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.

Friday, June 06, 2008 Highlights Shawangunk Wine Trail Passport

Travel Around The World Without Leaving The Hudson Valley
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Wednesday, 04 June 2008
Poughkeepsie, NY - Travel around the World in 80 Miles without leaving the Hudson Valley on the Shawangunk Wine Trail. You will visit 10 different countries at 10 different wineries, where you will have the opportunity to taste authentic food from that country paired with the wines from the local winery.

It is all happening on June 14 and 15th at the wineries along the Shawangunk Wine Trail. This event happens to coincide with Fathers Day, so treat the father in your life to a trip around the world.

Participants will grab their passport….that is, their Shawangunk Wine Trail Passport and travel to each winery and sample authentic foods. You will have to opportunity to taste foods from Greece, France, Israel, India, Ireland, Italy, Switzerland, China, Chile & Germany, while paired with award winning wine. Sample food pairings you will find at the wineries are, gourmet cheesecake brownie/ creampuff for dessert at Baldwin Vineyards, Hummus and Tabouleh at Rivendell Winery and Greek Summer Salad with Tzatziki and pita bread.

Tickets are $25 (plus tax) in advance, ($30, if available, at the door) and buys a Passport with Visas for each "country" good for the entire weekend and a souvenir Wine Trail etched wine glass. Event tickets include tasting fees at all ten wineries and gourmet food tasting. The event starts at 10 am each day and runs until 6pm.

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Down in the valley along New York's Hudson River
Associated Press Writer
Article Date: Friday, June 6, 2008
As it appeared in Foster's Daily Democrat

"You might also shop for something new and more refreshing. The Shawangunk Wine Trail — — takes you to a collection of wineries between the river and the Shawangunk Mountains. According to this Web site, you can find wineries offering sparkling wines and French-American varietals, along with places in the countryside where you can camp, fish, paddle a canoe and try hang gliding."

Dowd on Drinks Highlights Brookview Station and Warwick Valley

Dowd On Drinks: Cider Not Just For Autumn Anymore
Written by William M. Dowd
Thursday, 05 June 2008

Writes Dowd:
"This might seem an odd time to think about apple ciders and apple wines, but don't be surprised if you end up serving some at your Fourth of July backyard picnic."

"The ancient libations, habitually the object of consumer attention in the fall when apple harvests take place, are part of a growing niche in the U.S. and elsewhere as more and more entrepreneurs look for products that will endear them to those consumers."

"And it's not just boutique American cider and wine producers who are making their presence felt. Larger foreign producers, particularly from the United Kingdom, are targeting the U.S. market with their latest apple-based products."
Apple-based ciders and wines are becoming a steadily increasing slice of business for a cluster of producers in the area where New York, Massachusetts and Vermont come together near Albany, N.Y.

The Brookview Station Winery at the Goold Orchard in Castleton, N.Y., turns out a line of apple wines. The North River Winery of Jacksonville, Vt., offers 18 different wines made from apples as well as other fruits. And, nearby in the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts, the Furnace Brook Winery at Hilltop Orchards makes wine and cider from apples to supplement its line of grape wines.

In various winemaking competitions, apple cider and apple wine products have been winning medals.

At the latest Hudson Valley Commercial Wine Competition held in upstate

New York, for example, the Cornell Cup for "Best Hudson River Region (AVA)Wine" went to Brookview Station Winery's 2006 Semi-Dry Apple Wine, and the gold medal for best sparkling fruit wine went to Doc's Hard Apple Cider, produced by Warwick Valley Winery & Distillery which is located just an hour's drive north of midtown Manhattan.

And, in an otherwise grape-centric region of upstate New York, judges for the Finger Lakes International Wine