Westchester Food & Wine Fest 2022

The 11th annual Westchester Magazine’s Food and Wine Festival was held on June 6-11.

It was a week of wine dinners, a Burger & Beer blast, a Party on the Pier and capping off the week on Saturday afternoon, the Grand Tasting Village which I attended.

The Grand Tasting Village was an outdoor, tented event with scores of booths with wine, spirits and food. There was an additional “VIP” tent with wine upgrades and additional food.

The tasting was held at Kensico Dam Plaza in the village of Valhalla, an upstate suburb about a forty-minute train ride from Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan.

As usual, it was a huge event with plenty of drink and food from Westchester restaurants. This year though, I was a little disappointed. Normally in the General Admission section the quality of the wines poured were high for a consumer event. It seems like this year the quality was cut back as there were more off labels being poured than in the previous events. I was particularly disappointed in the VIP tent which could be counted on to pour some nice juice. It felt like they cut back there as well.

To make up for the changes in the wines, the number of spirits available at the festival doubled in size from the previous year, which already was double in size from previous festivals. This year there were copious varieties of different spirits to sample and near the end of the event, those booths became very popular.

It was still an enjoyable event and a fun way to spend a somewhat cloudy Saturday afternoon.

What I sampled in the VIP tent:

2020 Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon2017 Caymus Special Selection
2019 Lucienne Smith Vineyard Pinot Noir2019 Lucienne Doctor’s Vineyard Pinot Noir
2016 Taub Family Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon2017 Talbott Estate Sleepy Hollow Pinot Noir
2012 Ugolini Valle Alta Amarone2010 Bertani Amarone
2017 Allegrini Amarone2017 Banfi Sumus
2016 Banfi Poggio alle Mura2017 Banfi Excelsus
2015 Antico Borgo Taurasi Riserva2017 Pio Cesare Barolo
2016 Esprit de Pavie Bordeaux2018 Ratti Barolo
2015 Campofiorita Brunello di Montalcino2019 Domaine Ott Rose
2019 Catena Chardonnay2018 Catena Alta Malbec

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