Harvest on Hudson’s Grape Crush

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On Columbus Day (when it was still warm outside!), I stopped by the annual grape crush at Harvest on Hudson. They bought 100 cases of Napa Valley grapes from Prospero in Pleasantville, and crushed them all. Child labor was involved!
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Kidding. Owner Bruce Bernaccia and his family started the party 10 years ago and it’s really grown up to be a fun event. About 350 people attended and raised $16,000 for St. John’s Riverside Hospital in Dobbs Ferry. Check out the crush รขโ‚ฌโ€ and the crazy good buffet (rabbits on a spit! homemade tortillas!) after the jump.

Kids crushing grapes:

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Bruce is making a super tuscan. There were 70 cases of sangiovese, 15 cases of Napa merlot, 15 cases of cabernet sauvignon and 5 cases of alicante.

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Those 100 cases will produce about 1,000 liters of wine รขโ‚ฌโ€ about 130 bottles, more or less 10 cases. The juice fermented for two weeks in the lobby of the restaurant. Check it:

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The wine was pressed yesterday and it will age in oak barrels in caves in Bruce’s basement for however long he thinks it needs it.

Of course while you’re pressing grapes for wine, you should be drinking wine, too, right? Here’s a zinfandel from a few years back:

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And chef Vincent Barcelona tells me the 2004 zin is drinking great right now. Here’s a look at the rest of the party….

Hugs at the buffet line:

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Homemade tortillas (I’ve got a line on that coming up, too….):

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Goat on a spit:

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Rabbits on a spit:

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Rabbit taco:

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Sal Spufero of Half Moon serves up the meat:

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The buffet table on the patio:

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Guests in the garden:

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And a fabulous time was had by all. Can’t wait to try the wine.

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Liz Johnson is content strategist for The Journal News and lohud.com, and the founding editor of lohudfood, formerly know as Small Bites. As food editor, she won awards from the New York News Publishers Association, the Association of Food Journalists and the Associated Press. She lives in Nyack with her husband and daughter on a tiny suburban lot they call their farm โ€” with fruit trees, an herb garden, and a yardful of lettuce, tomatoes, onions, shallots, cucumbers, zucchini, radishes, cabbage, peppers, Brussels sprouts and carrots and four big blueberry bushes.

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