Hudson River Valley Wineries

This blog is dedicated to news, events, profiles and reviews of fine food and wine in the Hudson River Valley. We especially feature and spotlight the burgeoning wineries of the Hudson River Region. We accept and will relay information about releases, events, festivals and any toher happening related to food and wine in the Hudson River Valley. Send pertitnent information to

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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.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Marc Stopkie and David Pazdar: Two of the Good Guys

Recently saw two of the really good guys at Gould's Apple Festival in October.
Marc Stopkie and David Pazdar.

Marc is the owner winemaker of Adair Vineyards, and one of the most ubiquitous presences in all of Hudson Valley Wine. If there is a festival, he's there. If there's a meeting, he's there. If there's a conference, he's there. He's quiet and unassuming. He's always helpful, if somewhat bashful at first. And he makes great wine. He's one of the great, hard working, success stories of the Hudson River Valley wineries. His new 2006 Blackberry Kir is tremendous!

David Pazdar is similar if different. Pazdar Winery isn't based on a big or small farm. There's no tasting room or shack or anything. He makes his wine in his garage, and he's forbidden by local laws from holding tastings in his home, or in his neighborhood. He is a true garagista. But that doesn't hold him back. David is also passionate about his wines. He's at numerous festivals and events around the state and a ubiquitous presence at all the farmer's markets up and down the river. David makes some wonderful varietals and some very different wines as well. His new Gewurztraminer and Riesling are great, and you've got to try Sultry Dragon, a dry white wine that gets a nice, spicy kick from ginger!

These are really two of the hardest working guys out there. (p.s. anyone who owns a winery is working their tails off). They own small wineries, who make handcrafted wines. You need to seek these people out! It's people like these that make the Hudson River Valley such a special wine place.