“Wine makes daily living easier, less hurried, with fewer tensions and more tolerance.” Benjamin Franklin.
Victory View Vineyard is Mary and Gerry Barnhart’s farm winery producing award winning estate wine in Washington County, New York.
Victory View Vineyard is surrounded by history. In 1777, the Battle of Saratoga, the turning point in the American Revolution, was fought and won on nearby lands. Gerry explains that the name, Victory View Vineyard, gives a “sense of place.” In many ways the vineyard was a turning point for Mary and Gerry Barnhart. After successful careers, they tried their hand at growing grapes and making wine. They did their research and chose the Marquette grape, a hearty hybrid from Minnesota. The vines produced grapes resulting in a fine wine that was enjoyed by family and friends. From that point on they were vineyard owner.
That was 2008. The Barnharts now manage 3 1/2 acres with 6 grapes varieties and 7 wines. The vineyard is a farm winery producing estate bottled wine from the grapes they grow and harvest. Victory View Vineyard grows cold hearty American-French hybrids that have found a home in the upper Hudson Valley region, Marquette, Marechal Foch, Frontenac, Melody, Lacrosse, and La Crescent.
The Barnharts practice sustainable farming as do so many of their neighboring farmers. The grapes are a hybrid which are more disease resistant, requiring fewer pesticides. The land is on a southern exposure for sun and breeze. They use a weed control fabric around the vines to reduce weeding and pesticides.
The vineyard’s wines are named in recognition of the people and events from the American Revolutionary War such as Abigail (Abigail Adams), Independence, and Turning Point. Each wine’s name is explained on the bottle’s label as well as what grape was harvested, what food to pair with, and a description of its flavor. The label also reports technical data, when and how it was harvested, when it was bottled, and how many cases were produced. This is a wine lover’s vineyard.
Victory View Vineyard is a family operation with Mary, Gerry and their grown children who help during peak periods. The Barnharts do it all, from planting, pruning, suckering (removing new shoots from the trunks), weeding, picking, processing, bottling and selling. Gerry proudly admits that he touches every vine at least 12 to 15 times before harvest. The Barnharts welcome the challenges that come with owning and managing a farm winery. The hard work is rewarded with wines that win awards.
May is Wine Month. The grape buds are making their appearance on the vine. Enjoy a glass of local wine that’s making history. Pay a visit to Victory View Vineyard and feel welcomed by Mary and Gerry’s warm smiles, interesting conversation, and wonderful wine.
The vineyard has a tasting room and is available for events.
Learn about Victory View Vineyard on their website. http://www.victoryviewvineyard.com/.
Revolution is a dry red wine made from the Marquette grape. It goes well with roasted or grilled beef, lamb or pork. It also goes well with a burger, pizza, or chicken wings.
Make a burger bold enough to challenge the status quo and pair it with a wine named Revolution.
- 2 pounds Ground Beef (85% or higher)
- Kosher salt and pepper to taste
- 4 slices of cheese (optional) use favorite cheese
- 4 Whole wheat hamburger rolls
- lettuce leaves, sliced tomatoes
- Gently divide ground beef into 4 piles of around 8 ounces each and then lightly form these into thick patties of around 3½ inches in diameter, like flattened meatballs. Season with salt and pepper.
- Increase heat under skillet to high. Put hamburgers into the skillet with plenty of distance between them and allow them to cook without moving for approximately 3 minutes. Use a spatula to turn hamburgers over. If using cheese, lay slices on meat.
- Continue to cook until meat is cooked through (160 degrees). Remove hamburgers from skillet and allow to rest for approximately 5 minutes. Toast buns