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The Rudder Club’s Weekly Wine Tasting

Join us at The Rudder Club this Sunday, July 31st at 4 p.m. for our second weekly Wine Tasting!  Our first event this past weekend was quite a success and we would like to continue the trend with some fine wines this week.  The flight will consist of 2 whites and 2 reds again, and this time we will be branching into some new wine country.  On the list we have a nice, crisp Pinot Gris from Willamette Valley Vineyards of Oregon, a creamy, delicate Chardonnay from Mondavi’s Woodbridge Estate in Lodi, CA, a soft, fruit-forward Pinot Noir from Blackstone of Sonoma County, CA and a wonderful, dry Rosso Conero from Umani Ronchi of Le Marche in Italy.  Come for the event, stay for dinner and receive a 25% discount on a bottle of your choice from the tasting.  As always, light fare will also be served to pair with the wine and take care of the late afternoon cravings.  Hope to see you there!  Cheers!

Rudder Club Genesis

Rudder Club Wine Tasting: Rigel Aldridge and guests

Rudder Club Wine Tasting: Rigel Aldridge and guests

On Sunday afternoon the Rudder Club hosted the first of several wine tastings. Rigel Aldridge introduced four summer wines for guests to taste and compare. We started out with a 2010 Diseno Torrentes followed by a 2009 Parducci Pinot Grigio. Both whites offered a crisp, clean perfect-for-torrid-summer opening for the a pair of palatable reds that Aldridge had chosen for us. We sopped up the fruit of the vine with fried, stuffed olives; prosciutto wrapped asparagus and onion confit on crisped bread. A perfect late afternoon treat!

With Lake Champlain water levels almost back to normal the boat flecked waters offered the perfect backdrop to chat with friends new and old. I enjoyed meeting two ladies from the Crater Club who had discovered the tasting via the blog and Facebook page. Bravo, Rigel, for spreading the word!

We moved on to a 2009 Diseno Old Vine Malbec which boasted plenty of dark woodsy berries with a hint of vanilla. An unabashed fan of Argentine and Chilean wines, the Malbec was an easy second favorite for me. I’m especially fond the the concentrated fruit essence that tends to emerge from old stock, so I’m giving one and a half thumbs up for the Diseno Malbec. But the winner, in my humble grape juice loving opinion was the 2008 Hogue Cellars “Genesis” Syrah. A complex, playful red with fruit and herbs aplenty, the Genesis left my tongue tingling for more.

Bravo, Rigel an enjoyable wine tasting. I’m looking forward to next time!

Essex is Buzzing with Activity

Historic Essex on Lake Champlain has welcomed a number of new businesses, rebounding positively from record high water this spring. In fact, the community is not just ready to welcome visitors for the summer – it is veritably BUZZING with activity. via (Lake Placid, NY)

The good folks at Adirondack regional tourism revisited their Essex story now that summer in Essex is in full swing. In the weeks in between the new businesses, the buzzing activity and enthusiasm has ripened into nothing short of an Essex renaissance. I’ve heard this reference at least a half dozen times this weekend alone! There’s a zeitgeist, a collective optimism and vision of community revitalization that has buoyed our community ever since we triumphed over Lake Champlain’s flood waters.

Welcome one and all to Essex on Lake Champlain, our fair hamlet buzzing with activity. And thank you to the countless energies who are making this dream come true. Thank you to the business owners who’ve invested their treasure, time and dreams in the future of Essex. Thank you to the hard working employees hustle and smile and create the magical lifestyle that beguiles residents and visitors alike. Thank you to everyone who has enjoyed, encouraged and shared the bounty of gifts on offer in Essex. And thank you to all who have celebrated and broadcast the exciting story of an Essex renaissance.

Here’s to a spectacular August!

Saturday Morning Stencil

Saturday Morning Stencil, Essex, NY, July 23, 2011 (photo by virtualDavis)

Saturday Morning Stencil, Essex, NY, July 23, 2011 (photo by virtualDavis)

Almost twenty four hours later, Sunday morning, the heat wave has abated. Slightly. And yet looking at this snapshot I captured on my phone yesterday instantly summons the sweaty flush I felt riding my bike to breakfast at Essex Provisions.

These fellows were already up and hard at work. I suppose Saturday morning is as good a time as any to paint new lines and handicap parking designations onto the newly laid, still warm tarmac. Unless you’ve been sweating in the heat all week! But no complaints from this hardworking crew hustling to get the job done so that you can enjoy the Essex renaissance! 😉

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!

Greenbeans at the Old Dock

Whole green beans in a carton.

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Have you tried the Greenbeans at the Old Dock in Essex, New York? I wandered in late last night, but caught their last set. These local boys from Willsboro can really put a sway in your slouch, a tap-tap-tap in your toes and a green bean eating grin on your mug. I plan to learn more about them post haste, and I’ll pass the news your way soon. In the mean time, pull out your calendar or PDA and add Greenbeans at the Old Dock next Wednesday from 7:00 – 11:30 pm. And every other Wednesday this summer. Did I mention it’s an open mic? The Greenbeans will be hosting this weekly musical variety show which means lots of local talent peppered between their sets. Are you a musician? Step up to the mic!