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Carlo DeVito is a long time wine lover, and author of books and magazine articles. He is the author of Wineries of the East Coast. He has traveled to wine regions in California, Canada, up and down the east coast, France, Spain and Chile. He has been a published executive for more than 20 years. He shepherded the wine book program of Wine Spectator as well as worked with Kevin Zraly, Oz Clarke, Matt Kramer, Tom Stevenson, Evan Dawson, Greg Moore, Howard Goldberg, and many other wine writers. He has also published Salvatore Calabrese, Jim Meehan, Clay Risen, and Paul Knorr. Mr. DeVito is the inventor of the mini-kit which has sold more than 100,000,000 copies world wide. He has also publisher such writers as Stephen Hawking, E. O Wilson, Philip Caputo, Gilbert King, James McPherson, John and Mary Gribbin, Thomas Hoving, David Margolick, Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr., John Edgar Wideman, Stanley Crouch, Dan Rather, Dee Brown, Susie Bright, and Eleanor Clift. He is also the owner of Hudson-Chatham Winery, co-founder of the Hudson Berkshire Beverage Trail, and president of the Hudson Valley Wine Country.

Monday, July 31, 2006

Nik Bonopartis, Poughkeepsie Journal, Rave About Bounty of the Hudson

Monday, July 31, 2006
New Paltz winery draws food festival crowds
About 1,850 attend annual event

By Nik Bonopartis
Poughkeepsie Journal

NEW PALTZ — At the the annual Bounty of the Hudson food and wine festival Sunday, Rivendell Winery of New Paltz featured a chardonay, a merlot and a sangria.

"Our sangria went over the best," manager Melanie Neucall said of the lighter wine punch. "It definitely was a sweeter crowd."

That wasn't surprising, she said. On a weekend marked by stifling temperatures and an excessive heat watch issued by the National Weather Service, festival-goers were reaching for something that was refreshing.

"When the temperature is 90 or above, you don't want a heavy red wine, or at least I don't," Neucall said.

The festival, now in its 11th year, is hosted at a different winery of the Shawangunk Wine Trail each year. The wine trail consists of family-owned wineries in the Hudson Valley that produce their products on premises.

This year, it was Adair Winery's turn to host.

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