Essex Chocolate and Wine Walk

Essex Chocolate and Wine Walk: October 1, 2011

Essex Chocolate and Wine Walk: October 1, 2011

Essex Chocolate and Wine Walk! Saturday, October 1st, 2pm-6pm.

Essex area business owners and organizations will have a decadent chocolate treat or wine tasting at various stop points for ticket holders. Participating businesses and organizations are also running additional special promotions and services in conjunction with the event: including dining, shopping, wellness treatments, romance packages, lodging and more! (These are in addition to the ticket purchase and vary for each participating location).

Tickets: $10 per adult, $4 per child 12 and under, children 3 and under Free.

Tickets on sale now throughout Essex in participating businesses and organizations.

Come explore, taste, shop, dine and wine– it’s Essex! Come stroll our chocolate filled streets…

Call 518-963-4400 at the Essex Inn for more information.

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!

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!