Wine Tasting at the Rudder Club

7/24/11, 4 p.m.

The Rudder Club's First Wine Tasting of the Season!


There’s a new event starting this week at The Rudder Club and Essex Shipyard: Sunday Wine Tastings! The tastings will occur Sundays, from 4 p.m. – 5 p.m. and include 2 Reds, 2 Whites and some light finger foods. This week’s event (7/24) will consist of 2 wines by Diseno (a Torrontes and an Old Vine Malbec), a Pinot Grigio from Parducci and a Syrah from Hogue Cellars.  Cost is $15/person.  Please feel free to call with any questions, 518.963.7700, and stay tuned for the lineup of future tastings!  Join us for the enjoyment of Summer in Essex on Lake Champlain!

Farm to Table Dinner

Farm to Table Dinner at the Essex Inn, featuring food from Essex Farm

Farm Fresh Garden Salad with our House Balsamic Vinaigrette
Organic Free Range Chicken Curry
with Farm Fresh Currants, Wilted Swiss Chard, and Brown Rice
NY Style Cheesecake made with Farm Fresh Eggs
drizzled with a Fresh Raspberry Melba Sauce
28 per person
*Includes coffee or tea, does not include taxes or gratuities
reservations required

Provisions and Paparazzi in Essex, NY

Diane Purdy at Essex Provisions in Essex, NY

Diane Purdy at Essex Provisions in Essex, NY

“Essex is alive with both new and well-established businesses, opening up, dusting off and getting ready for the season…” So opens Sue Cameron’s “Provisions and Papparazzi” post on on June 14. Essex is alive! It’s incredible how much is going on in Essex these last couple of weeks. Essex businesses have proven that even a record breaking flood can’t drown the Essex spirit. Residents, businesses and friends of both are pulling together for what is shaping up to be the best summer in decades.

Stephanie Wilber at Essex Provisions

Stephanie Wilber at Essex Provisions

Cameron headed over to Essex for visit to the newly opened Essex Provisions.

We located Essex Provisions next to the Essex Marina entrance. It’s a great location overlooking the piers and the old tin roofs of the marina complex! It made me feel like I was at Fisherman’s Wharf in Monterey! Upon entering the freshly painted and artfully decorated store, you’ll find a welcoming atmosphere with a beautiful display of provisions (of course) and more. Stephanie Wilber and Diane Purdy, proprietors, are well-known in the business, having owned Keene Valley Marketplace for a number of years prior to selling it a couple of years ago. A big ol’ soup kettle invites you to self serve, which we did. It was a good soup day. Phenomenal is the best word for the very hearty chicken and vegetable soup, so chock full it was almost like stew. We sat eating our soup on the back deck overlooking the lake, festooned with wind chimes made from old silver flatware and took in the view of the Green Mountains of Vermont far in the distance… (via

Cameron’s must-read review of Essex Provisions will trigger your belly rumbling, so best not to read it at the library. She tours the delectables and the colossal farm fresh eggs from Libby and George Pataki’s South Farm even make a cameo which inevitably leads to the paparazzi… Read the full review!

Old Dock Opening July 1

The Old Dock Restaurant in Essex, NY undergoing renovations for the summer of 2011

The Old Dock Restaurant in Essex, NY undergoing renovations for the summer of 2011.

I stopped by The Old Dock Restaurant on Thursday to catch up with Steve McKenna who was pruning hedges and getting the parking lot ready for their July 1 opening date. Really? Really!

Despite totally record breaking Lake Champlain flooding, McKenna has worked around the clock for weeks to revitalize this Essex, NY landmark. I can’t begin to guess how many times I’ve been asked about the Old Dock this spring. It’s one of the iconic Essex buildings on the waterfront, and for many the images of the entire restaurant, parking lot and pier submerged for almost two months seemed an insurmountable challenge. And yet, miraculously, the Old Dock is back on her feet and promises to be better than ever.

I look forward to a frosty libation and a perfect sunset soon… Who’s coming?