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.

Sunday, July 27, 2008


The Bounty of the Hudson got off to a great start yesterday, Saturday, July 26, at Benmarl Vineyards. The great wine and delicious food were everywhere yesterday. Everyone was having fun! Many of the personalities of the Hudson Valley Wine world were there.

Linda Pierro and her husband bob were there to promote their new Hudson Valley Wine magazine. Steve Osborn from Stoutridge Vineyards was there.

Debbie Gioquindo, the Hudson Valley Wine Goddess was there. Visit her page at

And of course, there were hundreds of good folks there to taste the wines of the Hudson River Valley. Here they are behind the Rivendell banner, wating to get in.

Kristop Brown the winemaker at Benmarl with New Paltz Times reporter Carrie W. Ross.

Jason Grizzanti from Warwick Valley making it look easy before the crowds arrived. Don't let the cool demeanor fool you, he's one of the hardest working guys in the valley. And he just got back from his honeymoon in Spain, where he and his bride, while enjoying the sunny hills of Spain, visite several cidre works. Congrats to the honeymooners!

One of the truly remarkable women of the Valley, Pat Baldwin with her grandson at the fest.

Here's the general manager George from Cascade Mountain. He was just at the Finger Lakes Wine Festival last week. Another hardworking guy who left mid-fest to set up another event for the winery. Go George!

Another road warrior, David Pazdar of Pazdar Cellars, who worked the Finger Lakes Wine Festival was also there. Go, David, Go!

Doug Glorie of Glorie Vineyards was also there. He's a fixture at so many events. One of the real stalwarts of the valley.

Marc Stopke from Adair Adair Vineyards is another Valley stalwart, and a wonderful winemker to boot.

Other wineries were also ably represented:

Great job to the folks at Benmarl. And great job to everyone who participated! It was a lot of fun!

But Sunday is another day. Come on down. The big tents are up, and we're pouring wine and offering fabulous foods, rain or shine.


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