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One of our favorite Hudson Valley authors is Washington Irving (April 3, 1783 – November 28, 1859). Irving was an author, essayist, biographer, historian, and diplomat of the early 19th century. He is best known for his short stories “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” and “Rip Van Winkle”, both of which appear in his book The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent. His historical works include biographies of George Washington, Oliver Goldsmith and Muhammad, and several histories of 15th-century Spain dealing with subjects such as Christopher Columbus, the Moors, and the Alhambra. Irving served as the U.S. ambassador to Spain from 1842 to 1846. Irving, along with James Fenimore Cooper, was among the first American writers to earn acclaim in Europe, and Irving encouraged American authors such as Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and Edgar Allan Poe.
Collaborating with his brother William and fellow Lad James Kirke Paulding, Irving created the literary magazine Salmagundi in January 1807. Writing under various pseudonyms, such as William Wizard and Launcelot Langstaff, Irving lampooned New York culture and politics. It was a humor magazine. Salmagundi was a moderate success, spreading Irving’s name and reputation beyond New York. The New York Sketch Club formally changed its name to The Salmagundi Sketch Club in January 1877.The name has variously been attributed to salmagundi,a stew which the group has served from its earliest years, or, to Washington Irving’s Salmagundi Papers.
Salmagundi is a salad dish, originating in the early 17th century in England, comprising cooked meats, seafood, vegetables, fruit, leaves, nuts and flowers and dressed with oil, vinegar and spices. The French word “salmagondis” means a hodgepodge or mix of widely disparate things. Thus Irving’s Salmagundi was a tossed salad, or hodgepodge of essays, stories, and other pieces.
We pay homage to Mr. Irving in naming this wine for his famed book and career.
Salmagundi Blush is a light, semi-sweet blush wine, made from a tossed salad of grapes. Mostly Seyval Blanc, with DeChaunac, Baco Noir, and sometimes Chambourcin. A lovely, acidic, salmon-colored wine perfect for sipping colon its own, r great with BBQ, and spicy dishes such as Mexican, Thai, or Chinese cuisines. Also good with certain types of sashimi. Also makes exceptional sangria for back yard gatherings!