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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, February 17, 2008

Wall Street Journal Praises Rivendell's Vintage New York

No Place Like Home
Why Stores That Sell
Locally Produced Wines
Are a National Trend
February 15, 2008; Page W5

"In Manhattan, the wine store Vintage New York opened in 2002 as part of Rivendell Winery in the Hudson Valley. The state, which now has more than 200 wineries, allows them to sell their wines on site and to open as many as five tasting rooms, a sensible provision like that of Colorado and Oregon. Vintage New York on Manhattan's Upper West Side is a sister store to Vintage New York in lower Manhattan, which includes a wine bar and restaurant called VNY next door. All of the enterprises, which are open daily, are owned by restaurateur Susan Wine and her husband, Robert Ransom III, whose family founded Rivendell in 1987. The stores feature 200 wines from 65 wineries located in four major wine-growing appellations and in many cases charges what the wineries charge for a bottle. For $10, customers get five one-ounce tastes and that fee is refunded with a purchase of $50. "We want people who are tasting to choose a wine to go home with," Ms. Wine says.

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