There’s nothing like a weekend forecast for summer-like weather in mid October!

I’m ditching the deep reds again and returning to a Rose. This time it’s one from Whitecliff Winery, based in Gardiner, NY, in the lower part of the Hudson Valley, but it’s a wine made from Pinot Noir grapes grown at their Olana vineyard. Yes, that’s a vineyard just south of Olana on the banks of the Hudson. The one you see from the Rip Van Winkle Bridge.

Michael Migliore planted Pinot and other varietals there several years ago knowing it was a primo site for grapes, et voila (as the French say). They’re producing – and he’s turning the fruit into his signature delicious¬†wines.

A visit to the winery is a great weekend jaunt. All the wines are wonderful, but treat yourself to the Pinot Rose from the Olana Vineyard. It’s fresh and crisp and bright and will have you hanging on to summer in the glass.¬†