Hudson River Valley Wineries

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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, December 11, 2006

New Years Eve at the Magnanini Farm Winery/Restaurant

My Aunt Irma and her friend Mario have been going to the Magnanini Farm Winery for years. When I discovered it for myself, they were incredulous. I was almost two decades late. Where the heck had I been...they wondered.

Don't let this happen to you. A trip to this little restaurant/winery is one of the Hudson Valley's unique treats. From the outset, Galba, who worked in the vineyards when he was a youngster in Italy, has been intent on making the Magnanini Winery a family affair. It has been exactly that since the winery was established in 1983 to the first bottling a year later. In the spring of 1985, the family-style European restaurant was opened.

The property on which the vineyards and winery are located has been in the family since 1953, although it wasn’t until 1970 that Galba and Richard began planting wine grapes. “In 1965, I went to Europe. I was touring Europe and I saw American tourists drinking wines. I came back and decided to plant.” The harvest from the first planting was sold to home winemakers in the area. While the winemakers perfected their wines, Richard continued to do research on viticulture practices and winemaking techniques.

The New Years Eve event is the last of a year's worth of wonderful food - a crescendo of gourmet experience. They are open every weekend, April thru the 2nd weekend of December, New Year’s Eve and Carnevale, the 1st Saturday of February, (costumes are appreciated) Wine tasting is between 6:00 PM and 7:00 PM on Saturday evening and between 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM on Sunday afternoon. A six-course dinner prepared by the Magnanini chefs is served Saturday at 7:00 PM and Sunday at 1:00 PM.

Magnanini Winery
172 Strawridge Road
Wallkill, NY 12589
CALL: 845-895-2767

Try's a tremendous, rustica treat, any time of year. Make it a New Year's resolution to try something new. Visit their website and bring a napkin, because you'll start drooling just reading the menu.

Best wishes


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