of Hudson has made Wine Enthusiast magazine's top 100 list of best wine restaurants. It is joined in that elite group by Peck's Arcade of Troy. Here are the magazine's descriptions of the two venues, and comments from its sommeliers. (Click here to see the entire list.)
Fish & Game
13 South 3rd Street, Hudson
This cozy, hearth-based restaurant in an old blacksmith’s shop has
been very influential in upstate New York, where thoughtfully farmed
ingredients and wines that follow eco-conscious philosophies are
increasingly the norm. A recent transition to à la carte dining has
further amped up the conviviality factor.
From its sommelier Lila Holland: "People have become so
open-minded about food and wine! Our guests this season have been coming
in with a really strong spirit of discovery, willing and eager to try
types of wine they’ve never had before or pairings that may sound
unusual. This gets me so excited to connect with them, gain their trust,
and hopefully to witness the moment when someone discovers a new thing
to love. On a less philosophical note: Assyrtiko. Domaine Economou’s
slightly oxidative Cretan version, is so complex and balanced, with both a
richness and singing acidity that are marvelous with our food. I’ve
been selling it like crazy."
217 Broadway, Troy
Peck's Arcade -- as well as the owners’ adjoining wine bar and shop -- has
helped turn this craft-beer town into a wine destination. Instead of
checking boxes, the bottle list features pours (mostly of the natural
wine persuasion) that the owners are excited to talk about, while
equally enlivened cuisine encourages sharing.
From its sommelier, Heather LaVine: "With wine I’m excited that
we’re finally recognizing that bigger is not always better: small
neighborhood wine shops based on relationships with the community, wine
lists that focus on quality over quantity, wines that are more about
people and places than prices and popularity, and appreciation of
low-alcohol, high acid, light-bodied reds. And this ties in with small
cities too. It used to be that you had to travel to New York, San
Francisco, Chicago, or LA to get a great meal and glass of wine.
It feels good to say that those days are over."