The Albany Institute presents a broad range of public programs related to our collections, exhibitions, and special projects.
Friday, June 3 • 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Wine lovers and grape growers alike will enjoy a lively talk by long time local vintner Stephen Casscles as he shares his expertise on four centuries of vitaculture in the Hudson Valley, birthplace of American wine. In addition to being the home of the first vineyard and winery in America, the Hudson Valley has been a pioneering region for the development of hybridization, cultivation and fermentation of cold weather grapes. Mr. Casscles has been called “the most knowledgeable wine historian of the Hudson Valley,” and his book has been called the “single best book on hybrid and cold climate grapes available.” As an attorney for the NYS Senate, Mr. Casscles has authored dozens of laws related to the production, distribution, and sale of wine, beer and spirits.