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.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Clinton Vineyards Cassis....Mmmm, Mmmmm Good

Recently I revisited one of my favorite old haunts, Vintage New York. I was curious about a dessert wine at the tasting bar - Clinton Vineyards Cassis. Cornell extension agents have been pushins currants, the fruit base of this wonderful nectar, which are wonderfully suited to this region.

It is a wine that starts off with deep, deep dark berries. Like a tart blackberry-blueberry cobbler. Then the tartness tingles your tongue for a second, and then a big smile crosses your face. It's tart and sweet but finishes with an almost dry pucker. And it's alcohol content is 16.5%. Wow! It is deep, dark, brutal, and refined. It is excellent. It is a work of art.

Winner of gold medals and "Best in Class" at the Los Angeles International Wine Competition is wonderful when sipped alone or combined with a sparkling white to make a Kir Royale.

Available for tasting and sales at the vineyard. Open Noon - 6pm, Friday to Monday


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