Uncork Your Mind
About This Show
Debbie Gioquindo, CSW, WLS the Hudson Valley Wine Goddess takes the intimidation out of wine. This is a bi-monthly podcast where I will speak with people in the wine industry, authors, and bloggers to education you on wine.
Most Recent Episode
Meet Monica Pennings of Christopher Jacob Winery at Pennings Vineyards
I met Monica Pennings about 10 years ago when we both got involved with Hudson Valley Wine & Grape Association. She was just beginning to get her feet stained with grapes and I was beginning my relationship with the local wine industry. Having only been open for a year, I visited Monica recently at her winery and vineyard and we talked about the struggles I didn't realize they went through almost losing the vineyard. I toured the property with her talking wine, kids, dogs and ended my visit with a wonderful tasting. The winery named after her two sons Christopher and Jacob have 1.5 acres of grapes planted. They planted Norton, Seyval Blanc, Cayuga White, Oberlin, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Franc. Also planted are table grapes. They hosts a "you pick" table grapes during the season. The "you pick" has a short season usually 2-3 weeks. Bring the kids and enjoy the day. It's a great way for the entire family to enjoy and appreciate the vineyard.