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.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Stoutridge Quimby Rose'

Steven Osborn is one of the most passionate winemakers of the Hudson Valley. Steven makes wines in a completely gravity flow engineered winery that is one of the most green wineries on the eastcoast.

The vineyards are half a mile from the beautiful Hudson River on the south-east facing slopes of a ridge of land on which grapevines and fruit trees have been continuously planted for 200 years. The Marlboro area has a rich history of fruit and wine production and during the 1800's was the principal supplier of fresh fruit for New York City.

Next to the winery is a picturesque and historic stone farmhouse known to elder locals as "The Homestead". It's ten foot high fieldstone foundation was built around 1855 and was dug out of the vineyard hillside. This house had a barn, which between 1902 and 1919 was the "Morano Winery". It's one dry stacked stone foundation wall remains.

Recently I had the good fortune to go down to Stoutridge and see Steven in action, giving a tour and speaking to an audience about his theories on wine wine and his thoughts about Hudson Valley "terrior." I also had the good fortune to try the Quimby Rose'.

This wine is named for Howard Quimby, an iconic 80 year young grape farmer who was raised in a house overlooking the farm that is now our winery and vineyards. He is still actively farming and this wine is made 100% from his grapes. The taste of the wine is a taste of the Hudson Valley as it has been for generations, however the wine is made in a modern French County style which is both dry and low in alcohol.

Very fresh and light...a dark rose'...and a nice, light, refreshing surprise.

Here's a few videos of Steven speaking to the crowd of the terrior of his vineyards and winery and about his views on wine. He's talking about farm centric wines, meaning getting the local flavor in the bottle as naturally as possible - what the FRench call "terrior." HIs passion is both capivating and moving.


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