Hudson Valley Beer, Wine Spirits Summit To Be Held on Oct. 14th at Culinary Institute

John Jordan | August 2015

HYDE PARK—The Hudson Valley Economic Development Corporation (HVEDC) announced on Aug. 12 that the keynote speaker at its highly anticipated, third annual Hudson Valley Beer, Wine, Spirits, & Cider Summit will be leading American wine educator Kevin Zraly, founder of Windows on the World Wine School.

The Summit will take place on October 14th beginning at noon inside the spacious Marriott Pavilion located at The Culinary Institute of America. A selection of beer, wine, spirits, and cider will be offered at the Summit to attending entrepreneurs and industry suppliers following their participation in an array of discussions related to the current climate and future opportunities of the Hudson Valley region.

“I am pleased to be able to share my experiences and passion for wine with the distinguished craft beverage entrepreneurs of the Hudson Valley,” said Zraly. “Throughout my career, I have come to firmly believe that there can always be more to learn about this important, challenging, and rewarding industry.”

Zraly is a world-renowned American wine educator who served as the wine director of One World Trade Center’s Windows on the World restaurant for 25 years. He is the recipient of the esteemed James Beard Lifetime Achievement Award and has authored numerous industry-related educational books. Zraly is the founder of the Windows on the World Wine School, which has served more than 20,000 students since its inception in 1976.

“Kevin Zraly is at the forefront of American wine education, and we are honored to have such a distinguished speaker at our third annual Summit,” said Laurence P. Gottlieb, president and CEO of HVEDC. “His commitment to leadership and dedication in the area of wine education serve as constant sources of inspiration to those looking to grow their own businesses in this field. Zraly’s trailblazing career has paved the way for many regional entrepreneurs and suppliers in the alcoholic beverage industry today.”

As the host of the Summit, The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) is excited to build on the success of past collaborations with HVEDC.

“Through this year’s Summit, The Culinary Institute of America and HVEDC are working together to continue our shared mission of expanding and strengthening the resources available to New York’s alcoholic beverage professionals,” said Dr. Victor Gielisse, CMC, vice president of advancement and business development at the CIA. “The incredible opportunity to have local entrepreneurs and suppliers hear from an expert of Kevin Zraly’s caliber is a testament to these goals. We at the CIA know that, through the success of such collaborative events with HVEDC, we are shaping robust culture and industry for the Hudson Valley region.”

For the second consecutive year, the Summit will feature a “Thirst & Vine” tasting area. In addition, the event will offer three times the amount of industry-specific content, as well as increased opportunities for networking in anticipation of even greater participation than last year’s Summit.

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John Jordan
Editor, Real Estate In-Depth