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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!

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!

Summer Arrives in Essex on Lake Champlain

Kim Rielly posted an enthusiastic blog post about summer in Essex celebrating flood recovery, exciting new businesses and the timeless charm that has drawn visitors and residents for decades. She asks,

“could it possibly be true that the recently-submerged businesses were planning to open THIS summer?

It’s true. In fact, the community is not only ready to welcome visitors for the summer – it is veritably BUZZING with activity.

A stroll through the tree-lined streets of this historic town is quite a treat. Bolstered by pedestrian traffic from the ferry from Vermont, the restaurants, shops, inns and art galleries complement the gorgeous 19th century architecture, (the entire village is on the National Historic Register, and includes the most intact collections of federal and Greek Revival architecture in the entire state!)

And you won’t find any empty storefronts; there are several new businesses, and twists on some of the classics. (via

Kim highlights some of the newest additions to the Essex allure including:

  • the newly renovated Essex Inn
  • the newly renovated Ice Cream Shop
  • the newly opened Live Well holistic health center
  • the newly relocated ReNew thrift shop
  • the newly opened Pink Pig
  • the better than ever Adirondack Art Association
  • and Champlain Area Trails.
Essex Inn on the Adirondack Coast

Essex Inn on the Adirondack Coast (photo credit

As  I indicated in my comments beneath Kim’s blog post, she captures the current energy and excitement in Essex. I wrote:

The number of new and renovated businesses alone is thrilling! And when you consider the record-breaking flooding and how much effort has been required to recover from the incumbent setbacks, it is truly astounding. What I see happening in Essex is a nothing short of a renaissance, a top-to-bottom revitalization of the community and the businesses and organizations which lend vitality to the charming landscape, geography and architecture. It’s an exciting time to live and work in Essex!

Essex friends, neighbors, businesses and recent visitors will understand what I mean. I hope that you will come to Essex to discover what all the buzz is about!

Essex Shipyard and Rudder Club

Essex Shipyard in Essex, NY

Essex Shipyard in Essex, NY

Come dine with us while taking in the spectacular views of Lake Champlain and Vermont landscape… Our Marina offers boaters a place to take occupancy for the summer, weekend or evening… Essex is a great place to enjoy the splendors of the boating on Lake Champlain with all of the Adirondack recreation you can take in. (via Essex Shipyard & Rudder Club.)