wines from around the world. Sip on a glass in one of the Victorian sitting parlors, or outside in the Sommelier’s Secret Garden.
The Valley is ideal for growing grapes because of the variation in soil and the microclimates created by the Hudson River. The terroir is similar to the banks of the Rhine River in Germany. The mixed nutrients and substrata found here—including limestone, shale, and clay—mimics famous grape regions like Burgundy, France, says J. Stephen Casscles, grower and winemaker at Milea’s Heritage Grape Project. “Our vineyards are especially fertile because of our maritime climate: warmth from the Atlantic Ocean travels up the Hudson to regulate the temperature, allowing grapes to survive harsh New York winters and thrive in the spring and summer.”