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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

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




Blogger William M. Dowd said...


You may want to do some editing on the posting you did concerning my column on ciders. The first paragraph is shown twice and several places have extra spaces between lines that skew the paragraphs oddly.

Other than that, thanks for mentioning the column.

The best overall way to access my writing on wines, spirits and non-alcoholic beverages is directly at my "Dowd On Drinks" site at

Any other links are usually to newspapers that get my column through paid syndication (NY Times and Hearst News services) and there's no way of telling how long they'll stay on their Web.

Bill Dowd
"Dowd On Drinks"
7 Hyland Circle
Troy, New York USA 12182
518 / 238-1950

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