By Stacey Morris
COHOES, N.Y. – In the world of cheese making, Sean O’Connor Is relatively new to the game. He may not have decades of experience (yet) to his name, but the Troy resident makes up for it in his love of the process.
O’Connor spent seven years working at various creameries throughout the region before opening R&G Cheese, his own cheese-making operation in the Harmony House complex on Remsen Street last year.
In a short time, his distribution has skyrocketed from Remsen Street and local farmers markets to gourmet shops in New York City and a recent nod of approval on the Food Network.
Last Updated (Wednesday, 13 October 2010 15:51)
Think of wine growing regions, and the great vineyards of France and Italy come to mind. Here in the US, California is a favorite viniculture region, producing the spicy Zinfandels and Syrah, and buttery Chardonnays. Closer to home, New York’s Finger Lakes, Hudson Valley and Long Island regions are gaining in popularity and reputation. Once you get north of Catskill, however, the colder climate of the north pretty much means that growing grapes is a foolish proposition. Defying the odds, the DiCrescenzo family of Altamont is proving the naysayers wrong, by not only growing grapes at their 1000 foot elevation vineyard, but by producing some very good wine as well!
Last Updated (Thursday, 30 September 2010 17:59)