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Perfect Pairings: Dutchess County Wines and Local Cheese

Date Published: May 25, 2021

Enjoying a bottle of wine and a spread of cheeses on the beautiful grounds of one of our local vineyards, or at home on your patio is a great way to spend a beautiful evening! A trip to Dutchess County will stock the fridge or make the perfect getaway – wine and cheese purveyors, makers and enthusiasts are in ample supply here.

Dutchess County is home to three wineries, each with their own unique portfolio of wines for the tasting.

Visit Clinton Vineyards to sip on Seyval single-grape vintages, sparkling and dessert wines. Purchase one of their estate-bottled, award-winning wines, and enjoy a lovely picnic on-site at their gorgeous property in Clinton Corners. Make a reservation (which is required!) for a tasting in their historic 19th century Dutch barn, with limited seating on an upcoming Saturday or Sunday between 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. You can also shop their selection of wines here. Curbside pickup is available Tuesday through Friday from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. On weekends, chat with owner Phyllis Feder - the most senior female operating a winery and vineyard in the country.

A winery with a deep-rooted history in the Hudson Valley, Milea Estate Vineyard in Staatsburg is one of Dutchess County’s newer additions. Sit and sip while soaking in the surrounding landscape of rolling hills in their Tasting Room, Patio and Garden area. Reservations are required with a limit to four people. Open Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday from 12:00 pm – 5:00pm, and Friday and Saturday from 12:00 pm -7:00 pm at the Tasting Room Patio and Garden Area for full bottle and by the glass consumption. Tastings offered Wednesday, Thursday and Friday only. You can also shop their award winning selection of wines online.

Nominated by Wine Enthusiast in 2019 for American Winery of the Year, Millbrook Vineyards & Winery is open daily. Planted in 1983, Millbrook was the first vineyard in the region dedicated exclusively to the production of vinifera grapes. The Vineyard Taproom and Terrace is open with limited seating, outdoor wine tastings are hosted Fridays, Saturdays and Sunday and indoor wine tastings are available during the week. Reservations are recommended. Join for Food Truck Friday’s starting in June, and Vineyard Vibe Jazz every Saturday starting July 3rd. For more event details and information, visit their site here! You can also shop their selection of wine online.

There’s no such thing as being too cheesey in Dutchess County.

Can’t get any fresher than Hoofprint Cheese Company’s delicious chevre or aged cheese, sold on the farm at Locust Hill Market, open everyday but Tuesday. Brendan and Katelyn Foley consider their goats family, and truly enjoy their life in the country making delicious cheese.

Also available at Locust Hill Market, try Chaseholm Farm Creamery’s fresh and aged farmstead cheeses. From a spreadable ‘boursin’ style cow’s milk cheese, to a more firm, raw milk tomme, you can taste the quality in these artisanal products.

Beacon Pantry’s market (also a café with outdoor dining available if you’re a sucker for a great cheese board), Adams Fairacre Farms in Poughkeepsie and Wappingers Falls, and the Taste NY Market at Todd Hill are also great specialty shops to purchase local products.

Spend an evening at one of Dutchess County’s wine bars.

Piano Piano Wine Bar in Fishkill isn’t a piano bar, it takes its name from the Italian phrase “easy, easy.” Stop in to take it easy, and enjoy their selection of wine, cocktails and light fare food. Outdoor dining is available! 

Enjoy an incredible wine selection at 1915 Wine Cellar in Poughkeepsie. Sit under the hanging lights of their Tuscan-inspired alleyway for an authentic German dinner paired with your favorite wine. Explore the world through the myriad of varietals or expand your palate with their carefully curated menu. 

Soak in the views of Wappingers Falls at Di’Vine Wine Bar. Relax and enjoy a quality glass of wine or local craft beer, perfectly paired with their small plates menu. This cozy spot is the perfect location for a date night, celebration or girls night out.

*To the best of our knowledge, this information is correct as of publish date

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