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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, April 09, 2007

Oak Summit Pinot Noir

This Easter celebration, we enjoyed a wonderful maple roasted ham, leg of lamb, potatoes au gratin, and salad among other things. The family was gathered and waiting for their glass of wine.

The 17 guests waited while I poured. But what was this wine?

This was one of my new favorite wines. This was Oak Summit Pinot Noir. And it is made by John Bruno, whose vineyards are near Millbrook, New York.

Oak Summit's PINOT NOIR has received an amazing array of awards including 3 Gold Medals, a Silver and a Bronze from the Hudson Valley Wine & Grape Association's 2005 Grand Competition at the Culinary Institute of America. And also, the prestigious CORNELL CUP for the best wine in the Hudson Valley AVA. And, among others, the DCEDC Agriculture Awards for 2005 and the Silver Medal from The American Wine Society's 21st Annual Competition.

But the taste is what its all about. Big cherry and berry upfront. Vanilla and pepper after. A tremendous wine. One of my favorite pinot noirs from anywhere in the U.S. And the family gathered around the Easter ham agreeed. Dinner was a big success.

Try'll love it. And say hellow to John if possible. He's one of the most entertaining winemakers in the valley.

372 Oak Summit Road Millbrook, NY 12545 (845) 677-9522


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