While waiting for our still to arrive from Germany, and getting the Shanty ready to receive it, we’ve been fortunate enough to be able to escape the bustle of the city and hone our recipe with our friends & partners at Warwick Valley Winery & Distillery.
Led by Jason Grizzanti and Jeremy Kidde, and started by Jason’s father Joseph in 1994, Warwick Valley Winery & Distillery was the first winery to obtain a New York State Fruit Distillery license. Jason, well known among New York winemakers and distillers, is perhaps best known for his other passion: apples. The foremost pomologist on the eastern seaboard, Jason is also the producer of some of the finest American ciders in the country. Trained at both the Seibel Institute in Chicago and Heriot-Watt University in Scotland, Jason has made fruit brandies and calvados style apple brandies for years. His expertise has been crucial as he helps NYDC refine their recipes on his beautiful Christian CARL still in the Hudson Valley.
The ability to work on recipes and master the process while constructing our space and waiting for our own still has been instrumental in allowing us to hit the ground running after everything has been installed.
Plus, the added benefit of taking in the beautiful farmland, talking shop with Jason while dodging the Winery’s two Great Danes has been an enormous pleasure as well as an invaluable resource. We will continue to work with Jason and the Warwick Valley Winery and Distillery, honing our techniques and enjoying the great spirits and great company to be found in the New York countryside.