About the Taste


Started in 1988 as a food and wine competition, the Taste of the Hudson Valley® consisted of just under fifteen restaurants and around five local wineries.

In 1999, Michael Visconti, proprietor of Viscount Wines and Liquor in Wappingers Falls, NY, stepped forward helping to continue the success of the Taste while transforming it into the premier food and wine pairing event of the Northeast. Mike’s motivation: “To offer the Hudson Valley one of the finest food and wine events people could possibly attend.”

Today, the Taste of the Hudson Valley® incorporates nearly 50 restaurants and purveyors throughout the region – each skillfully paired with two world-class, international wines. The result: close to 100 food and wine pairings and an epicurean event that attracts individuals from all over the nation!

All proceeds benefit MidHudson Regional Hospital of Westchester Medical Center in Poughkeepsie, New York.  To date well over  $1 million has been raised for the greatest needs of MidHudson Regional Hospital of Westchester Medical Center.

Also included – a spectacular auctions of fine art, rare wines, exclusive trips, celebrity-autographed memorabilia and much, much more!

Browse our site, view the photo galleries and get a “taste” of what the Taste is all about!

We look forward to seeing you on November 2nd!  Bon appétit!