This past Sunday my sister and I set off on a sweltering early afternoon journey to El Paso Winery in the Hudson Valley. El Paso Winery was founded in 1977 by Felipe Beltra, a winemaker from Uruguay. He converted an old farm in Ulster County into mostly sweet wine grape vineyards and transformed the barn into his winery and tasting room. In 1998 Maryl and Jerry Vogel purchased the property and further developed and enhanced the winery and tasting room, adding an ample deck for tasting with gorgeous views of the valley and soaring mountains. Unfortunately the vineyards are no longer in use, as the Vogels purchase their grapes and only blend and bottle at the winery. Felipe Beltra’s original sweet wine recipes are still utilized by Maryl Vogel in her numerous sweet wine blends.
My sister and I happily settled in at the bar in the rustic tasting room, and were greeted by Maryl Vogel and the choice of a free tasting of 2 wines, or a tasting of 5 wines of our choice for $2 each. We opted for the 5 and surmised [incorrectly] with a purchased tasting that the wines would be served in something more appropriate then tiny shot-sized plastic cups, but we trooped on nonetheless. Maryl is quite friendly and was able to adequately divide her attention between the many parties that stopped in to taste, purchase and inquire as to where they can purchase her wines outside of the winery. Whilst the Rosebud Rosé was my favourite of the afternoon, I am always gazing ahead for more adventure so I decided to purchase the Pinot Noir, a bottle that I did not taste and am looking forward to giving a pour.
Mike’s Mud $11.49
Concentrated cherry and honey aromas, light flavours of cherry jam on toast with delightfully dry tannins and crushed black peppercorn that linger pleasantly.
Golden Oak $10.19
Produced from the 2012 harvest and only 2 weeks in the bottle, displaying breezy flavours of summer melon and wild rose.
Claudia’s Kiss $10.29
Palest coral in colour, with aromas of golden honey and roses, candied watermelon and strawberry flavours that finish with lingering floral and sweet honey notes.
For more information please visit elpasowinery.com