Food Holidays that Go Great with Wine
February 15, 2023

Celebrating the Best of Summer: Food and Wine Holidays in the Hudson Valley

As the warm summer breeze sweeps across the Hudson Valley, it’s time to indulge in a series of delectable food and wine holidays that will tantalize your taste buds.. While Memorial Day, 4th of July, and Labor Day often steal the spotlight, there are numerous occasions during the summer season to celebrate your love for culinary experiences and fine wines. From sparkling wines to savory picnics and luscious desserts, there’s something for everyone to savor and celebrate this summer.

Wine Holidays

Sparkling Wine Week (First week of July):

Kicking off the summer festivities, the first week of July marks Sparkling Wine Week, a delightful celebration dedicated to the effervescence and elegance of sparkling wines. Pop open a bottle of sparkling wine from the Hudson Valley, known for its exceptional production, and raise a glass to the joys of life and summer.

Shiraz Day (Fourth Thursday of July):

On the fourth Thursday of July, the 27th this year, wine lovers unite to honor the bold and captivating Shiraz wine. Whether you’re enjoying a glass with a perfectly grilled steak or indulging in a cozy evening by the fire pit, Shiraz offers a unique experience with its rich flavors and robust character.

National White Wine Day (August 4th):

Mark August 4th on your calendar to celebrate National White Wine Day by drinking one of New York’s finest white wines, whether it’s a crisp Sauvignon Blanc, a refreshing Riesling, or a vibrant Chardonnay. These wines perfectly complement the flavors of summer dishes like grilled seafood, citrus salads, and light pastas.

Pinot Noir Day (August 18th):

August 18th is a special day for red wine enthusiasts as it is Pinot Noir Day. Explore the nuances of this elegant and versatile wine varietal. Savor the smooth and velvety texture, combined with notes of red berries and earthy undertones. Enjoy a glass with roasted poultry, grilled vegetables, or earthy mushroom dishes.

Cabernet Sauvignon Day (Thursday before Labor Day):

As summer draws to a close, get ready to celebrate Cabernet Sauvignon Day on the Thursday before Labor Day. (August 31st, 2023) This bold and robust red wine is known for its complex flavors, including black fruits, spices, and structured tannins. Drink Cabernet Sauvignon while enjoying grilled steaks, hearty stews, or aged cheeses.

Food Holidays

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National Picnic Month (July):

July is National Picnic Month, providing the opportunity to bask in the beauty of the Hudson Valley’s picturesque landscapes while relishing delicious culinary creations. Pack a picnic basket filled with artisanal cheeses, fresh fruits, and locally sourced delicacies, paired with your favorite Hudson Valley wines, to create an unforgettable outdoor dining experience.

National Pickle Month (July):

For those craving something tangy and crunchy, July is also National Pickle Month. From traditional dill pickles to unique gourmet creations,delve into a range of pickled vegetable that pair wonderfully with chilled white wines or zesty rosés.

National Peach Ice Cream Day (July 17th):

Beat the summer heat by celebrating National Peach Ice Cream Day on July 17th. Treat yourself to a scoop (or two!) of velvety peach-infused ice cream, complemented by a glass of dessert wine. 

National Caviar Day (July 18th):

Elevate your culinary experience on July 18th with a taste of luxury on National Caviar Day. Explore the decadent world of caviar and indulge alongside a glass of Hudson Valley sparkling wine or a crisp Chardonnay. 

Crème Brûlée Day (July 21st):

On July 21st, satisfy your sweet tooth by celebrating Crème Brûlée Day. Delight in the luscious combination of creamy custard and caramelized sugar crust, accompanied by a glass of late-harvest Riesling or a velvety dessert wine from the

The Hudson Valley Wine & Food Festival (September 9th & 10th)

This annual festival is a delightful celebration of the region’s rich culinary and wine heritage. We  bring together passionate winemakers, talented chefs, and enthusiastic foodies for a weekend of indulgence and discovery. Savor an array of exquisite wines, taste delectable dishes, and immerse themselves in the vibrant atmosphere of this lively event. With live entertainment, cooking demonstrations, and the opportunity to purchase unique gourmet products, the Hudson Valley Wine & Food Festival is a must-attend experience for food and wine lovers alike.

Summer is not just a season of sunshine and relaxation, but also a time to celebrate and indulge in the delectable world of food and wine. Whether you’re a foodie, a wine connoisseur, or simply enjoy exploring new flavors, the summer months are filled with a plethora of delightful food and wine holidays to mark on your calendar. Let the summer festivities begin!

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