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Neighbors Who Wine

Updated: Jan 14, 2021

What better way to get to know your neighbors than over a glass of wine?

The Greater Loudonville Association (GLA) invites you to our free event, “Neighbors that Wine” on January 28th, 2021 at 7 pm, with award-winning Hudson Valley vintner Stephen J. Casscles. Our virtual wine tasting and talk will be a fun, educational, and social experience. Together we will learn how grapes grown in New York can be made into a wide range of wines ranging from dry reds, whites and sparkling wines, to even sweet dessert wines.

Steve cultivates French-American wine hybrids at his vineyard in Athens, NY, and is currently the winemaker for Saba Estate Vineyards in Old Chatham which has been featured in publications such as the WSJ, NY Times, and The Wine Enthusiast to name a few. Join Steven via Zoom as he connects our neighbors from the Greater Loudonville area and takes us on an aromatic wine journey that is not to be missed.

Steve will be happy to answer your questions throughout the evening.

Registration is required and space is limited. Must be 18 years of age and older to register.

For those that have registered, below is the downloadable instruction sheet and course outline.

GLA Wine Tasting Agenda & Talking Points
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Loudonville Wine Selections
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We are providing guidance on the wines you can purchase to enjoy this tasting, although the purchase of wine is not required.

Wines may be purchased at Newton Wine and Spirits, located at The Shoppes at Newton Plaza -a very central location for those that live in Loudonville.

You can simply sit back, watch, listen and learn how best to appreciate NY wines.


About Stephen J. Casscles, Esq.

J. Stephen Casscles is a government lawyer with over 35 years of experience in New York State and municipal government. He has dedicated his life to public service and has practiced law in a broad range of areas such as health, insurance, alcoholic beverage control, gaming, agriculture, economic development, municipal finance, and land-use law.

An enthusiastic viticulturalist, Stephen has a 12-acre farm in Athens, NY, called Cedar Cliff, where he cultivates over 110 rare French-American hybrids, 19th Century heritage grape varieties from the Hudson Valley and Massachusetts, and own rooted chance hybrids that he evaluates, makes wine from, and lectures about. In addition, he lectures on wine, grape cultivation, 19th century American horticulture and landscape architecture at botanical gardens and historical societies throughout New York and New England. Casscles operates a small nursery that propagates rare 19th Century heritage grape varieties and own rooted chance hybrids identified at his farm. He is an award-winning winemaker who currently works at Sabba Estate Vineyards, in Old Chatham, NY and formally of the Hudson-Chatham Winery in Ghent, NY (2007-2019). His wines have been covered by The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, New York Post, The Wine Enthusiast, Forbes Magazine, Hugh Johnson’s Annual Pocket Wine Book (2021), Albany Times-Union, and Hartford Courant.

For a full bio, click the link below.

Stephen Casscles
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GLA Welcomes You! | Join our New Membership & Engagement Committee

Thank you for your interest! This event was organized by the newly formed Membership & Engagement Committee. We are a friendly group and we are looking for more volunteers so we can offer more to the Greater Loudonville Area.

  • Would you like to inquire about GLA membership?

  • Are you interested in joining our Committee to get to know your neighbors better?

  • Are you a business that is interested in sponsoring future events?

Click here to get started and we will reach out to you shortly.

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