The Rensselaerville has got to be one of the precious, adorable, historic villages in New York State and still running a sweetheart of a library in the north east. I've never seen anything like it. Built in 1798, it was one of the first in Albany County. As narrow as Anne Frank's house, and writing and reading hormones run through the shelves with abandon. I curled up on a victorian repro sofa to indulge in the wifi and promptly curled up and took a cat nap.
When I agreed to be part of this festival of writers I had no idea I would be so taken with the small town trying to make sure it survived. If you're around tomorrow the $52 for the tasting and talk will be well worth it, and I'm not talking about me or the wines, the wines will be great, but drinking to support literature and a house of books? Oh, that one is a good one.
Wine outlaws, we'll call it. Up for drinking and discussion:
Outlaw Wines *
Fizzy from Italy
Casa Coste Piane Prosecco (glera) ($27)
Puzelat-Bonhomme La Tesniere 2010 (menu and chenin) $20
Puzelat-Bonhomme Touraine 2011 (sauvignon blanc) $18
Puzelat-Bonhomme Pouilly- Fumé 2009 (sauvignon blanc) $28
Loire Reds + (one Spanish Rioja)
Olivier Cousin Le Cousin (grolleau) $20
Olivier Cousin Le Breton 2009 (cab franc) $20
Bodegas Pecina Senorio De P Crianza 2005 (tempranillo) $25
Puzelat-Bonhomme Le Telquel ? (gamay, touch of pineau d and) $17
Puzelat-Bonhomme in Ko we Trust 2010 ( cot) $25
•Prices all estimated high. Can be found for less if you search around
I just hope I can live up to this poster.