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Basilica Hudson, in partnership with the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP) will host the first READ & FEED this Saturday, July 30th. The event brings together artisanal makers of food with artisanal makers of literature.

This inaugural “mini-festival” will feature panel discussions bringing together writers, farmers and chefs, cooking and mixology demonstrations, a marathon reading of John Cage Diary: How to Improve the World (You Will Only Make Matters Worse), and a marketplace featuring more than twenty small press publishers and artisanal food makers, plus spectacular eats and drinks.

Here to tell us more are: Jeffrey Lependorf, CLMP’s Executive Director; Lisa Pearson, publisher of Siglio Press and the John Cage Diary: How to Improve the World (You Will Only Make Matters Worse); and Michael Albin, proprietor of Hudson Wine Merchants.

If you’ve never thought of Washington County, NY as wine country, it’s time to start. In the last decade, intrepid enthusiasts have been planting vines and honing their vintner skills. Their hard work and dedication to craft have produced award winning wines and destination tasting rooms. It is where high quality comes at a reasonable price in a friendly atmosphere.

On November 14th from 2-6pm four local vineyards will gather at the Greenwich Free Library. The public is invited to taste their amazing variety of wines and choose your favorites for holiday meals, gift giving or to stock your cellar.

Local food and wine expert Josh London will walk folks through the basics of buying wine without fear. He joins us this morning along with Greenwich Free Library Director – Annie Miller.

  The Saratoga Wine & Food Festival and Concours d'Elegance is a three-day destination event that draws an audience of close to 6,000 from Montreal to Northern New Jersey from September 11-13.

The festival provides over 250 premiere wine and food exhibitors, invitation-only, along with one-of-a kind seminars. Proceeds from the Saratoga Wine & Food Festival benefit the Saratoga Performing Arts Center's children's education program.

We are joined by Capital Region restaurateur, caterer, and the Honorary chair of this event, Angelo Mazzone of Mazzone Hospitality.

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A bipartisan group of New York state legislators are calling for passage of a bill that would "rein in" the State Liquor Authority.  A local liquor store is at the center of the story.

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  Our friend John Fischer is a professor of hospitality and service management at The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY.

Mr. Fischer teaches the baccalaureate-level Beverage Operations Management, Advanced Principles of Service Management in Hospitality, and Spirits and Principles of Mixology courses.

Wines discussed and tasted on air:
1. Les Quarte Tours, Coteaux d'Aix en Provence 2014
2. Wölffer Estate Rosé, North Fork of Long Island 2014
3. Château d'Aqueria, Tavel, Rhône 2014
4. Roederer Estate, Brut Rosé, Anderson Valley NV

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We have two food and wine experts in the studio, Chef Mark Graham of Taste, and Sommelier Seaborn Jones of Angelo's 677 Prime

  It’s an exciting time for food and drink in Troy, NY and either of our next two guests would provide a great bite and beverage before or after an American Music Festival Event.

Lucas Confectionery in Downtown Troy wine bar that also features craft beer, coffee drinks, cheeses, small plates, confections and desserts. Their setting pays tribute to the building’s confectionery history, using reclamation materials to create a design inspired by the industrial era of the City of Troy. The Grocery offers a wide range of quality cured meats and artisan cheeses. Craft beer, wine by the glass, baked goods, snacks, pasta, and local sauces are also available, along with daily household items. Both Lucas Confectionery and The Grocery are owned by Vic Christopher and Heather LaVine.

  They join us along with Kelly Brown, Greg Stacy, and Paul Minbiole from Brown’s Brewing in Troy. They have been brewing and serving dependable Ales & Lagers from the Hudson Valley since 1993.

With the explosion of the craft beverage industry, advocates for economic development in Washington and Warren Counties are planning this summer to launch a regional tour as a means of connecting more tourists with locally made beer, wines, and other specialty beverages. 

John Davidson, co-owner of Davidson Brothers Brewing Co., announced this week the company produced the first brew from its new 22,000-square foot facility in Queensbury.

“Fifty barrels of our signature IPA that we brewed 17 years ago downtown,” said Davidson.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Tuesday hosted a second beer, wine, spirits — and now, cider —   summit to showcase one of the state’s few growth industries.

Food Friday Tips : Choosing Wines

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Tune into Food Friday this week when sommelier Dominick Purnomo, co-owner of  Yono's Restaurant and dp An American Brasserie, joins host Ray Graf to talk about wine tasting and wine pairings for your next catered affair!

The new book Hello, Wine looks to be a stress free wine education course. The short form chapters contain little sips of information, accessible recommendations, and tasting party menus.

Melanie Wagner is a certified sommelier and is also a wine writer, speaker, and teacher.

The Hudson Valley was the site for a regional Beer, Wine & Spirits Summit.

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  Wildly entertaining humorist and actor Mo Rocca will join The Saratoga Wine & Food and Concours d'Elegance as this year's celebrity personality.

As co-host of the Live Auction with Master Wine Connoisseur Kevin Zraly and as part of the Culinary Tent experience, Rocca will bring his off-beat and satirical commentary, which can regularly be seen on CBS Sunday Morning and Cooking Channel's My Grandmother's Ravioli and heard on NPR's hit weekly quiz show Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me!.

    The Saratoga Wine & Food Festival and Concours d'Elegance is a three-day destination event over three-day event that draws an audience of close to 6,000 from Montreal to Northern New Jersey.

Quickly becoming known as the most original Wine and Food Festival north of New York City, Saratoga Wine & Food provides over 200 premiere wine and food exhibitors, invitation-only, collector Italian luxury vehicles as well as one-of-a kind seminars. The Saratoga Wine & Food Festival and Concours d'Elegance is SPAC’s largest fundraiser is just over a month from now - September 6th, 7th & 8th.

We are joined by Capital Region restaurateur, caterer, and the Honorary chair of this event, Angelo Mazzone of Mazzone Hospitality.

    For more than a decade, Jay McInerney's vinous essays have been praised by restaurateurs, by esteemed critics, and by the media.

In The Juice: Vinous Veritas pieces originally published in House & Garden and The Wall Street Journal, McInerney provides a master class in the almost infinite varieties of wine and the people and places that produce it.

The Saratoga Wine and Food and Fall Ferrari Festival is one of the fastest growing Wine and Food festivals in the Northeast. This year’s festival takes place September 7th through the 9th at SPAC.

Master wine connoisseur, Kevin Zraly, will participate in the event and he joins us now.

The Hall of Springs offers a seasonal restaurant during the classical performance series here at SPAC in the summer. The Saratoga Wine and Food and Fall Ferrari Festival is SPAC’s largest fundraiser and the fastest growing food and wine festival in the northeast. This year’s festival is just over a month from now - September 7, 8 & 9th. We are joined by Capital Region restaurateur, caterer, and hospitality expert extraordinaire - Angelo Mazzone of Mazzone Hospitality and Shelia Burke, the Wine Director for Mazzone Hospitality.

We welcome Alice Feiring, author of Naked Wine: Letting Grapes Do What Comes Naturally, has been published in many magazines and newspapers, including the New York Times. She is a recipient of the James Beard award and the 2011 Louis Roederer International Wine Writer’s Award for blog/on-line wine writing.