I recently sat down with Debbie Giaquindo "The Hudson Valley Wine Goddess" (Wow, a real goddess!) who has her own blog http://hvwinegoddess.blogspot.com/and answered a few questions for her.
What event/bottle/etc made you decide that you wanted to be in the wine industry?
I was living in NYC and had a bottle of Hard Cider made by a lawyer who moved from Brooklyn to Vermont. I knew exactly what I was going to do for the rest of my life from that moment on.
Which of your current wines is your favorite and why?
Stone Fence Hard Cider, I love it’s simple purity. 100% fresh cider. Why do all these other wineries botch it up by making it with concentrates, water? (are you kidding me) grape spirits etc.
What Riesling is your favorite and why?
Herman Weimer, Dry Riesling, wonderful delicate flavors that come from fermenting with wild yeasts.
What has surprised you most about being a member of the Hudson Valley wine community?
Even though it is every New Yorkers right to be miserable we all work together and have a lot of fun.
Other than your own wines, what wine/beer/liquor most often fills your glass?
A Ketel One dry Martinini with three olives.
Does anyone else in your family share the passion for winemaking?
My cousin is married to Julian Niccolini the owner of the four seasons who has his own wine label and their daughter is in the Wine business in California but I am the only winemaker.
If you weren’t a winemaker what would you be doing?
Something that actually has a potential to make money.
Other wineries or winemakers you admire?
Ales Kristancic, from Movia Winery in Slovenia. The greatest artists are always rooted in the past.
How did you get started in the wine business?
Dad let me use the garage to make wine.
What are some practices in the vineyard which set you apart or which you are particularly proud of?
We are in the process of having the vineyard organically certified. We live in a fragile world and I intend to be part of the solution.
By Jonathan Hull, Winemaker at Applewood Winery